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The Rhône-Rhine Canal and the Doubs River

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From Montbéliard to Besançon, cruise through lush landscapes and breathtaking sceneries along the valley of the Doubs. Discover authentic cities and sites with a rich heritage and unique traditions such as Montbéliard, the citadel of Besançon, the city of Baume-les-Dames or the Reposoir Chapel. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Montbéliard, France | Embark
Day 2 : L'isle-Sur-Le-Doubs
Day 3 : Clerval
Day 4 : Baumes-Les-Dames
Day 5 : Deluz
Day 6 : Besancon
Day 7 : Besancon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit inland France along historic canals and travel back through centuries
  • Explore Montbéliard and its historic center, former Württemberg principality
  • Enjoy tasting local specialties from around the region
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Besançon

Ship

MS Déborah

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Baumes Les Dames
  • Besancon
  • Clerval
  • Deluz
  • L'isle Sur Le Doubs
  • Montbéliard

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Peaceful canal running through a European town Baumes-les-Dames Colorful houses Ruins; Besancon

Day 1 Montbéliard, France | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. in Montbeliard. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail.

Day 2 L'isle-Sur-Le-Doubs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a walking tour through the historic heart of Montbéliard, a former Württemberg principality. Spend the afternoon cruising towards l'Isle-sur-le-Doubs. Take time to relax and admire the beautiful scenery in the Doubs Valley, or walk or cycle along the canal paths alongside the boat.

Day 3 Clerval

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising towards Clerval. At any time you are free to bike along the banks of the Doubs River by taking the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. In the afternoon, discover the hiking path to the Reposoir Chapel.

Day 4 Baumes-Les-Dames

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising towards Baumes-Les-Dames and reach it in the afternoon. You can relax and enjoy a breakfast buffet as the ship cruise the river for the rest of the morning. During the morning, you are free to bike alongside the boat by riding on the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. You can come and go as you please, returning on board at any time. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on board before arriving in Baumes-les-Dames early in the afternoon. Ready to set off for a guided tour of Baumes-les-Dames. Here you can discover the ancient town center, including typical buildings full of character, and the beautiful abbey. Enjoy a tasting of local products before returning on board.

Day 5 Deluz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising towards Deluz. In the afternoon, discover the various hiking paths around the town. You may have the opportunity to discover the Pelouse Sèche (dry grassland) site, which is part of the Natura 2000 project.

Day 6 Besancon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising toward Besancon. During the morning, you are free to bike alongside the boat by riding on the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. Early in the afternoon, the ship reaches in Besancon and be ready to set out on a guided tour of the Citadel of Besançon. After the visit, enjoy some free time to visit the Citadel's various museums, including the Resistance and Deportation Museum, the Comtois Museum and the Natural History Museum. Enjoy the gala and the dinner tonight.

Day 7 Besancon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.

MS Déborah

Per person starting at
$2,474
Cabins on the MS Déborah
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Main Deck
10 double cabins equipped with private bath with shower, TV, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and air conditioning.
Cabins on the MS Déborah
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Upper Deck
1 cabin for passengers with reduced mobility equipped with private bath with shower, TV, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe, and air conditioning.

Notes

For children aged 2 up to 10: 20% discount on the price of the cruise, excluding flight, taxes, additional charges and service fees.

Triple Cabin Reduction: 30% discount on the price of the cruise will be given to the 3rd occupant from the same family in triple-occupancy cabins, excluding flight, taxes, additional charges and service fees.

This offer includes
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board
- Drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- The excursions mentioned in the program
- Welcome cocktail
- Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- The gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees.

This offer does not include
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Personal expenses.
-Any Airfare
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