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To embark on the Saône is to enjoy a pleasant voyage. You will pass through a variety of natural settings and lovely farmland.
Here the keyword is "accessibility". From the foothills of the Vosges to the gates of Burgundy where it is joined by the Doubs, the "Petite Saône" as it has been fondly named gently flows across 130 km and offers ideal sailing conditions. This wide river that has largely been left in its natural state offers a sufficient water level in all seasons and few locks, serving as a perfect setting for exploring the joys of sailing in the midst of authentic landscapes with simple and natural charms, inviting you to come and discover the gentle pleasures of life.
www.bateau.balade-haute-saone.fr (in English)
An association founded in 1989 that groups together 34 rural villages boasting outstanding architecture and landscapes that are valued and protected. There are 13 Petites Cités Comtoises de Caractère in Haute-Saône, some of which are located on the banks of the Saône.
To help you plan your stops and organise your outings, an "Au fil de l'eau 2015" brochure lists all of the events that are scheduled along the water and within a 5 km radius from June to September. Available in Tourist Offices.
This section of the "Voie Bleue" set between meadows and the river gives you access to outstanding cultural attractions in towns along the Saône. Before you leave, go and check out Château de Talmay and steer your bicycles towards Heuilley-sur-Saône to visit the Maison de l’Eau, de la Pêche et de la Nature. Not far away, the Pontailler-sur-Saône "station verte" (natural tourist area) offers up beautiful panoramic views. The town of Lamarche-sur-Saône, with its church with two bell-towers, is also worth seeing before you head to Auxonne, an old fortified town in Burgundy, for your last stop. Be sure to have a look at its fortifications and arsenal created by Vauban and for Château Louis XI.
Every Tuesday in peak season, Saône Valley Tourist Offices organise an activity followed by a tasting of local products so you can discover all that the region has to offer (possibly with guided town visits and the discovery of arts and crafts). Be sure to take advantage of it !
Reservations encouraged : contact the Val de Gray Tourist Office - 00 33 (0)3 84 65 14 24 - www.cc-valdegray.fr