Loing Canal – Briare Canal – Loire Lateral Canal – Nevers – River Yonne – Auxerre – Nivernais Canal – Burgundy Canal
This region of rolling countryside – the Garden and Heart of France – is defined by two rivers. The wide yet often shallow Loire (with the Loire Lateral Canal alongside) and the winding River Yonne.
The very pretty Nivernais Canal connects north-south between the two; and the Loing and Briare Canals connect the Loire with the River Seine and Paris. In the far west, the River Cher flows into the Loire at Tours.
This is a land of natural beauty, history and architectural delight. Of course, this is where French royalty and nobility chose to build their most sumptuous chateaux – nearly one thousand of them. It is a place of lush meadows and cherry trees, castles, formal gardens, ancient Gothic cathedrals and abbeys; and historic riverside towns such as Orleans, Auxerre, Clamecy and Nevers.
It is also a land of vineyards and prized wines that date back to Roman times. Of Sancerre, Chablis, and Pouilly-Fumé.
We feature a comprehensive array of self-skippered (bareboat) hire boats from France’s leading fleets. You can enjoy a superb holiday – vacation aboard your ‘floating home from home’ in Loire-Nivernais.
Taking a luxury hotel barge vacation cruise along the Loire and Nivernais is one of the most enjoyable, most relaxing ways to appreciate its many hundred years of history, heritage and culture; its wine and cuisine!
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Canalside towpaths are flat and well-maintained. Perfect for some enjoyable, gentle cycling or walking through the gorgeous French countryside.
France: fresh local produce, superb simple food, sophisticated fine cuisine, Grand Cru wines, Champagne AC, vin ordinaire, boulangerie bread, croissants, gateaux and 246 types of cheese!
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