During this self-drive boating holiday in Burgundy you will discover picturesque landscapes and typical French villages on route. You’ll also cross the arched canal bridge of Saint-Florentin before arriving at the town of Tonnerre famed for its Tonnerrois wine. It’s also possible for wine lovers to explore the famous vineyards of Chablis which are nearby.
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.
Saint-Florentin: Canal surrounded by two rivers (Armance and Armancon), Church with beautiful stained glass windows and a terrace which offers panoramic views across the old town and the valley.
Tonnerre: Old town built on a hill, The Fosse Dionne (old fountain and baths), Church of Saint-Pierre built on a rock terrace, l'hôtel Dieu (one of the largest medieval hospitals dating from 1293), l'hôtel d'Uzès: the historic mansion and birthplace of the knight Eon.
After cruising as far as Tonnerre it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far as you cruise back to the starting base at Brienon.
Holiday reviews from Brienon
Laughter in the locks!
We had a great boating holiday in Burgundy. Being part of a crew was a lot of fun with many moments of laughter while cruising and travelling through locks. The only downside was that the trip was over so quickly! We leave with so many good memories and we can’t wait to book up again for a longer adventure.