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A river cruise in Burgundy: discover the Canal latéral à la Loire

Between hills and forests, peaceful and wild landscapes, gastronomy and architectural richness, Burgundy is an ideal region to discover the pleasures of river navigation. Renting a houseboat in Burgundy will be an opportunity to discover its many treasures, including the Canal latéral à la Loire. Inaugurated in 1838, the 196-kilometre-long Canal latéral à la Loire, which goes from Digone to Briare, is known for its magnificent route, which offers picturesque stops between historic towns and prestigious vineyards. Let yourself be tempted and go sailing in the heart of France, amidst valleys, pastures and vineyards. During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to moor your boat without a boat license in many places that will surprise you. Here is a list of the essential stages for your cruise along the Canal latéral à la Loire. 

Dijon, a city of charm 

Located in the south of Burgundy, Dijon is an ideal stop for nature lovers. You can discover wild places, historical sites, but it is also the ideal place to taste good local products such as Charolais beef, Burgundian snails or potatoes filled with snails. During your stay in this charming town, we sugegst you to visit the majestic castle of Chiseuil and its magnificent park, the church of Sainte-Bernadette, but especially do not miss the canal bridge that connects the Canal du Centre to the Canal latéral à la Loire. 

Decize, the city of water 

The town of Decize, located at the confluence of several rivers including the River Aron, the Canal du Nivernai, the Canal latéral à la Loire and the Vieille Loire, is a must-see stop during your cruise on the Canal latéral à la Loire. This quiet town and its authentic environment is an ideal river destination for holidays with family, friends or couples. During your stay, enjoy the historical heritage of the city. Discover the ramparts, the old castle of Les Comptes de Nevers and the church of Saint Aré, built in the 11th century. For the ones who are more adventurous, experience a canoe trip along the river Loire!

Sancerre, the stopover for wine lovers 

The town of Sancerre is surrounded by renowned vineyards and is located on the banks of the Loire. It is renowned for its wine and cheese, the crottin de Chavignol, and offers an exceptional view of the Loire valley and the vineyards clinging to the hillside. You can visit the Tour des Fiefs, which will offer you a panoramic view of this charming town. 

view of the town of sancerre

Briare and crossing the bridge over the canal 

Briare is a charming flowery town, renowned for its natural and cultural heritage, and it is built around a charming marina. If you rent a boat without a boat license in Briare, don't miss the opportunity to discover the city's biggest tourist attraction: the canal bridge. Inspired by engineer Gustave Eiffel, the bridge over the Briare Canal is a technical feat that crosses the Loire over a length of 662 metres. If you have a sweet tooth, do not orget to taste the delicious chocolates such as "Les Cailloux de Briare" or "Émaux de Briare". 

briare canal bridge

A houseboat holiday along the Canal latéral à la Loire is an opportunity to make incredible discoveries in the heart of an authentic territory. Just relax and get ready to discover and your river holidays will be unforgettable!

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