Excursions France

France attracts many tourists each year, not only due to its cultural and scenic diversity, but also due to its culinary specialities and great wines. Furthermore, the French mountain chains score with their many great trip destinations and sights. The city Grenoble, for example, lies in the middle of the picturesque French Alp landscape. Not only the numerous museums of the city have made it a centre of attraction for tourists. The lift ride to the Bastille, from where you have a wonderful view of Grenoble and the surrounding mountain range, is definitely worth your while.

Many sights in the French Alps have been shaped by nature itself. You will experience unforgettable moments during a ride with the "Télécabine Panoramic" lift at the Mont Blanc. The lift stops several times between the Pointe Helbronner and the Aiguille du Midi during the 30 minute long ride - the best scenery for taking photos of the highest mountain of the Alps (4,810 m). When it comes to the Verdon Gorge, instead of going high up, you will be going down. This canyon is 700 m deep. On the other hand, the Lac de Serre-Ponçon is man-made and it is the largest artificially installed lake in Europe. When the river Durance was ponded, many inhabitants had to yield to the lake and move away. The only remnant of the former community is the Chapel St. Michel, which was once located on a mountain that has now transformed into an island in the lake.

One particular little village in the Pyrénées attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly: pilgrims gravitate towards the churches and the famous grotto of Massabielle, because Lourdes is considered the location of the Marian apparition. The local springs are said to have healing powers. Next to Rome, it is the second biggest pilgrimage site in the world.

Some beautiful towns in the Pyrénées are, for example, Carcassonne with its medieval fortification and Colmar, the capital of the Alsatian wine and birthplace of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty. Because of the many channels that wind through Colmar, one district of the town is called "Little Venice".

A mysterious underground parallel existence distends throughout the Midi-Pyrénées. Fascinating caves have formed - an example is the Grotto de Niaux which sports very interesting cave paintings.

Resorts in France

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Resort (region) Pistes Ski area altitude
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Lift pass Nights Price from
249 km 1,120 - 3,330 m 7 291
72 km 960 - 2,460 m 7 279
115 km 1,035 - 2,765 m 7 379
90 km 1,650 - 2,250 m 7 109
83 km 1,100 - 2,200 m 7 279
150 km 1,300 - 2,738 m 7 269
265 km 700 - 2,500 m 7 309
120 km 1,800 - 2,610 m 3-7 149
100 km 1,470 - 2,510 m 7 169
65 km 1,350 - 2,750 m 7 199
225 km 1,250 - 3,250 m 4-7 209
310 km 1,100 - 2,620 m 7 199
225 km 1,600 - 3,566 m 7 189
120 km 1,350 - 2,400 m 7 209
193 km 1,200 - 3,226 m 7 369
265 km 700 - 2,500 m 7 269
225 km 1,250 - 3,250 m 7 369
160 km 1,400 - 3,200 m 7 244
100 km 1,650 - 2,720 m 7 172
445 km 1,113 - 2,350 m 7 289
150 km 1,450 - 2,952 m 3-7 179
265 km 700 - 2,500 m 7 269
185 km 1,000 - 2,069 m 7 239
100 km 1,850 - 2,725 m 7 194
150 km 900 - 3,230 m 7 229
193 km 1,200 - 3,226 m 7 349
185 km 1,000 - 2,069 m 7 219
75 km 1,400 - 2,700 m 7 134
310 km 1,100 - 2,620 m 7 179
250 km 1,200 - 2,800 m 4-7 199
153 km 1,400 - 2,550 m 7 199
100 km 1,470 - 2,510 m 7 89
150 km 1,550 - 3,456 m 7 269
125 km 1,300 - 2,800 m 7 239
230 km 1,400 - 2,600 m 7 159
150 km 1,850 - 3,300 m 7 269
65 km 1,550 - 2,737 m 7 149
150 km 1,430 - 2,600 m 7 209
115 km 1,035 - 2,765 m 7 379
150 km 1,430 - 2,600 m 7 179
153 km 1,400 - 2,550 m 4-7 199
150 km 900 - 3,230 m 3-7 159
185 km 1,650 - 2,750 m 3-7 159
249 km 1,120 - 3,330 m 7 239