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Boating holiday in Plagny

Our boat rental base at Plagny in the Nivernais region is located at the meeting point of two waterways: the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Nivernais, one of the most popular destinations for boating holidays...

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Cruise prices from342 €

Best bits:

  • Close to Paris (2½ hours)
  • Historic waterways to explore
  • Many interesting historical sites to visit
  • Wide choice of cruising itineraries – return to base, one-way or circular routes.
  • Famous Sancerre wines, known the world over.

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Our boat rental base at Plagny in the Nivernais region is located at the meeting point of two waterways: the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Nivernais, one of the most popular destinations for boating holidays.

Heading up the Canal Latéral à la Loire will give your boating holiday both natural and historical highlights:

  • The Bec d'Allier, meeting point between the Loire and Allier, one of the last untamed rivers in Europe, listed as a "Panda site" by the WWF, to the delight of nature lovers everywhere...
  • La Charité sur Loire (town from the book) listed as a Unesco World Heritage site is an essential milestone along the St James' Way;
  • Sancerre and Pouilly, famous all over the world for their vineyards;
  • Briare and its canal aqueduct, designed by Eiffel
  • And finally Rogny and its 7 locks built under Henri IV reign

If you are travelling south, stop off at Nevers, a town famous for its art and history, known for its Cathedral, Gothic-inspired Duke's Palace, 11th century Roman church, and ceramics and pottery factories (including the oldest in France). Going a little further along the river will take you back up the valley of the famous Canal du Nivernais, cruising through Morvan's hills and forests...

You can also explore the Loire Valley by boat from our Nicols boat hire base in Rogny close to Briare… Nicols also offers a one way boating holiday from Rogny to Plagny (or vice versa) which allows maximum cruising time for exploring the scenery and sites that can be found along this route. 

(Please note: arrivals and / or departures from / to ROGNY station are temporarily unavailable for the 2018 season: for more information, please contact us). For an exceptional boating holiday try the three week "Centre of France loop" cruise navigating on the Nivernais, Bourgogne and Val de Loire !

Cruise prices from342 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the Canal Latéral à la Loire and on the Canal du Nivernais

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Canal crossroad cruise short break

Course: Plagny – Marseilles les Aubigny - Plagny (46km - 4 locks - 8h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Pont canal du Guetin : Double lock with a fall of 9.23m giving an access to the pont canal, Ornithological ride, River fishing
  • Apremont : Medieval village, Lovely place of interest perfectly restored
  • Marseille-les-Aubigny : Old little barge town, Meeting point between the canal lateral to la Loire, Le Berry canal and la Loire canal

Itinerary 2: The counts of Nevers short break

Course: Plagny – Decize - Plagny (66km - 10 locks - 14h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Chevenon : 13th century castle
  • Decize : Nautical stopover in the town cantre, Relics of the Château des Comtes of Nevers and fortifications of the 12th and 16th century, The St Aré church and its Merovingian crypt, The ramparts the market promenade

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Wine-tasting immersion getaway

Course: Plagny – Sancerre - Plagny (112km - 22 locks - 25h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Pont canal du Guetin : Double lock with a fall of 9.23m giving an access to the pont canal, Ornithological ride, River fishing
  • Apremont : Medieval village, Lovely place of interest perfectly restored
  • Marseille-les-Aubigny : Old little barge town, Meeting point between the canal lateral to la Loire, Le Berry canal and la Loire canal
  • La Charité-sur-Loire : 16th century stone bridge, The basilica of Ste Croix Notre Dame, Important stage of the way of St James, The ramparts, Old book fair (july)
  • Pouilly-sur-Loire : Cellular, Museum of “pavillon du milieu de Loire”
  • Sancerre : The tower of the fiefs (vestige of the château des Comtes of Sancerre) 14th-century, Splendid view of the Loire valley, 16th century befry, Shops of many artists and crafts-men, Museum of wine “maison des Sancerre”

Itinerary 2: Historic Nevers getaway

Course: Plagny – Cercy la Tour – Plagny (102km - 22 locks - 25h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Chevenon : 13th century castle
  • Decize : Nautical stopover in the town cantre, Relics of the Château des Comtes of Nevers and fortifications of the 12th and 16th century, The St Aré church and its Merovingian crypt, The ramparts the market promenade
  • Verneuil : 12th century roman church, 15th century castle
  • Cercy-la-Tour : Following the alleys leading to terrace you have a large view of the village and the valley, 12th century roman church

One week

Itinerary 1: Along the shores of the royal river

Course: Plagny – Chatillon sur Loire – Plagny (180km - 32 locks - 42h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Pont canal du Guetin : Double lock with a fall of 9.23m giving an access to the pont canal, Ornithological ride, River fishing
  • Apremont : Medieval village, Lovely place of interest perfectly restored
  • Marseille-les-Aubigny : Old little barge town, Meeting point between the canal lateral to la Loire, Le Berry canal and la Loire canal
  • La Charité-sur-Loire : 16th century stone bridge, The basilica of Ste Croix Notre Dame, Important stage of the way of St James, The ramparts, Old book fair (july)
  • Pouilly-sur-Loire : Cellular, Museum of “pavillon du milieu de Loire”
  • Sancerre : The tower of the fiefs (vestige of the château des Comtes of Sancerre) 14th-century, Splendid view of the Loire valley, 16th century befry, Shops of many artists and crafts-men, Museum of wine “maison des Sancerre”
  • St Satur/ St Thibault : Old abbey, Recreation centre with swimming pools, Several tennis courts and a mini-golf, The Sancerrois golf club (18 hole)
  • Beaulieu-sur-Loire : Church with a superb altarpiece from the 17th century
  • Châtillon-sur-Loire : The lock of mantelot, The vestiges of the 12th century château Gaillard, Wine growers’ houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, The sternes island

Itinerary 2: Journey through time

Course: Plagny – Châtillon en Bazois – Plagny (176km - 54 locks - 48h00)

  • Plagny : Nevers at 6km, Magny-Cours racing circuit at 10km and the ligier museum (collection of Formula 1 cars)
  • Chevenon : 13th century castle
  • Decize : Nautical stopover in the town cantre, Relics of the Château des Comtes of Nevers and fortifications of the 12th and 16th century, The St Aré church and its Merovingian crypt, The ramparts the market promenade
  • Verneuil : 12th century roman church, 15th century castle
  • Cercy-la-Tour : Following the alleys leading to terrace you have a large view of the village and the valley, 12th century roman church
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois : The castle, Its parks and gardens (between 16th july and end of august)

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Cruise prices from342 €

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