Suggested cruising options Dole*
Discover nature on the Saône

One week
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Ray sur Saône
250 KM
from 979 EUROS**
* Cruise suggestions: non contractual information
** 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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    The port at Dole
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    Moor up and enjoy lunch on the riverbank
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    Water park in Dole
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Description of
the boating holiday

Cruise with nature from Dole to Ray-sur-Saone

The calm and tranquil waters of the Saône offer a perfect setting for a peaceful cruise, punctuated by visits to charming villages and towns and with opportunities to relax and enjoy swimming, fishing and water sports.

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

13th century church - Eglise Notre-Dame, Fortifications, Château Louis XI with Bonaparte’s museum

Château de talmay, 18th century Saint-Maurice church, the statue of Our Lady of Mount Ardoux with panoramic views of the plain of the Saone and the mountains of Jura

Maison de l'eau, de la pêche et de la nature – learn more about the flora and fauna of the Saône river.

Essertenne et Cecey:
18th century Echalonges forge, chateau, Church of St Julien

Château de Mantoche

Swimming in the Saône at the unsupervised small beach area

Church (classified historic monument)

Parc Lamugnière with greenhouses and orangery planted with fruit trees and remarkable species, wine cellar

The Basilica Notre Dame, the old town, Musée Baron Martin (museum of art and archeology)

Château de Ray-sur-Saône

When you have explored Ray sur Saône 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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Bathing in the Saône
The landscapes are varied and colourful, we had a very nice welcome and helpful introduction to boating from the Nicols staff and the lock keepers we met on route were very pleasant. Possibility of. We had a great time, with so many sites to visit throughout the cruise and the pleasure of course swimming in the Saône.

Anne, Leudeville

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