Southern Burgundy in the Cote d'Or Wine Region
Southern Burgundy is one of the most popular areas for barge cruising as it is the heart of the Cote d'Or wine region. From the historic city of Dijon to the Routes des Vins with its famous wine villages to the sophisticated wine center of Beaune, this area is renowned for its noble Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vintage wines.
Three picturesque canals and the Saone River surround this area making it a highly desirable barging region.
The Southern Burgundy Canal
From the summit of the canal at Pouilly-en-Auxois, the canal flows through the lush Valley of the Ouche River and on through Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, before it empties into the Saone River at the bustling port town of St-Jean-de-Losne.
The Saone River
The peaceful Saone River connects northern France to the Rhone River at Lyon. It winds through verdant farmland and is just a day's cruise connecting the Burgundy Canal with the Canal du Centre
The Canal du Centre
From the Saone River at Chalon-sur-Saone, the Canal du Centre skirts the southwest side of the Cote d'Or wine region as it rises toward the Upper Loire region. As well as vineyards and inviting villages, pastures with Charolais cattle dot the countryside making this an idyllic and peaceful waterway.
Canal Rhone au Rhine
From the Saone River at St. Symphorien, the Canal Rhone au Rhine meanders to the east where it eventually enters the mighty Rhine River in Germany. The section of canal cruised by the deluxe barge Hirondelle ends its journey in the picturesque town of Dole on the Doubs River, where Louis Pasteur war born.
Southern Burgundy Canal between Dijon and Escommes:
Canal du Centre, Saone River and the Burgundy Canal:
Canal du Centre, Saone River and Rhone to Rhine Canal:
Please see the individual barge's itineraries for the diverse routes and excursions they include.
A video visit to Beaune,
Capital of Burgundy Wine Country