A 10-day boating holiday itinerary has many advantages. To begin with, your start day or return to base day will instead fall outside of the peak weekend days. This means that not only may you notice less traffic on the roads when travelling to the Nicols base but that our teams will have much more time to dedicate to going through everything about your boat and navigation on the waterways. Also by stretching to 10-days canal boat hire, you can choose one of our standard "one week" routes and take your time to increase either the number of stop-off points or the time you spend at each, or you might decide to explore further afield with a longer route such as the one suggested below.
The Nicols base at Brienon, located at the northern-most end of the Canal de Bourgogne, is the perfect starting point for a number of different boating holiday itineraries as it is the meeting point of the waterways of the Canal de Bourgogne, River Yonne and Canal du Nivernais.
Brienon: 13th and 16th century church, Oval shaped historic bath, the Perched Theatre in the old town hall - a laureate of the Regional Heritage Award
Laroche-Migennes: a winner of ‘towns in bloom’ and located at the beginning of the Canal de Bourgogne, famed for its cabaret shows and stars, 5th century Gallo-Roman mosaic
Auxerre: Cathedral St Etienne, Abbey church of Saint-Germain, Carolingian crypts, Clock Tower, Timber frame houses
Champs-sur-Yonne: at the crossroads of the River Yonne and Canal du Nivernais – separated by a narrow dike, 13th and 15th century churches, Town hall (old 16th century castle), Stone gables houses or half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries
Bailly: Wine cellar in a huge underground quarry, Exhibition of the artist George Hosotte in the chapel of the village
Vincelottes, Irancy: Region of white wine, 12th and 16th century church, Native house of Germain Soufflot (pantheon architect)
Vermenton: Church Notre-Dame with two steeples, Tour du Méridien historic fortress, Reigny Abbey (3km away)
Mailly-le-Château: picturesque perched village, Mailly-le-Château castle with nature reserve, Saint-Adrien 17th century church with its 16th century tower, 15th century bridge
Rochers du Saussois: Cliff plunging into the canal – popular with climbers and hikers