Burgundy Canal Cruise

Central France Canal de Bourgogne

Canal de Bourgogne 2010

Our cruise route
Burgundy Canal - Burgundy

We are presenting our past guest a new cruise route for 2010. Offering all the comfort and luxury expected from a cruise aboard Colibri, whilst exploring another region of France, with cruising and excursions and also wines and gastronomy.   For 2010 Barge Colibri will be cruising the Upper section of the Burgundy Canal, between the town of Tonnerre and the village of Pouillenay. The canal is very pretty, as it climbs with lovely views over the countryside, passing through villages and towns along the way.

Upper reaches of the Burgundy Canal - Sample Itinerary from Tonnerre to Pouillenay

Guests are met by the Captain, Earl. Between 4 and 5 PM at the arrange meeting point. Warm welcome on board with aperitifs, and gentle cruise through the countryside and an introduction to the manual locks. Whetting your appetites for dinner and the days to come. Tonight we will moor in the chateau town of Tanlay.

The excursion this morning is to the Caves of Bailly, makers of the local and delicious sparkling wine. The caves are fascinating, huge, carved by man deep into the hill over the centuries, and maintain the perfect temperature for wine making. This afternoon we cruise to the village of Ancy-le-Franc.

A short distance from our mooring point is the Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc, our visit for today. This opulent renaissance chateau has been beautifully restored and is a delight to see. After lunch we cruise to the small village of Ravieres, a good place for a stroll with its magnificent church dating from the 12th century.

In the morning, we visit the town of Chablis, world renowned for it delicious white wines. We will visit wine makers, with tastings including Premier and Grand Cru wines. Lunch will be taken ashore today at a delightful restaurant. Our afternoon cruise will take us towards the town of Montbard.

The Abbey of Fontenay is our visit this morning. The abbey is a UNESCO world heritage site, it has been restored to its 12th Century appearance, situated in a green a beautiful valley, with elegant gardens, this really is a historic treasure. After lunch, we will continue our cruise, and start our climb up the valley toward Venarey les Laumes. Tonight's dinner will be taken ashore, another gastronomic feast.

We visit the medieval town of Noyers, beautifully located on the riverbank, with half-timbered houses, picturesque streets and tiny squares. We pass through Epoisse, famous for its cheese, for a tasting before returning to Colibri for the final leg of our cruise. This afternoon we continue our climb up the valley, with magnificent views, mooring in the village of Pouillenay. Farewell dinner aboard.

Leisurely breakfast, and transfer between 10 and 11am to nominated drop of point.

This is a sample itinerary, due to the nature of barging the moorings and visits may vary depending on the seasons, local influences and, of course, your preferences.

Burgundy canal map

burgundy canal map

The Burgundy Canal from Migennes to Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Burgundy Canal History

The Burgundy Canal (French: Canal de Bourgogne) is a canal in Burgundy in central eastern France. The construction began in 1727 and was completed in 1832. The canal is 242 km long, with 209 canal locks, and connects the River Yonne to the River Saône.


Boating in France with John and Irene, cruising the Burgundy canal from Migennes to Dijon.