From Joigny

Canal de Bourgogne boat hire

Departing from our base in Joigny, you will have easy access to the Canal de Bourgogne and its many châteaux. Joigny is also a great destination for getting to some top-class restaurants and famous Burgundy vineyards.

Boat hire on the Canal de Bourgogne in a few words…

Draped in the Côte Saint-Jacques vineyards, Joigny is rich in heritage and gastronomy. Located at the crossroads of the Yonne river and the Canal de Bourgogne, it is the ideal starting point for touring the region. If you choose the Canal de Bourgogne, you will cruise your way through an 18th century engineering marvel. Moor up near the Saint Florentin canal bridge and visit the church. The centrepiece of the town, it was listed as an historic monument in 1842. The statuary, sculptures and bas-reliefs have transformed the church into something of a museum for 16th century art; its 24 stained glass windows create an ensemble of lively colours with a rare harmony that blends perfectly with the architecture.

Marina at Joigny

The
highlights of Joigny

  • Close to the famous vineyards of Chablis, Irancy and Tonnerre
  • Easy access to the Canal de Bourgogne and its châteaux aboard your canal boat

our routes departing from Joigny

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

On the mythical canal

Waterway Canal de Bourgogne
Itinerary JoignySaint FlorentinTanlayAncy-le-FrancJoigny

Waterway

Canal de Bourgogne

Itinerary

Joigny...Joigny
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
5 h 30 / day
Distance traveled
166 km return trip
Number of locks
68
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Saint Florentin

Tonnerre

If you pause your cruise here, not far from Champagne, you can sample wines from the Bourgogne Tonnerre appellation, first cousin to Chablis but less well-known. Take a look at the town’s historic heritage, including the Hôtel d'Uzès or the Fosse Dionne, a karst spring.

Tanlay

As you cruise along the Burgundy Canal on board your self-drive boat, you’ll come across the Château de Tanlay, famed for its trompe l’œil gallery and its frescoes. It’s one of the finest Renaissance châteaux in Burgundy.

Ancy-le-Franc

The Ancy-le-Franc château is a listed historic monument and stands in its own large grounds. It’s worth taking a detour from your cruise to see its vast frescoes, some of the largest from the Renaissance period.

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French wines and culture

Waterway Canal du Nivernais
Itinerary JoignyAuxerreIrancyJoigny

Waterway

Canal du Nivernais

Itinerary

Joigny...Joigny
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
6h / day
Distance traveled
92 km return trip
Number of locks
38
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Joigny

Auxerre

Almost the whole of the historic centre of Auxerre is a conservation area (67 hectares). After you’ve explored its wonderful heritage, sample a few local specialities such as gougères (cheese pastries) or snails.

Irancy

Stop by "les caves de Bailly" located close to the canal or visit the charming village of Irancy (3-4 km from the canal). Tie up your self-drive boat here to enjoy this typical village of Burgundy surrounded by 251 hectares of vines. Don’t forget to buy a few bottles of the most famous red wine from northern Burgundy.

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A nave for Vezelay

Waterway Canal du Nivernais
Itinerary JoignyAuxerreIrancyChâtel-CensoirClamecy Joigny

Waterway

Canal du Nivernais

Itinerary

Joigny...Joigny
Duration of stay
10/11 days
Navigation time
4h45 / day
Distance traveled
194 km return trip
Number of locks
86
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Joigny

Auxerre

Almost the whole of the historic centre of Auxerre is a conservation area (67 hectares). After you’ve explored its wonderful heritage, sample a few local specialities such as gougères (cheese pastries) or snails.

Irancy

Stop by "les caves de Bailly" located close to the canal or visit the charming village of Irancy (3-4 km from the canal). Tie up your self-drive boat here to enjoy this typical village of Burgundy surrounded by 251 hectares of vines. Don’t forget to buy a few bottles of the most famous red wine from northern Burgundy.

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Châtel-Censoir

As you pass through this village on your self-drive boat, take time to learn something about caving in one of the many local underground galleries, or enjoy some peace and quiet in the collegiate church of Saint Potentien.

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Clamecy

At Clamecy you can discover the secrets of the tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin, with its delicate stone lacework, rose window and gargoyles, or the Romain Rolland Museum, a tribute to the French Nobel prize-winner.

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If you want to book this cruise
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our boats available

Departing from our Joigny base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Joigny

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS
Quai du Port au Bois
89300 – Joigny
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 33 (0) 3 86 62 06 14

joigny@locaboat.com

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