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Boating holiday at Port sur Saône

Enjoy a boating holiday on tranquil waters through the heart of the Saône valley...
Nicols welcome you on board your self-drive canal boat leaving from our base at Port Sur Saône. A winding, wide and calm river, the Saône is dotted with typical waterside villages...

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Port-sur-Saône : nautical base for renting Nicols boats
Port sur Saône
Hiring self-drive Nicols boat in the Saône valley
The Nicols base at Port sur Saône
Mooring and exploring
Mooring and exploring
Navigating the Saône river © CRT FC M.Joly
Navigating the Saône river © CRT FC M.Joly
Château de Ray sur Saône overlooking the valley
Château de Ray sur Saône overlooking the valley
Canal cruise on the canal de l'est
Château de Ray sur Saône
Family cycling along the Saone
Ray sur Saône
Fishing in the river Saône
Fishing in the river Saône
Rupt sur Saône © Sara Bosmans
Rupt sur Saône © Sara Bosmans
Pause picnic by the river © Y Van Cauter
Stop for a picnic by the waters edge © Y Van Cauter
Polychrome roofs - Gray © Y Van Cauter
The colourful polychrome tiled roofs at Gray © Y Van Cauter
Handcrafted wooden shoes from the 'saboterie' in Seveux
Handcrafted wooden shoes from the 'saboterie' in Seveux
Cruise prices from480 €

Best bits:

  • Very few locks
  • Calm rivers make this region ideal for beginners.
  • High quality port infrastructures, warm welcome,
  • Selles: the turning bridge - a historical monument
  • Unusual tunnel at St Albin!
  • Many castles at Ray sur Saone, Scey sur Saône...

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A most relaxing holiday, bucolic landscapes and days framed by the gentle lapping of water... See the blog

Cruise prices from480 €

Enjoy a boating holiday on tranquil waters through the heart of the Saône valley...

Nicols welcome you on board your self-drive canal boat leaving from our base at Port Sur Saône. A winding, wide and calm river, the Saône is dotted with typical waterside villages, each brimming with architectural treasures :

  • Port sur Saône, village with Gallo-Roman origins,
  • Gray and its fortified castle,
  • Renaissance structures in Mantoche,
  • Castles in Ray sur Saône and Scey sur Saône,
  • Wash houses and fountains at Ray and Beaujeu Saint Vallier,
  • Not forgetting unusual curios such as the St Albin tunnel, the turning bridge at Selles...

For a calm trip in the heart of nature we recommend heading to the north for a boating holiday in the Canal de l'est – cruising through the deep forest landscapes of the Vosges region. Don't forget your binoculars!

You can also explore the Saône Valley by boat from our Nicols canal boat hire base in Dole on the Doubs… Nicols also offers you a one way boating holiday from Port sur Saône to Dole (or vice versa) to really make the most of the beautiful landscapes and interesting sites to be explored all along this route.

Cruise prices from480 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the Saône

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Short break along the petite Saône

Course: Port sur Saône – Ray sur Saône – Port sur Saône (80 km - 14 locks - 13h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Scey-sur-Saône : The tunnel of Saint Albin (680m)
  • Ray-sur-Saône : Castle

Itinerary 2: Crystal and swing bridge short break

Course: Port sur Saône – Selles – Port sur Saône (82km - 16 locks - 15h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Corre : Glassworks and crystal glassworks
  • Selles : The swing bridge

Mini week

Itinerary 1: The Saône and its tunnels getaway

Course: Port sur Saône – Gray – Port sur Saône (124 km - 22 locks - 24h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Scey-sur-Saône : The tunnel of Saint Albin (680m)
  • Ray-sur-Saône : Castle
  • Savoyeux : The Savoyeux tunnel (640m)
  • Gray : The Notre Dame basilica, The old town, The baron martin museum (art and archeology), The museum of natural sciences (biology)

Itinerary 2: Artisanal getaway

Course: Port sur Saône – Bains les Bains – Port sur Saône (138km - 44 locks - 25h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Corre : Glassworks and crystal glassworks
  • Selles : The swing bridge
  • Fontenoy-le-Château : Medieval town, Embroidery museum
  • Bains-les-Bains : thermal town, Park

One week

Itinerary 1: Picturesque villages

Course: Port sur Saône – Mantoche – Port sur Saône (158 km - 22 locks - 26h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Scey-sur-Saône : The tunnel of Saint Albin (680m)
  • Ray-sur-Saône : Castle
  • Savoyeux : The Savoyeux tunnel (640m)
  • Gray : The Notre Dame basilica, The old town, The baron martin museum (art and archeology), The museum of natural sciences (biology)
  • Mantoche : Castel

Itinerary 2: The petite Saône

Course: One way Port-sur-Saône - Dole (154 km – 23 locks – 24h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Scey-sur-Saône : The tunnel of Saint Albin (680m)
  • Ray-sur-Saône : Castle
  • Savoyeux : The Savoyeux tunnel (640m)
  • Gray : The Notre Dame basilica, The old town, The baron martin museum (art and archeology), The museum of natural sciences (biology)
  • Arc-les-Gray : Lamugnière’s property with flags, Orangey, Cave, Basins, Laundry
  • Gray-la-ville : Church (classified historic monument), Laundry
  • Velet : Neolithic station in the hollow of serpe
  • Mantoche : Castel, Church
  • Essertenne et Cecey : Castle, Water’s fountain, Church St Julien
  • Heuilley-sur-Saône : Water’s house, fishing and nature
  • Pantallier-sur-Saône : Public garden of the virgin, Castle of Talmay, Laundry
  • Auxonne : Church Notre-Dame, Fortifications, Castle Louis XI with Bonaparte’s museum
  • Dole : The college, The fountain of lepers, The media library, Birthplace Pastor

Itinerary 3: Hot springs and craftsmanship

Course: Port sur Saône - Bains les Bains - Port sur Saône (118 km - 44 locks - 28h00)

  • Port-sur-Saône : The church of St Etienne and the pont de pierre, Both dating back to the 18th century
  • Fouchécourt
  • Corre : Glassworks and crystal glassworks
  • Fontenoy-le-Château : Medieval town, Embroidery museum
  • Bains-les-Bains : thermal town, Park

*Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
Cruise prices from480 €

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