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
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.
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 Boat Holiday in
French Wine Country on the
Burgundy Canal at the boat
basin with a view of
Walking trails along the
canal at both sides in
places offer a flat
walking surface for a
hike through the
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.
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.
still in use as many locks are
operated manually as they
have been since the
Burgundy Canal was built.
The 11th century hilltop
offers the hiker or biker rest
and refreshment. Many
small farming towns line
the route along the
Burgundy Valley and the
Burgundy Canal cruise barges tour
through the Ouche Valley west of Dijon for
A Unique French Wine Country Vacation:
A Canal Boat Rental for a Narrow Boat
Holiday through Burgundy Valley Wine
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:
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.
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
The culinary and wine tour will include a chef on
- Culinary and Wine Barge Cruise
board, cooking lessons perhaps, visits to renown
restaurants and wine cellars along the way, and
stops at wineries and artisanal cheese producers.
Barge companies with crew operated barges
to start your search:
a self-drive barge, charter a canal barge, or
book a barge culinary trip, chef included
Self Drive Barge companies to start your
Crown Blue Line www.leboat.com/
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
Many of the canal boats carry bicycles for passengers who want to bike along the Burgundy Canal or to visit the
Best Time To Go To the Burgundy Valley:
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.
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.
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.
Barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early
September to mid October.
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