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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country France
Travel type Train
Price range From £799
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 6 nights
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Jura mountains by rail

The Jura, a region of forests, lakes and mountains in eastern France north of Geneva is one of France's most beautiful, yet least known corners. A delight for Francophiles - scenic beauty combined with historic interest and distinctive local cuisine and wine - this area is almost unknown in the UK, yet richly rewards the discerning visitor.

Highlights of our tour, from our base at the lakeside village of Malbuisson include Besancon, dominated by its medieval citadel, Ornans, the Vallee de la Loue, Arc et Senans, Arbois, the abbey at Baume les Messieurs and into Switzerland to the historic lakeside town of Neuchatel.


  • Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Besancon via Paris including transfer in Paris
  • Six nights accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at three star Hotel Le Lac, Malbuisson
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary as detailed, conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Besançon by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to Malbuisson (approximately one hour) and the Hotel Le Lac.

Day two

Morning tour of Besançon with afternoon visit to Ornans and the Vallée de la Loue. The Franche-Comté’s capital, the handsome buildings of Besançon’s old town are squeezed into a loop of the Doubs river. Due to its position, the town has quite a military history, the most obvious relic being the imposing Vauban citadel that sits on a hill above the town which now houses the Musée Comtoise. A delightful town strung along the Loue river, Ornans was the birthplace of painter Gustave Courbet whose house has been turned into a little museum. The Vallée de la Loue inspired many of his paintings and is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Jura and several belvederes offer splendid views.

Day three

Full day tour to Baume-les-Messieurs, Nozeroy and Château Chalon. One of the “Plus Beaux Village de France” Baume-les Messieurs sits in a spectacular position at the meeting point of three dramatic valleys, its stone houses clustered around a 13th century Benedictine abbey. The abbey’s triptych altarpiece is one of the greatest in Europe. A charming hilltop town, Nozeroy has much well preserved medieval architecture including a gateway, church and the ruins of a castle. Another of the “Plus Beaux Village”, Château Chalon keeps watch over acres of vineyards from its hilltop perch. It was here that the local Vin jaune was first produced.

Day four

Full day to relax and explore Malbuisson at your leisure. In a scenic spot above the Lake Saint-Point, Malbuisson is a tranquil village, typical of the Franche-Comté, sandwiched between the water and forest. There are plenty of walking trails through the forest and around the lake.

Day five

Full day tour to Arc-et-Senans and Arbois. Home of the Royal Saltworks, Arc-et-Senans was the brainchild of Parisian architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. Planned as a whole town, it was only the buildings used for salt production that were completed, leaving behind an excellent example of architecture built around a philosophy. Arbois, surrounded by row upon row of vines, is the Jura’s wine capital and the birthplace of Louis Pasteur. Sitting in the bottom of a valley the town is very picturesque; as well as strolling the pretty streets, a visit to the Louis Pasteur house and laboratory are recomended.

Day six

Full day to Château de Joux and Neuchâtel. The Château de Joux commands the pass ‘Cluse de Pontarlier’ in the Jura mountains. The fort was remodelled by Vauban in 1690 and then modernised in 1879 and used as a prison between the 17th and 19th centuries. Today it sits on the route into Switzerland and houses a museum of arms. Popping over the border into Switzerland we continue to Neuchâtel, an attractive and historic lakeside town that is home to 32 sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance, including churches, houses and public buildings.

Day seven

Transfer back to Besançon station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary of this tour may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Hotel Le Lac, Malbuisson

Located on the edge of a pretty lake, the family owned three star Hotel Le Lac offers comfortable accommodation in a typical Jura setting. Facilities at this charming characterful hotel include bar, restaurant, neighbouring Restaurant du Fromage (where dinner is taken on one night) and cosy bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone.

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A very good tour indeed. We didn't take the optional half day tour as we needed a rest and relaxation day,but it was greatly enjoyed by those who went. a lovely setting at Malbuisson in a delightful area
Jun 2013
Mrs Luxton