The Saone in Franche Comté - the river of the swans

Enjoy nature on a houseboat vacation

The Saone in Franche Comté

If you want to rent a houseboat on the Saone, you can look forward to a houseboat holiday in peace. You can enjoy nature on the Saone in Franche Comté. Nowhere have I seen as many swans as on the Saone. In the five days of ours Houseboat tour we met in all places, in every bay and every marina on swans. Well, in the Marinas they were attracted by the scraps of food they fished out of the water. But along the route that could not be the case. They greeted us at breakfast through the open door of our houseboat galley. Or they watched us wash the dishes and also pulled their tracks over our heads.

 

Swans draw their circles in the evening light on the Saone
Swans are drawing their circles in the evening light

Some pairs of swans had their solid territory and guarded this with stoic calm. Others enjoyed the last rays of the evening sun during a round on the water. And again others cleaned their plumage and then shook it out full of pleasure. We were therefore able to observe and photograph swans in all possible positions. We brought home so many photos of the swans of the Saone that we do not want to withhold them from you. That's why we present them here on a separate page. Experience with us the elegant swans of the Saone on this page.

 

Do not be afraid of houseboats - the swans on the Saone
Do not be afraid of houseboats - the swans
A pair of swans on the banks of the Saone
A pair of swans on the riverbank
A swan spreads its wings on the Saone
A swan spreads its wings on the Saone
This swan guards its territory on the Saone
This swan guards its territory on the Saone
This swan is begging for food in the marina of Traves
This swan is begging for food in the marina of Traves
Swans are circling over us
Swans also circle over us
Swan visit on the Saone - already at breakfast
Swan visit on the Saone - already at breakfast

There are other animals on the Saone

Although swans are certainly the animal species we most often on ours Houseboat tour on the Saone, there are also other animals to see on the way. It's worth looking out for. We saw herons, kingfishers (unfortunately without a photo), donkeys, horses and cattle. What animals we have otherwise encountered on our houseboat tour, you can see here:

 

Donkeys in Traves
Donkeys in Traves
Donkey is snorting
Donkey is snorting

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Horse and canoe on the riverbank
Horse and canoe on the riverbank
Horses on the river
Horses on the river
Cattle herd on the river
Cattle herd on the river

 

These are just a few atmospheric shots of nature along the Saone. On a houseboat tour that lasts several days, there are plenty of opportunities to see wild animals and pets along the way. It was great fun to look for them and watch them. Only enough time is needed and you should take it. The art of slow travel is to be able to give up something from time to time to enjoy such great moments. That was nature's pleasure at its best.

In this video you can join us on our houseboat tour on the Saone.

 

Enjoy nature on the Saone River
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Source: own research on site. We thank you LeBoat and Tourisme Franche Comté for the invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

The Saone in Franche Comté - the river of the swans

2 thoughts too "The Saone in Franche Comté - the river of the swans"

  1. When swans fly, I find them especially beautiful! Maybe because you see it less often. Beautiful animals! Sunny greetings, Jutta

    1. We really liked that, too, Jutta. Especially in the evening light, the swans were impressive as they flew over our heads as we ate dinner on the top deck of our houseboat during the last rays of the day. This is a scene that I will especially remember from our houseboat tour on the Saone.

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