From Dole, you can safely leave on the Jura Trail...
We have prepared a tailor-made programme for experienced walkers, with transfer of your luggage every day. You will have the peace of mind to enjoy the magnificent views along this signposted circuit that will take you from marvels to natural and cultural attractions ! Your journey will end in St Claude.
Those 270 km paths will let you discover the wealth of that region and its unexpected treasures: majestic forests, Grande Saline and Saline Royale listed in the world heritage of the UNESCO, iconic steephead valleys, unexpected vineyard with 6 AOC wines and typical villages... Not to mention gastronomy! Don't delay!
Arrival in Dole
After you arrive in Dole, a Town of Art and History, you are free to visit the town under the watchful eye of Notre-Dame, the magnificent 16th century Collegiate. In the historic centre, a maze of passageways and narrow streets have brought life to the town since the 13th century. Take time to stroll around the tanners neighbourhood, where Louis Pasteur was born, Rue des Vieilles Boucheries and Place aux Fleurs. Dole offers visitors a real-life painting with a multitude of colours. This historical gem, nestling in a natural haven lined with forests and passed through by the Doubs and its many canals, is a delight to visitors.
Accommodation and dinner at a 3-star hotel.
Day 1: Dole - Arc et Senans (transfer to Vieille Loye)
After breakfast, transfer from Dole to Vieille Loye, a small woodcutters' village located in the heart of the Forest of Chaux, the second state-owned forest in France. You will then make your way to Arc et Senans, where you will stop to admire the Saltworks, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A masterpiece by Claude Nicolas LEDOUX, this factory designed for the production of salt was built between 1778 and 1779 on the orders of Louis XV.
Night and dinner at the accommodation (guesthouse or 3-star hotel).
Distance: after the transfer, 16.2km / Duration: about 4:10 hours / Combined altitude difference: 112 m
Day 2: Arc et Senans - Salins les Bains
Departure after breakfast.
Follow the meanders of the Loue through the villages of Port Lesney, Rennes-sur-Loue and Chapelle-sur-Furieuse before arriving at Salins-les-Bains via the Voie des Salines. There, you will be able to visit the Grande Saline, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, its impressive underground galleries and its salt museum, which will provide the perfect end to a wonderful day. You will also be able to relax and unwind at the spa, with its naturally salty waters.
Installation at your 3-star hotel and dinner.
Distance: 22.2km / Duration: about 6 hours / Combined altitude difference: 498 m
Day 3: Salins les Bains - Arbois
After breakfast, depart from Salins-les-Bains for an ascent to Saint-André Fort, an ancient military fort built by Vauban, which dominates the Furieuse Valley. Then make your way down through the villages of Pretin and Montigny-les-Arsures, famous for its 13th century church and its 15th century castle. You will then continue down through the vineyards to Arbois, the capital of Jura wines, located in the heart of the Pays du Revermont. In the historic centre, visit the streets packed with historic monuments and old stone houses.
Do not hesitate to stop off for a tasting break at one of the many wineries in the town, visit the Maison Paster, the home and laboratory of the famous researcher, as well as the Vine and Wine Museum which will recount the history of Wine in this small area.
Installation at a 3-star hotel, dinner at a restaurant in Arbois.
Distance: 18.5km / Duration: about 6 hours / Combined altitude difference: 850 m
Day 4: Arbois - Pupillin
Distance: 20.8km / Duration: about 06:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 891 m
Day 5: Pupillin - Passenans
Distance: 25km / Duration: about 08:00 hours / Combined altitude difference: 1037 m
Day 6: Passenans - Crançot - Mirebel
Distance: 24km / Duration: about 07:45 hours / Combined altitude difference: 990 m
Day 7: Mirebel - Le Frasnois
Distance: 23km / Duration: about 06:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 825 m
Day 8: Le Frasnois - Chaux des Crotenay
Depart from Frasnois for a short day of walking among forests and panoramic viewpoints. Climb the Pic de l'Aigle, which offers a clear view over Ilay Lake and the Hérisson Valley, which you passed through the day before. Slightly further on, the 4 Lakes panoramic viewpoint offers an equally impressive view over "la petite Ecosse" and its stretches of emerald coloured water (Narlay Lake, Ilay Lake and the Petit and Grand Maclu). After this, continue to your next stage in Chaux-des-Crotenay.
Accommodation at a holiday centre and dinner.
Distance: 13.5km / Duration: about 04:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 551 m
Day 9: Chaux des Crotenay - Foncine le Haut
Distance: 18.4km / Duration: about 05:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 713 m
Day 10: Foncine le Haut - Bellefontaine
Accommodation at a Logis hotel and dinner.
Distance: 20.1km / Duration: about 05:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 656 m
Day 11: Bellefontaine - Prémanon
Accommodation at a gîte d'étape (sleeping sheet and towel required) and dinner on site.
Distance: 18.6km / Duration: about 05:30 hours / Combined altitude difference: 737 m
Day 12: Prémanon - Lajoux
Accommodation at a 3-star Logis hotel or a gîte d'étape and dinner.
Distance: 17.7km / Duration: about 5 hours / Combined altitude difference: 586 m
Day 13: Lajoux - Saint Claude
Accommodation at a 3-star Logis hotel and dinner.
Distance: 18.2km / Duration: about 05:40 hours / Combined altitude difference: 524 m
Day 14: Saint Claude
After breakfast, end of stay.
|Price||14 days / 13 nights|
|Per person||From €1320|
THE PRICE INCLUDES :
The organisation of the trip, half board, transport of luggage per leg, FFRP topoguide.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
Drinks and personal expenses, tourist taxes, lunches, visits, transport to departure, return transfer to Dole after the hike, the night in Dole and Lons le Saunier and the administrative costs (+ € 15).
Cancellation insurance (3.5% of the price of the stay).