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Visit Dombes in a Group

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne and the Ponds

A day in a group discovering Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne and the ponds of Dombes

Explore the medieval city of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, blending Gothic art, half-timbered houses, local traditions, and regional flavors, before marveling at the ponds of Dombes.

Diane MazueDiane Mazue
©Diane Mazue

Passionate about history and hiking, she explores the territory to find the most beautiful tour routes. As a tour guide, she doesn't just show, she tells stories, searching the archives for little anecdotes to enrich each guided tour.

Day Program


Guided Tour of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

Dive into the history of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, a dynamic medieval city labeled “Plus Beaux Détours de France”.
Starting from the Tourist Office, discover the architectural treasures of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. From the Place du Champ de Foire to the Porte de Villars, passing by the 15th-century market halls, you will wander through the cobbled streets and flowered bridges and admire the painted decorations on some facades or the beauty of the floral displays.
A 1.5 km walk punctuated with many stops where the well-kept secrets of this charming city will be revealed to you, between historical anecdotes and flamboyant Gothic architecture.


Taste the flavors of the region during lunch at a restaurant in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne.
Carp, poultry, and other specialties enhanced by the chefs will delight your taste buds and offer a pleasant gourmet break.


Visit to the Ponds of Dombes

Dive into the history of the ponds of Dombes. Uncover the secrets of fish farming, pond management, and the exceptional fauna and flora.
Opt for a tour on foot, by carpool, or by bus starting from the Tourist Office or the Bird Park.
The bus (42km) and car (35km) tours will take you to the Notre-Dame des Dombes Abbey or the Château de Bouligneux.
On foot, by car, or by bus, the walk is punctuated with stops by the ponds to fully appreciate the beauty of the landscapes and observe the birds.

The price includes

  • the visit of the medieval city and the ponds
  • lunch with drinks included

**The price does not include**

  • transportation
  • personal expenses
  • possible Sunday and public holiday supplements

Contact our group service:

 at 06 22 88 60 39

Practical Information

When ? All year round, from Tuesday to Sunday
How much ? from €40.50
Group ?From 15 to 50 people