Enjoy a soothing boat ride in the Jura Mountains, another way to unwind as you discover the mountain landscape.

Bateau promenade à Besançon
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Into the wilds

Cruising through canyons in France and Switzerland

Rocher de la Casquette, Grotte du Roi de Prusse, Rocher du Sphynx and, the highlight, the Saut du Doubs… 

Two boat companies propose exceptional cruises on panoramic vessels, for a leisurely excursion, with or without a meal!

These cruises include a stopover at the spectacular Saut du Doubs waterfall before returning to port.

Between Switzerland and France, at Villers-le-Lac to be precise, this spot is a far cry from the gently flowing River Doubs that crosses the plain. Here, it gushes turbulently and offers a splendid sight to be discovered during a 14km trip across an inlet worthy of a Canadian fjord.

Embark at Villers-le-Lac to discover the 27-metre waterfall of the Saut du Doubs!

The Saut du Doubs
Vue depuis le belvédère sur les bateaux du Saut du Doubs
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Halte au Saut du Doubs
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Croisière au saut du Doubs
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Départ du Louisiane à Vouglans
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A tranquil lake

Cruising on turquoise waters

A change of decor: 130km southwards from the Doubs basins in the north of the massif, lies the extreme northern tip of Vouglans Lake.

The winding river leads you to the incredibly tranquil and turquoise waters of the third largest manmade reservoir in France.

Here, you'll board the aptly-named Louisiane for a trip with commentary or a dinner cruise on this Cajun-style vessel.

On the open top deck or from inside, you'll enjoy the amazing lush scenery and local history as the boat crosses the lake. Embark at the Surchauffant, next to the spectacular Pyle Bridge.

Vouglans Lake

Did you know?

"Le Louisiane" on Vouglans Lake is so named because it looks very much like the vessels that sail on the River Mississippi and across the State of Louisiana in the United States. This boat trip promises a real change of scene!

Eco-friendly boat

Cruising on one of the biggest natural lakes in France

Your cruise continues on one of the largest natural lakes in France, the lake of Saint-Point (also called Malbuisson Lake).

Board the solar-powered electric boat, sit back and enjoy the ride!

You can sign up for a tour with commentary or a walkabout with tastings of regional produce.

Hikers can also take advantage of the lakeside ferry service (Malbuisson - Saint-Point-Lac).

Saint-Point Lake
Bateau promenade au lac de Malbuisson
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Bateau promenade à Besançon
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City cruises

Sailing at the gateway to the Jura Montagnes

For a city escapade at the gateway to the Jura Mountains, head for Besançon.

Dominated by an impressive UNESCO-listed citadel and encircled by a loop of the River Doubs, Besançon conceals a wealth of natural, cultural and architectural features.

For an alternative exploration of Besançon, enjoy a cruise on one of the city's two vessels: the Vauban and the Battant

You'll cross two locks, take a tunnel beneath the citadel and enjoy a view of the old town, on a tour with commentary that will leave you with pleasant memories!

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navigation à Besançon
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