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Joigny Base

Nestling under the vineyards of the Cote 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 Saone, 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.

Itinerary Suggestions from Joigny

One week - Joigny - Joigny - Rivers Wine Exceptional Town
Joigny - Auxerre - Vermenton - Chatel-Censoir - Joigny
Duration - 1 week
Sailing - 5h30 / day
Route - 154km out and back
Locks - 68

10-11 Days - Joigny - Montbard - The Bitrhplace of the Naturalist Buffon
Joigny - Sens - Auxerre - Tanlay - Ancy-le-Franc - Montbard
Duration - 10-11 Days
Sailing - 4h / day
Route - 227km one-way
Locks - 84

One week - Joigny - Joigny - On the Mystical Canal
Joigny - Tonnerre - Tanlay - Ancy-le-Franc - Joigny
Duration - 1 week
Sailing - 5h30 / day
Route - 166km out and back
Locks - 68
10-11 Days - Joigny - Joigny - Gothic Marvels
Joigny - Villeneuve - Sens - Bray - Nogent-sur-Seine - Joigny
Duration - 10-11 Days
Sailing - 4h15 / day
Route - 256km out and back
Locks - 48
One week - Joigny - Corbigny - Luxurious Greennery, Secret Halting Places
Joigny - Auxerre - Vermenton - Clamecy - Corbigny
Duration - 1 week
Sailing - 4h45 / day
Route - 128km one-way
Locks - 62
Two weeks - Joigny - Dompierre - 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
One week - Joigny - Montbard - Canal of Bourgogne: The Roof of the World
Joigny - Tanlay- Ancy-le-Franc - Montbard
Duration - 1 week
Sailing - 4h45 / day
Route - 111km one-way
Locks - 52
Two weeks - Joigny - Joigny - Mysteries and Good Cheeses
Joigny - St-Florentin - Ancy-le-Franc - Montbard - Venarey - Joigny
Duration - 2 weeks
Sailing - 5h / day
Route - 246km out and back
Locks - 134
10-11 Days - Joigny - Joigny - A Nave for Vezelay
Joigny - Auxerre - Chatel-Censoir - Clamecy - Joigny
Duration - 10-11 Days
Sailing - 4h45 / day
Route - 194km out and back
Locks - 86
Two weeks - Joigny - Montbard - From Castle to Castle
Joigny - Tanlay - Ancy-le-Franc - Venarey - Pouilly-en-Auxois - Chateauneuf - Montbard
Duration - 2 weeks
Sailing - 4h45 / day
Route - 233km one-way
Locks - 195
10-11 Days - Joigny - Joigny - The Castle Cruise
Joigny - Tanlay - Ancy-le-Franc - Montbard - Joigny
Duration - 10-11 Days
Sailing - 5h15 / day
Route - 222km out and back
Locks - 98
Two weeks - Joigny - Dompierre - Nivernais-Kanal Komplett 2
Joigny - Auxerre - Corbigny - Decize - Digoin - Dompierre
Duration - 2 weeks
Sailing - 4h30 / day
Route - 250km one-way
Locks - 131
Three weeks - Joigny - Joigny - The good loop of Gourmets
Joigny - Sens - Montereau - Moret - Montargis - Briare - Sancerre - Nevers - Decize - Chatillon - Baye - Clamecy - Auxerre - Joigny
Duration - 3 weeks
Sailing - 5h15 / day
Route - 553km one-way
Locks - 214
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