GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY
7 nights - £745, two-centre based, day walks
A Guided walking Holiday exploring the gorges, waterfalls, lakes and historic villages of Jura's picturesque wine region. Wine tasting and some of the prettiest villages in France are combined with some beautiful landscapes.
INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY
6 or 7 nights - from £635 - 5 or 6 days walking between guest houses
Our self-guided walking holiday in the Jura is a linear trail which follows the vines south, allowing you to discover not only the unique Jura wines, which include the famous Vin de Paille and Vin Jaune, among the most prized wines in France, but also wonderful historic villages such as Baumes-les-Messieurs and Chateau Chalon. These villages are situated on hills which are home to a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour stunning waterfalls & dramatic cliffs.
Lying to the north east of the Alps in France, the Jura form an impressive arc of undulating limestone hills. The western Jura is lined with a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour medieval towns, stunning waterfalls and a patchwork of vines. The moderate walks explore these “reculée” from above and below, including the Hérisson valley which contains a breathtaking collection of 31 waterfalls in a 3km stretch.
The Jura is a chain of folded limestone mountains stretching for about 300km along the border between France and Switzerland. It is 70km at its widest where a number of folded peaks and valleys exist on parallel.
In France, it covers essentially the region of Franche-Comté, stretching south to the region of Rhone-Alpes east of the department of Ain, where the range reaches its peak at Le Crêt de la Neige at 1,720 meters (5,643 feet). The southern end of the French Jura is in the northwest of the department of Savoie. The north end is in the very south of Alsace.
The Jura region of France changes in character from west to east. However, certain elements are common to the whole mountain chain such as the forest lined streams, the colour of the limestone cliffs, the narrow winding roads, the isolated and intimate valleys and the traditional villages.
The forests of the Jura give the area its form and colour, as well as hosting important wildlife such as Lynx, Chamois and Cerf. The forest has also served as a catalyst for a number of traditional activities in the area such as the production of pipes and children’s toys. Today, the economy of the region has evolved, whilst still holding onto its traditions so that artists, artisans and industry alike use both new materials such as plastic alongside wood. The Jura is also known for the manufacture of fine precision articles such as clocks and glasses.
The Jura is also home to two of France’s best known cheeses: Comté and Morbier. They accompany one of the other symbols of this region, its wines, which due to its location as well as its method of production has a distinctive taste. From the soft and sweet wines such as the “Vin de Paille” to the multi-layered aromas of the legendary Vin Jaune, you won’t be left indifferent to the wines from this region. Find out more about the wines from the Jura
There are a number of regions within the French Jura, and these can be assimilated into 3 distinct areas: the revermont, lakes and small mountainsand the Haut Jura. Our guided walking holiday will explore the first two.
Region of Lakes and small mountains