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Cruise on the Canal du Nivernais

From Mailly-le-Château

Les Canalous have set up base at Mailly-le-Château on the banks of the Canal du Nivernais. Our easily accessible base guarantees you an unforgettable trip, far from the stresses of everyday life – a great break from our turbulent times! So treat yourself to a licence-free rental boat and experience this intense journey into the depths of one of the most picturesque terroirs in mainland France….

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Licence-free boat rental in Mailly-le-Château for a different kind of tourism

Like at all our water­way bases, we’ll take the nec­es­sary time to intro­duce you to steer­ing your licence-free boat. Before board­ing, enjoy the authen­tic and pic­turesque charm of the small town of Mail­ly-le-Château, the main attrac­tion of which is its Eglise Notre Dame. Set the tone for a water­way cruise with nature, relax­ation and well-being at the fore­front. Take the time to enjoy every lock you go through, and mar­vel at the tun­nels with their amaz­ing vaults. The Canal du Niver­nais remains one of the most tra­di­tion­al of all, ensur­ing that you’ll be able to embrace all the delights of water­way tourism. In Mail­ly-le-Château, like in sev­er­al oth­er towns and vil­lages in the region, a nau­ti­cal base has been devel­oped to allow every­one to enjoy all kinds of water activ­i­ties, so why not take a fam­i­ly swim before set­ting off for your oth­er destinations.

Between Auxerre and the Morvan – a wealth of surprises on this cruise

Trav­el through green, unspoilt nature dur­ing this cruise, with count­less ideas for breaks and stops. Vis­it local mar­kets in vil­lages untouched by mass tourism, enjoy walk­ing or cycling along the tow­paths… it’s up to you to put togeth­er your ide­al water­way cruise, to please all the mem­bers of your crew. You’ll also be able to con­nect with the Yonne, which will take you towards Aux­erre, giv­ing you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to lose your­self in the streets of this his­toric town. Anoth­er option when embark­ing on your licence-free boat from Mail­ly-le-Château is to use the Canal du Niver­nais to access the Bur­gundy Canal. Why not take it in the direc­tion of the Mor­van Region­al Nature Park, which alone pro­vides inspi­ra­tion for count­less enchant­i­ng and unfor­get­table days out ?

discover the region with our photos

suggested itineraries Tested and approved

Set off from Mailly-le-Château and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:

Aller-retour 54km - 24 locks 10h Mailly-le-Château > Tannay > Mailly-le-Château
Aller-retour 82km - 42 locks 21h Mailly-le-Château > Tannay > Corbigny > Mailly-le-Château
One week
Aller-retour 88km - 44 locks 24h Mailly-le-Château > Clamecy > Châtel Censoir > Vermenton > Mailly-le-Château
Aller-retour 112km - 96 locks 35h Mailly-le-Château > Tannay > Baye > Mailly-le-Château
Aller-simple 72km - 62 locks 26h Mailly-le-Château > Châtillon en Bazois
Two weeks
Aller-retour 150km - 74 locks 38h Mailly-le-Château > Vermenton > Auxerre > Migennes > Mailly-le-Château