Brienon — Auxerre and back

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Brienon, Central Burgundy, France, cruising area map
Brienon, Central Burgundy, France, cruising area map

Basic information

  • Cruise length: 62 km
  • Trip duration: 5 days
  • Type of cruise: there and back
  • Number of locks: 24

You are on the border between Nivernais and Burgundy. The proximity to Paris (about 2.5 hours away) makes this location attractive. Numerous historic villages and towns, the coves of the 3 waterways, the rocks and the woods attract you to stop. Do not miss the beauty of ancient Auxerre or Mailly-le-Chateau with its interesting rock outcrop. There are opportunities for fishing and climbing on the walls of the Saussois.

The Canal de Bourgogne was built from 1775 to 1834, connecting the Yonne and Saône rivers and inviting you to discover the Renaissance on one of the most beautiful and secretive waterways.

You can sail from Brienon, from Joyne, or from Corbigny southwards towards the Loire — through a peaceful region of pastures with herds of white Charolais cattle and alongside historic wine-growing villages (e.g. Irancy).

You can visit historic Joigny with its renowned gastronomy on the Yonne River.

Don't miss a visit to the town of Auxerre with its cathedral, basilica and typical Burgundian houses with gilded bricks, you will approach the town of Vézelay — the starting point of the sweatYou'll also see the impressive La Colancelle tunnels at the mouth of 16 period locks, the water sports centre of Etang de Baye, Chatillon-en-Bazois Castle and medieval Decize surrounded by the Loire.