Moselle-Saône à vélo

« Cycling in perfect freedom; Escape! »

800km of cycling trails along the water’s edge, from Luxemburg to Lyon. An itinerary for curious types, gourmets and all lovers of wellbeing and beautiful encounters

The V50-Moselle-Saône by Bike, the newest of the cycling routes, is ready to use across practically all the trail. Only the Nancy-Épinal and Mâcon-Lyon sections are not totally ready. Sign-posts will gradually be rolled out along the entire trail. A web site will shortly be in place to allow you to prepare your journey, featuring detailed information, GPS trackers and details of all facilities located along the trail.

The « Compass » cycling route

The cycling route for lovers! Lovers of good taste, of all things beautiful… Lovers of nature and freedom… Lovers of original and historic spots… Over several days or just a few hours, the 800km of trails are studded with original, entertaining and cultural discoveries across 3 emblematic regions of France.

  • The cycling route through time

    Your bicycle becomes a magnificent time machine! Every kilometre you travel takes you back into the history of France, from the Cistercian monks to the Dukes of Burgundy, from Charles the Bold to the Industrial Revolution.

  • The well-balanced cycling route

    Just like a tightrope walker, following this cycling trail you will be perfectly balanced between nature and culture, between historic cities and village bell towers …always ready to gleefully tip over into one side or the other, you can enjoy all this without holding anything back.

  • The cycling route of freedom

    The wind in your hair, the aromas of the countryside, the birdsong…These are the things you will be carrying with you in your panniers, the perfect travelling companions all along your journey, whether for a few hours or over several days.

  • The cycling route of mystery

    In the early hours, shrouded in a light mist, you will feel as though you are standing by a Scottish loch. Further on, around midday when the sun is high, nature’s colours will be worthy of a painting by an Italian Master. But when you head into town, you will be in no doubt that the architecture of the monuments is 100% French.

Landscapes to discover

Sunrise at Sierck-les-Bains (Moselle)
Stop in front of the abbey of Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe-et-Moselle)
Stroll through the streets of Épinal (Vosges)
In the middle of a field near Ray-sur-Saône (Haute-Saône)
Not far from Saint-Jean-de-Losne (Côte d'Or)
A picnic in the north of Mâcon (Saône-et-Loire)
With the family in Trévoux (Ain)
A ride in Rochetaillée-sur-Saône (Rhône)
On the tip of the Lyon peninsula, at the Musée des Confluences

Experiences to enjoy

  • Moselle

    Sierck-les-Bains, the gateway to the Moselle

    The departure point for the Moselle-Saône à Vélo en France cycling trail, the Pays des Trois Frontières reveals its contrasting landscapes: sun-drenched hillsides covered in vineyards, riverbanks, châteaux and a medieval town bring life to this trail that gently follows the course of the River Moselle. Sierck-les-Bains is the first major village along the itinerary. Its château of the Dukes of Lorraine dates from the XI Century and sits upon an enormous rock flanked by tightly-packed houses and neighbourhoods with steep and picturesque narrow streets. Perfect for strolling and enjoying an exceptional panorama.

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  • Meurthe-et-Moselle

    Let Pont-à-Mousson surprise you

    On the banks of the Moselle, between Metz and Nancy, Pont-à-Mousson boasts a number of gems. Here you will find the Musée au Fil du Papier, which is 20 years old this year and presents a collection of papier-mâché objects that is unique in France. Place Duroc, with its arcades and its triangular shape, is unique in Europe, not forgetting Prémontrés Abbey that is nowadays home to a cultural centre and hotel.

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  • Vosges

    Ready, set, pedal… and enjoy!

    Whether on foot, on horseback by bike or mountain bike, trails rule in Épinal! The astonishing Images of Épinal, relaxing spa towns like the nearby Bains-les-Bains and Plombières-les-Bains, this is a dream destination for those seeking culture and tranquillity. Make the most of your cycling break to explore the Cité de l'Image.

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  • Haute-Saône

    The Château de Ray-sur-Saône and its gardens

    During the Middle Ages, the medieval château of Ray-sur-Saône, which boasts no fewer than 14 towers, was the great fortress of Franche-Comté. At the time it was forced to repel countless attacks. Restored in 1700 in the XVII Century style, it overlooks an English park that covers six hectares. The gardens are free to visit all year round from 9am to 7pm. The château can only be viewed during guided visits.

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  • Côte d'Or

    The La Balade des Mariniers trail

    Saint-Jean-de-Losne and Saint-Usage boast a touristic and cultural trail known as the «Balade des Mariniers » that allows visitors to discover the treasures of this boating town, its history and evolution, in an entertaining way. 4 circuits are available. Panels are in place all along the routes. It is also possible to follow the itinerary with the help of a Smartphone (download the app).

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  • Saône-et-Loire

    The « Greenway 71 » app - V50 web site

    Discover the natural and cultural heritage that lies all along the Grande Boucle de Bourgogne du Sud trail at your own pace by bike. You receive alerts every time you are close to a point of interest as you travel along the 2 discovery trails:

    • The Greenway trail from Mâcon to Chalon-sur-Saône, 73km – 24 stages.
    • The V50-Moselle-Saône by Bike along the River Saône, from Chalon-sur-Saône to Mâcon, 67km – 21 stages.

    Download "Greenway 71" and follow the guide!

    Free app – available from stores – works off-line.

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  • Ain / Beaujolais

    An unexpected experience: the lockkeeper’s house at Parcieux

    Along your itinerary on the doorstep of the city of Lyon, the lockkeeper’s house at Parcieux tells you the story of the Saône, from its needle weir to the lockkeepers themselves. The only lockkeeper’s house on the « V50-Moselle-Saône à Vélo » cycling trail that is open to the public, this quirky venue lets you cultivate your curiosity and enjoy a gourmet stop. The permanent exhibition will delight young and old alike: interpretation panels, animated scale models, testimonials from real people. Concerts, workshops for children and temporary exhibitions are planned right throughout the season. Nearby: bike station, river stop, camping, hotels, restaurants, shops, canoeing, water skiing.

    To continue your trip in perfect simplicity, make the most of your visit by stopping at Villefranche-sur-Saône, capital of the Beaujolais, and enjoy the UNESCO Global Geopark BEAUJOLAIS.

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  • Grand Lyon

    The Bouchons of Lyon: great cuisine and conviviality

    Globally renowned for its gastronomy, Lyon can boast a great many Michelin star eateries. But it is at the Bouchons of Lyon that you will find the great flavours of the terroir served with perfect simplicity. These traditional little restaurants in which you can enjoy the specialities of Lyon washed down with a carafe of wine from the region form an integral part of Lyonnais cultural heritage. Checked tablecloths, tightly-packed tables, vintage posters… all this gives the Bouchons of Lyon their authentic and family feel. Here, the watchword is conviviality!

    Quenelles, Cervelle de Canut cheese, Tablier de Sapeur, Coussin de Lyon sweets, praline tart… a delight for lovers of great food. On the peninsula and along the narrow streets of Old Lyon, combine exploring Lyonnais cuisine with UNESCO heritage discoveries. Keep an eye out for the « Bouchons Lyonnais » label in restaurant windows that guarantees you an authentic and high-quality experience!

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A collective project managed by 29 partners

  • Grand Est - Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine
  • Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • La Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Moselle L'Eurodépartement
  • Département Meurthe-et-Moselle
  • La Vie en Vosges Le Département
  • Haute-Saône
  • Côte d'Or Le Département
  • Destination Saône-et-Loire
  • Ain Le Département
  • Grand Lyon La Métropole
  • Portes de France - Thionville Communauté d'Agglomération
  • Communauté d'agglomération d'Epinal
  • Villefranche Beaujolais Agglo
  • Communauté de Communes Bouzonvillois Trois Frontières
  • Communauté de Communes de l'Arc Mosellan
  • Communauté de Communes de Cattenom et Environs
  • Rives de Moselle
  • Communauté de communes Mad et Moselle
  • Communauté de Communes du Bassin de Pont-à-Mousson
  • Bassin de Pompey - Communauté de communes
  • Rives de Saône - Communauté de Communes
  • CAP Val de Saône - Communauté de communes
  • Communauté de communes Dombes Saône Vallée
  • Communauté de communes Val de Saône Centre
  • Communauté de communes de la Veyle
  • Communauté de communes Saône Beaujolais
  • Communauté de Communes Beaujolais Pierres Dorées
  • Pôle d'Equilibre Territorial et Rural du Val de Lorraine
  • VNF - Voies navigables de France


A project managed by the Departmental Council of the Haute Saône, lead partner and representative of the V50 Itinerary Committee.

Contact for V50 – Moselle-Saône à Vélo cycling trail: rf.olev-enoas-ellesom@tcatnoc.