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The Auxerre Short Break

Nivernais, France

Reviews for the The Auxerre Short Break

The team at Migennes went out of their way to help us when our travel arrangements had to undergo considerable change, thanks to a French railstrike. This included providing advice, as well as returning to the boatyard, after working hours to conduct an early return so we could leave at 0500 the next day. In our hurry, we forgot several pairs of shoes but these were discovered by the Le Boat team and posted on to us in the UK
The most lazy and relaxing of all holidays. Thank you Le Boat.
There are a lot of locks along this route, all are either manned by a keeper or are automatic - so they're really easy - but after a while the constant stopping can be a bit of a nuisance. However, they are great places to chat and swap stories with fellow boaters and we made a few friends also journeying down the river. Auxerre was fascinating - a bustling town with old timbered buildings and impressive cathedrals. Don't miss Cravant - out favourite little French village - very picturesque. We strolled around all morning and took loads of pictures.
We planned to cruise to north Sens and return to Migennes, but the river was closed due to flooding. So Plan B was the Canal du Bourgogne. It was pretty, but when the river opened south, we retraced our route and went south on the river to Auxerre. Memorable experiences were riding our bikes on the tow path south from Auxerre where the river is so beautiful. Also Auxerre is a very interesting and beautiful town with many old cathedrals, great restaurants and plenty of shopping.
Definitely stop for a couple of nights at Auxerre and explore.
Of all the places to visit along the way, Auxerre was the best village where we chose to dock. We could have spent our entire week there. Loved the tranquility of the whole barging experience!
Due to the distances traveled, and time it takes, we didn't see much more than Auxerre. More days or a one way would allow for more villages.
Easy to reserve - responsive and helpful
Good small port with secure parking.