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Cruise on the Rhône-Rhine canal Discover the historic Doubs valley

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182 KM
from 979 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    The Nicols base at Dole
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    Tanneurs canal street, Dole
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    Waterways meander through the Doubs valley
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    The Caves of Osselle (Doubs Valley)
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    Vauban Citadel - Besançon
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    A lock on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin

Description of
the boating holiday

The Doubs Valley by boat

From Dole to Baume-les-Dames via Besançon, this river cruise will take you to discover the treasures of the Rhone-Rhine Canal aboard your Nicols canal boat.  Explore the charming Tanneurs de Dole district, the Vauban citadel of Besançon, the fortified villages and medieval villages and the Osselle cave.

Departure base

Dole, renowned as a city of art and history, is the location for Nicols first boat rental base -opened in 1991. It is a remarkable setting from which to embark on your boating holiday, cruising the waterways of the Franche-Comté region and being seduced by its many charms.

Places to see and things to do

Dole: The ‘little Venice’ of the Franche-Comté region, collegiate Notre-Dame (16th century basilica), birthplace of Louis Pasteur, La Fontaine aux Lepreux

Limestone cliff, panoramic views of the Rhône-Rhine Canal and Mont Blanc.

Historical fountain laundry monument of 1846

La Grotte d'Osselle (3 km from the lock) – one of the world’s first tourist caves, visited since the 16th century

Château de Thoraise, Chapel Notre-Dame du Mont

Montferrand le Château:
Castle of the 13th century

Old medieval town

Église Saint-Vincent d'Avanne - church

Citadel of Vauban, Musée du Temps – museum of time and watchmaking, La Porte Noire ( black door) Roman arch, Palace Granvelle 16th Century Renaissance building

L'église de Chaleze 18th century church

Château de Novillars

Église Saint-Martin de Deluz 18th century church

Panoramic views from Le Belvédère du Château de Vaite and the Croix de Souvance, la Cascade du Rougnon 17m high waterfall

La Chapelle d’Aigremont

Picturesque hamlets with hoistoric buildings including a 12th century fortified house

Fourbanne :
Limestone cliff

Eglise Saint-Martin, Abbaye de Baume-les-Dames, Maison de Sires de Neufchâtel – museum of peasant and bourgeois life, historic buildings at Belzacq’s court.

When you have explored Baume-les-Dames it is time to make the return leg of your journey, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite places as you cruise back to the Nicols base at Dole where you will return your boat.

Canal boats available

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A holiday we would recommend to anyone!
There was so much to enjoy with this holiday - the weather, the beautiful scenery, the calm on the boat, the quiet nights, the friendly welcome at the base, the camaraderie between fellow waterways users and good food. The boat itself had a beautiful interior and was very  well equipped including an oven, refrigerator and even a dishwasher on our particular boat. It is an experience which we highly recommend!

Uwe (Germany)

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