Set off on a voyage of discovery from Dole, reaching Besançon to explore its magnificent Vauban citadel. Throughout your boating holiday, you can enjoy the region’s beautiful natural landscapes, visit medieval villages and take in some spectacular panoramic views during countryside walks.
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
Rochefort-sur-nenon: Limestone cliff, panoramic views of the Rhône-Rhine Canal and Mont Blanc.
Orchamps: Historical fountain laundry monument of 1846
Osselle: La Grotte d'Osselle (3 km from the lock) – one of the world’s first tourist caves, visited since the 16th century
Thoraise: Château de Thoraise, Chapel Notre-Dame du Mont
Montferrand le Château: Castle of the 13th century
Rancenay: Old medieval town
Avanne-Aveney: Église Saint-Vincent d'Avanne - church
Besançon: Citadel of Vauban, Musée du Temps – museum of time and watchmaking, La Porte Noire ( black door) Roman arch, Palace Granvelle 16th Century Renaissance building
With you’ve finished exploring Besançon, 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 calming break
Although this was a short break, the great momenta of calm, serenity and relaxation were as beneficial as a fortnight’s holiday elsewhere.