The following is only an example itinerary, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation.
Sparkling blue waterways cut through beautiful hillside vineyards and stands of ancient beech trees, linking together like the threads of life itself. You’re on the magnificent Canal de Bourgogne en route to Tanlay. The châteaux loom from distant shores, vestiges of aristocratic days, and they inspire you to pull over to experience the best of canal boat vacations in France.
Start: Migennes is ideally situated at the head of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Rivers Yonne and Armançon. Here, you will walk with pleasure into the green public spaces, or along the flower-lined streets. Take time to see the pretty church, Christ-Roi.
A great opportunity for a stopover, Saint-Florentin is a small fortress town dominated by its Gothic and Renaissance church. It is a peaceful place, filled with history, and visitors can stroll through its picturesque streets dating from the 16th century. Climb the gently sloping hill, stopping on the way to savour the delights of its markets, shops, restaurants and a charming garden. You can also walk to the priory, which offers a superb view of the old town. Above the roofs you’ll notice the 16th century church with its bell tower.
Tonnerre means thunder in French. Come to this particular town and discover its history, such as the Hotel-Dieu, one of the biggest hospitals in the middle ages that still here. Enjoy the beautiful walking paths such as the Promenade du Pâtis.
Tanlay is a small charming village that is beautifully constructed in an old style. Come here to discover the architecture of the Castle of Tanlay, built in the seventeenth century. The abbey of Quincy is also a famous destination worth a visit.
Stop in Ancy-le-Franc to discover its astonishing Renaissance palace, built in the 16th century by the architect of François I. Admire its courtyard, the rich decoration of the apartments, the remarkable series of murals and stroll through the galleries. At the Tourist Office, you’ll find an exhibition about ancient porcelain. For a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape, climb the staircase that starts from behind the church and leads to the village heights.
Stroll through the pleasant Buffon Park, built around the remnants of Montbard Castle. In the park, the orangerie is today a museum dedicated to the famous naturalist, Buffon. The town is quiet, with a shopping street, two churches and a Fine Art Museum featuring local artists. 6km northeast of the city, don’t miss Fontenay Abbey, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Founded in 1118, the beautiful abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe and is one of Burgundy’s key attractions.