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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.

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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

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    Places in and around 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.

    • Hôtel des Alpes, Annecy

      Hôtel des Alpes

      Simple

      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.

    • Auberge du Père Bise, Talloires

      L'Auberge du Père Bise

      Deluxe

      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.

    • L'Abbaye de Talloires, Talloires

      L'Abbaye de Talloires

      Deluxe

      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

    • Hôtel Beau-Site Talloires, Talloires

      Beau-Site Talloires

      Medium

      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.

    • Hôtel l'Héliopic, Chamonix

      Hôtel l'Héliopic

      First Class

      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.

    • Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix

      Hameau Albert 1er

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Cour des Loges, Lyon

      Cour des Loges

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Villa Florentine

      Villa Florentine

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Hôtel Silky

      Hotel Silky

      Simple

      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.

    • Collège Hotel

      Collège Hotel

      Simple

      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.

    • Château de Bagnols, Bagnols

      Château de Bagnols

      Deluxe

      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.

    • Pont des Amours, Annecy

      Annecy walking tour

      Annecy

      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.

    • Lac d'Annecy, France

      Private boat tour of Lac d'Annecy with apéritif

      Annecy

      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.

    • Geneva, Switzerland

      Geneva walking tour

      Rhône-Alpes

      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.

    • Cable car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

      Mountains and glacier tour with cable car ascent

      Chamonix

      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.

    • Brioche aux pralines, Lyon

      Gourmet walking tour of Lyon and Les Halles covered market

      Rhône-Alpes

      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.

    • Chamonix hiking trail, France

      Hiking near Mont Blanc with picnic lunch

      Chamonix

      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.

    • Burgundy grapes, France

      Burgundy, the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits

      Rhône-Alpes

      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.

    • Beaujolais grapes, France

      Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions

      Rhône-Alpes

      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.