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Sightseeing Highlights

Explore the historic, cobblestoned streets of Auxerre. Bask in beautiful vineyards and sample iconic vintages wine-tasting in the renowned Chablis wine region! Visit the charming 14th century medieval market village of Noyers, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Vézelay, one of Burgundy’s most famous treasures with the Romanesque Basilica of St Mary Magdalene. The Chateau of Bazoches, built in the 12th Century and whose illustrious visitors included Richard the Lionheart.

Canals & Waterways

Barges cruise along 2 rustic canals in Northern Burgundy, the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Nivernais. Construction on the Canal de Bourgogne was completed in 1832, and was considered to be an engineering triumph due to the later additions of tunnels and lock enlargements. The Canal de Bourgogne cruises through bucolic scenery, charming villages, and rambling vineyards. The Canal du Nivernais began construction in 1784 and was interrupted by the Revolution, thus finally opening in 1841.

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Why Barge in Burgundy?

Northern Burgundy is great for guests who like to sample a wide variety of experiences and excursions. The canals are meltingly beautiful, lined with colorful villages and weeping willow trees at some spots, sailing through dramatic cliffs in others, and ample bicycling and walking opportunities. Located a two to three hour drive south of Paris, all of our Northern Burgundy barges provide chauffeured transfers to and from, so these are among the easiest barge routes to reach. We recommend combining a cruise in Burgundy with additional time in Paris, making these barge trips an ideal option for travelers planning a trip of eight to nine days.