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France - French Alps & the Jura Mountains (Chapter)

10th Edition Mar 2013

This is the French Alps & the Jura Mountains chapter from Lonely Planet's France guidebook.

Europe's Alpine heartland is a place of boundless natural beauty with colossal peaks, wondrous white glaciers and sapphire lakes. As the mountains taper north to Lake Geneva, the picture softens into Jura: a soothingly green region of rounded heights and vine-wreathed villages.

  • do a Bond, swooshing down the slopes in Chamonix in the distinctive shadow of Mont Blanc
  • maps
  • get dizzy on the winding drive to Briançon through the dramatic Parc National des Ećrins
  • transport
  • delve into castles, medieval lanes and a crystal-clear lake in dreamy Annecy
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Savoy, Chamonix, Megève & St-Gervais, Les Portes du Soleil, Thonon-les-Bains, Yvoire, Annecy & around, Chambéry & around, Les Trois Vallées, Val d'Isère, Parc National de la Vanoise, Dauphiné, Grenoble & Around, Briançon, the Jura Mountains, Besançon & around, Poligny to Région des Lacs, Belfort, Ronchamp, Métabief & around, and Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura.

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