SALESMANUALM a n u e l d e s V e n t e s
R h n e - A l p e s
Les Deux Alpes
La PlagneVal dIsre
M e d i t e r r a n e a n S e a
Lac de Grangent
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Aroportinternationalde Lyon -Saint Exupry
Vallon Pont d'Arc
Col de la Faucille1 323 m
Col de Montgenvre
2 188 m
1 180 m
Col de lIseran
Col du Lautaret
Col du Galibier
Col du Petit St-Bernard
Col de Cabre
Col de la Croix-Haute
1 850 m
2 770 m
2 645 m
2 058 m
2 081 m
Mont Blanc4 810 m
Turin - Mila
nNice - Italy
Parc NaturelRgionaldu Pilat
Parc NaturelRgionaldu Vercors
des Monts d'Ardche
Parc Nationaldes crins
Parc Nationalde la Vanoise
Parc NaturelRgionaldes Bauges
Situated between Paris and the Cte dAzur, on the border with both Switzerland and Italy, and offe-ring access to two international airports (Lyon and Geneva), impressive rail connections and a vast motorway network, Rhne-Alpes region is literally at the crossroads of Europe.
Boasting 8 natural parks and peerless sites such as Mont Blanc and
the Gorges de lArdche, Rhne-Alpes offers a wide range of different
landscapes: mountains, vineyards and gentle valleys, fields of lavender
and olive groves.
In Rhne-Alpes, water is everywhere: from snow to glacier ice, rivers and
streams to lakes Rhne-Alpes is where three of Frances biggest lakes
can be found (Lake Geneva, Lac du Bourget and Lake dAnnecy).
Every form of sport is readily available, set against an impressive natural
backdrop: hiking, mountain biking or even paragliding and canoeing
Rhne-Alpes is not only the second most important golfing region in
France with over 60 courses but it also has the largest ski area in the
world and has hosted the Winter Olympics three times.
Enthusiasts of art and culture will not be disappointed by the regions
Villes dArt: Lyon, which is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage
site, Annecy, Grenoble, Chambry, and Saint Etienne.
And last but not least, connoisseurs of good food and wine will be spoilt
for choice by the range of local specialities available to taste along with
a Beaujolais or a Ctes du Rhne, and by the sheer number of famous
restaurants in the region (with Paul Bocuse at the top of the list).
AIR Aroport International de Lyon Saint Exupry www.lyon.aeroport.fr From August 2010, new express shuttle Lyon Centre / Lyon airport in 30mn. www.rhonexpress.fr Aroport International de Genve www.gva.ch Aroport Annecy Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc www.annecy.aeroport.fr Aroport Chambry Savoie www.chambery.aeroport.fr Aroport Grenoble Isre www.grenoble-airport.com Aroport de Saint-Etienne Bouthon www.saint-etienne.aeroport.fr
RAILInternational services (high-speed trains): Brussels : Thalys (and Thalys Soleil and Thalys Neige) and TGV Brussels Lyon London : Eurostar TGV and Eurostar snow train International rail services : www.raileurope.com
National services: national rail services link Rhne-Alpes with many destinations in France, especially with high-speed trains (TGV). www.sncf.com
Regional services : local rail services criss-cross the region for regular connections and link Alpine resorts with country towns. www.ter-sncf.com
RoAdWith more than 1,300 kilometres of motorways, Rhne Alpes is among the best served regions of France for efficient access by road. Info on www.via-michelin.com
City passes Lyon City Card & Pass GrenobleGrenoble Pass Dcouverte: visitors voucher book for more than 40 cultural and popular attractions. Available from Grenoble Tourist Office for just 13.
Lyon City Card: 28 free admissions and 11 discounts for exploring the best of Lyons heritage over 1, 2 or 3 days.
Grand Tour of Lyon on an open-top double-decker bus. Buses leave Place Bellecour every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on a 1-hour tour of all the best bits of the city. Passengers can get off at any of the 9 stops to explore and hop back on a later Grand Tour bus!
Institut Lumire in LyonA fascinating look at the history, science and aesthetics of film and the story of the Lumire brothers, inventors of the cinematograph and fathers of cinema.
Medieval and Renaissance centre of ChambrySpread around the chteau of the Ducs de Savoie. Le Grand Carillon, in the chapel, with its 70 bells, is the largest clock tower in Europe and one of the most beauti-ful in the world.
A fascinating heritage and wealth of cultural interest
If you like to be a visitor not a tourist and really get under the skin of a place, the towns and cities of Rhne-Alpes are for you.
Top of the regions city destinations is Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage city with over 2,000 years of history, from Gallo-Roman remains to unique modern city murals. But the competition is fierce: anywhere else, Chambry, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Vienne would easily take the crown, and then theres the gem of Annecy on Europes cleanest lake.
For culture buffs theres everything from classical concerts at Viennes Roman theatre to modern art and design in Saint-Etienne. If shopping is your thing, check out the famous-name stores jostling for elbow room with stylish, original boutiques.
And where there are people, theres life! Lyon is a hotspot of events with its famous Opera House, Biennials, Festival of Light and the theatre, dance, music and film of the Nuits de Fourvire, but theres plenty going on elsewhere too: Jazz in Vienne, the Animation Festival in Annecy, pop and rock in Aix-les-Bains and the Design Biennial in Saint-Etienne.
Cit du design in Saint-EtienneA centre for design, business and economics in a concept unique in France, opened in 2008. Three restored 19th century factory buildings alongside two modern constructions: the stunning metal and glass of the vast La Platine building and the 32-metre Observation Tower, for an amazing view of both the Cit and the city. Guided tours for groups only by arrangement with the Tourist Office.
Lyon and Lake Annecy
Mont Blanc4 810 m
day 1Tour of the city, from the ancient theatre to Renaissance Lyon and the modern Peninsula. Lunch in a traditional bouchon. Silk workers museum and the unique traboule passageways. Dinner cruise on the river and overnight in Lyon.
day 2The bits most visitors miss including the famous Murals. Lunch in a famous brasserie. Free time for shopping in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
day 3Alps and L