Burgundy, the Loire, the Nivernais; these names are enough to start dreaming. It is an intimate and rich houseboat cruise that will take you to sail on the rivers and canals of the most beautiful French regions. On its banks you will meet imposing castles, ancient villages and cities of medieval origin, but also wide valleys with woods, meadows and vineyards. The fascinating Canal du Nivernais, Canal Lateral à la Loire and Canal de Bourgogne allow access to some of the most beautiful French sailing areas. Sail along these canals to discover France on a houseboat without the need for a skipper, you can take the boat independently!


DEPARTURE BASE Fontenoy-le-Château, France
Other departure base

Saint-Jean-De-Losne, France
Branges, France

TIME OF DEPARTURE Check-in at 5:00 pm on Saturday - Check-out at 9:00 pm on the following Saturday

Included services

Travel assistance and registration fee
Practical trial of navigation
Bed linen and towels
Technical support
Custom route
Locks tolls

Not included services

Transfers to/from the Marina
Food and beverage
Harbour and buoy fees
Tourist tax
Final cleaning (from €130)
Fuel (approx. €150)
Deposit insurance
Travel insurance

From €1.759 per houseboat.
Request advance booking and last minute discounts and a tailored quote.


Migennes - Sens - Joigny - Migennes
88 km, 20 locks, 21 hrs - Waterways: l'Yonne

Decize - La Charité sur Loira - Decize
136 km, 34 locks, 19 hrs, 4 nights

Additional information

Language International crew and guests.
Class Houseboat
Product ID 313
Burgundy, Nivernais and Loire, France - ID 313

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Burgundy, Nivernais and Loire, France - ID 313

Day 1: Check-in

Check-in available on Saturday afternoon from 17:00 at the base of Chatillon sur Loire, where you will enjoy a short walk on the medieval cobbles to discover the ruins of the castle and the ancient houses of the winemakers. It is located near Briare, a town that has the most famous of the works reserved for inland navigation, the Canal Bridge, the longest in Europe designed by G. Eiffel, who built the Eiffel Tower.

Day 2

Beginning your navigation towards the south, moor at St-Satur to visit Ménétréol with its half-timbered houses and the typical houses of the winemakers, and Sancerre, a medieval village built around its castle from where you can admire its landscapes characterized by vineyards and taste the his famous wine Le Blanc de Sancerre.

Day 3

Another exciting day awaits you and with bicycles a must to visit is the center of Charité sur Loire where you will find a multitude of booksellers. Let yourself be surprised by its magnificent Romanesque church, an important pilgrimage destination. Then a small detour of the canal will take you to the gates of Nevers, a city of noble medieval origins where there are really many things to see and above all very interesting, such as the cathedral, the Doge's Palace, historic residence of the Dukes of Nevers, with the its spectacular Renaissance facade, and the old pottery district.

Day 4

The navigation will then take you to Chevenon where you can admire its medieval fortress. To do something different you will have the opportunity to visit the Magny-Cours Circuit 12 km from the city where fans of this sport will love visiting the museum with its exceptional collection of Formula 1 cars, a Formula 1 simulator and a racing track. go-kart outdoors.

Day 5

Your next stop is Decize, located at the crossroads of the waterways, is rich in history where you can see the ancient fortified walls and the ruins of the castle. To visit the Romanesque church of St. Aré, and the town hall square with its clock tower. You will then begin the ascent of the Canal du Nivernais with a stop at Cercy la Tour, from whose tower you can admire the splendid landscape that surrounds you.

Day 6

Your navigation continues towards Chatillon en Bazois, a large city where you cannot miss the castle of Chatillon, one of the oldest castles belonging to the Count of Nevers, dating back to the 12th century.

Day 7

Your journey will then end in Tannay, a small fortified village on the Yonne Valley, with a series of towers jutting out over the rooftops. In the heart of the village you will find Les Caves Tannaysiennes where you can buy a bottle of the delicious wine of the region.

Day 8: Check-out

Check-out is scheduled in the morning by 09:00.            

The itinerary may be subject to variations based on safety weather conditions and the technical assessments of the captain of the boat. This program is intended as indicative and not binding.


Double rooms and two rooms with single beds convertible in double. All beds are longer than 200cm and all mattresses have been improved in quality and thickness. USB and domestic electric plugs available at every time to recharge your devices or use a hairdryer. Three en suite bathrooms with electrical WC, water basin and shower.

Spacious living room with wide sofa easily convertible in double bed thanks to the gas pneumatic table legs. Improved visibility from the saloon due to new windows design, and easy access to Fly bridge due to a new stairs and layers design. The full kitchen/galley includes a large microwave, an electric kitchen, a domestic size refrigerator, and for the first time on board on our fleet, a huge washing machine and a kettle. Fly deck is wide and flat, with fix table and seats with led lights.

Technical sheet:

Type Houseboat
Model Magnifique
Length 14.50 m
Beam 4.10 m
Bow thruster Yes
Cabins 4 double + dinette
Berths 8 + 2 dinette
WC/Showers 3
Water tank 1.000 lt


This modern boat is ideal for 6 persons but thanks to the convertible dinette can comfortably take up to 8 persons on board. It’s a great boat with a lot of outstanding space to relax and take sun. There’s a fully equipped L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous saloon with radio/CD player, and a huge elevated sundeck big enough for everyone aboard to relax. Available for wheelchairs (on request).

Technical sheet:

Type Houseboat
Model Minuetto 6+
Length 13.50 m
Beam 4.10 m
Bow thruster Yes
Cabins 3 double + dinette
Berths 6 + 2 dinette
WC/Showers 2
Water tank 920 lt
Extra Available for wheelchairs (on request)

BeBlue reserves the right to substitute the boat presented in the catalog ( or not included in the catalog ) with another boat of similar class and characteristics.