The French Alps have much more to offer than you expect. If you are a nature-lover, a sports-enthusiast, adventure-addict or a history-freak, the French Alps have something for you. No matter which corner of the globe you are coming from, a tour to its lovely landscape flanked by Provence-Alpes-Maritimes, Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes will be a memorable experience. To most, the French Alps are a paradise for popular outdoor sports, but along with plenty to do for the skiing and mountaineering enthusiasts, Mont Blanc offers breathtaking natural vistas. You will also be mesmerized with the panoramic alpine lakes including Lac Leman, Lac d’Annecy, Lac De Bourget, Lac de Paladru and Lac d’Aiguebelette.
You can enter through either of the two international airports at Lyon or Geneva to the Rhone-Alpes, the crossroads of Europe. Offspring of the Rhone River and the Alps mountain range, the Rhone-Alpes are bejeweled with eight national parks; the gracious Mont Blanc and its Gorges de l’Ardèche; stretches of lavender fields, olive orchards, vineyards and the valleys which inspire painters’ excellence. Along with a variety of beguiling landscapes, the French Alps will beckon you to indulge in thrilling mountain-sports such as hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding, along with canoeing and horseback riding. After all, it’s the proud three-time host of the Winter Olympics with the second largest ski region in Europe.
If you love to turn the clock backward, then visit Lyon to witness the Gaul-Roman confluence, known as the regional Villes D’Art. Apart from this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps, and the Roman Temple at Vienne will satisfy you with both their historical richness and natural beauties. Cities like Grenoble, Chamonix, Saint Etienne, Lyon, Chambéry and Albertville will welcome you with world class French cuisines. When you are in France, how can you resist the seductive wines? The Alpine taste of Lyon sausage and rosette, fondue, gratin dauphinois, raclette, and quenellas will spoil your senses paired with the wines of Brouilly, Chenas, Cote-de-Brouilly, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Regnie and Saint-Amour. Don’t forget to enjoy the special cheeses like Tomme de Savoie, Vacherin, Bleu de Bresse and Reblochon. The top hotels and Aix les Bains, a famous spa town, will caress your senses with luxurious comfort. Pack your bags to witness the most unique experience of your life in the French Alps.