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A boating holiday on the Canal de Bourgogne

Two weeks
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98 KM
from 1996 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    Muséoparc Alésia & Vercingétorix
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    Flavigny sur Ozerain and its famous aniseed flavoured sweets
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    Battle re-enactments at Muséoparc Alésia
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    A lock on the Burgundy Canal
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    Prestigious French wines
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    Fine dining at numerous gourmet restaurants
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    Excellent Burgundy foods: Gougères - an airy cheese puff
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    Canal towpath
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Description of
the boating holiday

A canal boat cruise in the Ouche Valley

With this two week boating holiday in Burgundy you’ll have plenty of time to take in the regions picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes and countryside, prestigious vineyards and fine wining and dining. Our itinerary on the Canal de Bourgogne will also lead you and your self-drive canal barge through the 3km of impressive tunnels at Pouilly-en-Auxois!

Departure base

At just an hour from Paris by TGV (2 hours if by road), our Venarey-les-Laumes base is located on the Canal de Bourgogne, which is part of one of France’s most famous networks of waterways. No previous boating experience or licence is needed and there are a number of canal boat holiday itineraries on offer - whether you’re travelling for just a weekend, a short break or a longer holiday.

Places to see and things to do

Venarey: Battle site of Alésia, ‘Museoparc’ of Alésia, statue of Vercingetorix

passing through the impressive tunnel at Pouilly-en-Auxois (3.33 km long)

Châteauneuf: fortified village with castle of the twelfth and fifteenth century

After cruising as far as Châteauneuf on the Canal de Bourgogne it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Venarey-les-Laumes

Canal boats available

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Holiday reviews from Venarey

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Seeing the region from a different angle!
We enjoyed seeing Burgundy differently – from a new perspective on the calm and peaceful waters of the canal. Other highlights of the holiday were meeting fellow boaters and discovering the excellent gastronomy and fine wines the area has to offer.

Lucas, Périgueux