Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:00 AM
If you're seeking a break that allows you to get away from all the strains of modern-day living then you will surely find that canal boat holidays can provide you with plenty of opportunities to relax and take things easy.
As you depart on canal holidays, you are sure to find the stress that has built up on a day-to-day basis slowly eases away as you meander along the water, taking in stunning sights and picturesque locations.
And if you are particularly keen to take in awe-inspiring natural scenery during the course of your break, you may want to head to Burgundy.
By departing on a Burgundy canal boat holiday to this particular part of France, you should find you are able to see some spectacular sights from the comfort of your canal boat.
However, the freedom that France boat holidays affords you mean that as you travel through the region's waterways, you will be able to moor up and get a closer look at the numerous sights that Burgundy has to offer.
You are free to do as much or as little as you please during a Burgundy canal boat holiday, so whether you're keen to make several stop-offs every day or just watch the world go by as your cruise along on your canal boat, you are sure to have a fantastic time.
Located in central France, Burgundy has a wide variety of splendid scenery, great if you're something of a nature enthusiast, as you will discover a number of canals, rivers and other waterways to explore, depending on which route you take.
And this will certainly prove to be the case if you depart from Saint Jean de Losne.
The largest inland waterways centre in France, choosing Saint Jean de Losne as the starting point for your French boating trips gives you the opportunity to make your way through some beautiful countryside, home to a variety of captivating flora and fauna.
While you will find that your canal boat puts you in a great position to spot spectacular plants and fascinating wildlife, as you cruise along the rivers Seille and Saone you should also endeavour to moor up your vessel and see if you can get a closer look!
Indeed, you may find that departing on a canal boat holiday from Saint Jean de Losne will see you eventually arrive at the enchanting medieval town of Louhans. However, half the pleasure of French boating holidays is in the places that you stop off at en-route to your final destination, so why not take the time to park up and spend some time in Seurre?
A popular destination for canal boat holidaymakers, the town - located on the banks of the river Saone - has a wide range of things for you to see and do.
Why not indulge in a spot of fishing and see what creatures you can reel in? However, if you fancy spending a little bit of time on terra firma during your canal boat holiday, you can go hiking along one of the numerous trails and paths - this could be a fantastic way for you to take in some stunning sights inland.
Alternatively, you may want to spend some time walking around the town, checking out the numerous historic buildings.
Fontenoy-le-Chateau, with its charming cobbled streets, can also be a great starting point for your Burgundy boating break. The medieval market town is set on the banks of the Canal de Vosges, so when departing from here you may well find that you can take in a variety of marine wildlife, such as ducks and fish.
And as Fontenoy-le-Chateau is set against the backdrop of the Vosges mountain range, you could find the area is great if you're keen to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and go for a walk after you have moored your boat up.
Burgundy is world-famous for producing high-quality wine, so as you make your way along the stunning waterways near Branges, you can drop by one of the region's numerous vineyards to taste a superb chardonnay or flavoursome pinot noir.
Rich in natural beauty, you will find that Burgundy offers you a wide variety of stunning scenery from lush forests and mountains to cascading waterfalls. With so much to take in, you are sure to find that boating holidays in the region provide you with the perfect opportunity to get back to nature.