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An historic escapade : from Gaul times to the Renaissance

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from 649 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    Battle re-enactments at Muséoparc Alésia
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    Muséoparc Alésia & Vercingétorix
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    Waterslide fun!
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    Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
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    Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
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    A lock on the Burgundy Canal
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    16th century castle of Ancy le Franc
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    The famous Burgundy snails
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Description of
the boating holiday

Canal barge hire from Venarey-les-Laumes

Our boating holiday on the Canal de Bourgogne sees you navigate from lock to lock, stopping at picturesque canal-side villages, all the time getting a feel for the colourful history of Burgundy.

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

Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Waterpark

The Grande Forge of Buffon

16th century castle, old town hall, Saint-Pantaléon church

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc locate on the banks of the canal, various museums of art, pottery and

After cruising as far as Ancy-le-Franc 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.


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Is there anything more relaxing?
We were only able to hire our canal boat for a few days, however the trip was so relaxing it felt like we’d been on holiday for a fortnight! This was our first experience of being out on the waterways and we thoroughly enjoyed it – going home feeling fully rested and recharged.

Jean and Anne, Saint-Priest