Besancon is a Doubs River (Saone River) cruise port and city in France's Doubs department (Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region) with population around 120,000 (metro around 250,000). Besancon is located on a meander of Doubs River (tributary of Saone River) and close to the France-Switzerland border. By length (approx 453 km / 281 mi) Doubs River is ranked France's 10th-longest.
Besancon is also the capital city of Franche-Comte (historic and cultural region in Eastern France) and the region's administrative centre. During its long history (dating back to the Roman Empire), the town was developed as a military stronghold, garrison city, political center and religious capital. The city is also considered France's historical capital of watchmaking.
City's current-day economy is based on innovative technologies (microtechnology, micromechanics, biomedical engineering), education (the 1423-founded University of Franche-Comte enrolls annually 24,000+ students), watch industries (brand watches), history- and culture-themed tourism. The city is famous for its large urban open spaces (nature parks and gardens) covering an area of approx 24 km2 (~9 mi2 / ~6,000 acres), of which most (20 km2) are pristine forests.
As cruise port, Besancon was included in the 2019 schedule of the luxury hotel barge Deborah. The ship is 2016-built and owned by CroisiEurope - one of the world's largest river cruise companies. Next table shows CroisiEurope's 6-day itinerary between homeports Besancon and Dijon.
|Date / Time||Port|
|11 Apr 18:00 / 12 Apr 09:00 (overnight)||Departing from Besancon, France|
|12 Apr 17:30 / 13 Apr 07:00 (overnight)||Ranchot, France|
|13 Apr 12:30 / 14 Apr 08:00 (overnight)||Dole, France|
|14 Apr 14:30 / 15 Apr 07:00 (overnight)||Saint-Jean-de-Losne, France|
|15 Apr 16:30 / 16 Apr 07:00 (overnight)||Ouges, France|
|16 Apr 11:00 / 17 Apr 09:00 (overnight)||Arriving in Dijon, France|
Prices started from ~USD 1900 pp (double-occupancy riverview cabin).
Port Besancon cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Besancon, France. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|6 May, 2021|
|18 May, 2021|
|20 May, 2021|