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Boating holiday at Brienon sur Armançon

Located to the north of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Nicols base at Brienon-sur-Armançon offers canal barge hire and is perfectly placed at where three waterways - the Yonne, the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal de Bourgogne – meet...

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Best bits:

  • Easily accessible - close to Paris (1 hour by train, 1½ hours by road)
  • Numerous tourist attractions: castles, abbeys, museums...
  • Wide variety of cruising routes available, both on rivers or canals

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After getting to know our boat at Brienon, we meandered towards Venarey on a one-way cruise... See the blog

Located to the north of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Nicols base at Brienon-sur-Armançon offers canal barge hire and is perfectly placed at where three waterways - the Yonne, the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal de Bourgogne – meet. The cliffs, meandering rivers, wooded countryside and many villages from the Middle Ages and historic towns are there for exploring when you stop.

Boating holiday on the Canal du Nivernais

If you choose a boating holiday on the Canal du Nivernais don't miss:

  • Auxerre Town of Art and History: Gothic cathedral and 11th century crypt to visit…
  • Mailly-le-Château on its rocky spur
  • Excellent opportunities for activities such as fishing, swimming and for rock-climbing fans the Rochers du Saussois!

Boating holiday on the Canal de Bourgogne

Navigating along the Canal de Bourgogne, the charming Armançon valley invites you to visit Tonnerre (don't miss the Hôtel Dieu and Fosse Dionne) and further to the south, the castles, abbeys and vineyards that have made the Burgundy region famous. By linking up with the south of the canal you will reach our second Nicols boat hire base in the region at Venarey-les-Laumes.

Boating holiday on the Yonne

Finally your river boat holiday on the Yonne will take you to gourmet, cultural stop-offs: at Joigny, an award-winning restaurant will satisfy your gourmet appetite; the town of Sens will quench your thirst for history with St Etienne Cathedral, the Synodal Palace built in the 13th century, its 16th century timber-framed houses and much more.

There really is no better way to discover the Burgundy region than onboard your Nicols canal barge? It's one of the top destinations for Boating Holidays in France !

Cruise prices from472 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the canal de bourgogne and on the canal du Nivernais

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1 : Brienon - Joigny - Brienon
(36 km - 10 locks - 8h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • Laroche-Migennes : Canal’s Bourgogne, Ancient marshalling, 5th century gallo-roman mosaic
  • Joigny : Medieval center and its winding alleys, Timber frame lovely houses from the 16th century, Church St-Thibault and St-Jean

Itinerary 2 : Brienon – St Florentin - Brienon
(20 km - 8 locks - 6h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • St Florentin : Canal surrounded by 2 rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glasses, Prior’s terrace : splendid panorama on the old town and the valley

Mini week

Itinerary 1 : Brienon – Villeneuve sur Yonne - Brienon
(74 km - 16 locks - 16h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • Laroche-Migennes : Canal’s Bourgogne, Ancient marshalling, 5th century gallo-roman mosaic
  • Joigny : Medieval center and its winding alleys, Timber frame lovely houses from the 16th century, Church St-Thibault and St-Jean
  • Villeneuve sur Yonne : The 13th and 16th century churches

Itinerary 2 : Brienon – Tonnerre - Brienon
(70km - 32 locks - 20h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • St Florentin : Canal surrounded by 2 rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glasses, Prior’s terrace : splendid panorama on the old town and the valley
  • Tonnerre : Old town built on a hill, The “fosse” Dionne (laundry), Church St Pierre built on a rock terrace, Old hospital from 1293, Hotel of Uzes: native house of the knight Eon

Itinerary 3 : Brienon – Auxerre - Brienon
(64km - 22 locks - 15h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • Laroche-Migennes : Canal’s Bourgogne, Ancient marshalling, 5th century gallo-roman mosaic
  • Auxerre : Cathedral’s St Etienne, Abbey church of St Romain, Carolingian crypt with its 9th century frescos (the oldest of france), Timber frame houses

One week

Itinerary 1 : Brienon - Sens – Brienon
(106km - 22 locks - 23h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • Laroche-Migennes : Canal’s Bourgogne, Ancient marshalling, 5th century gallo-roman mosaic
  • Joigny : Medieval center and its winding alleys, Timber frame lovely houses from the 16th century, Church St-Thibault and St-Jean
  • St Julien du Sault : Village percheson the left side of l’Yonne, Beautiful panorama, Chapel of St Nicolas, Church and stained glass from the 13th century
  • Villeneuve sur Yonne : The 13th and 16th century churches
  • Sens : Cathedral’s St Etienne, Museum, Ancient churches, Relics of the gallo-roman surrounding wall, Garden of orangey

Itinerary 2 : Brienon – Ancy Le Franc – Brienon
(130km - 58 locks - 40h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • St Florentin : Canal surrounded by 2 rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glasses, Prior’s terrace : splendid panorama on the old town and the valley
  • Tonnerre : Old town built on a hill, The “fosse” Dionne (laundry), Church St Pierre built on a rock terrace, Old hospital from 1293, Hotel of Uzes: native house of the knight Eon
  • Tanlay : Castle of “renaissance”, Golf
  • Ancy-le-Franc : Castle of “renaissance”, The common parts are museums

Itinerary 3 : Brienon – Mailly le château – Brienon
(154km - 68 locks - 37h00)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • Laroche-Migennes : Canal’s Bourgogne, Ancient marshalling, 5th century gallo-roman mosaic
  • Auxerre : Cathedral’s St Etienne, Abbey church of St Romain, Carolingian crypt with its 9th century frescos (the oldest of france), Timber frame houses
  • Champs-sur-Yonne : Canal separated from the river by a dam, Network of medieval cellars, 13th and 15th centuries church, Town hall (old 16th century castle), Stone gables houses or half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries
  • Bailly : Cellar in a huge underground quarry, Exhibition painter George Hosotte in the chapel of the village
  • Vincelottes, Irancy : Region of white wine, 12th and 16th centuries church, Native house of Germain Soufflot (pantheon architect)
  • Vermenton : Castle, Church Notre-Dame with 2 steeples, Laundry
  • Mailly-le-Château : Medieval village, Castle, 17th century church with its 16th century tower, 15th century
  • Rochers du Saussois : Cliff following the canal, Climbing, Rides

Itinerary 4 : One way Brienon - Venarey
(108km - 57 locks - 32h15)

  • Brienon : 13th and 16th centuries church, Oval laundry from 1792
  • St Florentin : Canal surrounded by 2 rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glasses, Prior’s terrace : splendid panorama on the old town and the valley
  • Tonnerre : Old town built on a hill, The “fosse” Dionne (laundry), Church St Pierre built on a rock terrace, Old hospital from 1293, Hotel of Uzes: native house of the knight Eon
  • Tanlay : Castle of Tanlay
  • Ancy-le-Franc : Castle of Ancy-le-Franc
  • Ravières : The castel of Ravières
  • Buffon : The forges of Buffon, Park
  • Montbard : Abbey, Park of Alésia
  • Venarey : Museoparc  of Alésia

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