France Boating Holidays - Burgundy East

Branges Base

From the base, on the banks of the river Seille, you can wind your way through the meadowlands and fields to the splendid town of Louhans, famous for its poultry fair. Or perhaps you'll choose to follow the majestic Soane river south towards Macon, famous for its rich red wines or head north towards Verdun where the Canal du Centre and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin open up your choice of cruising routes and destinations still further..

East Burgundy Boat Bases and Routes in Google Maps

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8.30 to 12.30 and 14:00 to 18:00.

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Hotels and Restaurants


La Margelle - Tel. +33 (0) 86 29 33 44
La Buissonnière - Tel. +33 (0) 86 20 09 87
Le Cépage - Tel. +33 (0) 86 20 09 87
De La Boule D’or - Tel. +33 (0) 86271155
De La Poste - Tel. +33 (0) 86 27 01 55
Du Cygne - Tel. +33 (0) 86 52 26 51
Normandie - Tel. +33 (0) 86 52 57 80
Les Missiaux - Tel. +33 (0) 86 22 25 18


L’Estaminet - Tel. +33 (0) 386 293 342


Opening Parking Free of Charge
Locked Compound €25 - €30 per week
Locked Garage €35 - €50 per week

Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques

Branges accept the following Credit Cards for payment of Security/Fuel Deposit, Collision Damage Waiver and Optional Extras - Visa Mastercard Eurocard, Travellers Cheques accepted in Euros.

Local Shops

In Branges, 300m from the base you will find:
2 Boulangeries
2 Butchers
Small General Store
Flower Shop

Post Office

Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 12.00, 14.00 to 18.00.
Saturdays: 08.30 to 11.30.


In Louhans (many main branches) most have cash dispensers - 4kms.


Many local doctors all within - 2 kms
Main Medical Centre Louhans - 4 kms


Fishing is allowed throughout the season, a fishing permit is required and is available from local Epicerie (300m) approx. cost is €30 for two weeks.

Tourist Information Centre

At Louhans
Tel - 0033 (0) 385 750 202


Clinique veterinaire des Alizes
35b rue Guidon
0033 (0) 385 749 179
0033 (0) 385 750 865

Travel Information


Lyon - 1.5 hrs (125 km
Geneva - 2 hrs (150 km)

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit


From Calais take A26 to Reims, then A4 to Chalon sur Marne, then A26 direction to Troyes follow onto A5/A31 to Dijon and then A39 direction Lons Le Saunier - Louhans. Leave A39 at exit No 8 Lons Le Saunier, Montmorot, Louhans. Follow N78 for 12km to Louhans then N78 for 4km, D13 3km, D413 for 3km and D280 for 2km to Branges and Port de Plaisance. Road distance approximately 676 kms 6 hrs 10 mins.

From Paris take the Auto route du Soleil A6. Leave at junction signposted Chalon Sud. Shortly after the peage turn right onto N80 towards Chalon sur Saone. Follow signs for Lons le Saunier. Turn right onto D978 towards Epervans. Follow D978 for approximately 28 kms, and then opposite Agricultural Machinery Agency turn right onto D460 signposted Branges le Bourg. After 400mtrs turn left onto D160 and after 900mtrs you will see the Port de Plaisance on your right. Road distance approximately 370 kms 4 hrs.

By Air

Closest airports:
Paris Orly: 213km (E15)
Paris CDG: 256km
Paris Beauvais: 315km

By Train:

Closest train stations:
Clamecy: 13km
Tannay: 200 m