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The Saône & Franche-Comté area

Petite Saône, Saône, Canal des Vosges, Doubs

The Saône is one of France’s most attractive rivers for boating holidays,with few locks, rural scenery and many opportunities for swimming. The authentic villages in the Mâconnais and the Dôle region are delightful to see and explore during your river cruise.

Sailing north on the Canal des Vosges you’ll glide through hosts of stunning ash and silver birch trees, with a forest floor of edible mushrooms, and the towns of Fontenoyle-Château and Epinal will reveal their many charms when you stop to sample the local produce.

From Dôle to Besançon, the Canal du Rhône au Rhin follows the course of the River Doubs past rocky cliffs and between wooded slopes. And then your arrival in Besançon is truly dramatic. A 394m long tunnel lets you cruise right underneath the great fortress, built by Vauban in the 17th century, and to make a complete circuit of the city by water.

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Our Saône & Franche-Comté circuits

1 week

Scey-sur-Saône > Scey-sur-Saône

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Heritage and History

From castles to the lovely Saône

  • Scey-sur-Saône
  • Gray
  • Pontailler
  • Auxonne
  • Scey-sur-Saône
Duration
1 week
Sailing
5h / day
Route
202km out and back
Locks
26

1 week

Scey-sur-Saône > Scey-sur-Saône

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Gastronomy and Oenology

Strong sensations in wild scenery

  • Scey-sur-Saône
  • Port-sur-Saône
  • Corre
  • Fontenoy
  • Scey-sur-Saône
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
138km out and back
Locks
36

10/11 days

Scey-sur-Saône > Scey-sur-Saône

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Gastronomy and Oenology

The most lovely meandres in France

  • Scey-sur-Saône
  • Gray
  • Auxonne
  • Dôle
  • Scey-sur-Saône
Duration
10/11 days
Sailing
5h / day
Route
266km out and back
Locks
46

2 weeks

Scey-sur-Saône > Scey-sur-Saône

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Gastronomy and Oenology

All the attractions close by

  • Scey-sur-Saône
  • Gray
  • Seurre
  • Tournus
  • Louhans
  • Scey-sur-Saône
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h15 / day
Route
506km out and back
Locks
42

2 weeks

Scey-sur-Saône > Scey-sur-Saône

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Heritage and History

Grandeur and a splendid citadel

  • Scey-sur-Saône
  • Gray
  • Dôle
  • Besançon
  • Scey-sur-Saône
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h30 / day
Route
368km out and back
Locks
86