French Waterways Regions : The Centre
Loire – Yonne – Nivernais
The Loire region was where French kings chose to build their most sumptuous chateaux, and visitors will quickly appreciate why. Castles, gardens, follies and monuments grace this area of stunning natural beauty. Historic waterfront towns, red-roofed churches, lush meadows and productive vineyards add to the pleasure of any cruising holiday, along with delicious gastronomy and excellent Sancerre wines.
What better way to experience Loire-Centre than by barge or riverboat, cruising between historic sights? The Nivernais Canal is said to be one of the most beautiful canals in France while the River Yonne has its own delights. The towns of Sens, Joigny, Clamency and Auxerre with its Gothic Cathedral are just some of the attractions of this scenic region, each with their own character and history. ↓ click on images to open gallery
Montargis, the capital of the Gatinais region, has numerous navigable waterways and the curious rock formations at Nemours will be the highlights of any cruise. The Canal du Loing cuts through wooded banks along the Loing Valley while the Canal de Briare runs through Rogny with its seven locks, commissioned long ago by Henry IV. Cruises south from Briare including sailing along the famous aqueduct built by Gustave Eiffel.
Those wanting the peace of a canal and the spectacular beauty of the Loire Valley with its many chateaux will appreciate cruising on the Canal Latéral à la Loire which runs beside the River Loire. The hilltop village of Sancerre, well-known for its white wines and creamy goats’ cheese is a popular place to visit, along with the Roman town of Nevers, famous for its fine porcelain and Ducal Palace. Further west, the River Cher has its picturesque highlights.
Other French Waterway Regions
Detailed Cruising Guides : —C de Loing/de Briare—C Loire—C du Nivernais