Left:  The Ardèche - Copyright Fiona W., Center:  Mirmande - Copyright RAT/P. Fournier, Right:  Lamastre

Excursion Ideas - Picturesque Countryside

The small villages seem to keep a watchful eye on the vast countryside from their perch high above the valleys of the Rhône-Alpes region. The ruined castles are a reminder of its omnipresent history. The blossoming fruit trees bear proof of its rich land. Relish this provincial beauty during your France vacation.



Steam engine trip through the Ardèche
The Chemin de Fer du Vivarais is a tranquil way of witnessing the beauty of the Ardèche landscape. Take a 1902 steam engine ride from Tournon to Lamastre. Themed trips include the chestnut festival, Ardèche under the stars, and the grape harvest.


Hot air balloon ride over the Rhône-Alpes
The hot air balloon was invented in 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers, who came from a long line of paper manufacturers in the Ardèche. Take off from Annonay, hometown of the Montgolfiers, and sail discreetly above the Ardèche panorama. Experience a "baptême de l'air," or introductory ride, during the annual balloon launch commemorating the first human flight in 1783.


Walking trips through the Drôme villages
There is no better way to discover the inherent beauty of the Rhône-Alpes countryside than on foot. Go from village to village where you will find communities that are a lifetime away from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. Cross the Nymph Valley near La Garde Adhémar; do some migratory bird watching - the choice is yours!


Relax in a beautiful B & B in the breathtaking countryside
If you yearn for a little peace and relaxation, why not pass the time in a charming Bed and Breakfast in one of the Drôme Provençale's perched villages? The freshness of the country air and the humming of the cicadas while you receive an outdoor massage will have you rejuvenated in no time!


Flight over the Vercors
If you are courageous, an adventure high above the roads of the Drôme is the way to experience the region. Travel amongst the valleys and mountains in a two or four-seater plane, and see France from a completely new perspective.


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Further France holiday excursion ideas:
Sporting Events
Discover a French Trade
Beyond the Rhône-Alpes

Chemin de Fer du Vivarais

The view from above - Copyright Ardèche Montgolfières

Le Poët-Laval

Copyright Maison de la Pra

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