No previous boating experience is needed – simply pick up your Nicols canal boat and cruise on the River Yonne and Canal du Nivernais where you’ll come across many vineyards close to the waterways. Crémant de Bourgogne, Vincelottes, Irancy are just a few of the well-known names in wine making that you’ll come across on this one week boating holiday itinerary.
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
After cruising as far as Rochers du Saussois on the River Yonne it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Brienon.
Holiday reviews from Brienon
The perfect holiday
Our holiday on board the Nicols 900 was perfect. We were amazed by the quality of restaurants on offer, the wide choice of things to do and the friendly lock keepers who make passing through locks a breeze. In fact travelling along the Canal du Bourgogne in general was very easy – even for beginners to boating holidays!
Mathieu et Anne, Bressuire