Head to Château-Chalon for a hike through the Jura vineyards and across the beautiful scenery. A great walk followed by a visit to a museum, tastings in the wine cellar and a little tour of the local winegrower's cooperative.

The next day, come and explore Baume-les-Messieurs for a day in the great outdoors. Go for a stroll around one of France's most beautiful villages, visit caves, a waterfall and an abbey.

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Day 1
One of France's most beautiful villages

Welcome to Château-Chalon!

It's time for a day out in one of France's most beautiful villages. Château-Chalon is perched up on a hill and overlooks the surrounding valleys and vineyards, much like a watchtower. This charming village most definitely deserves the 'Cité de Caractère' label with its old-fashioned little houses, narrow streets, Romanesque church and ruins of a medieval castle.

Find out more about Château-Chalon

After all that exercise, you deserve a treat

Enjoy some local speciality dishes

Are you more tempted by hearty homemade cuisine full of unforgettable flavour facing Baume-les-Messieurs abbey, a fine-dining experience with regional products under the plane trees, or simple and tasty seasonal food? Choose from our recommendations!

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Vineyards... and wine

3 unmissable places for wine tasting

Are all these vines making you want to taste the production? Here are 3 places where you can learn about and appreciate Jura wines, particularly the 'vin jaune', known as the gold of Jura!

La maison de la haute seille
Maison de la Haute Seille

History of wine

This cultural venue will take you back through the history of the Jura wines, and you can also see what school was like in the olden days here. To end your journey back in time, take a seat up on the superb museum terrace and treat yourselves to a glass of wine (or something else).

Journey back in time
Domaine Berthet Bondet
Domaine Berthet-Bondet

Tasting with commentary

Venture inside the Domaine Berthet-Bondet for a guided tour with the winegrowers. Every Saturday, learn how to appreciate and taste the estate's various wines. An original, one-of-a-kind... and most of all delicious experience!

Tasting with the winegrowers
Fruitière Vinicole de Voiteur
Winegrower's Cooperative

Your souvenir

Here in Voiteur, the Jura wines are tasted along with regional products. On the menu: AOC Château-Chalon, Côtes du Jura, Etoile, Vin Jaune, Vin de Paille etc. Choose a selection of speciality products from the Jura and take a souvenir hamper home with you from this weekend!

Take your Jura wine home with you
The 'vin jaune'... the gold of Jura

In the Jura, and more specifically in Arbois and Château-Chalon, a unique wine is produced, the vin jaune.

  • It is made using a grape variety called Savagnin.
  • It is aged for at least six years and three months in oak barrels.
  • During this time, the wine - which is initially white - develops apple and walnut aromas, and a beautiful yellow, almost golden colour.
  • This is when it is bottled, but in not just any bottle: it is precisely a 62 cl bottle known as a 'clavelin'
  • It is said that this wine can be kept for 100 years without losing its flavour.
Where to sleep?

Find your cosy little nest! 

Bed & breakfasts, self-catering accommodation and holiday gites. After an action-packed day, you'll want a cosy little nest for the night! Browse our selection that will whisk you away into the Jura vineyards, along the wine route or even to Finland. Yes, that's right, you can even stay in a Finnish kota here!

One of France's most beautiful villages

Welcome to Baume-les-Messieurs!

Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by staggering cliffs and nestled in one of Jura's characteristic steephead valleys. Time appears to stand still here. There are traditional little houses dotted around a magnificent Benedictine abbey, a perfect example of Romanesque art in the Jura. 

Strolling around the narrow streets of Baume-les-Messieurs is like an out-of-world experience.

Find out more about Baume-les-Messieurs
Michel Joly / BFC Tourisme
Michel Joly / BFC Tourisme
Exceptional natural heritage

Walking past waterfalls, caves and across steephead valleys

Put your trainers on and set off along the hiking trails around Baume-les-Messieurs to discover some of the natural treasures there, such as waterfalls, caves and steephead valleys. This weekend, you'll be exploring the very heart of Mother Nature.

This 8 km hike will lead you to Baume-les-Messieurs abbey. On the way, listen to the soothing running waters flowing down from the Tufs waterfall, and admire the magnificent cave in this unique natural environment! 

Find out more about this hike

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Venture underground

Explore the caves

Set off on a journey more than 120 metres underground, into the caves of Baume-les-Messieurs and the 600 m of tunnels and 20 to 80 metre chambers.

Dare to leave the Earth's surface for a few hours, to explore the still underground river and lakes surrounded by superb lights and sound effects. Who knows, you might just run into a bat or two!

Baume-les-Messieurs caves
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Deep into the steephead valley

The Tufs waterfall

Deep into the steephead valley of Baume-les-Messieurs, after walking for a few kilometres (or a few metres if you use the car park), you'll arrive in front of this natural treasure.

The resurgence of the Dard gushes out of the rock after flowing through the bowels of the Earth. This flow of water creates a magnificent waterfall with surprising colours.

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A closer look...

Baume-les-Messieurs abbey

This unmissable monument of Baume-les-Messieurs, the imperial abbey looks down on you from its great church, built in a traditional Romanesque style. While you're visiting the monument, take a stroll around the 3 courtyards that still bear traces of the French Revolution. On this visit, you will be whisked back into the history of the village, and you'll also be given the opportunity to admire a superb 16th century altarpiece.

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Historic anecdote

The Baume-les-Messieurs Romanesque abbey is nestled in one of the many steephead valleys in the Jura Mountains. It is from this abbey that Saint Berno left to then become the first abbot of the famous Cluny Abbey.

The monks of Baume were originally part of a very simple community, but over the years their selection criteria became more and more demanding. In the 14th century, only members of high nobility could join the community. Later, the abbey was given the name of 'Baume-les-Messieurs'. Such an elegant name!

Find out more about the abbey

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Other ideas for gourmet getaways

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