Briare, Central France
Briare is a starting
point for barge tours on
the Canal Latéral à la Loire.
The cruises start by
crossing the Loire via the famous 662.7-m / 2,154-ft steel and masonry
Briare Aqueduct constructed in part by Gustave Eiffel. Completed in
1896, it was for many years the longest canal bridge in the world.
Besides riding in a barge, another way to cross is to take a leisurely
stroll and enjoy the view.
across the canal bridge over the Loire, barges and other boats
journey south on the Canal Latéral à la Loire.
This route takes you by Châtillon-sur-Loire, Saint-Satur and Nevers,
where one can view the preserved body of St. Bernadette.
Following beyond Nevers, the route goes to Decize where it connects
with the Canal du Nivernais en route to Auxerre.
Traveling in the
opposite direction, away from the
Loire, the Canal de
Briare takes you past Rogny-les-sept-ecluses, Montargis, and Nemours,
eventually joining the Yonne near Montereau. The Yonne flows into the
Seine upriver from Paris.
Within easy driving
distance of Briare are
the communes of Gien,
Charité-sur-Loire to the north.