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EuroVelo 6 - Cycle Route of the rivers

Canals & intimate rivers
570 Km
Bâle
Nevers
Between Basel-Mulhouse on France’s eastern border and Nevers on the Loire, follow one of the country’s most interesting unbroken cycle routes, part of the EuroVelo 6 route linking the Black Sea to the Atlantic. Cyclists love crossing Southern Alsace via the peaceful Canal du Rhône au Rhin. An unforgettable section takes you along the Doubs Valley and through the Jura Region’s hills. Lastly, you cross Southern Burgundy, passing by famous vineyards, medieval villages and historic industrial sites beside the Canal du Centre. Make the most of the many railway services allowing you to carry bikes to different sections of the route.

Signposting and state of the itinerary

The EuroVelo 6 is marked at 97% with road signs on both sides from East to West. The Eurovelo 6 logo is indicated on every signs.

Half ot the itinerary (49%) is rideable on designated lanes for non-motorized passengers.

Services et accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on The Vélodyssée

Nearly 450 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

Trains and public transports alongside The Vélodyssée

The itinerary is well served with trains, although you need to be careful during peak periods when bicycle transports can become complicated in TER. 

Parkings longue durée sur l'itinéraire

The best cycling holiday breaks

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13,99 Km
Bâle / Huninge / Kembs
French rivers
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Bâle / Huninge / Kembs

Basel, on the Swiss border with France and Germany, is the great gateway to this EuroVelo 6 stage. Known as the town of [...]

14,47 Km
Mulhouse / Heidwiller
Canals & intimate rivers
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Mulhouse / Heidwiller

This EuroVelo 6 stage in Alsace leads you via the Ill Valley to the town of Illfurth. Along this stretch, you follow [...]

18,65 Km
Heidwiller / Montreux-Jeune
Canals & intimate rivers
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Heidwiller / Montreux-Jeune

This easy EuroVelo 6 stage links Alsace to the neighbouring region of Franche-Comté. Along the Canal du Rhône au [...]

23,40 Km
Montreux-Jeune / Montbéliard
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
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Montreux-Jeune / Montbéliard

This EuroVelo 6 stage in the region of Franche-Comté takes you the whole way alongside the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. A [...]

26,14 Km
Montbéliard / L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs
Canals & intimate rivers
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Montbéliard / L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs

On this EuroVelo 6 stage in the Franche-Comté region, the cycle path meanders between the Canal du Rhône au Rhin and [...]

32,87 Km
L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs / Baume-les-Dames
Canals & intimate rivers
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L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs / Baume-les-Dames

This is a splendid EuroVelo 6 stage in the Franche-Comté, the cycle path closely following the meanders in the Doubs [...]

16,35 Km
Baume-les-Dames / Deluz
Canals & intimate rivers
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Baume-les-Dames / Deluz

This is one of the most beautiful of EuroVelo 6 stages. Between Baume-les-Dames and Deluz, the Doubs River runs between [...]

18,33 Km
Deluz / Besançon
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Deluz / Besançon

On this EuroVelo 6 stage between Deluz and Besançon, the splendid natural setting is regularly marked by the remnants [...]

29,01 Km
Besançon / St-Vit
French rivers
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Besançon / St-Vit

This EuroVelo 6 stage through Franche-Comté goes from regional capital Besançon to St-Vit along an idyllic greenway [...]

15,73 Km
Ranchot / Arc-et-Senans
In forest
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Ranchot / Arc-et-Senans

Leaving from Ranchot and crossing Chaux Forest, making the return trip between the Doubs and Loue rivers to see the [...]

12,25 Km
St-Vit / Orchamps
Canals & intimate rivers
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St-Vit / Orchamps

This EuroVelo 6 stage through Franche-Comté allows you to discover a bucolic section of the Doubs Valley stretching [...]

15,49 Km
Orchamps / Dole
Canals & intimate rivers
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Orchamps / Dole

Approaching the medieval streets of the historic town of Dole, this EuroVelo 6 stage through Franche-Comté continues [...]

24,52 Km
Dole / St-Jean-de-Losne
Canals & intimate rivers
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Dole / St-Jean-de-Losne

This EuroVelo 6 stage starts in Franche-Comté, following the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, then, as you slip into Burgundy, [...]

23,79 Km
St-Jean-de-Losne / Seurre
Canals & intimate rivers
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St-Jean-de-Losne / Seurre

Setting off on this stage of EuroVelo 6 through Burgundy, enjoy the pretty views over the majestic Saône River from [...]

18,20 Km
Seurre / Verdun-sur-le-Doubs
Canals & intimate rivers
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Seurre / Verdun-sur-le-Doubs

This EuroVelo 6 stage through Burgundy takes you along an unfinished part of the region’s Voie Bleue greenway that [...]

24,95 Km
Verdun-sur-le-Doubs / Chalon-sur-Saône
Canals & intimate rivers
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Verdun-sur-le-Doubs / Chalon-sur-Saône

This EuroVelo 6 stage takes you along a portion of Burgundy’s Voie Bleue greenway beside the Saône that hasn’t [...]

22,20 Km
Chalon-sur-Saône / Santenay
Canals & intimate rivers
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Chalon-sur-Saône / Santenay

This EuroVelo 6 stage takes you from Chalon to the Canal du Centre which then heads southwest to meet the Loire. This [...]

8,25 Km
Santenay / St-Léger-sur-Dheune
In the vineyards, Canals & intimate rivers
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Santenay / St-Léger-sur-Dheune

This EuroVelo 6 stage in Burgundy starts at Chalon, then takes you along the Canal du Centre, leading towards the Loire [...]

17,69 Km
St-Léger-sur-Dheune / Montchanin
Nature & small heritage
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St-Léger-sur-Dheune / Montchanin

This EuroVelo 6 stage takes you along a provisional cycle route through pretty Burgundian hills. Note that the way is [...]

14,25 Km
Montchanin / Montceau-les-Mines
Canals & intimate rivers
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Montchanin / Montceau-les-Mines

This EuroVelo 6 stage is punctuated by many sites bearing witness to Southern Burgundy’s rich industrial past. The [...]

26,99 Km
Montceau-les-Mines / Palinges
Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments
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Montceau-les-Mines / Palinges

This EuroVelo 6 stage in Burgundy meanders between the Canal du Centre and Bourbince River. You pass significant [...]

21,75 Km
Palinges / Paray-le-Monial
Canals & intimate rivers, Castles & Monuments
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Palinges / Paray-le-Monial

Starting with the elegant Château de Digoine, this EuroVelo 6 stage crosses a part of Burgundy that takes you back in [...]

12,12 Km
Paray-le-Monial / Digoin
Canals & intimate rivers
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Paray-le-Monial / Digoin

This EuroVelo 6 stage in Burgundy provides an idyllic route from Paray-le-Monial to Digoin. A greenway meanders through [...]

20,36 Km
Digoin / Gilly-sur-Loire
Canals & intimate rivers
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Digoin / Gilly-sur-Loire

This EuroVelo 6 stage goes along the regional border between Burgundy and Auvergne. In fact, there’s a detour you can [...]

9,27 Km
Gilly-sur-Loire / Bourbon-Lancy
French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Gilly-sur-Loire / Bourbon-Lancy

You feel the irresistible pull of the Loire on this EuroVelo 6 Burgundian stage. From Gilly-sur-Loire to the charming [...]

17,61 Km
Bourbon-Lancy / Cronat
Nature & small heritage
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Bourbon-Lancy / Cronat

This EuroVelo 6 stage in Burgundy meanders through gentle hills looking down on the Loire. Traditional farms are dotted [...]

29,34 Km
Cronat / Decize
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
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Cronat / Decize

On this EuroVelo 6 stage you enter the western Burgundian county of the Nièvre, also known as the Nivernais. You cycle [...]

14,74 Km
Decize / Fleury-sur-Loire
Canals & intimate rivers
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Decize / Fleury-sur-Loire

This stage of "The Loire in Burgundy" on the EuroVelo 6 itinerary starts at the port of La Jonction in Decize and links [...]

20,02 Km
Fleury-sur-Loire / Nevers
Canals & intimate rivers, French rivers
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Fleury-sur-Loire / Nevers

This stage of "The Loire in Burgundy" on the EuroVelo 6 route starts in Fleury-sur-Loire and links Nevers via the [...]

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