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Nestling near the Swiss border between the Saône Valley and the Alps, the department of Ain, with its varied and unspoilt countryside, boasts a rich natural heritage. Dombes with its thousand ponds, Bugey, Revermont, Savoyard Bresse, Pays de Gex and Upper Jura are regions whose beauty delights lovers of the countryside and outdoor leisure activities. As well as the varied scenery, which includes forests, hillside vineyards, valleys, cliffs, rivers, lakes, ponds, hedged farmland and mountains, you'll find traditional buildings such as farms with Saracen chimneys, fortified houses and pretty villages. Ain is a top gastronomy destination, with a number of famous specialities: Bresse poultry, pike dumplings with Nantua sauce, fish and frogs from Dombes, Bleu de Gex cheese, Comté, Bugey wines and Pérouges cake will delight your taste buds!


With many remarkable sites, the Haute-Savoie boasts an exceptional natural heritage. Highest point of Europe, the majestic Mont Blanc mountain range is a paradise for all fans of climbing, skiing and breathtaking landscapes. Vast ski areas, famous winter sports resorts, nature reserves, renowned spa resorts, lakes offering water sports, the fantastic town of Annecy, nicknamed the “Venice of the Alps”, and delicious Savoie specialities make the Haute-Savoie a very special destination.


The highest mountainous département in France, located between Provence and Alpes du Nord, the Hautes-Alpes enjoys an exceptional number of sunshine hours throughout the year. Boasting a fantastic range of landscapes, from forests, mountain pastures and unspoiled valleys to high mountain peaks, glaciers and wild gorges, this vast territory also possesses a rich built heritage in its welcoming towns and typical villages where pastoral traditions in particular still survive. Its 6,800 km of hiking trails, renowned ski areas, climbing sites and many rivers and fast mountain streams make it an exclusive destination for nature with an infinite number of outdoor activities in both summer and winter.


Located in the historical province of the Dauphiné, straddling the Alps and the Rhône Valley, the Isère département possesses a rich natural heritage. With its fantastic mountainous landscapes of the Chartreuse, Vercors, Belledonne, Trièves and Oisans mountains, lakes offering a wealth of recreational activities, and three national parks – Chartreuse and Vercors Regional Nature Parks and Ecrins National Park – it is the ideal destination for nature lovers and fans of outdoor activities. Isère also boasts towns and cities with a rich heritage, such as Vienne, Grenoble and Crémieu, as well as typical villages, renowned ski resorts, fine food and traditions.


Savoie, the snow kingdom, has all the necessary ingredients to satisfy mountain, nature and alpine sports fans. This département boasts some of the most famous prestigious winter sports resorts and ski areas in the world. The Great Alps Road (Route des Grandes Alpes), which runs through magnificent scenery of snow-capped mountains and alpine pastures where cows graze, takes you across passes at altitudes of over 2,000 metres. Wow factor guaranteed! The Savoie is also renowned for its excellent gastronomic products and famous culinary specialities, which are synonymous with warm and friendly moments spent around a table.