From Auxerre to Joigny
Winegrowing experience in Auxerre
Swap your boat for a bike in Auxerre. After exploring the town, including the medieval and Marine districts, head to the banks of the Yonne and the surrounding winegrowing land! Enjoy the scents in the air as you explore the vineyards. And if you are there in the autumn, you can expect an ocean of superb colours.
Gourmet stopover in Joigny
Head for the highlands of Joigny! A picture-perfect scene will unfold before your eyes, with a wonderful combination of hills, rivers and ancient monuments. Added to this view, imagine a glass of côte St-Jacques "vin gris" and you are guaranteed to be taking the perfect memory home with you!
Then, go back down to explore this pretty town of Art and History, with its impressive half-timbered houses.
For the perfect ending to this stopover, we recommend a gourmet treat at Jean-Michel Lorain's restaurant. This chef has three Michelin stars and is a well-known face of French gastronomy.
Some great wines to accompany you on your trip
Which wine is best matched with a trip down the river Yonne? Red, white, rosé, sparkling? The vineyards of the Yonne have a variety of colours and flavours to offer. We particularly recommend the Chablis and the dry white wines that are renowned for their delicacy, freshness and minerality.
From Joigny to Sens
Historic stopover in Sens
At the time of the Celtic tribes, Sens was the capital of the Senones, a daring Gallic tribe who conquered Rome in 390 BC.
This Gallo-Roman town would then later become one of the biggest archbishoprics of the Western world. In the 12th century, the very 1st Gothic cathedral in France was built here! A wonderful tall, stone monument that should not be missed while you're exploring the town.
Extend your cruise
Take the joys of your holiday on the river even further by exploring Nivernais Canal or the Burgundy Canal.