Nivernais Canal ~ Auxerre ~ River Yonne ~ Briare Canal ~ Montargis ~ Loire 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.
Wonderful Gatinais-Loire Places
Cruising Northern Burgundy – Gatinais – Loire – the options
You can cruise the north Burgundy canals piloting your own Self-drive Hire boat,
or being pampered in fine style aboard a luxury Hotel Barge.
Go your own way. Explore the pleasures and treasures of the Northern Burgundy waterways.
Lie back and let the skipper and crew take care of everything. Great food. Fine wine. Unique.
Getting to North Burgundy
Hotel barges normally collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. There are also TGV express train stations at Sens, Migennes, Montbard and Dijon; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.