Allow us to set you on your way from our base in Châtillon en Bazois and you’ll be sure to enjoy a superb concentration of all the attractions of waterway tourism. Take to one of the most beautiful canals in France, the Canal du Nivernais, aboard your rental houseboat, and immerse yourself in this endearing region, as you uncover its glorious history. Prepare your crew and get ready to set off on the wild, authentic Nivernais…
Châtillon en Bazois, a choice destination for a waterway cruise or family holiday
Before taking possession of your licence-free rental boat, chosen in line with your preferences, take your whole crew on an adventure as you lose yourselves in the picturesque streets of Châtillon en Bazois. You’ll be amazed by the neo-roman style of Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, and even more so by the town’s imposing castle, built from the 10th century on a rocky peak. Visit this vestige of a bygone era and discover the remarkable Gardens arranged around this must-see building. It will then be time to embark on your waterway cruise along the calm, tranquil waters of the Canal du Nivernais. Acting as a junction between the Seine and Loire basins, the waterway you’ll navigate aboard your licence-free boat will take you through the history of this picturesque region.
The Canal du Nivernais between Paris and the Morvan — a regal view for an enchanting trip
As you head North on the waterways, your days of discovery and relaxation will be punctuated by many picturesque locks (sure to be one of the highlights of your cruise). Set off for Coulanges sur Yonne, where Les Canalous have developed another waterway base. Heading South, the traditional town of Decize awaits you at the end of your waterway cruise. It’s in Decize that the Canal du Nivernais joins the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Stop off to explore the narrow streets of this historic town and visit the amazing Eglise Saint Are or the majestic Château, former residence of the Dukes of Nevers.
Throughout your cruise, you’ll travel along waterways that were used for centuries to transport wood from the Morvan to the capital. It’s your turn to navigate this historic canal and enjoy every moment.
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suggested itineraries Tested and approved
Set off from Châtillon en Bazois and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Aller-retour||32km - 16 locks||9h||Châtillon en Bazois > Baye > Châtillon en Bazois|
|Aller-retour||54km - 76 locks||21h||Châtillon en Bazois > Corbigny > Châtillon en Bazois|
|Aller-retour||106km - 44 locks||21h||Châtillon en Bazois > Decize > Châtillon en Bazois|
|Aller-retour||126km - 116 locks||36h||Châtillon en Bazois > Clamecy > Châtillon en Bazois|
|Aller-retour||176km - 60 locks||35h||Châtillon en Bazois > Nevers > Châtillon en Bazois|
|Aller-simple||117km - 38 locks||27h||Châtillon en Bazois > Digoin|
|Aller-simple||72km - 62 locks||26h||Châtillon en Bazois > Coulanges sur Yonne|
|Aller-retour||246km - 178 locks||80h||Châtillon en Bazois > Auxerre > Châtillon en Bazois|