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Lyon and the Alps Travel Guide

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Plan Your Lyon and the Alps Vacation

Lyon and the Alps are as alike as chocolate and broccoli. Lyon is fast, congested, and saturated with culture. In the bustling city—often called the gateway to the Alps—it's hard to believe that those pristine peaks are only an hour's train ride away. Likewise, when you're in a small Alpine village you could almost forget France has any large cities at all, because everything you

imagined about the Alps—soaring snowcaps, jagged ridges, refreshing lakes—is true. Culturally, Lyon and the Alps could well be on different continents but geographically they make for a great vacation combo.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Vieux Lyon Lyon's Old Town traboules, or passageways, and 16th-century courtyards reveal a hidden trove of Renaissance architecture.
  2. Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! The third Thursday of November is a party like no other in France, when celebrations in honor of the new Beaujolais wine go around the clock.
  3. Mont Blanc Whether you brave the vertiginous slopes at Chamonix or enjoy the gentler skiing of Megève, you'll be singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" once you see Mont Blanc, France's tallest peak.
  4. Grenoble's market day Sunday morning offers a chance to walk miles through half a dozen different markets selling everything from herbs to haberdashery.
  5. Epic epicureanism There is no possible way to cite Lyon-Rhône Alps without mentioning Paul Bocuse, Mathieu Viannay, and the many other resident superstar chefs.

When To Go

When to Go

Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes are so diverse in altitude and climate that the weather will depend mostly on where you are, when you’re there, and wh...

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