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The Saône Valley

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Saône

The Saône Valley - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Saône
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An unspoilt natural site, the Saône Valley is located in the department of Haute-Saône, in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. The valley is protected natural territory and is remarkable for its considerable biodiversity, due to the area's moist environment: wetlands and alluvial forests. It is a sanctuary for abundant wildlife , which thrives there.

The banks of the Saône, which used to be towpaths, can be travelled on foot, by bike (there are several bike hire shops between Gray and Port-sur-Saône), or on horseback. Along the way, you can discover rustic, characterful villages such as Chemilly, Scey-sur-Saône, Traves, Saint-Albin, with its canal-tunnel that's a listed Historic Monument, built during the time of Napoleon III, Soing-Cubry-Charentenay, etc. Don't miss the Baignes forges, the 12th-century Rupt-sur-Saône Castle, Ray-sur-Saône Castle, and the Cistercian Abbey of Neuvelle-lès-la-Charité. There are many fountains, washhouses and drinking troughs in the region, completing the civil architectural heritage.

Water tourism is popular on the river, and is a great way to see the region from the water, in a habitable boat. Canoe, kayak, boat and pedalo rides are also available, departing from Traves in particular.

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The Saône Valley

Snorer, Gray barge ride
Snorer, Gray barge ride
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City View Gray
City View Gray
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Gray - Nautical Beach Stop
Gray - Nautical Beach Stop
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Gray - Town Hall
Gray - Town Hall
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Gray - Apothecary of the Hotel-Dieu
Gray - Apothecary of the Hotel-Dieu
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Gray - Basilica
Gray - Basilica
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Gray - Castle tower - Museum Baron Martin
Gray - Castle tower - Museum Baron Martin
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Gray - Tour Saint-Pierre Fourier - Turning Staircase
Gray - Tour Saint-Pierre Fourier - Turning Staircase
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Gray - Theatre - 10-year renovation
Gray - Theatre - 10-year renovation
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Gray - Natural History Museum
Gray - Natural History Museum
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Gray - Former laundrette
Gray - Former laundrette
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Gray - outdoor pool with water slide 44 meters
Gray - outdoor pool with water slide 44 meters
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Gray - beach, BBQ, bowling, table tennis, mini-golf
Gray - beach, BBQ, bowling, table tennis, mini-golf
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Port-sur-Saône - Large bridge over the Saône (© Jean Espirat)
Port-sur-Saône - Large bridge over the Saône (© Jean Espirat)
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Port-sur-Saône - Saint-Etienne Church (© Jean Espirat)
Port-sur-Saône - Saint-Etienne Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-on -Saône - Large bridge over the Saône (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-on -Saône - Large bridge over the Saône (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-sur-Saône - Saône, for the large bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-sur-Saône - Saône, for the large bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-sur-Saone - St Martin Church (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-sur-Saone - St Martin Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey -on-Saône - House with turret (© Jean Espirat)
Scey -on-Saône - House with turret (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-sur-Saône - house with turret (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-sur-Saône - house with turret (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-sur-Saône - house with turret (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-sur-Saône - house with turret (© Jean Espirat)
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Scey-sur-Saône - Old mansion with tower (© Jean Espirat)
Scey-sur-Saône - Old mansion with tower (© Jean Espirat)
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