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Gray -> Corre -> Gray
One Week Return Trip
Gray is home to many attractions worth a visit, including several museums and the Notre Dame Basilica. Cruise north along the Saone River and you will come to Port sur Saone, a town good for sports enthusiasts, offering tennis, horse riding and swimming facilities. For the not so sporty visit the church of St Etienne and the Pont de Pierre, both dating back to the 18th century. Moor up at Cendrecourt and then cycle to the pretty village of Jussey. Here there is a beautiful church, a chapel and a number of ornamental fountains.

Gray -> Branges
One Week One Way Trip
Gray is home to many attractions worth a visit, including several museums and the Notre Dame Basilica. Cruise south along the Saone River and you will come to Mantoche where there are pleasant moorings with water points and a designated swimming area in the river. There are also many shops in the village for provisioning. Further on, Auxonne is a fortified town on the border of Burgundy, where the famous Chateau d’Auxonne houses the museum of Napoleon Bonaparte – Napoleon was stationed here for 3 years. There is good shopping in the town centre. St-Jean de Losne is situated at the crossroads of three major waterways, the Saone, the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin. In the town, a restored 15th century house holds a collection of barge equipment from over the years. Seurre is lovely port with historical interest, notably for the church of Saint Martin and the Saone Environmental Museum. Further on at Chalon sur Saone is a very important commercial and industrial town offering a lot of cultural and tourist attractions including the museum of photography, the St Laurent bridge and the Square of Port-Villers. At Gigny-sur-Saone there is a disused lock, which is now a Halte Nautique with a restaurant. In a 20-acre park close to the river you can view the Chateau de L’Eperviere and its grounds.

Gray -> Dijon -> Gray
One Week Return Trip
Gray is home to many attractions worth a visit, including several museums and the Notre Dame Basilica. Cruise south along the Saone River and you will come to Mantoche where there are pleasant moorings with water points and a designated swimming area in the river. There are also many shops in the village for provisioning. Further on, Auxonne is a fortified town on the border of Burgundy, where the famous Chateau d’Auxonne houses the museum of Napoleon Bonaparte – Napoleon was stationed here for 3 years. There is good shopping in the town centre. St-Jean de Losne is situated at the crossroads of three major waterways, the Saone, the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin. In the town, a restored 15th century house holds a collection of barge equipment from over the years. Along the Canal de la Bourgogne, Dijon is a city that should not be missed. Wander around the pretty streets and soak up the atmosphere

Local Information

Gray is a canton of the Haute-Saône department, in France, in the arrondissement of Vesoul.
Gray is on the banks of the Saone river. It is the last major town of the Franche-Comte before the Saone flows into Burgundy. The large stone banks mark the importance of the town's trading position since the Middle Ages. The town is rightly proud of its architectural heritage. Along the streets of the "old town of Gray", buildings and mansions show the history of the town. There is a nice vista of the town from the 18th century stone bridge. Gray has earned the "Station Verte de Vacances" award, recognizing its green environment. It is a popular place for fishing and water activities.
Places of interest include:
Basilique Notre Dame - This gothic style Basilica was built from 1478 to 1559, with a bell tower typical of the locale.
Chateau Musee Baron Martin - The art museum is located in the Chateau of the Count of Provence
Chapelle des Carmelites - The Carmelite chapel was built in 1667.
Hotel de Ville - This town hall was built in 1568, and features Renaissance arches and a beautiful coloured and varnished tile roof.

Waterways

Gray is located on the river Saône. The Saône is a river of eastern France. It is a right tributary of the River Rhône. Rising at Vioménil in the Vosges department, it joins the Rhône in Lyon. The Saône gives access to the Canal Rhône au Rhin, Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne, the Canal de l'Est, the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal de la Marne a la Saône.