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Centre of France

Unwind and delight in the scenic valleys of Nivernais

The Canal du Nivernais and the River Yonne present a beautiful watery path through valleys whose reputation is distinguished for the world-class white wines, the likes of Chablis grand cru, produced from its vineyards. Fabulous cathedral cities and quiet medieval villages set amidst woodlands and meadows on rolling hills create an idyllic stage for your French canal holidays!
Great for... 
  • Peaceful waterways
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Historic cities
  • Hilltop villages & stunning châteaux
  • Delicious wines
  • Great cycling routes

Reviews for Nivernais cruises

10 of us (5 couples) traveling in 2 boats to celebrate the 60th birthdays for half of the party. Some of us had experienced a narrow boat holiday in the UK, one couple own a small runabout in New Zealand. We were expecting to sample the local food and wine, see a part of France and share the experience.
The relaxed pace of navigating the canal Nivernais, the villages along the way, the great food, friendly lock keepers, sharing stories with others cruising the canal and being extremely lucky with the weather.
I travelled with my husband. He had some boating experience from more than 30 years ago. I had none. We were keen to combine seeing lesser known parts of Burgundy with a canal boat experience. We wanted a relaxing holiday.
Our cruise took us to larger towns and tiny villages. We loved them all! The boat gave us flexibility to stop where we wanted. We varied our evenings between eating in local restaurants and cooking on board using produce from some of the markets we encountered. We loved saying ' bonjour,' to every other boater, cyclist and lock keeper we came across. We really enjoyed our end of the day drinks on deck - we felt we had earnt it after a work out on the locks during the day. We loved the glorious countryside, pastoral scenes, villages and some chateau. The bird life around the canal is extraordinary.
4 PAX all experienced sailors with world circumnavigations by all. the trip was exactly what was expected.
this cruise was very relaxing with beautiful scenery and quaint towns to visit. the information in the hand book provided was poor and we believe LeBoat could provide better more up todate information i.e. restaurants, supermarkets, places of interest and detailed maps showing locations and more sights along the route. we researched the areas our selves and found a number of venues that were not noted and made our trip very special. We feel those less experienced and without spoken French would struggle to find such places.
The weather was perfect which helped add to the magnificence of the trip. We rented a Vision 4 boat and it was ready for us on time and in perfect shape. Very neat and tidy and well-appointed. We loved the visual experience of the Nivernais. Each anchorage was special. The villages along the way were very special to experience, either for meals or just walking around. We loved the hours of cycling that all of us were able to do each day, either along the riverbank or through uncrowded villages and secondary roads. We bought fresh produce and meat and stopped at every boulangerie possible to prepare our own stellar meals onboard the Vision. The kitchen was very adequate for preparing elaborate dinners for the six of us. And, the wifi worked perfectly for the people on board who needed to be connected to the work-world. Thank you for that!
We planned our route so we didn't miss much of the special things that the Michelin guide suggested. We actually planned the stops at the markets as well. There were so many surprises each day as well. We had fun exchanging fresh food, clothes, T shirts and hats with the lockmasters. Get off and cycle and see as much as you can.
We were told by Leboat that we could stop at the small villages along the way, walk around and enjoy the shops and cafes. It was not true. No small villages were open, and we were told by other boaters that they have been closed for quite some time. Surely Leboat personnel must have been aware of this, and we are disappointed that we given false information. Only Clamecy, Vermonton, and Auxerre had shops and restaurants open.