Northern Burgundy and the Nivernais Canal
Only 2 to 3 hours from Paris, the waterways of Northern Burgundy are not only beautiful but accessible too! Burgundy is the land of world class wines, historic chateaux, rolling green hills and pretty medieval villages. Surrounding the entire region is a ribbon of canals and rivers winding through unspoiled pastures and vineyards, quiet hamlets and bustling market towns. With natural beauty, gourmet food and wines, this region is one of the most popular and accessible areas for the ultimate barge cruise.
There are two canals for barge cruising in Northern Burgundy connected by the Yonne River:
The Nivernais Canal
Bisecting the countryside between Auxerre and Clamecy, the Nivernais Canal is one of our favorites for beauty, lovely stone villages, green pastures and unspoiled rural life.
The Northern Burgundy Canal
Meandering through rural farmland and rustic villages between Saint-Florentin and Venarey-les-Laumes, the Canal de Bourgogne or Northern Burgundy canal is a tranquil journey back to times of old. Walking and biking to savor the countryside is a favorite activity while the barge floats along at a peaceful pace.
The barges cruising the Nivernais Canal:
The barges cruising the Northern Burgundy Canal:
Please see the individual barge's itineraries for the diverse routes and excursions they include.
Video of cruising on the Nivernais Canal in