Auxerre on the river Yonne and Nivernais canal is a little known gem. With its Cathedral and Abbey dominating the skyline and complemented by medieval old town, there is nowhere that can rival this view. Auxerre once boasted 27 churches and was one of the most important towns in Christendom. Today its glory days are gone but the beauty remains. Walking through the old town is an experience not to be missed and sitting at one of the cafés watching the world go by is a real pleasure. Auxerre has many historical monuments to visit, a wonderful range of restaurants and shops and even a vineyard. To visit Auxerre cruise from Vermenton on the Nivernais or Tonnerre on the Burgundy Canal.