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.


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.

Indulgent Insights

From sumptuous seasonal salads to candlelit steak dinners to glasses of locally produced Chablis, barge guests feast on gourmet French fare served in an intimate onboard atmosphere. Daily wine selections reflect the surrounding sun-kissed Chablis wine region, featuring Burgundy white wines with flirty aromas and flinty finishes. Served with the area’s abundant produce, luscious French cheeses, and tender Charolais beef, the cuisine in Northern Burgundy is both classic and contemporary.


Why Barge in Burgundy?

Northern Burgundy is great for guests who like to sample a wide variety of experiences and excursions. The canals are lined with colorful villages with ample bicycling and walking opportunities. A 2-3 hour drive south of Paris, 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 ideal for travelers planning a trip of eight to nine days.

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Step onboard 8 passenger barge
L’Art de Vivre in Northern Burgundy,
and cruise the Canal du Nivernais