Information about the Canal du Centre
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