Nivernais & River Yonne

Nivernais & River Yonne

Peaceful canal & river cruises

Boat and canal barges on the Nivernais Canal

The Nivernais canal built from 1783 to 1842, is one of the most beautiful in France. The waterway, linking the Canal Laterale à la Loire and the Canal du Centre with the river Yonne and Saône was initially used to transport wood from the forests of the Morvan to Paris.

Characterised by peaceful waterways, lush meadows, charming villages and beautiful châteaux, the scenery of the Nivernais and Yonne region is exquisite.

The Nivernais Canal, built between 1783 and 1842, is one of the most beautiful in France. Linking the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Centre with the river Yonne, it was originally used to transport wood to Paris. A series of 16 locks and three tunnels at La Collancelle make this a unique journey.

The northern reaches of the Canal pass through forests, medieval towns, such as the cathedral town of Auxerre, and delightful sleepy villages such as Cravant, which is seemingly untouched by the 21st century.

The river Yonne flows northwards and is one of the main tributaries of the River Seine. The source of the Yonne is near Chateau Chinon, in the Morvan region on the "Mont Préneley" 738 metres above sea level. Once a busy river and floating logs to supply the wood industries.

The river has a slack water lock system and allows access to the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal du Bourgogne and the River Seine.

Places to visit and things to do whilst you're in the area

Monuments

  • Basilique de Vézelay
  • Château de Bazoches
  • Château de Vaux
  • Château Saint-Fargeau
  • La Cathédrale Saint-Cyr Sainte-Julitte in Nevers
  • The sanctuary of Sainte Bernadette Soubirous de Nevers

Places to go

  • The city of Auxerre
  • The town of Mailly-le-Château
  • Château de Guedelon
  • The vineyards of Chablis
  • The town of Nevers
  • The path at Roches de Basseville
  • Wood floaters demonstration
  • Settons lakes for water sports and relaxing
  • Saut de Gouloux
  • Bibracte archaeological site

Hotel barges

3 hotel barge cruises

L'Art de Vivre
Nivernais Canal & Yonne

L'Art de Vivre

8 guests

Auxerre to Chevroches

Luciole
Nivernais Canal & Yonne

Luciole

12 guests

Classic Cruise

Michelin* Dining
Randle
Nivernais Canal & Yonne

Randle

4 guests

Chevroches to Auxerre

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 13 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Europa 400

4 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1107W self-drive

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R self-drive

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R self-drive

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Nicols

Nicols have 8 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO self-drive

N DUO

4 guests

N OCTO self-drive

N OCTO

8 guests

N1000 self-drive

N1000

8 guests

N1100 self-drive

N1100

9 guests

N1160 self-drive

N1160

10 guests

N1170 self-drive

N1170

10 guests

N1350 B self-drive

N1350 B

10 guests

N800 self-drive

N800

4 guests


France Afloat

France Afloat have 10 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Le Boat

Le Boat have 28 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Cirrus A  self-drive

Cirrus A

4 guests

Cirrus B self-drive

Cirrus B

4 guests

Classique Star self-drive

Classique Star

10 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Corvette B self-drive

Corvette B

4 guests

Countess self-drive

Countess

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Classique self-drive

Grand Classique

12 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 3

7 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Salsa B self-drive

Salsa B

12 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Tango self-drive

Tango

6 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


Le Boat

Le Boat have 13 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance have 10 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Nivernais & River Yonne

All the waterways in this region

The Nivernais Canal | The Yonne |