Embark on a cruise along the Canal latéral à la Loire to discover the treasures of the Loire, known as the royal river. On this week -long holiday you will enjoy a cultural and historical visit to Nevers, cross the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire, discover châteaux and dungeons on the banks of the river, and even fishing and swimming!
Our boat rental base located in Plagny in the Nivernais is at the confluence of two waterways - the Canal latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Nivernais, one of the most famous destinations for canal boating holidays.
Plagny: Near (6km) to city of Nevers – capital of earthenware, Former F1 race circuit and ‘Musée Ligier F1’ at Magny Cours with a collection of F1 cars (10km)
Pont-canal du Guétin: Sail across the 18-arch Guetin canal bridge, the “Bec d'Allier” protected natural area with hiking trails and bird observatory.
Apremont: Medieval village, Château d’Apremont, floral park.
Marseille-lès-Aubigny: Old maritime town, the natural meeting point of the Canal latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Berry
La Charité-sur-Loire: Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, 16th century stone bridge, Eglise Notre Dame (8th century roman architecture), historic ramparts and fortifications.
Pouilly-sur-Loire: Notable for the production of the white wine known as Pouilly-Fumé, wine-tasting opportunities, Museum of “Pavillon du milieu de Loire”
Sancerre: ‘Maison des Sancerre’ wine museum, ‘La tour des fiefs’ 14th century château remains, splendid view of the Loire valley, 16th century belfry, many shops selling art and crafts.
St Satur/ St Thibault: Old abbey, recreation centre with swimming pools, tennis courts and mini-golf, ‘Sancerrois’ golf club (18 holes)
Beaulieu-sur-Loire: Church with a superb altarpiece from the 17th century
Châtillon-sur-Loire: The Mantelot lock, 12th century ruins of Château Gaillard, 16th and 17th century wine growers’ houses, Beaches at the edge of La Loire, the island of Ousson
Châtillon-sur-Loire it is time to make the return leg of your journey, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite discoveries on route before leaving your boat at the Nicols base at Plagny
Holiday reviews from Plagny
We adored this holiday!
We had never been on a boating holiday before and we loved it! Thanks to the training from Nicols’ Plagny base team, we were able to start operating the canal boat quickly. We had a great time crossing the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire in the peaceful countryside with our boat!