6 days
  • self guided cycle
  • 5 nights hotels & inns
  • 5 Dinners
  • 5 Breakfasts





Trip Code: SOG7572

Trip highlights

  • Cycling along the river and discovering the medieval towns along the route
  • Visiting salmon & trout farms, and enjoying a Cremant tasting in Bailly
  • Auxerre and Joigny - cities of art and history
  • Sampling the delicious local delicacies and staying in small, family-run hotels
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow travellers

The Canal du Nivernais in northern Burgundy connects the Loire river with the Seine, largely following the course of the river Yonne. It was originally designed as a feeder waterway to float timber from the forests of Morvan to the already established route on the Yonne and Seine, to serve the needs of Paris. The works began in 1784 but were interrupted by the Revolution, and resumed in the 1820s. The project evolved to the canalised river Yonne at Auxerre, a distance of 174km and there are more than 100 locks along the way. Its significance as a trade route diminished with the arrival of the railway in the nineteenth century and today it is best known for leisure cruising. Cycling along the canal is such a pleasure as you discover the charm of this beautiful area, riding through through picturesque villages and gorgeous nature, with opportunities to enjoy the local cuisine and wines.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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Make your own way to Decize and the hotel.

Meals:  D

3 Oct: Leaving Decize you start this stage of your cycling holiday along the Canal du Nivernais. The canal connects the Loire with the Yonne river. Ride via Châtillon-en-Bazois and continue to Corbigny and your hotel.

Meals:  B,D

4 Oct: Today you will cycle on the towpath and pass marvellous and diverse landscapes. Overnight is in Clamecy, a pretty little town with half-timbered housed and a lovely atmosphere.

Meals:  B,D

5 Oct: Continue along the Canal du Nivernais. Timber was carried from the Morvan forest to the capital Paris in medieval times. You will pass the Rochers du Saussois, a popular destination for day-trippers, and after a quick stop have the possibility to visit the charming village of Mailly-le-Château. At the trout farm Crisenon you can learn more about trout breeding and buy local products. Afterwards you can discover the medieval village of Cravant and the Caves de Bailly, where you can enjoy a Crémant tasting (included), before continuing to Auxerre. This magnificent town has a wonderful centre with an impressive cathedral, the former abbey Saint Germain and typical half-timbered houses.

Meals:  B,D

6 Oct: On the new cycling path, you are not only following the Canal du Nivernais but also the beautiful Yonne river. You can stop at "Le Borvo“, a local fish producer where you can usually buy local products. Continue to Joigny, located on the banks of the Yonne river. Enjoy your last night and stroll through the beautiful city centre with its typical French charm.

Meals:  B,D

7 Oct: The trip concludes this morning after breakfast in Joigny, and concludes your Ghostriders 2023 journey in conjunction with UTracks. Thanks for travelling with us once again.

Meals:  B


  • 5 breakfasts - breakfasts are continental style and consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star hotels and Chambres d’Hôtes on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 5 dinners (halfboard)
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece of max 20kgs)
  • E-bike rental
  • Information pack with roadbook, maps and local information, GPS Tracks available on request
  • Emergency hotline
  • Crémant tasting in Bailly

  • Travel to Decize and from Joigny
  • Lunch, dinners not noted as included (tbc) and drinks daily
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Helmet rental - please bring your own well-fitting helmet from home
  • City tax is not included and where applicable is to be paid directly to the hotel

Bike information


introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2 Daily cycles are between 33 to 70 km on mainly flat terrain. The cycling is on a combination of tow paths, dedicated cycle paths and low traffic side roads. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

Departure dates

2 October

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