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Sail away on a barge

With a river running through it as important as the Yonne – indeed it flows into Paris, didn’t you know? – the Sénonais is a prime destination for a river cruise by houseboat. There is much to discover on the river.

 

A CHARMING SECTION OF NORTHERN YONNE

"Along the way, we are greeted by walkers and anglers on the river bank, much less wary than the wildlife encountered, like the great egret startled at the turn of a bend or the cormorant, whose cruising speed is faster than our own ". These are the impressions posted on Instagram by Laurent, alias @niobig describing his weekend spent travelling by barge boat between Villeneuve-sur-Yonne and Joigny in 2016. "This river trip has shown us the unexpected resources of our Burgundian land ".


Plaisanciers entre Villeneuve-sur-Yonne et Sens

Boat trippers between Villeneuve-sur-Yonne and Sens. - Photo Pierre Pichon


NAUTICAL STOPS IN SENS AND VILLENEUVE-SUR-YONNE

In Sens, the quays that await boat trippers will be renovated in 2018. Until then, you can already take advantage of the very pretty setting offered by the Lucien Cornet bridge, Saint Maurice Church and Yonne Island. It’s a very popular spot for photos. Nighttime, with the darkness and street lights, is a particularly good time to capture the reflection of the church on the Yonne.

From there, boat trippers are just a stone's throw from the town centre, its rich heritage waiting to be visited. You can follow part of the Brennus circuit that goes up the Grande Rue.

In Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, you will be instantly attracted by the quays and banks of the Yonne, from where you can enjoy a a panoramic view over the river and town, nicely surrounding the tall silhouette of its Notre Dame church.

 

Vue sur la rivière depuis la halte nautique de Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

View on the river from the nautical stop of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. - Photo Adeline Gauthier

 

NOT TO BE MISSED ALONG THE WAY

Today, as you make your way along, your eyes will be drawn to Vauguillain Chapel above Saint-Julien-du-Sault, the suspension bridge in Cézy, Château du Fey or Saint-Bond Chapel overlooking the Yonne valley, or simply the small villages, surrounded by gently rolling countryside and shrouded in a cloud of mist on a fresh spring or autumn morning. Open your eyes and this is what you’ll see.

 

 

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