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Snow capped peaks slope down to rolling vineyards

From the isolated mountains of the Vercors to the high plateaux of the Ardèche, the Rhône-Alpes is an ever changing landscape that never fails to amaze. Home to the sloping vineyards of Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley, and to the stunning white peaks of the Haute-Savoie, it has plenty to recommend it to keen walkers and cyclists.

Its most famous attraction is of course Mont Blanc, which towers over the resort town of Chamonix and draws visitors to the area in all seasons. A trip up the Aiguille du Midi is worth the daunting cable car ascent: the 360 degree views of the Alps are utterly breathtaking. There is more to the region than its mountains, however. The city of Lyon holds huge cultural importance, being the birthplace of modern cinema, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of French gastronomy. At the other end of the spectrum is ruggedly rural Ardèche with its charming villages, precipitous gorges and pre-historic caves.

The Rhône-Alpes is a great destination in both summer and winter. Whether walking, cycling or snowshoeing, visitors are sure to enjoy a truly memorable experience.

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