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.
Map of the canals and rivers
2 hotel barge cruises
L'Art de VivreNivernais Canal & Yonne
Self-drive boats in this region
Locaboat have 13 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.
Nicols have 8 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.
France Passion Plaisance
France Passion Plaisance have 7 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.
Le Boat have 28 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.
France Afloat have 9 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.
Nivernais & River Yonne information
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
- 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