Doubs (Burgundy-Franche-Comté)

Caves, spectacular river valleys and vast forests. Burgundy's network of gentle streams and canals will guide those who don't like to rush, love good wine and food and want to enjoy themselves.

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For many, one of the most beautiful parts of France. The lazy French countryside, dotted with stately homes that line the surrounding vineyards, will captivate all lovers of peace and quiet. Come and admire the ancient castles adorning the steep cliffs, the karst rivers in the deep valleys and the old Romanesque bridges you will pass under.

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A peaceful paradise

The Burgundy-Franche-Comté region will appeal especially to houseboat lovers who seek a relaxed atmosphere, are in no hurry and can enjoy every second on board and off. Those of you who love fine wine and the famous French cuisine will also be satisfied. The area is also suitable for first-time skippers and families with children, as the waters are gentle with no tricky rapids. You can even plan your cruise to sail through only a handful of locks.

France's largest cruising area

The list of rivers and canals in the region will take your breath away. Thanks to them, you can plan your holiday exactly according to your needs. You can choose a cruise or a one-way cruise, which we can also arrange with your transfer or car transfer. In addition, Burgundy-Franche-Comté is a great destination for skippers who want to go on a cruise longer than a week. The navigable canals and rivers allow not only long routes, but also extraordinary cruises for the experienced who have explored the area in the past.

You can look forward to unspoilt nature, which is adorned with breathtaking mountains and rocks in addition to karst formations. If you long for civilisation, you'll find the company of others in the sunny vineyards and picturesque villages.and medieval towns where you can buy the best of the local bakery. Simply put, the area will delight all lovers of leisurely river wandering.

Franche Comté area, villages, nature, vineyards

What awaits you

You would be hard pressed to find a river that is more suitable for beginners and families with children than the Saône. Not only does the stream offer a wealth of activities for adults and children alike. Captains will also appreciate the small number of locks and the smooth steering of the boat throughout the trip. If you long to cruise the historic canal, just turn into the Cannal de Bourgogne, the canalised Doubs or the Cannal de la Marnea la Saône.

When you say delicious mustard and even better sausages, which area in France comes to mind? Yes, Digoin is the correct answer. During your cruise, you can also visit this important crossroads in the heart of the Charollais, where you will find the confluence of three historic water canals. If you head south, you'll sail along the tranquil Canal de Raonne à Digoin amongst vast pastures. Pottery lovers, however, should turn east and follow the Canal du Centre to the famous valley, which is world famous for its ceramics. As well as pottery, the area also boasts extensive collections of Roman-Burgundian art and vineyards that stretch all the way to the mountains. The north-western lateral channel of the Loire, on the other hand, leads you to the towns of Decize or Nevers, which are literally alive with art and history.

Arguably one of the most beautiful canals in France is the Canal du Nivernais, which connects the Loire and Seine river basins. During your trip, you will sail through a protected area whose fauna and flora will take your breath away. In addition, these waters will take you close to fairy-tale castles and picturesque villages.

The Yonne River and the church in Auxerre, Burgundy

The Yonne River and the church in Auxerre, Burgundy,

Lovers of historic canals should not miss the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, which was built between 1784 and 1833 and is still suitable for recreational cruises today. Around the canal, the densely wooded landscape will alternate with blue-grey mountain peaks peeking out from time to time. Along the way, you will visit the historic towns of Montbéliard, Besançon and Dole, which will enchant you with their unique atmosphere. There are also two canal tunnels, at Thorais and Besançon.

You shouldn't miss the town of Auxerre, the administrative centre of Burgundy, where you'll find informative museums, great restaurants and winding historic streets. Wine lovers should mark Clos de Chainette on their map. The vineyard that produces the famous Chablis wine.

Our tip is to cruise the Seille River and visit the town of Louhans. The lively town will win you over with its beautiful half-timbered houses as well as its excellent gastronomic delicacies. We recommend trying the local - Poulet de Bresse or chicken Brabant style. Seille itself will remind you of our Saône, and is the smaller and quieter sister of the mighty Saône. Its surrounding landscape will give you peat bogs to admire, where endangered species of plants and animals thrive.

Useful information about locks

  • Seille: Self-service locks. Duty is to moor ships to pontoons or in harbours.
  • Petit Saône: Automatic locks with attendants and self-service locks.
  • Grande Saône: between Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Mâcon –⁠ 3 large manned automatic locks. Wide but usually slow flowing river. Duty is to moor boats to pontoons or in harbours.
  • Canal des Vosges, Canal de Bourgogne & Canal du Centre: all locks are automatic, some are manned.
  • The locks are open on most public holidays.

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Cruises for 2–⁠5 days

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 2 days | 76 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 18

Dole - Saint-Vite and back

Every village in the Dole area invites you to a festive feast and entices you with its particularly rich and well-preserved cultural heritage.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 2 days | 77 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 18

Dole - Auxonne and back

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with not too many locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry and balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 2 days | 96 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 33

Port-sur-Saône - Fontenoy and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 2 days | 110 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 15

Port-sur-Saône - Ray-sur-Saône and back

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with only a few locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry or balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 3 days | 74 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 4

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 3 days | 76 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 6

Louhans - La Truchére - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 90 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 22

Dole - Heuilley and back

Every village in the Dole area invites you to a festive feast and entices you with its particularly rich and well-preserved cultural heritage.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 104 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 36

Dole - Besancon

Every village in the Dole area invites you to a festive feast and entices you with its particularly rich and well-preserved cultural heritage.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 104 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 22

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Dole - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 114 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 18

Dole - Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and back

Heading east, you will sail along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin to Dole and Besançon, towns with a colourful history and historical heritage that are well worth a visit.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 114 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 12

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Savoyeux - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 150 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 24

Dole - Mantoche and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 170 km
Type of cruise: there and back 

Dole - Gray and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 186 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 19

Port-sur-Saône - Rigny and back

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with only a few locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry or balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 196 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 10

Louhans - Macon - Tournus - Chalon sur Saone - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 5 days | 200 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 10

Louhans - Chalon-sur-Saône - Verdun-sur-le-Doubs - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Cruises for a week

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 136 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 48

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Dijon - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 136 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 34

Scey-sur-Saône - Port-sur-Saône - Corre - Fontenoy and back

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 138 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 84

Saint-Léger - Montceau-les-mînes - Paray-le-Monial - Saint-Léger

If you choose the St. Léger base as your starting point, you won't be disappointed. If you head south along the Canal du Centre, you'll pass through a landscape of vineyards.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 150 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 48

Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Besancon - Saint Jean-de-Losne

The ideally located base in Saint-Jean-de-Losne allows you to take a number of sailings in different directions (including one-way). From Dôle to Besançon, the Rhone au Rhin Canal flows between sloping cliffs and forested slopes.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 159 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 28

Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Chagny - Branges (or vice versa)

The ideally located base in Saint-Jean-de-Losne allows you to take a number of sailings in different directions (including one-way). In Chagny, you will find a popular Michelin-starred restaurant.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 166 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 125

Port-sur-Saône - Epinal and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 167 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 52

Dole - Baume-les-Dames and back

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with not too many locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry and balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 172 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 9

Louhans - Pontailler-sur-Saône (or vice versa)

The town of Louhans, situated on the Seille river, is picturesque and historic. A typical farmers' market is held here. Louhans also has typical half-timbered houses. Try the local speciality, chicken Brabant.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 176 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 36

Branges - Santenay - Branges

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with not too many locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry and balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 194 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 8

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Chalon-sur-Saône - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 200 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 32

Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Fontenoy-le-Château

It's a pleasant cruise down the Saône River to Staint-Jean-de-Losne, the heart of Burgundy. Notable towns to visit include Jussy, Port-Sur-Saône and Gray. The historic town of Auxonne is also worth a visit.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 202 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 26

Scey-sur-Saône - Gray - Pontailler - Auxonne - Scey-sur-Saône

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 205 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 30

Scey-sur-Saône - Gray - Seurre - Châlon - Chagny - Saint-Léger

Stunning castles await you in Scey-sur-Saône and Ray-sur-Saône, where summer festivals and art exhibitions are held.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 208 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 22

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Scey-sur-Saône - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 213 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 33

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Chagny - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 218 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 41

Saint-Léger - Chagny - Châlon - Tournus - Louhans and back

Located on the Canal du Centre, Saint-Léger is a great starting point for gourmets and wine lovers as it is right in the middle of the world's finest wine slopes.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 220 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 21

Port-sur-Saône - Mantoche and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 222 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 42

Louhans - Chalon-sur-Saône - Santenay - Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 270 km
Type of cruise: there and back Number of locks: 14

Louhans - Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Louhans

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 7 days | 293 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 14

Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Louhans - Saint-Jean-de-Losne

The ideally located base in Saint-Jean-de-Losne allows you to take a number of sailings in different directions (including one-way). In Chagny, you will find a popular Michelin-starred restaurant.

Cruises for 10-14 days

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 10 days | 136 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 112

Dole - Port-sur-Saône and back

The network of gentle streams and canals in Burgundy will guide those who do not like to rush, love good wine and food and want to enjoy the scenery around them, a landscape of dense forests, jagged rocks and mountain scenery, but also rolling pastures, vineyards and a peaceful atmosphere.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 10 days | 150 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 133

Down - Pont-d'Ouche and back

Every village in the Dole area invites you to a festive feast and entices you with its particularly rich and well-preserved cultural heritage.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 10 days | 196 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 42

Saint-Léger - Chagny - Verdun-sur-le-Doubs - Saint-Jean-de-Losne and back

Take a journey south along the majestic Saône River to Mâcon, one of France's oldest towns, famous for its great vintage wines such as Pouilly-Fuissé.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 218 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 66

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Besancon - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 14 days | 260 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 41

Scey-sur-Saône - Gray - Auxonne - Dole and back

The Saône River has always been an important link between central and southern Europe. Together with the adjacent canals, it forms a network of navigable waterways.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 294 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 75

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Montchanin - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 294 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 114

Down - Montbéliard and back

The Saône is one of the most beautiful rivers in France with not too many locks flowing through an idyllic, fertile landscape. Here you'll see impressive farmhouses with traditional roofs and masonry and balconies decorated with flowers.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 310 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 34

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Corre - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 14 days | 339 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 86

Saint-Léger - Chagny - Châlon - Seurre - Dole - Besançon and back

Take a journey south along the majestic Saône River to Mâcon, one of France's oldest towns, famous for its great vintage wines such as Pouilly-Fuissé.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 14 days | 382 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 94

Scey-sur-Saône - Gray - Dole - Besançon and back

The network of gentle streams and canals in Burgundy will guide those who do not like to rush, love good wine and food and want to enjoy the scenery around them, a landscape of dense forests, jagged rocks and mountain scenery, but also rolling pastures, vineyards and a peaceful atmosphere.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 411 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 50

Pontailler-sur-Saône - Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune - Louhans - Pontailler-sur-Saône

Burgundy is distinguished by its varied, multifaceted landscape, contrasting climate, picturesque villages surrounded by pastures and forests, and a culinary tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, including its famous wines.

Map of Doubs sailing area, Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, France

Trip length: 14 days | 434 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 60

Dole - Selles and back

Among the major towns on the Saône River worth seeing are the old Roman towns of Tournus and Chalon. From our base in Branges, you can follow the pretty Seille River through a landscape of meadows and fields to picturesque Louhans, the capital of the Bresse region, where the famous Monday poultry markets are held.

Scey-sur-Saône, Alsace, France, map of the sailing area

Trip length: 14 days | 484 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 41

Scey-sur-Saône - Gray - Seurre - Tournus - Louhans and back

Among the major towns on the Saône River worth seeing are the old Roman towns of Tournus and Chalon. From our base in Branges, you can follow the pretty Seille River through a landscape of meadows and fields to picturesque Louhans, the capital of the Bresse region, where the famous Monday poultry markets are held.