A Walk in Échappée Jurassienne

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The Échappée Jurassienne in Burgundy-Franchecomté

This itinerary can be enjoyed over a few days or in its entirety (allow 2 weeks). From Dole to SaintClaude passing through Les Rousses, the Échappée Jurassienne offers a sign-posted trail with over 110 listed accommodation sites and (the cherry on the cake) a luggage transfer service.

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City of Dole: Notre-Dame Collegiate Church and the river port
image: Sandrine Baverel / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

The Échappée Jurassienne; the itinerary featuring the great sites of the Jura:

It is entirely possible to combine culture, heritage and nature in the Jura Mountains. The Échappée Jurassienne is a walking itinerary that crosses the Jura from west to east, made up of
300km of sign-posted trails (GR®) from Dole to Saint-Claude, via the resort of Les Rousses and passing the vineyards, lakes and waterfalls…

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Village d’Arbois: view of the village (Saint-Just church on the right of the photo)
image: CRT Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Cultural immersion:

The section from Dole to Lons-le-Saunier allows you to visit countless heritage sites such as the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans, the Great Salt Works at Salins-les-Bains, the birth house of Louis Pasteur, the Château de Frontenay as well as the town of Arbois, the capital of Jura wines.

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Waterfall at Baume-les-Messieurs (© Jura Tourisme / Audrey Dénégnan)
image: CRT Bourgogne-Franche-Comt

Natural discoveries:

The second section from Lons-le-Saunier to Saint-Claude offers a great many spectacular nature sites like the blind valley of Conliège, the lake of Chalain, the Hérisson Falls, the Pic de l’Aigle and the Belvédère des 4 Lacs; enough to satisfy even the most demanding visitor.

Details of all accommodation sites and the trail itself can be found in the TopoGuides® created by FFRandonnée. A baggage transfer service is also available from Malle Postale allowing you
to travel light.

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Village of Baume-les-Messieurs: view of the remote village
image: Michel JOLY / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourism


The Échappée Jurassienne is a real reference point. This itinerary forms part of the Grands Itinéraires de France network and IGN has just included it on its own maps.

Grande Traversée du Jura Walk map

More information on Jura tourism can be found here
For the full walking itinerary visit here
Top image: CRT Bourgogne-Franche-Comté


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