The Grotto is an easily walkable 100-meter blue ice tunnel with an ice chamber that has been carved out of the glacier each year since about 1870. Nowhere else in Europe can you get so close to a glacier as in the Rhone Glacier's Ice Grotto. The grotto is just under 2,300 meters above sea level on the Valais side, 3 km beneath the top of the Furka Pass in the community of Belvédère.
Set at the entrance to one of France’s most beautiful canals, bordering the glorious Chautagne Marshes, Chanaz is a delightful village set amidst glorious unspoilt landscapes. Around Chanaz, nature, water and mountains complement each other admirably. The flower-filled village itself, has many delights for visitors: a rare hydraulic mill, boat trips and boats you can hire to go along the Canal de Savières to the Lac du Bourget…
Built in the 17th century by Stockalper, it's the biggest private castle in Switzerland and is now a land marked building. Thanks to the Stockalper Foundation, the castle gardens have been restored to their original state. A guided tour of the castle will show you the diversity of all the different halls, the newly renovated castle chapel and the extraordinary wallpapers in the hall of Three Kings.
The city of Lyon is known above all as a major gastronomic centre. From refined Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional bouchons (workers’ cafés), the choice is huge. At Lyon, discover a city packed with amazing historic monuments. Its Roman Fourvière and Renaissance Vieux Lyon quarters count among the areas designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon is peppered with green spaces and trails, especially alongside the Rhône on ViaRhôna path.
Composed of religious objects - gold pieces and reliquaries - offered in reverence to the holy martyrs, this priceless treasure illustrates the importance of the monastery from the 6th century up to the present day. The Abbey of Saint-Maurice was founded in 515 by Sigismond, king of the Burgondes. Its precious goldsmith collection shows how rich its past is. Commemorated every 22nd day of September, the martyrdom of Saint-Maurice is at the origin of this Christian importance.
Charming Rhône-side Tournon with its castle and port for river cruises. Opposite it, Tain-l’Hermitage boasts famous vineyards planted on steep terraces. At Tournon, visit the museum in the château, then enjoy stunning views over the Rhône Valley. Cross the Rhône on the Seguin Footbridge, the oldest suspension bridge still used in France, to reach Tain-l’Hermitage. Here, wine lovers will find fine-wine cellars. Also try guided tours by bike in the vineyards. Note too that the Tain chocolate company, Valrhona, opened its Cité du Chocolat.
With its seven-kilometre-long terraces, Lavaux is one of the most famous wine-growing regions in Switzerland. The first terraces were created by monks in the 12th century. The area, which is located between Lausanne and Vevey, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2007. Lavaux is a magnificent terraced landscape on Lake Geneva. The region between Lausanne and Vevey is one of the best known wine-growing areas in Switzerland.
Capital of the Catholic world in the 14th century, Avignon has preserved an exceptional heritage, hence its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Papal Palace. Every July, the city hosts the Festival d’Avignon, France’s answer to The Edinburgh Festival, dedicated to theatre. Don’t forget to discover the famous Saint-Bénezet Bridge, referred to in the famous song ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’ as a place where people went to dance.
If weather permits it, it is possible to admire the Water Fountain, symbol of Geneva. The water is projected from the nozzle at a speed of 200 km/h and it reaches a height of approximately 140 meters. The first Fountain was several hundred meters downstream and served as a safety valve relieving the water pressure after the closing time of the numerous workshops depending on the hydroelectric plant of the Coulouvrenière. It was transferred to the harbour in 1891.
Between Arles, the ancient Roman city and the Mediterranean Sea, is located one of the most beautiful European natural landscape where fauna and flora are preserved: a paradise for migratory birds as pink flamingos, horses and bulls! The Camargue is a famous marshland protected as a ‘Parc Naturel Régional’ or ‘Grand site de France’ approved for the Camargue Gardoise. Discover also Aigues-Mortes, a medieval port set in the midst of the Camargue’s marshes, created by order of King Louis IX of France.