Cycling the Rhône-Alpes
Nestled between the Rhône River and the majestic Alps, France’s Rhône-Alpes region has played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s identity and contributing to its artistic, scientific, and culinary heritage.
The city of Lyon, once the capital of the Gauls, boasts a legacy that spans from ancient Roman theaters to Renaissance-era traboules — hidden passageways that once facilitated silk trading. The region’s historical significance extends to Vienne, where Roman ruins like the Temple of Augustus and Livia offer glimpses into the past.
The alpine region of Savoie, with its fairytale castles and fortified towns, has been a strategic battleground for kingdoms and empires, reflecting its geopolitical importance throughout history. The Château de Chambéry and the historic town of Annecy are vivid testaments to this legacy.
Culturally, Rhône-Alpes is celebrated for its contributions to art, literature, and science. The city of Grenoble, nestled amidst snow-capped peaks, has been a hub of innovation and research, exemplified by institutions like the Grenoble Alpes University and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The region’s connection to pioneering minds is embodied by the birthplace of mathematician and philosopher René Descartes in La Haye-en-Touraine.
The culinary heritage of Rhône-Alpes is equally illustrious. Lyon, often hailed as the gastronomic capital of France, boasts a rich culinary tradition that includes bouchons—authentic local eateries. The region’s famed cheeses, such as Beaufort, Tomme de Savoie, and Reblochon, evoke the pastoral landscapes that shape the flavors of the Alps.
On a bicycle tour through this region you’ll discover a treasure trove of historical depth and cultural richness that resonates through its landscapes, cities, and traditions.
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Alpine Arc Expedition: Lyon to Ljubljana
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Private departures available.