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Not many destinations are as dramatic or as inspiring as the Rhône Alpes, a large mainly mountainous region consisting of eight departments to the south east of France with the mighty River Rhone flowing through Lyon, the capital, and bordering both Switzerland and Italy, and Provence to the south. The area is dominated by Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, but also incorporates four scenic National Parks (Ecrins, Pilat, Vanoise and Vercors) and the Massif Central. It’s not all about sporting activities, as the Rhône Alpes is also home to exquisite Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône vineyards and acres of lavender fields and olive groves in the foothills.
Excellent road, rail and air links make short breaks and last minute holidays very appealing. Low cost airlines fly frequently to Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne and just over the Swiss border to Geneva. The efficient overnight TGV train service from London to Chambéry makes a car free holiday an appealing alternative. One of the few genuinely year round destinations, self catering accommodation is particularly good value in summer.
Winter sports; skiing (both on and off piste), snowboarding and winter mountaineering in particular, are well catered for in the Alps. The most comprehensive and organised skiing areas, and very dependable snow records, resorts like the Trois Valleés , Val’ Isère – Tignes, Chamonix, Le Grande Massif and Les Arcs are excellent choices for Christmas and Easter skiing holidays. The departments of Isère (Dept 38) Savoie (Dept 73) and Haute Savoie (Dept 74) are the destination of choice for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders and family winter holidays. Summer skiing is available on the highest glaciers, and the ski lifts stay open for walkers, climbers, mountaineers and mountain bikers to access the high routes.
The French cleverly organised most of their ski resorts with recreation in mind from the outset in the 1960s, so ski in ski out accommodation is the norm. In the past French winter ski resorts had a reputation for utilitarian appearance; these resorts have softened over the years and cater for everyone from catered chalets to more economical and very efficient self catering apartments and traditional mountain farmhouses and lodges available for holiday rental year round. Après ski activities include gourmet alpine specialities including; vin chaud, gratin dauphinoise and fondue, appreciating the glorious clean invigorating mountain air from a mountain café terrace and nightlife for those with spare energy.
Often holidaymakers forget that gentler pursuits are available. The scenic lakes of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and Lac Annecy provide water sports for all, and the hot summers mean a guaranteed tan. Canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting on the great Gorges de l’Ardèche are appealing pastimes in the summer, with plenty of secluded yet breathtaking hiking and cycling tracks that don’t need mountaineering gear, perfect for bird watching and fishing too.
However active your summer Alpine holiday has been, take time out to discover the Beaujolais Villages wine route on your way home. Maybe between Lyon and Chânes take a holiday rental in Burgundy. A night in Paris also conveniently breaks the journey. The Rhone Alpes offers so much more than just world class skiing!