The little port town of Pont de Vaux

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Journeying through the locks of the Saône and Seille rivers, looking out for plants and wildlife during a river cruise from the beautiful Pont de Vaux marina.


The green holiday resort (Station Verte) of Pont de Vaux town with a marina at its centre is the northern gateway to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, just south of Burgundy. Nestled between Bresse and the River Saône, come and discover everything it has to offer: gastronomy, museums, walks, fishing, and much more. An ideal stop between Mâcon and Tournus.

Set off on a river cruise along the Saône!

A cruise through Pont de Vaux will take you along the smallest canal in France. Set off from the charming marina with 225 mooring points aboard the Ville de Pont de Vaux 2 cruise boat and spend a few hours journeying along the Saône. Discover the Saône Valley’s rich diversity of plant and wildlife, which is protected by the ‘Natura 2000’ nature protection network, or opt for one of the lunch cruises to sample the local cuisine! An idyllic and gourmet experience to add to your list!

Eager to learn more? Visit the Water and Nature Exhibition Centre

Go on a fun and interactive journey in the Water and Nature Exhibition Centre, oriented towards the little ones, and discover the wealth of nature that the floodplains of the Saône Valley have to offer. Unravel the mysteries of the peaty moorland, its carnivorous plants and learn how about protecting the Charmes Sand Dunes in Sermoyer.

Sure to arouse your curiosity, why not visit the Chintreuil Museum to learn about the famous painter Antoine Chintreuil and his extraordinary cabinet of curiosities!

Book your lunch cruise along the Saône and Seille rivers and their locks

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Pont de Vaux is a fisherman’s paradise! But that’s not all it has to offer…

Fishing enthusiasts are also welcome to practise their passion here next to the lake, the meres and neighbouring rivers.

Pont de Vaux also boasts a rich but little-known heritage, made up of interesting vestiges of its past, including pilasters from the Renaissance era, mansions and half-timbered houses.

Sand dunes in Ain, hundreds of miles from the sea?!

Charmes Dunes in Sermoyer are a rare natural wonder – and only 5 miles (8km) from Pont de Vaux. Wander through the undergrowth and feel the sand beneath your toes in the heart of the countryside, miles from the crowded coastline – what a unique experience! Why not make a day of it and have a picnic at the heart of this natural setting and national historic monument?

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Mis à jour le 27 octobre 2021 à 08:08
par Office de Tourisme des pays de Bâgé et de Pont-de-Vaux

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