River Cruise Montbéliard, Franche Comté / Doubs
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2 DAY WEEK-END
- Montbéliard / Clerval and return : 73km, 36 locks + 2 draw bridges
- Montbéliard / Baume les Dames and return : 110 km, 50 locks
- Tourist Attractions - Museums in Baumes les Dames (total, 5). Notre Dame Abbey in Baume les Dames.
- Montbéliard / Besançon and return : 180 km,70 locks
- ONE WAY: Montbéliard / Dole : 144 km,55 locks
- Tourist Attractions - Besançon citadel. Osselle caves. Dole with its cathedral, and its old quarters.
This a region of mountains, woods, plateaus, lakes, waterfalls and pastures and is renowned for its natural beauty. Probably one of the least explored regions in France, there are opportunities for canoeing and hiking. The Doubs valley is worth visiting for its caves and stunning waterfalls, as is Baume-les-Messieurs.
Franche-Comté is a region and historical province in eastern France, which includes most of the French portion of the Jura mountain range and the plateau of the upper Saône River. It comprises the departments of Jura, Doubs, Haute-Saône, and Territoire de Belfort. The pine forests in the Jura and the pastures for stock raising are important to the area's economy. A section of the Jura slopes is planted with grapes. The Franche-Comté is famous for its Gruyère cheese and its watches and clocks.
The Franche-Comté is a crossroads in French waterway network. The main waterways of this region are the Canal de Bourgogne, the Saône, the Canal du Rhône au Rhin and the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne. The Canal de Bourgogne passes through beautiful scenery including the Ouche valley. Canal du Rhône au Rhin is used mainly pleasure craft. It passes through rolling hills, rocky cuttings and open countryside.
Franche-Comté comprises 4 main areas; Belfort, Haute-Saone, Doubs and Jura. Belfort is on the borders of Alsace, Germany and Switzerland, and is a land rich in history and heritage. With the Vosges to the Jura Mountains, it is an ideal place for hiking, horseback riding and biking on 540 Km (350 miles) of marked trails, through its green countryside. Haute-Saone is a rural region between the Jura and the Vosges mountains with the Saône river flowing through. It has deep forests, wide vineyards and fine cherry orchards. The Doubs and Jura regions border with Switzerland and is more than largely forested. Its exceptionally beautiful rivers can be fished for trout. It offers number of lakes such as St. Point, springs, waterfalls and caves.
A traditional, rustic way of life continues in this peaceful, relaxing region of France still little affected by tourism.
FOOD & DRINK
Local cuisine includes specialities such as:
Brési - Dry and salted beef, smoked for three months.
Jambon de Luxeuil - Cured ham from the city of Luxeuil.
Saucisse de Morteau and Saucisse de Montbéliard.
Les Gaudes - Soup of grilled corn flour
Croute aux Morilles - Made with morel mushrooms
Truite au Vin Jaune - Trout with yellow wine.
Morbiflette - Cooked potatoes and onions are covered with slices of morbier cheese, then baked until the cheese melts.
Papet Jurassien - A rustic tart with a light orange blossom flavor.
Pets de nonne de Baume-les-Dames - Little pastry balls are slightly sweet and very crisp.
Easy access to Dole by A36 motorway from Besançon (50 km), Bâle(220 km)and the A6 from Paris (370 km), Lyon (190 km). TGV direct from Paris (2H), Lausanne (1H30). Access to l'Isle sur le Doubs by A36 motorway & train.