The fish-rich waters of the Saône attract fishermen but also lovers of beautiful architecture and impressive and historical buildings can be found throughout the area. During this boating holiday you will also be able to taste many local fish specialties, enjoy the peace of the river and discover all the richness of the region including charming villages, churches and basilicas.
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.
Dole: The ‘little Venice’ of the Franche-Comté region, collegiate Notre-Dame (16th century basilica), birthplace of Louis Pasteur, La Fontaine aux Lepreux
St Jean de Losne : Musée de la Batellerie - inland waterways musem, Saint Jean-Baptiste church
Esbarres: Eglise de la Nativité – church
Pagny le château: Chapelle Castrale
Pagny la ville: St Léger with its 100 year-old organ
Seurre: Church of St Martin
Verdun-sur-le-Doubs: Musée de la Maison du Blé et du Pain - wheat and bread museum and workshops
With you’ve finished exploring Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, it’s time to make the return leg of your boating trip, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite discoveries before returning your canal boat to the Nicols base at Dole.
Holiday reviews from Dole
A very beautiful river experience
We have so many great memories from this holiday – the visit to Seurre, the Creole festival in Chamblanc, eating mussels on our terrace in the sun, after veal with morels, breakfast with good bread and night swimming. Even the rain didn’t spoil our very beautiful river experience.
Gégé, Vallée de Joux