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A holiday getaway on the River Yonne

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74 KM
from 636 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    Timber-framed house in Joigny (©I.Maire-Joigny)
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    A view of Joigny and the river Yonne (©I.Maire-Joigny)
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    Burgundy vineyards
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    Sparkling ‘Crémant de Bourgogne’ ©O. Maynard
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Description of
the boating holiday

Hire a canal boat and enjoy a visit to Joigny

During this self-drive boating holiday in Burgundy you will navigate on the River Yonne towards the old royal city of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, passing through Joigny and then Côte Saint-Jacques which is in the heart of vineyard country.

Departure base

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. 

Places to see and things to do

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

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

Medieval town centre and its winding alleys, timber frame lovely houses dating back to the 16th century, Churches of St-Thibault and St-Jean

Villeneuve sur Yonne:
The 13th and 16th century churches

After cruising as far as Villeneuve-sur-Yonne 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.

Canal boats available

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Enjoying life on the water!
We highly recommend a holiday in this region. Our crew loved discovering the wines of Burgundy and the local gastronomy is of an excellent standard. Add to that the freedom to stop wherever we fancied (including in the middle of nowhere!) and the fun of going through locks and you have a truly amazing holiday.

Fabienne, Poitiers