Franche Comte and the Jura Mountains Escorted Tour

6 nights starting from

  • Spectacular scenery

  • Distinctive and delicious regional cuisine and wines including vin jaune

  •  Architecture - ranging from the rustic to the curious at Arc-et-Senans and a Modernist masterpiece

  • The lovely abbey at tranquil Baume-les-Messieurs

Franche-Comté and 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 include our base, Besançon, Ornans, the Vallée de la Loue, Arc-et-Senans, Arbois, the abbey at Baume-les-Messieurs and Le Corbusier’s striking chapel at Ronchamp.

Available Departures


14 - September - 2022 £ 999.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 14th September 2022 at 09:24

Returning: 20th September 2022 at 17:13


Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and onwards to Besançon by TGV. 
On arrival, transfer by coach to hotel in the centre of Besancon for six-night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Welcome drink at the hotel.

Day 2: Morning tour of Besançon with afternoon free for personal exploration.
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 guided walking tour and visit to the Citadel (with shuttle bus) is included.

Day 3 Full day Ronchamp and Belfort.
Belfort is renowned for its symbol – a huge sandstone lion built by Frederic Bartholdi who also built the Statue of Liberty and its impressive citadel, designed by Vauban for Louis XIV, which withstood 3 sieges in 1814, 1815 and 1870. In stark contrast Le Corbusier’s masterly Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, dating from 1955 – more a sculpture than a building - dominates the ex-mining town of Ronchamp.

Day 4: Ornans and the Vallée de la Loue. 
A short, relaxing day take us first to Ornans, a delightful town strung along the Loue River. It 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 with several belvederes offer splendid views.

Day 5: 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 Villages,” gorgeous Château Chalon keeps watch over acres of vineyards from its hilltop perch. It was here that the local Vin jaune was first produced.

Day 6: 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 wonderfully picturesque; as well as strolling the pretty streets, a visit to the Louis Pasteur house and laboratory are a must. 

Day 7: Transfer back to Besançon station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to 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 35 passengers. 



  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras to Besançon via Paris
  • Six nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Hotel Le Paris, Besançon, based on shared
    occupancy of twin room
  • Welcome drink at the hotel on the first evening
  • Transfers and full coach touring as detailed in the itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout


  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Standard Premier/1st 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

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890


Hotel de Paris, Besançon

This tour is based in the heart of Besançon at the stylish and characterful Hotel de Paris. Housed in an old coaching inn, the “hotel de charm” three-star Hotel de Paris dates back 150 years. Renovated to a stylish high standard the hotel offers a bar, lounge, terrace and a grand breakfast room. All bedrooms provide a private bathroom with shower, telephone, wifi and hairdryer. 

Hotel Website

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or on their website.