Fall in love with the slow-paced way of life on the River Yonne with this boating holiday. Our cruising route takes you to many picturesque villages that boast medieval charm, historic churches, typical French village streets and remarkable castles and houses. At the furthest point of this itinerary you’ll reach Sens – a city steeped in history.
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
Joigny: 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
Sens: Saint-Etienne Cathedral, Ancient churches, Relics of the Gallo-Roman surrounding walls, a flower walk through Moulin à Tan park and the garden of Orangery
After cruising as far as Sens 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
Superb time with the family!
We had a great holiday away spending precious time with the family. Both handling of the boat and navigation was easier than expected and we loved being up close and personal with nature. Having the flexibility to travel at our own pace is perfect when travelling as a family. We can’t wait to hire a canal boat again in the future.
Olivier, Lomprez (Belgium)