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Boating holiday at Venarey-les-Laumes

Just 1 hour from Paris by high speed train (2 hours by car), our Venarey-les-Laumes base on the canal de Bourgogne is an easily accessible option for a boating break. Whether it’s a weekend break, a few days cruise or a week long holiday,...

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Castle of Ancy-le-Franc
16th century castle of Ancy le Franc
21-chateau-de-bussy-rabutin
Bussy-Rabutin Castle (Renaissance XVI)
Nicols boat on the Canal de Bourogne
The Burgundy Canal
Muséoparc d'Alésia and statue of Vercingetorix
Muséoparc Alésia & Vercingétorix
Battle re-enactments at Muséoparc Alésia
Battle re-enactments at Muséoparc Alésia
Golf courses at both Venarey  (7 holes) and Tanlay (9 holes)
Golf courses at both Venarey (7 holes) and Tanlay (9 holes)
abbey of Fontenay
Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy
Fontenay Abbey
cloister of the Abbey of Fontenay
Fontenay Abbey: the cloister
Anis de Flavigny
Flavigny sur Ozerain and its famous aniseed flavoured sweets
Cross the locks in Burgundy
A lock on the Burgundy Canal
Swimming centre at Montbard
Swimming centre at Montbard
Waterslide fun!
Waterslide fun!
Bike ride along a canal
Canal towpath
Harvest in Burgundy
Harvest in Burgundy
Prestigious French wines
Prestigious French wines
A lock in Burgundy
A lock in Burgundy
The famous Burgundy snails
The famous Burgundy snails
Excellent Burgundy foods: Gougères - an airy cheese puff
Excellent Burgundy foods: Gougères - an airy cheese puff
Cruise prices from453 €

Best bits :

  • World famous Burgundy cuisine and wine
  • Cultural heritage
  • Venarey is just 1 hour from Paris by TGV (Gare de Montbard 15 km) or 2 hours by road.

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After getting to know our boat at Brienon, we meandered towards Venarey on a one-way cruise... See the blog

Cruise prices from453 €

Just 1 hour from Paris by high speed train (2 hours by car), our Venarey-les-Laumes base on the canal de Bourgogne is an easily accessible option for a boating break. Whether it’s a weekend break, a few days cruise or a week long holiday, you can explore the canal by boat delving back through the history of France whilst exploring one of the best known waterways networks in France...

An exceptional number of sites and remarkable monuments surround the Canal de Bourgogne. The most prestigious has to be the Cistercian abbey at Fontenay (World Heritage Historical Monument). However, you can also explore the great Burgundy castles that are only a short walk or bike ride away such as: Bussy, Tanlay, Ancy le Franc, Nuits, Maulne…or other fascinating sites such as the Alesia Museum-park celebrating the historical battle between Vercingétorix and Caesar in 52 BC.

From the Nicols base at Venarey-les-Laumes, you can also choose to cruise south: the superb, deep and sinuous Ouche valley then opens up to you, punctuated by automatic locks reminding you of a time when boatmen took the time to live on their barges, enjoying the slow pace of our rivers and canals...

Additional cruising routes are also available from our base in the northern section of the Canal de Bourgogne at Brienon-sur-Armançon.

Cruise prices from453 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the canal de Bourgogne

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: In the footsteps of the gauls short break

Course: Venarey – Buffon – Venarey (40km - 26 locks - 10h00)

  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia
  • Montbard : Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Aquatic Park
  • Buffon : The forges of Buffon, Park

Mini week

Itinerary 1: From gaul to the renaissance historic getaway

Course: Venarey – Ancy le Franc – Venarey (82km - 50 locks - 21h00)

  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia
  • Montbard : Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Aquatic Park
  • Buffon : The forges of Buffon, Park
  • Ravières : The castel of Ravières
  • Ancy-le-Franc : Castle of Ancy-le-Franc

One week

Itinerary 1: The burgundy canal and the renaissance

Course: Venarey – Tanlay – Venarey (124km - 68 locks - 31h00)

  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia
  • Montbard : Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Aquatic Park
  • Buffon : The forges of Buffon, Park
  • Ravières : The castel of Ravières
  • Ancy-le-Franc : Castle of Ancy-le-Franc
  • Tanlay : Castle of Tanlay

Itinerary 2: Burgundy's historical treasures

Course: One way Venarey – Brienon (108km - 57 locks - 32h15)

  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia
  • Montbard : Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Aquatic Park
  • Buffon : The forges of Buffon, Park
  • Ravières : The castel of Ravières
  • Ancy-le-Franc : Castle of Ancy-le-Franc
  • Tanlay : Castle of Tanlay
  • Tonnerre : Old town built on a hill, The “fosse” Dionne (laundry), Church St Pierre built on a rock terrace, Old hospital from 1293, Hotel of Uzes: native house of the knight Eon
  • St Florentin : Canal surrounded by 2 rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glasses, Prior’s terrace : splendid panorama on the old town and the valley
  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792

Two weeks

Itinerary 1: Cruise in the Ouche valley

Course: Venarey – Châteauneuf – Venarey (98km - 130 locks - 90h00)

  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia
  • Pouilly-en-Auxois : crossing of the tunnel’s Pouilly-en-Auxois (3,33 km)
  • Châteauneuf : Castle of the twelfth and fifteenth century

*Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
Cruise prices from453 €

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