Twelve days of walking—and cycling—is all it takes to make your way from Migennes to Saint-Jean-de-Losne following the length of the Burgundy Canal.
Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit seven châteaux, eleven churches, an abbey and three of France’s most beautiful villages—all within easy walking distance or a shuttle bus ride from the canal.
For the last twenty-seven kilometres (seventeen miles) from Dijon, the canal follows a straight line and offers little protection from the summer sun. If you are pressed for time, it can be tempting to skip this last day of walking and spend some extra time exploring Dijon.
If you choose to continue on to the end of the canal, in my suggested itinerary I recommend renting a bike and enjoying a leisurely cycle from Dijon to Saint-Jean-de-Losne. When you are ready to return the bike to Dijon, trains run daily between the two towns.
Saint-Jean-de-Losne holds the interesting distinction (according to the Tourist Office magazine) of being both the smallest town (thirty-six hectares) and also having the largest inland port (twenty hectares) in France.
Hundreds of boats moor here before heading west along the canal or along the Saône River towards the south of France. On the third weekend in June, la Fête de la Batellerie is held in Saint-Jean-de-Losne—a festival where the boats are brightly decorated and a ceremony is held to bless the fleet.
If you have not yet experienced travelling through a canal lock by boat, Vagabondo has a variety of cruises throughout the day—some serving breakfast, lunch or dinner—that will give you a taste of life on the canal (without the hard work).
Not sure whether to visit Saint-Jean-de-Losne or stay in Dijon? Let’s take a look around.
Which long-distance walk visits Saint-Jean-de-Losne?
Where is it? Find it on Google maps
Distance from the previous village of Blazey-en-Plaine: 5.1 kms (3.2 mi)
Accommodation is available at:
Auberge de la Marine
Auberge de la Marine—for the clean, comfortable rooms and the delicious dinner!