- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price 6 nights||
|Price 7 nights||
|Price 8 nights||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Jura & Walks
Lying to the north east of the Alps, the Jura vineyards of France cover a narrow band stretching along the steep slopes leading up to the Jura hills. These slopes are home to a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour medieval towns & villages, stunning waterfalls & dramatic cliffs. 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 historic gems such as Baumes-les-Messieurs and Chateau Chalon. Starting in the historic town of Arbois, your week ends in the amazing reculée or gorge at Baume-les-Mesieurs where you have the option of an extra day to explore this natural wonder.
5, 6 or 7 days self-guided walking. The walks are moderate in grade. The average length of walk is about 16km with 375m of altitude gain (maximum in one day 19km & 470m ascent). The paths are generally good, but due to the nature of the terrain include some steep and rocky sections where care is needed. The length of some of the walks can be varied as you choose.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Arbois and welcome at your guest house.
Optional extra day & night in Arbois
Day 2: Arbois - Poligny
Head south to the wine centred village of Pupillin, the home of Ploussard grapes. Possible wine tasting visits along the way. Great views over the vines as you traverse the slopes near the edge of the Jura plateau. You’ll pass between vines and forest before arriving above Poligny at the entrance to one of the numerous closed gorges which eat into the plateau. 15km, +210m
Day 3: Tour from Poligny
Explore the pretty town of Poligny and try the local wine in the cave cooperative located in an old church. Optional tour from the town climbing onto the cliffs which surround the town for a series of wonderful view points. A brief walk on the plateau brings us to the traditional village of Chamole before descending back down to the valley and the old abbey at Vaux sur Poligny Tour of the gorge through a wonderful forest with a lost world feel. 15km, +340m
Day 4: Poligny - Passenans
From Poligny walk back up onto the plateau for amazing panoramic views over Poligny and then follow the long distance walking trail, GR59, as it follows the edge of the escarpment before descending to pass through Miery and then the pretty village of St Lothain with its 10th century church overlooking the vines and village. Gradual rise through vines to village of Passenans. 14-20km, +460m.
Day 5: Passenans - Chateau Chalon
Today’s walk explores a sumptuous landscape of secluded valleys, harbouring quaint historic villages such as Vau and Frontenay. Vines cling to the steep slopes below the forest covered plateau above. Chateaux, historic farms and churches decorate the landscape whilst the villages have retained their historic properties. Your trail also passes through Menetru le Vignes before reaching the exceptional village of Chateau Chalon built on cliff tops and home to the best Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille. 9-13km, +300 to +370m
Day 6: Chateau Chalon - Baume les Messieurs
Today's walking route descends through vines to reach the beautiful village of Nevy sur Seille. Cross the river and climb slopes on far side to reach a wonderful ridge which you follow overlooking the vines of Vernois. Descend to reach the magnificent village of Baume les Messieurs with its ancient abbey nestled at the base of towering cliffs at the entrance to an impressive gorge. 9 – 18km, +250m
Optional extra day at Baume
This walk explores the reculée (closed gorge) of Baume from above and below, with its dramatic cliffs, interesting caves and picturesque waterfalls where water and limestone are in permanent interaction. Located at the valley bottom is the beautiful historic village of Baume-les-Messieurs with its abbey dating from the 10th century. 11km, +/-300m
Day 7: Departure
Taxi transfer to train station at Lons le Saunier after breakfast.
Accommodation & Meals
Charming guest houses & hotels, offering authentic and very comfortable accommodation in B&B style guest houses or small hotels where the welcome is warm and generous. Mainly 3 star or equivalent. They include town houses, old farms, village cottages & abbey rooms. 6, 7 or 8 night's accommodation all in different places (except for 2nd optional night at Baume les Messieurs.) Evening meals not included in the towns of Arbois and Poligny, as well as at Baume les Messieurs where there is a choice of restaurants. Below are some examples of the guest houses we use.
|Gothique Cafe||B&B||Large & comfortable rooms in a building which makes up the historic abbey at Baume. Unique & special.|
|Les Jardins sur Glantine||B&B||Unique, small guest house with wine cellar located in an 18th century house in one of the main streets of Poligny. Two very large, immaculately presented suites.|
|Relais des Abbesses||B&B||Historic property with lots of charm in the pretty village of Chateau Chalon. The guest house sits on the edge of the cliff with stunning views out from it outside terrace.|
Meeting at your guest house in Arbois, France. Taxi transfer at end of walking holiday to Lons le Saunier.
Train & bus: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Paris. Change and take either TGV to Dole and then TER bus run by train company to Lons le Saunier or TGV to Lyon (this service can also go via Lille from London) and then take train to Lons le Saunier. At Lons take a TER bus to Arbois. Return from Lons le Saunier by train to Lyon or by bus to Dole.
Flights: The airlines Easy jet, BMI Regional and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Birmingham, Gatwick, Edinburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Tram service to Lyon Part Dieu station to catch train. As above. There are also several companies who fly to Geneva airport. From Geneva airport, train to Geneva CFF and change for train to Bourg en Bresse, change here for train to Lons le Saunier. Then as above.
Self-drive: Channel crossing by ferry with P&O or DFDS ferries and by rail with Eurotunnel. Once in France, drive time from Calais to Arbois takes about 6 hours, excluding breaks and costs about £40 in motorway tolls. Leave car in Arbois. End of walking holiday, taxi transfer to Lons le Saunier included in price and then take bus to Arbois.
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