Visit Rhône-Alpes, France
Often referred to as the ‘Tuscany of France’, the Rhône-Alpes region is known for its bucolic countryside and medieval stone villages. But, as our specialists will tell you, this is just the beginning of the picture. They’ve toured the region extensively and will help you plan a vacation in the Rhône-Alpes that’s suited to your interests, while advising on everything from the best local festivals to which of the local cuisine savoyarde specialties to try.
Journey south from the wine regions of Beaujolais and Mâconnais and you’ll reach Lac d’Annecy, considered ‘the purest lake in Europe’ for its crystal-clear waters. To the east lie the towering Alps and to the south the sun-drenched hills of Provence. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is here, its striking architecture and reputation for fine food making it well worth a visit. Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, and the glamorous mountain resort of Chamonix offer challenging hiking as well as mountain views. And, the Rhône River splits the region vertically in two before emptying out into the Mediterranean, feeding the vineyards of centuries-old Côtes du Rhône wineries that line its banks and spread out across the surrounding hills.
Places to visit in Rhône-Alpes
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Rhône-Alpes, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Map of Rhône-Alpes
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Rhône-Alpes
- Annecy Rhône-Alpes
- Chamonix Rhône-Alpes
- Lyon Rhône-Alpes
- Talloires Rhône-Alpes
- Orange 79 miles away
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region 83 miles away
- Roussillon 88 miles away
- Gordes 89 miles away
- Provence 89 miles away
- L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 89 miles away
- Avignon 91 miles away
- Ménerbes 94 miles away
- Uzès 95 miles away
- Pont-du-Gard 96 miles away
- Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 101 miles away
- Les-Baux-de-Provence 104 miles away
- Arles 112 miles away
- Aix-en-Provence 114 miles away
- Grasse 128 miles away
- Saint-Paul-de-Vence 132 miles away
- Nice 136 miles away
- Èze 138 miles away
- Antibes 138 miles away
- Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 139 miles away
- Monaco and Monte Carlo 139 miles away
- Saint-Tropez 144 miles away
- The French Riviera 145 miles away
- Dordogne 172 miles away
- Sarlat-la-Canéda 208 miles away
- La Roque-Gageac 210 miles away
- Beynac-et-Cazenac 212 miles away
- Castelnaud-la-Chapelle 213 miles away
- Château de Cheverny 250 miles away
- Château de Chambord 253 miles away
- Château de Chenonceau 258 miles away
- Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire 259 miles away
- Amboise 264 miles away
- The Loire Valley 269 miles away
- Saint-Émilion 275 miles away
- Château d'Azay-le-Rideau 279 miles away
- Château de Villandry 280 miles away
- Chinon 286 miles away
- Reims 290 miles away
- Paris 295 miles away
- Bordeaux 296 miles away
Photos of Rhône-Alpes
Accommodation choices for Rhône-Alpes
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Rhône-Alpes. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
A small boutique property offering easy access to Annecy’s old town, the lake, and many restaurants and shops, Hôtel des Alpes has a warm, contemporary style that combines the best of the region’s traditions with modern comforts and amenities.
Constructed in 1903, Relais & Chateaux property Auberge du Père Bise has long been a destination of choice for fine food, scenic views and relaxed indulgence. It offers a complete retreat but all the sophistication of an urban bolthole.
A storied history, serene and scenic setting, and long tradition of fine food and unobtrusive service make Abbaye de Talloires, one of Lac d’Annecy's most prestigious hotels and a fine base for exploring the region
Located in Talloires on Lac d’Annecy, Beau-Site Talloires offers easy access to Annecy, the lake and the mountains yet enjoys the serenity of a village setting. Its timeless elegance and warm welcome makes it a difficult place to leave.
Located in fashionable Chamonix, Hôtel l’Héliopic is a comfortable, modern property with chic interiors and spacious rooms. With a convenient location and large spa and pool, it offers a great mountain base.
Centrally located in Chamonix, Hameau Albert 1er is an indulgent Alpine retreat that prides itself on its rich history, fine dining and comfortable rooms. Guests also benefit from a large pool and easy access to all the town’s attractions.
Centrally located in Vieux Lyon is Cour des Loges, a distinctive five-star property whose historic premises, individual design and Michelin-starred restaurant make it a memorable place to stay. In addition you’ll get a spa, hanging gardens and an indoor pool.
A winding five-minute drive uphill from Lyon’s old town, the grand Villa Florentine sits above the city and offers sweeping views of Lyon, spacious rooms, a poolside terrace and gourmet dining.
Located in the heart of the Presqu’île, Hotel Silky is a convenient spot for visitors looking to explore Lyon on foot. The hotel combines simple, contemporary design with local heritage and warm and friendly service.
Conveniently located in historic Vieux Lyon within walking distance of many of the city sights, Collège Hotel is a novel property with a light-hearted school theme. Contemporary design, unconventional detailing and good value for money make it a rewarding base.
Dating back to the 13th century, Château de Bagnols with its moat, drawbridge and sturdy towers oozes period character with grand proportions and plenty of original features. Sleep in character-laden rooms, feast in the Michelin-starred restaurant or simply laze by the pool.
Ideas for experiencing Rhône-Alpes
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Rhône-Alpes, and which use the best local guides.
A medieval city built around a hilltop castle and riddled with canals, Annecy is best explored on foot. On this walking tour, your private guide will reveal the history behind the rickety old buildings, fortifications and characterful cobbled lanes.
Cruise along the scenic shores of Lac d’Annecy on a private boat on this evening cruise. Visit a smuggler’s cave and admire the turquoise waters then sip an apéritif as you watch the sun set behind Annecy.
A short hop from France lies the historic city of Geneva on the edge of its namesake lake. On this private guided walking tour, you’ll hear about Geneva’s international significance and its importance during the Protestant Reformation as you take in its old town on foot.
The alpine scenery of Chamonix is unveiled on this tour of the mountains and glaciers with a local guide. You’ll take in the views from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and visit the ice cave in the Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier.
Discover why Lyon is known as the culinary capital of France on this private tour of its bakeries, markets, restaurants and delis. Learn about its renowned chefs past and present and sample some local delicacies such as praline brioche and coussin de Lyon.
Get out onto the trails and into the mountains around Chamonix on a full-day privately guided hike. You’ll ascend into the high meadows for panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, and return via another route passing a quiet mountain lake.
Explore the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy on this private, full-day tour. Your driver-guide will take you through the storied vineyards and prestigious appellations of the region, with pauses for tastings, lunch and a chance to explore an 11th-century wine cellar.
This full-day tour gives you the chance to explore the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions. With your private driver-guide, visit the Côte Dorée and sample gamay wines before enjoying an indulgent lunch. In the afternoon, sample white Burgundies in Mâconnais.