Burgundy Canal Barge Tours: Canal Boat Rental, Culinary Cruise, or Bare Boat
Burgundy Canal Barge Rentals: book a boat tour with crew or rent a bare boat and self-drive the Burgundy Canal.
Burgundy Canal locktender's house
The Canal de Bourgogne or Burgundy Canal provides north to south access through France and connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea through the Rivers Seine and Yonne to the north, and the rivers Rhone and Saone to the south.  There are many small villages along the way.
Burgundy Canal
A Burgundy Canal loctendes House
The area traversed by the Burgundy Canal is some of the most scenic in France and includes rolling farm country, fields of white cattle, small villages, and imposing hilltop castles and chateaus.
Burgundy Canal Rental boats carry bicycles for the use of passengers and they have van support for those that prefer not to walk to the villages and the hilltop towns.
Have your own chef on a Culinary Tour or captain your Bare Boat  on the Burgundy Canal
Canal Boat Holiday in French Wine Country on the Burgundy Canal at the boat basin with a view of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
Walking trails along the Burgundy Canal, at both sides in places, offer a flat walking surface for a hike or bike ride through the Burgundy Valley.
Burgundy Canal Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal can include a canal boat charter, a bare boat, self-drive tour, or a fully crewed tour.  A Burgundy Barge Cruise could include a chef for the culinary vacation and a wine expert for the wine tours.
Burgundy Canal loctender in Dijon
Much of the Burgundy Canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th and 18 th Century.
Wide flat walkways on either side of the canal make great hiking and biking.
Canal barges make week-long trips out of locations like Dijon and become the nightly hotel as they tie up during the night.
Locktenders house still in use as many locks are operated manually as they have been since the Burgundy Canal was built.
The 11th century hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois offers the hiker or biker rest and refreshment. Many small  farming towns line the route along the Burgundy Valley and the Burgundy Canal
Burgundy Canal cruise barges tour for one week. through the Ouche Valley west of Dijon
A Unique French Wine Country Vacation: A Canal Boat Rental for a Narrow Boat Holiday through Burgundy Valley  Wine Country
Your boating Holiday could include your own chef or you could cruise France in your own self-drive Canal Boat Rental; the barge companies offer three options:

  • Bare Boat, Self-Drive
The bare boat that you drive yourself is common for groups of friends who split the cost,  No license is needed and it only requires a brief explanation of the locking- through process.  The boats move slowly and are safe for any driver.
  • Boat with Crew
The boat with crew will have a captain and crew, bikes on board for passenger use, and perhaps a support vehicle for transportation to the villages.  They are your floating hotel for the slow cruise through the Burgundy Valley.  Groups can charter the entire boat and crew for a unique family vacation.
  • Culinary and Wine Barge Cruise
The culinary and wine tour will include a chef on board, cooking lessons perhaps, visits to renown restaurants and wine cellars along the way, and stops at wineries and artisanal cheese producers.
Burgundy Canal Barge tours cruise through the Ouche Valley
  • Barge with Crew
Barge companies with crew operated barges to start your search:

www.bargeconnection.com/index.php

www.hotelsafloat.com/self.php

www.barginginfrance.com/leboatburgundy.htm
Book a self-drive barge, charter a canal barge, or book a barge culinary trip, chef included

  • Sef-Drive
Self Drive Barge companies to start your search:
Crown Blue Line   www.leboat.com/

Locaboat    www.locaboat.com/index.php
Canal Boat Holiday Barge Cruises out of the city of Dijon and other locations nearby make one week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal
The
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon and the Burgundy Valley from Paris.
Links to Burgundy Canal Cruise Providers
Burgundy Canal Boat Rental, Culinary Cruise or Bare Boat
Hiking and biking are available also along the canal.
The old towpaths once used by horses to pull the barges are still in place and they make a flat path for hiking and biking.
Many of the canal boats carry bicycles for passengers who want to bike along the Burgundy Canal or to visit the villages
Barge Tours
  • Bare Boat
  • Crew
  • Wine
Best Time To Go To the Burgundy Valley:   
  • Cruise Season
April to October  is canal cruise season and good times to go to Burgundy for Barge Tours, Dijon visits, biking and hiking along the canal, and the culinary cruise vacation.  
  • Weather
The weather in Burgundy is temperate March and April (50-75 F) Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration.  Weather is good in September October, great months to visit.
  • Low Season
From  April to mid May the barge tours will not be booked solid so prices are lowered.  Mid July and all of August can also offer lower prices because much of France goes on a six-week vacation.  The last two weeks of October can be low season and the end of the cruise season for some providers.
  • High season
Barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early September to mid October.   
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In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license    Italian law, however,  requires that.....  
  • Airport Rentals
Auto Europe offers selection, price, and ease of booking on the web.   Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose air, hotel or auto in France.  Rentals available at TGV Stations
  • Free Airport Parking, Your Home Airport
You can Save on Air Travel by parking your car for free at airport hotels in 60 US cities and hundreds of others worldwide.  These hotels are not always located within the airport but they all offer shuttles to the airport
After one night stay in the airport hotels you can park for up to
two weeks free.
  • Shuttle
The early shuttle (24 hour in some cases) from the hotel to the airline terminal will allow you to book an early flight and save money on the airfare.
  • No Need For Limo
Two weeks of free parking offsets the cost of the hotel room and you do not need to arrange for a limo to and from the airport.
Most Hotels in this program offer two weeks parking with one night stay some offer three and include
parking for cruise passengers.
Hotel Reservations, One Night Stay with  Free Two Week Airport Parking, ParkSleepFly.
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A Burgundy Canal loctender in Dijon operates the gates manually