From one stopover to another

Unexpected heritage

In Burgundy, recreational boaters have such a fantastic range of historic and cultural heritage to discover along the water's edge. That's right, river tourism is not just about the pleasures of sailing. It is also an opportunity to drop anchor and explore the banks and surrounding area, dotted with towns, villages and châteaus.

The towns and villages on the water's edge

On the banks of Burgundy Canal

Château et jardins de Tanlay en Bourgogne
©Château de Tanlay


The port of Tanlay is a very pleasant place to stop off, before then exploring one of the most beautiful monuments of the Renaissance in Burgundy: the Château de Tanlay.

Château de Tanlay
Château d'Ancy le Franc et ses jardins


Once you've moored your boat, head for the Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, a treasure of the Renaissance, and perfect example of symmetry and elegance.

Château d’Ancy-le-Franc
Vue sur Dijon depuis la tour Philippe Le Bon
Office de Tourisme de Dijon


The old commercial port of Dijon has been converted into a marina, and is now the destination for river tourism, cycle routes, cultural and gourmet heritage.

Stopover in Dijon

On the banks of the Canal du Centre

Quais de Chalon-sur-Saône
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme


Come and explore the town, the cathedral, Chardonnay and the world of Nicéphore Niepce, the inventor of photography.

Stopover in Chalon-sur-Saône
Basilique de Paray-le-Monial
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme


It is worth stopping here for the basilica, a superb masterpiece of Roman art, and also to explore the town for the afternoon.

Stopover in Paray-le-Monial
Dormir au château de Couches
Château de COuches

Château de Couches

Experience the Middle Ages at the Château de Couches, with its dungeon and underground galleries, chapel and Tour de la Justice.

Château de Couches

On the banks of the Yonne and Nivernais Canal

Les bords de l'Yonne à Sens


Auxerre is an unmissable stopover, very popular with recreational boaters from all over the world.

Stopover in Auxerre
Quais de la ville d'Auxerre
Le Boat


Leave the port and discover the must-see of the town: Saint-Etienne Cathedral. Then take the time to wander the streets of the town and admire the architectural treasures.

Stopover in Sens
Bateau sur l'Yonne à joigny
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme


Classified monuments, renowned wines, majestic churches, everything the inquisitive recreational boater could ask for.

Stopover in Joigny

Around the Val de Loire

Les Sept Ecluses de Rogny
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme


This one-of-a-kind, 17th-century masterpiece is not-to-be-missed.

Stopover in Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Ville de Nevers et Bords de Loire
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme


Leave your boat at the port and follow the blue markings on the ground to learn about the history of Nevers.

Stopover in Nevers
Bord de Loire à La Charité
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme

La Charité-sur-Loire

On the banks of the Loire, La Charité-sur-Loire is a charming medieval walled town.

Stopover in La Charité-sur-Loire

By bicycle

Leave your boat behind and go for a leisurely bike ride along the canals and rivers of Burgundy. You can explore the region in a very different way from the easy and pleasant Greenways.

Cycling along the water's edge

On the banks of the Saône

L'île Saint-Laurent à Chalon-sur-Saône
Alain Doire - BFC Tourisme


The marina has all the facilities you need for the ideal stopover. A great starting point for an exploration of this Town of Art and History.

Stopover in Chalon-sur-Saône
Vue sur la Saône, Tournus et son abbaye Saint-Philibert
Alain DOIRE / BFC Tourisme


Tournus has many surprises up its sleeve. This is a great stopover for recreational boaters who are fond of religious heritage and good food and drink!

Stopover in Tournus
Mâcon, la cité Lamartine
Bourgogne Tourisme / Alain Doire


This is THE ultimate town to drop anchor for a day, with the marina, exciting history of the town and beautiful heritage sites.

Stopover in Mâcon

On the banks of the Seille

La Truchère-bateau-promenade sur la Seille-Saône-et-Loire

La Truchère

This is the ideal place to stop for fans of the countryside and wildlife.

Stopover in La Truchère

All the towns and villages on the water's edge

Choose the waterway you'd like to sail along and find the full list of towns and villages to explore on your way.

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Lock keeper's houses

Traditional "guinguette", museum, holiday gîte on the water's edge: in Burgundy, we know how to bring these former lock keeper's houses back to life, much to the delight of recreational boaters and visitors!

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