Burgundy Canals

Linking up the the Yonne and Saône rivers, the Burgundy canal first flows through the valley of the Armançon and makes its way through a 3 300 long canal tunnel near Pouilly-en-Auxois before joining the Saône at Saint-Jean-de-Losne.

Departure bases with boat rental berths include Brienon-sur-Armançon, Tonnerre, Vénarey-les-Laumes, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Saint-Florentin and Saint-Jean-de-Losne.

Among the many attractions to see near the banks of the the Burgundy Canal are the Chateau de Tanlay the exceptional cistercian Abbey de Fontenay (a world heritage site) the mediaeval village of Chateauneuf. Canal mariners can even stop at Dijon where the Duke of Burgundy left such a rich heritage of architectural treasures.

Burgundy Vineyards

No visit to Burgundy can be complete without seeing some of the most famous vineyards in the world. The “route des Grands Crus” (roughly, “road of the fine wines”) is the name of a tourist route situated in the south of the region.

The 80-kilometre route starts in Dijon and ends in Santenay, and is punctuated by 33 villages or little towns, including Beaune, many of which have picturesque churches.

The route is named because it follows from north to south the middle of the Cote d’Or escarpment, where many world-class wines are produced. The road lies mid-slope in the middle of the vineyards and takes the visitor through the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune and the back hills (Hautes-Cotes) behind and above the wine slopes.

Dijon

Dijon is the capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, one of the country’s principal wine-making areas. It’s known for its traditional mustard, vineyard tours, autumn gastronomic fair and building styles ranging from Gothic to art deco. The distinguished 1787 Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the vast Palace of the Dukes, holds a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, crafts and antiquities.