Water is everywhere in Burgundy, it has shaped life and livelihoods here since the dawn of time. Today, it is recreational boaters and visitors who can explore the treasures of the region from the canals and rivers: châteaux, towns such as Joigny, Auxerre and Sens are all great places to explore. Drop your anchors! Between two stopovers, you could also stop off to explore a lock keeper's house that has been converted into a traditional "guinguette" or swap your boat for a bike!
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.
On the banks of Burgundy Canal
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
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
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
Come and explore the town, the cathedral, Chardonnay and the world of Nicéphore Niepce, the inventor of photography.Stopover in Chalon-sur-Saône
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
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
Auxerre is an unmissable stopover, very popular with recreational boaters from all over the world.Stopover in Auxerre
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
Classified monuments, renowned wines, majestic churches, everything the inquisitive recreational boater could ask for.Stopover in Joigny
Around the Val de Loire
This one-of-a-kind, 17th-century masterpiece is not-to-be-missed.Stopover in Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Leave your boat at the port and follow the blue markings on the ground to learn about the history of Nevers.Stopover in Nevers
On the banks of the Loire, La Charité-sur-Loire is a charming medieval walled town.Stopover in La Charité-sur-Loire
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.
On the banks of the Saône
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
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
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
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.
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!