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Excursion Ideas - Sporting Events

The varied geography and weather that constitute the Rhône-Alpes make it possible for any small group traveling in France to find the perfect sporting adventure. The mountains, the valleys, the rivers, the forests, the hot summers and snowy winters are all features of this wonderfully versatile region.



Sporting events (Rugby, Football, Tennis, Cycling, Marathon …)
From the Tour de France to Rugby and Soccer World Cup sites, to the 2009 Downhill Ski Championships, to annual marathons, to rowing down the Rhône River, to pétanque competitions, the Drôme has something to offer every sport fanatic!


In this vast and fascinating region of France, the golfer has his choice of course between mountain and valley for his France holiday. Grenoble- Bresson, Charmeil, and Villette-d'Anthon are just a few of the Rhône-Alpes courses to have won awards in 2008 alone!


Discover the Alps (ski, bike, snowshoe, hike)
One of the biggest mountain ranges in Europe, the Alps are known for their fabulous ski slopes, but they can also be discovered on foot, snowshoe, snowmobile, or bike. The lesser-known stations, such as Villard de Lans, are a wonderful way to discover the Alps without the crowds of the bigger stations.


Monte Carlo Rally
The Monte Carlo is the most famous of the Rally tours, ending in the glamorous city of Monte Carlo. However, many legs of the rally take place in the Drôme/Ardèche, while Valence has in the past been the official starting location of the event.


Hiking / biking tours in the Drôme-Ardèche
In addition to the intense hikes in the Alps, the Rhône-Alpes offers a plethora of treks through the canyons and gorges of the Ardèche, the forests of the Vercors Natural Reserve, the Mont Ventoux, the Diois Plateaus, and many more.


Contact Red Balloon now to begin preparing your Southeast France holiday!

Further France holiday excursion ideas:
Picturesque Countryside
Discover a French Trade
Beyond the Rhône-Alpes

Biking in the Alps

Monte Carlo Rally

Adventurous rock climbing

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