THE ECHAPPEE JURASSIENNE
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 (except Sundays because the restaurant is closed).
Day 1: Dole - Arc et Senans (transfer to Vieille Loye)
After breakfast, transfer from Dole to Vieille Loye (meeting at 9.00am at the hotel reception), 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
After breakfast, depart from ARBOIS to climb the superb valley. Hike in the midst of vineyards, cross wine-growing villages, magnificent view at the Roche du Feu lookout point. A bit a freshness all the way to the bottom of the valley, until the Fer à Cheval viewpoint. You’ll arrive at Pupillin, capital of Poulsard, village vigneron de caractère (wine-growing village of character), where you can enjoy tastings of Jura Wines!
Settling into your accommodation (***guest room). Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Distance: 20.8km / duration: around 6 hrs 30 mins / Total elevation: 891 m
Day 5: Pupillin - Passenans
After breakfast, depart from PUPILLIN for a descent towards Poligny, capital of Comté, nestled at the foot of the plateau. This town houses the école nationale d'industrie laitière et de biotechnologies (the National School of Milk and Biotechnology Industries), La Maison du Comté (the Comté House) and the remains of Grimont castle. You’ll then continue to Passenans. Settling into your accommodation (***hotel). Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Distance: 25km / Duration: around 8 hrs / Total elevation: 1037 m
Option to shorten the trip: the accommodation provider can collect you from the Bordes locality (3km; less than 45 minutes)
Day 6: Passenans - hiking in Crançot then car transfer
After breakfast, depart for a day full of hiking. This route has a lot of variation in elevation because you’ll pass 2 valleys, but they’re beautiful!
Depart from PASSENANS for FRONTENAY, then CHATEAU-CHALON, a wine-growing village perched high-up in the mountains, classified as a 'Petite cité comtoise de caractère' (Small Comtois City of Character) and 'Plus Beau Village de France' (Most Beautiful Village in France). You’ll pass by Blois sur Seille, then Grange sur Baume, before reaching BAUME LES MESSIEURS, also certified, which has a Cluniac Abbey. Then, return to the bottom of the valley, passing in front of the Tuf waterfall and caves, and climbing the steps up to the Roches de Baume lookout point.
Distance: 24km / Duration: around 7 hrs 45 mins / Total elevation: 990 m
Transfer to Mirebel after the day’s hike. (Meeting in front of the hotel restaurant at the top of the valley)
Settling into your accommodation in a guest room: dinner + overnight stay.
Day 7: Mirebel - Le Frasnois
After breakfast, depart for a day marked by water. You’ll leave in the direction of the lakes, passing by the villages of Verges and Châtillon, before crossing the Ain and reaching Marigny on the banks of the Chalain lake, the largest natural lake in Jura. After several kilometres, you will discover a succession of viewpoints on the Chalain lake, before entering the natural site known as the Cascades du Hérisson, a succession of 38 cascades and falls over several kilometres. This large site is one of the most iconic in the department. It will not fail to charm you with its impressive waterfalls as well as the calm and tranquillity of the surrounding nature. You can also visit the Maison des Cascades (Waterfall House) to learn more about this surprising place.
Arrival at the Hameau de la Fromagerie. Settling into a lodge or guest room and dinner on-site.
Distance: 22.3km / Duration: around 6 hrs / Total elevation: 750m
If you are curious about or interested in plants, the botanical garden and exhibition allow you to familiarise yourself with the medicinal plants of the region and their traditional uses.
Day 8: Le Frasnois - Chaux des Crotenay
After breakfast, depart for a short day of hiking between forests and panoramic viewpoints. You will climb the Pic de l’Aigle, which offers an unobstructed view of the Ilay lake and the Hérisson Valley, which you crossed the day before. A little bit further on, the viewpoint of the 4 lakes offers an equally impressive view of 'la petite Ecosse' (little Scotland) and its 4 stretches of emerald-coloured water (composed of the Narlay, Ilay, Petit Maclu and Grand Maclu lakes). After this sight, you’ll continue until your next stop at Chaux-des-Crotenay.
Settling into your accommodation in a holiday centre, and dinner on-site (or in a hotel without dinner).
Distance: 13.5km / Duration: around 4 hrs 30 mins / Total elevation: 551 m
Day 9: Chaux des Crotenay - Foncine le Haut
After breakfast and several kilometres of hiking, you will appreciate the coolness of the Langouette gorges and waterfalls. From the Pont de la Langouette (Langouette Bridge), enjoy a very beautiful view of this long, embedded, snake-like river, and immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of this place. You’ll stroll for an hour along the length of a fun and welcoming path in one of Jura’s most picturesque areas. You’ll continue until the Bief de la Ruine waterfall at the bottom of the Malvaux gorges on the old 'Tram' railway line. From Foncine-le-Bas, you’ll go back along the Saine to reach its source on Mont Bayard, through the pastures of Haut-Jura.
Settling into a chalet (bedding rental provided). Dinner.
Distance: 18.4km / Duration: around 5 hrs 30 mins/ Total elevation: 713 m
Day 10: Foncine le Haut - Bellefontaine
After breakfast, travel through the Mont Noir forest until Chapelle-des-Bois in Doubs. A Nordic ski resort in winter, it transforms into a hikers’ paradise in summer. Through the pastures where our Montbéliarde cows graze peacefully, you will reach the lakes of Bellefontaine and Les Mortes, with peat bogs rich in protected species. You’ll then reach the small holiday resort of Bellefontaine.
Settling into hotel Logis and dinner on-site.
Distance: 20.1km / Duration: around 5 hrs 30 mins/ Total elevation: 656 m
Day 11: Bellefontaine - Prémanon
After breakfast, depart in the direction of the Rousses holiday resort through the Risoux forest, a protected Natura 2000 zone due to the presence of the Capercaillie bird. Upon arriving at the Rousses village, enjoy a semi-circular viewpoint of the Jura summits of Noirmont in the east, la Dole in the south-east, Mont Fier, the Rocher du Tiavy and the Rocher des Arcets. You can visit the family resort at the foot of the Rousses lake before continuing your route via the Bief de la Chaille (Chaille waterwheel), under the Fort des Rousses (Rousses Fort), which you can also visit.
Lodge accommodation (make sure to bring a bedding bag and towel), and dinner on-site.
Distance: 18.6km / Duration: around 5 hrs 30 mins/ Total elevation: 737 m
Day 12: Prémanon - Lajoux
After breakfast, you’ll resume your walk on the GR9, you’ll pass close to the Swiss border, above the CNSNMM (Centre National de Ski Nodique et de Moyen Montagne - National Centre of Nordic Skiing and Medium-Sized Mountains) complex, and notably its ski jump. Arrival at the Dappes lookout point, outstanding viewpoint and echo site, you’ll pass through the Massacre forest to Crêt Pela, highest point in the Jura department (1495 m) where you might get the chance to admire Mont Blanc! You will then go down La Combe à la Chèvre, a cross-country skiing track in winter, to reach the town of Lajoux surrounded by the typical landscapes of Haut-Jura. Before reaching your accommodation, take the time to visit the regional Haut-Jura Maison du Parc Natural at Lajoux. Settling into the ***hotel Logis or lodge, and dinner on-site.
Distance: 17.7km / Duration: around 5 hrs / Total elevation: 586 m
Day 13: Lajoux - Saint Claude
For this last stop on your hike, you will cross a part of the Hautes-Combes area to reach Moulnes, before going back down to Saint-Claude via the Roche Blanche, which offers a superb view of the Gorges du Flumen. At Saint-Claude, Pipe and Diamond Capital, you will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the Musée de l’Abbaye (Abbey Museum) or even the Maison du Peuple (People’s House).
Settling into the ***hotel Logis and dinner on-site.
Distance: 18.2km / Duration: around 5 hrs 40 mins / Total elevation: 424 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, the Dole taxi transfer to La Vieille Loye, FFRP topoguide and information, the car transfer towards Mirebel.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
Drinks and personal expenses, tourist taxes, lunches (picnic costing around €10 per person and per accommodation provider), visits, transport to departure, return transfer to the start of the hike, IGN maps (strongly recommended) and the administrative costs (+ € 15).
Cancellation insurance (3.5% of the price of the stay).