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A self-drive boating holiday on the Canal de Bourgogne

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108 KM
from 979 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    View across the village of Tonnerre including the church of St Pierre
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    Tonnerre: the Fosse Dionne
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    Tanlay Golf Course (9 holes)
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    A lock on the Burgundy Canal
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    Swimming centre at Montbard
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    Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
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    Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
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    Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site
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    Fine dining at numerous gourmet restaurants
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    Excellent Burgundy foods: Gougères - an airy cheese puff
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    Battle re-enactments at Muséoparc Alésia

Description of
the boating holiday

Finding the historical treasures of Burgundy

This particular boating holiday itinerary on the Canal de Bourgogne is a one-way route between the Nicols bases at Brienon-sur Armançon and Venarey-les-Laumes. Your canal boat journey will take you to some of the most remarkable sites in Burgundy – from the famous canal bridge of Saint-Florentin and the Tonnerrois and Chablis vineyards, to the castles and chateaux of Tanlay and Ancy-le-Granc and the historic site of the battle of Alésia.

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.

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.

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.

Renaissance buildings of the Abbey of Quincy and Château de Tanlay, 9-hole golf course in the grounds of Château de Tanlay!

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc locate on the banks of the canal, various museums of art, pottery and ceramic

16th century castle, old town hall, Saint-Pantaléon church

The Grande Forge of Buffon
Montbard: Abbey of Fontenay (listed as UNESCO World Heritage), Waterpark

Battle site of Alésia, ‘Museoparc’ of Alésia, statue of Vercingetorix

Your one-way boating holiday on the Canal de Bourgogne is almost at an end. It is time to think about returning your Nicols canal boat to the base in Venarey-les-Laumes.

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A memorable holiday for all!
We got to see so many fascinating places of interest on our holiday - from the historical forges at Buffon and the UNESCO awarded Abbey of Fontenay near Montbard, to the Alésia battle site and castles at Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc. The younger members of our crew also loved the watersports centre at Montbard.

Sylvie, Fours