The Rhône-Alpes region consists of eight departments
01 Ain – main city Bourg en Bresse
07 Ardeche – main city Privas
26 Drome – main city Valence
38 Isere – main city Grenoble
42 Loire – main city Saint Etienne
69 Rhône – main city Lyon
73 Savoie – main city Chamb’ry
74 Haute Savoie – main city Annecy
Rhône-Alpes, lies north of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, is in south-east France and shares its eastern borders with Italy and Switzerland. The region, and particularly the departments Savoie and Haute-Savoie, are home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Rhône-Alpes is the home of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) where there are plenty of water sports and beaches to picnic and bathe. It is also home to the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc. In winter months the regions ski resorts which include Chamonix and Val d'Isere are a popular destination for holiday makers and in the summer months the lowlands attract hikers to its flower-filled meadows. There are several national parks including the Parc National De La Vanoise, which is a mix of high mountains, steep valleys, glaciers and is popular with walkers with its 500km of marked trails.
The Beaujolais area north of Lyon, famous for its wines is a land of pastures and forests. The vineyards are found along on a 60km narrow strip of terraces on the right bank of the River Saône. Beaujolais also produces olive oil, pecan nut, almond and pine kernel oil. There are several parks to be found here, the Parc Naturel du Pilat, south of Lyon, offers stunning panoramic views across the Rhône Valley. The less explored Ardèche department is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, especially walkers, cyclists and cannoeists. The Rhone Alpes is a vast and varied region. With the high mountain regions to the east which have borders with Switzerland and Italy, the river Rhone valley in the centre and the hills of the Ardeche to the west.
The regions most well-known food specialties include rosette de Lyon (dry sausage), saucisse lyonnaise (sausage served hot), cervelas, bugnes, papillotes de Lyon (Christmas candies), pommes dauphines, gras-double à la dauphinoise (tripe), gratin dauphinois, quenelles de brochet (pike dumplings), cheese fondue, raclette, tartiflette, stuffed vegetables, ravioli, sauté of pork à la montagnarde, sarments du Beaujolais (chocolates), and the "poulet de Bresse" breed of chicken. Regional cheeses to enjoy here include faisselle (a type of fromage frais) and Raclette,
- in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie departments: Abondance, Beaufort, Beaumont, Emmental, gruyère de Savoie, Reblochon, tomme de Savoie
- in the Rhône department: Arôme de Lyon, Picodon, Saint-Félicien
- in the Ain department: Bleu de Bresse, Ramequin
- in the Dauphiné department: Saint-Marcellin
Transport UK France : To and from Rhone Alpes
The high-speed TGV train is your best bet for rail travel to the Rhône-Alpes from other French regions.
- Trains from Paris to Lyon depart 30 times a day and take about 2 hours.
- Lille to Lyon is 3 hours and 10 minutes
- Marseille to Lyon is 2 hours 45 minutes
- Lyon to Grenoble is 90 minutes.
From Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Anvers, and Cologne, take the Thalys train.
Lyon St.-Exupéry Airport is accessible from a host of French and international cities. Flights to Lyon with connections in Paris are available from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, L.A., Miami, New York (JFK), Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Regular direct flights are also available between Lyon and Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Biarritz.
Paris to Grenoble is 573 km (a little over 5 hours). Paris to Lyon is 465 km (a little over 4 hours).
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