The Canal Du Centre

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The Canal Du Centre boat rentals

Bases at Dompierre-sur-Besbre and St. Leger-sur-Dheune

Lining the canal banks are chateaux, abbeys and mediaeval villages.
The Canal du Centre was built in the 18th century to link Roanne to Chalon-sur-Saône.
Cruising the Canal du Centre you pass through some of the most renowned vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise.
Along the twisting valley of the Dheune sparkle the varnished tile roofs of charming villages.
At the foot of the Côte Chalonnaise are world-famous wine-producing villages: Mercurey, Santenay with its 13th-century church of St Jean de Naroise standing amid the vines, Montrachet, synonymous with fine whites, and Rully with its 12th-century castle.

One-week cruises from Dompierre-sur-Besbre

  • Dompierre, Digoin, Paray le Monial, Roanne and RETURN
    189 km; 38 locks; 4hr45 cruising per day

One-week cruises from St. Leger-sur-Dheune

  • St Leger, Monceau-les-Mines, Paray le Monial and RETURN
    138 km; 82 locks; 5hr15 cruising per day

Waterways on this route

The Centre Canal, The Roanne-Digoin Canal,

Locaboat rental boats for the Canal du Centre

Locaboat have 12 self-drive boats available in this region

P1120R self-drive


6 guests

P1106 FB self-drive

P1106 FB

7 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1107W self-drive


7 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive


10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P935W self-drive


5 guests

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