Central Canal

Central Canal

Vineyards, fine dining and market towns

Cruise destinations on the Canal du Centre

Home to the Chalonais vineyards, wine connoisseurs, and cyclists alike will enjoy this beautiful route.

Hotel barges

2 hotel barge cruises

Special Offers
Finesse
Canal du Centre

Finesse

8 guests

From St Julien-sur-Dheune to St Jean-de-Losne

La Vie en Rose
Burgundy

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

Half-board barges

La Vie en Rose
Burgundy

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

Saint Julien-sur-Dheune to Seurre

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 12 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

P1020 FB

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1106 FB

P1106 FB

7 guests

P1107W

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

12 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P935W

P935W

5 guests


France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance have 9 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Central Canal

Central Canal information

The Central Burgundy Canal, or Canal du Centre, links the River Saône to the Canal Lateral à la Loire, then the Canal de Briare, the Canal de Loing and eventually the River Seine. It also connects to the Canal du Nivernais.

Opened in 1792, it enabled boat traffic to travel from the north of France to the south and basically opened Paris to the Mediterranean sea for the first time.

Cruise this idyllic and peaceful waterway past vineyards and pastures dotted with white Charolais cattle, the hallmark of Burgundy.

What to do and what to see whilst you're in the region

Places to visit

  • Whilst in Chalon-sur-Saône
    • Cathedral Saint-Vincent in Chalon-sur-Saône
    • Tour du Doyenné
    • Museum Nicéphore-Niépce
    • The market square and streets of Saint-Vincent quarter
    • The isle of Saint-Laurent
  • Château de la Rochepot near Chagny
  • Mont de Sène near Nolay
  • The vineyards of Santennay, Montrachet and Meursault
  • The vineyards of the "la côte chalonnaise" with Rully and Mercurey
  • Château de Couches near Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
  • Museum de la Mine at Blanzy
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paray-le-Monial
  • Townhall of Paray-le-Monial
  • The Pont-canal of Digoin
  • Apremont-sur-Allier
  • Triptyques in the curch of Ternant
  • Double lock and canal bridge at Gétin
  • Cathedrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte in Nevers
  • The Palace of the Dukes in Nevers

Restaurants to experience

  • Troisgros at Ouches near Roanne *** Michelin
  • Maison Lameloise at Chagny *** Michelin
  • Pierre et Jean at Chagny
  • Ed.Em (Édouard et Émilie) at Chassagne-Montrachet * Michelin
  • L'Empreinte at Buxy * Michelin
  • Jérôme Brochot à Montceau-les-Mines
  • L'Aposttrophe at Paray-Le-Monial
  • Frédéric Doucet and the Le Bistrot du Quai at Charolles
  • Auberge de Vigny near Digoin
  • Auberge du Pont Canal at Guétin