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Burgundy - Yonne - Nivernais region

Canal de Bourgogne, du Nivernais, Yonne, Seine

Nestling under the vineyards of the Côte St Jacques, Joigny is proud of its many fine churches, houses with carved wood decoration, and above all its gastronomy – delicious dishes and fine wines. Close to the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Nivernais, Joigny is the ideal location to discover Burgundy and a fantastic start base for a canal cruise.

Linking the Yonne to the Saône, the Canal de Bourgogne, started in 1775 and finished in 1834, takes you in secret and spectacular ways to the heart of the Renaissance period. At that time the Duchy of Burgundy was separate from, and vied in magnificence with, the Kingdom of France - much smaller than the country we know today. Its buildings ranging from superb abbeys to fortified farmhouses lie amongst landmark ancient Poplar trees. Stop and tie up close to the superb aqueduct at St Florentin and climb up to its church to admire its magnificent stained glass.

At Tonnerre the Fosse Dionne pool surrounded by ancient houses, still provides a water supply to the town. Magnificent and splendidly-furnished Renaissance chateaux such as Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc punctuate your boating holidays.

The marvellous high-vaulted Abbey of Fontenay, tucked away in a secluded valley, is a short bike ride away. Near Venarey-les-Laumes at the village of Alise-Sainte-Reine you’ll want to visit the site of the Gaulish fortress of Alesia where Vercingetorix surrendered to Caesar after a two month siege. The wide and gently winding valley of the Yonne separates the orchards of the Puisaye from the Othe forest; its wooded uplands, cleared in part by the medieval abbeys in order to make way for crops and apple orchards, accompany you as you reach Villeneuve-sur-Yonne within its fortified gates and Sens, with its 16th century half-timbered houses dominated by the superb cathedral of St Etienne.

Upstream on the Yonne from Joigny lies Auxerre and the golden roofs of its elegant town houses. The town owes its prosperity over the years to the vineyards of Chablis and the Auxerrois. The Canal du Nivernais passes through many wine-producing villages such as Irancy, perhaps the most picturesque of all with its vines and cherry orchards, and nearby Vezelay, starting point of the pilgrimage to Compostela. Here good food, good restaurants and fine architecture are complemented by its setting amidst vineyards, orchards and forests.

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Our Burgundy - Yonne - Nivernais circuits

1 week

Joigny > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Rivers, wine, exceptional towns

  • Joigny
  • Auxerre
  • Vermenton
  • Châtel-Censoir
  • Joigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
5h30 / day
Route
154km out and back
Locks
68

1 week

Joigny > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature

On the mystical canal

  • Joigny
  • Tonnerre
  • Tanlay
  • Ancy-le-Franc
  • Joigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
5h30 / day
Route
166km out and back
Locks
68

1 week

Joigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature

Luxurious greenery, secret halting places

  • Joigny
  • Auxerre
  • Vermenton
  • Clamecy
  • Corbigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h45 / day
Route
128km one-way
Locks
62

10/11 days

Joigny > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature

A nave for Vezelay

  • Joigny
  • Auxerre
  • Châtel-Censoir
  • Clamecy
  • Joigny
Duration
10/11 days
Sailing
4h45 / day
Route
194km out and back
Locks
86

10/11 days

Joigny > Joigny

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Heritage and History

The castle cruise

  • Joigny
  • Tanlay
  • Ancy-le-Franc
  • Montbard
  • Joigny
Duration
10/11 days
Sailing
5h15 / day
Route
222km out and back
Locks
98

10/11 days

Joigny > Joigny

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Heritage and History

Gothic marvels

  • Joigny
  • Villeneuve
  • Sens
  • Bray
  • Nogent-sur-Seine
  • Joigny
Duration
10/11 days
Sailing
4h15 / day
Route
256km out and back
Locks
48

2 weeks

Joigny > Dompierre

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

From Burgundy to the Loire

  • Joigny
  • Sens
  • Moret
  • Nemours
  • Montargis
  • Moret
  • Briare
  • Sancerre
  • Nevers
  • Decize
  • Dompierre
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h / day
Route
379km one-way
Locks
105
Lifting bridges
1

2 weeks

Joigny > Joigny

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Gastronomy and Oenology

Mysteries and good cheeses

  • Joigny
  • St-Florentin
  • Ancy-le-Franc
  • Montbard
  • Vénarey
  • Joigny
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h / day
Route
246km out and back
Locks
134

2 weeks

Joigny > Dompierre

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Nivernais-Kanal komplett 2

  • Joigny
  • Auxerre
  • Corbigny
  • Decize
  • Digoin
  • Dompierre
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
250km one-way
Locks
131

3 weeks

Joigny > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

The great loop of gourmets

  • Joigny
  • Sens
  • Montereau
  • Moret
  • Montargis
  • Briare
  • Sancerre
  • Nevers
  • Decize
  • Châtillon
  • Baye
  • Clamecy
  • Auxerre
  • Joigny
Duration
3 weeks
Sailing
5h15 / day
Route
553km one-way
Locks
214