An introduction to the region of Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley is part of the Rhone Alpes region in southeast France, bordering Switzerland and Italy to the east and Provence to the south. It includes the Savoie and Haut Savoie, Isère, Ain, Ardèche and Drôme. Historically the region has been one of the main trade routes giving the area a rich heritage and a diverse population.

The Rhone has a varied landscape with dense forests, lush pastures, clear lakes and spectacular mountain peaks. Bordering Lake Geneva, the spa towns of Aix-les-Bains, Thonan and Evian are very scenic while Chamonix is where the Mont Blanc tunnel cuts through the Alps to Italy.

Lyon is the regional capital, sitting on the Rhone River. Other major towns in the Rhone-Alpes region include Saint Etienne, Annecy, Chambery, Grenoble and Montelimar.

Things to do and places to see

The varied landscape with its scenic lakes and rivers provides excellent fly-fishing, angling, rafting and superb golf courses. Relax in the natural spas after a day of hiking and biking through the wild hill country. Climbers and potholers find plenty of challenges. In the winter, skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowshoeing are popular activities.

Overlooked by towering Mont Blanc, the area has been a favourite spot for hiking, climbing and winter sports for centuries. Bird watchers will enjoy the small lakes and birdlife in the Dombes. To the west are the vineyards of the Loire and the forests and gorges of the Ardèche. Further south are the lavender fields and olive groves. Each area offers its own particular attractions and things to do.

Cultural activities can be found in most cities around your self catering gite in the Rhone Valley. Lyon has a grand Opera House, theatres, museums and gardens and is said to be the gastronomic centre of France with some excellent chef-owned restaurants. Visits to the local vineyards are a pleasant way to sample the local wines which rarely find their way outside the region.

Making the most of your holiday in Rhone Valley

The beautiful Rhone Valley is at its best weather-wise between April and October and winter sports attracts visitors to the higher elevations.

Regional cuisine includes the tasty salad called “machon” which has potatoes, dandelion leaves, bacon, garlic sausage, brawn or other meats. It is served for lunch with Beaujolais wine by the jugful! Dairy produce dominates the Savoie while fresh fish comes from the mountains, mushrooms from the forests and fruits from the orchards. Frogs legs are a locally delicacy and the Swiss influence can be found in the sweet brioche.

Travel to Gites in Rhone Valley

The main airports serving holiday rentals and gites in the Rhone Alpes are Grenoble, Annecy, Geneva and St Etienne with several low cost airlines.

Those wanting to self-drive can cross the channel by ferry or Eurostar and make the 760km journey south in 7-8 hours. The TGV high speed train runs from Paris to Lyon and takes two hours.

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L'Espace Montagne Chamonix, Rhone Valley
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L'Espace Montagne Chamonix - Rhone Valley
2-room apartment 40 m2 on 1st floor: living/dining room with 1 pull-out bed and TV. Exit to the terrace. 1 room with 2 beds. Kitchenette (2 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave). Bathroom, sep. WC. Electric heating. Terrace, south-west facing posi ...more details available
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Les Hauts du Val Claret Tignes, Rhone Valley
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Les Hauts du Val Claret Tignes - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 55 m2, on the ground floor: living/dining room with 1 pull-out bed (2 pers. 2 x 80 cm), TV and flat screen. 1 room with 1 bed (80 cm), 1 x 2 bunk beds (90 cm). 1 room with 1 double bed (160 cm). Kitchenette (4 hot plates, mini-oven, ...more details available
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Le Curling A Tignes, Rhone Valley
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Le Curling A Tignes - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 67 m2 on 2 levels on 5th floor: living/dining room. Entrance hall with 1 bed (80 cm). 1 room with 1 double bed (140 cm). Kitchenette (3 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave). Bathroom, sep. WC. Upper floor: 1 room with 2 beds (80 ...more details available
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Le Curling B Tignes, Rhone Valley
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Le Curling B Tignes - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 61 m2 on 5th floor, partly renovated in 2009: living/dining room with 1 sofabed (140 cm), TV. 1 room with 2 x 2 bunk beds (90 cm), hand-basin and shower. 1 room with 2 beds (90 cm). Kitchenette (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microw ...more details available
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Le Curling B Tignes, Rhone Valley
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Le Curling B Tignes - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 65 m2 on 7th floor: living/dining room with 2 beds (80 cm), cable TV, flat screen and hi-fi system. 1 room with 1 double bed (140 cm), hand-basin and shower. 1 room with 2 beds (80 cm). Entrance hall with 1 bed (80 cm). Kitchenette ( ...more details available
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Lac du Lou, Chavière, Péclet, Les Menuires, Rhone Valley
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Lac du Lou, Chavière, Péclet, Les Menuires - Rhone Valley
2-room apartment 30 m2 on 5th floor, comfortable and beautiful furnishings: living/dining room with 1 bed (80 cm, length 190 cm), 1 pull-out bed (2 pers. 2 x 80 cm, length 190 cm), flat screen. Exit to the balcony. 1 room with 1 double bed (140 cm, l ...more details available
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Les Balcons D'Olympie Les Menuires, Rhone Valley
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Les Balcons D'Olympie Les Menuires - Rhone Valley
2-room apartment 30 m2 on 2nd floor, renovated, practical and beautiful furnishings: living room with 1 pull-out bed (2 pers. 2 x 80 cm, length 190 cm), flat screen. Exit to the balcony, west facing position. Sleeping alcove with 1 x 2 bunk beds (80 ...more details available
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le Warens St Gervais, Rhone Valley
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le Warens St Gervais - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 56 m2 on 2nd floor: living/dining room with 1 double sofabed and TV. 2 rooms, each room with 2 beds. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, 4 ceramic glass hob hotplates, microwave). Bathroom, sep. WC. Electric heating. Balcony 9 m2. Terrace fur ...more details available
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Le Roc de Peclet Val Thorens, Rhone Valley
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Le Roc de Peclet Val Thorens - Rhone Valley
3-room apartment 53 m2 on 3rd floor, simple furnishings: living/dining room with 1 double sofabed. 1 small room with sliding door with 1 x 2 bunk beds. 1 room with 2 beds and 1 x 2 bunk beds. Kitchenette (4 hot plates, oven, dishwasher, microwave). B ...more details available
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Les Liarets Les Praz De Chamonix, Rhone Valley
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Les Liarets Les Praz De Chamonix - Rhone Valley
4-room apartment 80 m2, on the ground floor: living room with open-hearth fireplace, satellite TV and DVD. Exit to the terrace. 1 room with 1 pull-out bed (2 pers.), TV. 1 room with 1 x 2 bunk beds. 1 room with 1 double bed and bath/WC. Open kitchen ...more details available
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