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.