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Burgundy Travel by Canals and Rivers

Burgundy has no direct link with sea but a good network of canals mainly used for cargo transport and river boating as a leisure. Rivers are also used a lot. These networks are ideal to discover the regional beauties.

Top Tip!
If you have ever observed a boat going through a canal lock, you already know a sense of the calm and serenity on waterways. This is a peacefulness never felt while driving on motorways. Boat operators in Burgundy offer a wide choice of houseboats and barges for every type of holidaymaker.

Bourgogne Canal
Burgundy Travel by Canals and Rivers
Main Harbours
Dijon, the most important city along the canal of Burgundy has a harbour for leisure boats.

Canals Network
Burgundy has a well-developped network accounting for 1200 kilometres of canals and rivers, exclusively used for riverboat tourism.
Commercial boats only use the 155km of Rhône-Saône rivers axis.

Ferry Ports
There is no ferry port in Burgundy. The nearest are:
In Brittany: Roscoff from Plymouth via Brittany Ferries or St Malo from Poole via Condor Ferries.
In Spain: Bilbao from Portsmouth via Acciona Trasmediterranea or Santander from Plymouth via Brittany Ferries.

Useful Contacts
Ferry bookings and pricings :,,,,,,,

A classic canal tunnel

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