Burgundy Valley Canal History

A barge cruise, bare boat or a Burgundy Canal will tour through historic Eastern France.

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.  


The area traversed by the 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.


Parts of the canal are undergoing repair with steel sheet pile being driven to support the sidewalls and upgrades and automation of the water and gate control but much of the canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th and 18 th Century.
The Burgundy Canal 1607 saw plans that would help transport produce form the farms of the rich alluvial Burgundy Valley and from farms along the Rhone River.  
The engineers started work on the canal in 1727 and completed work in 1832 when barges made the first crossing.  Some cargo still traverses the canal but most traffic is now tour boat cruises on one-week trips or barges making an extended run through France from the Med. to the Atlantic.
The Village of Pouilly en Auxois, north of Dijon, is the highest point on the canal at 378 meters above sea level. (1,240 feet)  
A three-kilometer tunnel (2.07 miles) is one of the intriguing features of this marvel of engineering with a total length of 150 miles. With 113 locks on the Yonne River side of the canal and 76 on the Saone River side, and a complex system of reservoirs and feeder canals the Burgundy Canal remains an intriguing engineering accomplishment and a wonderful place to enjoy a walk, bike ride, or barge cruise through the French countryside.
The canal was an engineering marvel in1607.  
Once completed
in 1832, it  joined the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
Burgundy Canal Barge History,
Villages like Châteauneuf-en-Auxois along the route offer hotels and B&Bs
village of Châteauneuf-en-
Auxois
Burgundy Valley Canal History is one of Innovation and Engineering. The Burgundy Canal 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.
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal
Barge Cruises on the Burgundy Valley are centered in the City of Dijon and surrounding area.  The barges make one-week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal
The
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
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.   
Burgundy Canal
 History
The Burgundy Canal below the Eleventh Century village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal
  • Dijon
Barge Cruises on the Burgundy Valley are centered in the City of Dijon and surrounding area including the city of Beaune.  
  • Beaune
Beaune is at the southern end of the canal and noted for wine production.  The barges make one-week culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal in East Central France.
The
TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
The Burgundy Canal of Eastern France
Best Time To Go To the Burgundy Valley:   
  • Cruise Season, Hiking and Biking
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 veloroutes, 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 and hotels 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
Hotels in the area and barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early September to mid October.   
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