Burgundy-Franche-Comté is the new holiday destination for nomads. On foot or on horseback, by bike or by boat, leave all your worries, stress and hectic lifestyle out there on the trail and rediscover the simple pleasures of life that are so dear to our region: eating, drinking, thinking…Now you just have to choose your package, your itinerary and your route towards new horizons!
Holidays by bike; an idea that has legs…and wheels!
5 good reasons for considering spending your next break in Burgundy-Franche-Comté on a bike, rather than just lounging around.
So, you haven’t ridden a bike for 10 years and you can’t stand the Tour de France? No matter! In Burgundy-Franche-Comté, the greenway and blueway trails stretch alongside rivers and canals like pretty ribbons of tarmac; comfortable, effortless and free of obstacles.
If, on the other hand, you feel that bikes are all about energetic sports activities, you should try out the mountain biking circuits of Burgundy-Franche-Comté. Crossing the Jura or Morvan massifs, you can come and make the most of our wide open spaces as you burn up those calories!
Road bike enthusiasts who rack up the kilometres as they strain over the handlebars are not in short supply! Get those legs pumping and fly through the scenery from the Jura to the Haute-Saône along our country roads.
In Burgundy-Franche-Comté, every landscape and every area you cross provides an invitation to sample its gastronomy: the hillsides of the Jura and of Burgundy, fertile terroirs that are ideal for creating exceptional wines, Louhans, the home of the famous Bresse Poultry…Cycling certainly works up an appetite.
At a time when we are conscious of enjoying our holidays in an eco-responsible way, cycling tourism has become the mode of transport of the moment! So how about also trying out some « bikepacking » along the small country roads of Burgundy-Franche-Comté?
Dust off your walking shoes and pull on your backpack!
5 good reasons to tackle Burgundy-Franche-Comté on foot.
Whether it is just a stroll to enjoy the fresh air, a pilgrimage to find yourself or a sporting challenge, in Burgundy-Franche-Comté you will always be on the right path.
Once upon a time, walking meant harsh conditions for camping and a need for the skills of an experienced scout to find your way. The itineraries of Burgundy-Franche-Comté let you forget about all that. Excellent stop-over gîtes and safe sign-posted trails mean you certainly won’t be dragging your feet!
When you go walking in Burgundy-Franche-Comté it isn’t simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other. A veritable touristic product in its own right, walking here is themed and can be transformed into an adventure along smugglers’ trails or discovering the history of salt. Motivating, isn’t it?
In search of meaning and spirituality? Let yourself be guided by the Way of St James or the Via Francigena, two trails carved out by millions of footsteps over thousands of years across Burgundy-Franche-Comté.
What is the best moment during a walk? It’s that moment when you kick off your boots and dip your tired feet in the cooling waters of a waterfall or a lake. What a pleasure! In Burgundy-Franche-Comté you will have ample opportunity (Settons Lake, the lakes of the Jura, Cascades du Hérisson waterfalls…)!
The little boat is in vogue!
5 good reasons for trying a trip along the canals or the rivers of Burgundy-Franche-Comté.
We live in a world where everything moves so (too) fast. What if we allowed ourselves to slow down, for a weekend or a bit longer, in Burgundy-Franche-Comté? With an average speed of 6km/h, there is nothing like a boating holiday for enjoying the luxury of the slow life.
Captain of your own ship…Your childhood dream of taking the tiller can come true without the need for a licence in Burgundy-Franche-Comté. How? Hire a boat at one of the ports along the Saône, Doubs or Seille rivers, or on one of the canals that criss-cross the region. Welcome aboard!
River tourism is a great idea for those who want to lay back and relax, without the crowds or sand of the beach. Feel like a star aboard a yacht, top-up your tan on the terrace of your barge and discover the bucolic landscapes of Burgundy-Franche-Comté.
Imagine a holiday where every day brings different scenery and a new location without having to pack your bags. One moment you are cycling among the vineyards, the next day you visit a château, and the following evening you attend a concert in town; that is what river tourism in Burgundy-Franche-Comté is all about.
Above all, river tourism is a philosophy that is perfectly compatible with Burgudny-Franche-Comté, where vineyards, great restaurants and beautiful heritage are never too far away. An epicurean life on the (fresh) water!
In the saddle!
6 good reasons for crossing Burgundy-Franche-Comté on horseback.
Horses are undoubtedly the very best companions for venturing out into nature, from the deep forests of the Morvan to the heights of the Jura. It makes you feel like riding off into the sunset!
Setting off on a horse riding trail means returning to the simple values of life: human encounters, immersing yourself in nature, caring for your mount; that is the creed of the touring horse rider.
Those who choose a tour on horseback also choose to live in harmony with their animal, to let themselves be carried along at its pace, to listen to the sound of its hooves on the earth, to breathe in the aroma of hay and to admire this microcosm of France, from picturesque villages to the great wild expanses of the Jura Mountains
Burgundy-Franche-Comté has a passion for breeding horses, whether it be in the countryside with the Comtois breed or at the prestigious National Stud at Cluny. What could be more natural than enjoying this equestrian kingdom during your next (or indeed your first) ride?
It isn’t just the horse that puts in the effort. A horse riding tour is also a challenge, a sport and an accomplishment, like walking but with an added dimension; this partnership with your animal makes it truly unique!
You don’t need to be an intrepid rider to jump into the saddle. In Burgundy-Franche-Comte the equestrian centres (or farms) offer a range of activities to help you learn how to ride. There are also activities for the kids: vaulting, trails, pony games…Horse riding = the new passion for all!