Yachting contributor Chris Caswell says, "Chartering a canal barge and floating gently through the heart of Burgundy sets my heart racing, almost as much as the lovely red wines sold by every lock keeper while they hold you captive in their lock." Both bareboat and crewed barges are available, depending on how much wine you plan to drink. Caswell adds, "Burgundy is known for its big red wines, its Grand Crus, but we learned that there are wonderful reds that remain undiscovered simply because they don't travel. Lock keepers or a store in town filled our empty Evian water bottles with a pleasant, sometimes superb, wine for a few euros. It came from a local stock." This avid voyager also recommends picking out some scenic spots along the way and mooring to the canal bank with a couple of big stakes. Many charter barges come with bicycles that you can ride to villages for fresh baguettes, chocolate croissants and lunch at one of the cafes. One of the most interesting things Caswell says of a week along the canals — say, cruising from Corbigny to Joigny — is that after all that time on the water, you'll have traveled only about 84 miles. But, he adds, "Our cruise was not marked in kilometers, but in sighs of wonder as great chateaus and grassy meadows and forested hills came into view."