Louhans - Chalon-sur-Saône - Santenay - Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune - Louhans

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Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Basic information

  • Cruise length: 222 km
  • Trip duration: days
  • Type of cruise: there and back 
  • Number of locks: 42

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Canal lateral a la Loire, Canal du Nivernais, Canal du Centre, Canal de Roanne and Canal de Digoin:

Alongside castles, abbeys and medieval villages, in Decize the Canal lateral meets the Loire again and delights In Decize, you can choose either the Canal Nivernais or the Canal lateral a la Loire.

The port of Dompierre-sur-Besbre opens the gateway from the canal bridge in Digoin to the Canal du Centre, dug since the 18th century to the Roanne and Châlon/Saône.

This tranquil canal, which even briefly flirts with the Loire, crosses the magnificent The Charolais region, famous for its steak cattle, is also a land of monasteries, churches and medieval villages. But neither the Cistercian monastery of Sept-Fonds in Dompierre, nor the Romanesque churches of Semur-en-Brionnais or the basilica of Paray-le-Monial will make you forget all the region's vibrant gastronomic delights.

At Decize, you sail a short distance down the Loire past the lush landscapes and forests of the Morvan massif into the southern Nivernais Canal.

The scenery and architecture of the Nivernais are as inviting as the bottle of Chablis served with quail.

Available houseboats in the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region by comfort class: