Cruising the Canal du Centre, you pass through some of the most renowned vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise. Along the twisting valley of the Dheune sparkle the varnished tile roofs of charming villages . At the foot of the Côte Chalonnaise are world-famous wine producing villages: Mercurey, Santenay with its 13 th century church of St-Jean-de-Naroise standing amid the vines, Montrachet, synonymous with fine whites, and Rully with its 12 th century castle. Further south, the Saône and the Seille offer a voyage of discovery and many possibilities for swimming . Your route through this landscape of ponds and pastures leads to Louhans, classed “the prettiest detour in France”.