A holiday on the water

5 (good) reasons to try river tourism

Why not take to the waters of Burgundy, along the canals or rivers? This spring or summer, hire a boat and be your own captain for a weekend or longer. It's a simple, relaxing, comfortable and ideal way of travelling, where you'll see something different every day without having to change accommodation. If you go with friends, you'll be able to enjoy evening cocktails in a different harbour every day!

Plaisancier sur la Saône à Tournus
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
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It's simple!

You don't need a licence or any special training to be able to hire a recreational boat. Just a 15-minute briefing session and you'll be ready to set sail! Cross through the locks, turn around, moor... it's a piece of cake!

Hire a recreational boat

Vacances en péniche
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
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It's relaxing!

At an average speed of 6 to 8 km/hour you will (finally) be forced to slow down the pace and just enjoy the simple things in life for a few days: watch the passing landscapes, enjoy the peace-and-quiet, nature... You're in for a relaxing time, with great food and drink.

Apéritif à bord d'un bateau fluvial habitable
Le Boat
3

It's the ideal activity with friends

The boats can often accommodate several people, making it THE ideal solution for an adventure with friends. On board, you'll have time to catch up, and enjoy each other's company. In the evenings, enjoy a few drinks and if you get a bit loud, it doesn't matter because you don't have any neighbours.

Port de plaisance de Joigny
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme
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It's about total freedom

An advantage of river tourism is the freedom to moor the boat wherever you want, in the countryside or in a pretty town, such as Joigny and its 19 classified monuments. Nothing is stopping you from bringing your fishing rods or your bikes along with you, for another adventure along the towpaths, as an added bonus.

Waterside towns and heritage sites

Sieste sur un bateau fluvial
Michel_JOLY
5

It's comfortable!

Imagine a sunny terrace over the water, in the middle of the countryside. Sounds tempting doesn't it?
As for the rest, it's simple, the boats are perfectly adapted to make sure you feel at home! And if you're looking for luxury hotel services, you can opt for a barge-hotel, for a luxury experience on the water!

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