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Quaint villages nestled in valleys, world-class ski resorts and the cultured city of Grenoble make Isère stand out in France. This area is the famous home of the 1968 Winter Olympics as well as acclaimed snowy valleys, such as Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Enjoy a skiing holiday on the fresh snow of the Alps after a trip to the museums and churches of Grenoble.
Locals speak French, as the regional Dauphinois language gradually died out.
After arriving in Grenoble, take a minute to observe the snow-capped mountains enclosing the city. Take the cable car up to Bastille, a fortress 1,561 feet (476 meters) above sea level. Admire the stunning views of the city from up high. Make your way back to the city center to get a sense of the culture and history. Peruse the Museum of Grenoble, which was founded in 1798. It has an eclectic collection of ancient and modern art.
Take a trip to the Chartreuse Mountains just 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Grenoble to see the museum dedicated to the nearby monastery in the forest. Stroll through the valleys and trees of this scenic area and learn about the head monastery of the Carthusian order.
To the southwest are the fascinating caves of Grotte de Choranche. Fluorescent lights illuminate the incredible features inside the caves. See the subterranean lake and cascades.
Take up thrilling sports, such as hand-gliding and paragliding, in Lumbin. The village, which is 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Grenoble, holds the Icarus Cup annually in early autumn. It is a festival with intriguing competitions, including a masquerade flight contest.
Enjoy a ski trip at the Les Deux Alpes or Alpe d’Huez resorts, where there are slopes for beginners and experts. Bars and restaurants are dotted around the scenic mountain valleys.
Isère sits in the Rhône-Alpes region, very close to the nation’s border with Italy. Get a flight to Grenoble-Isère Airport, in the heart of the district. The large city of Lyon lies just outside the department, while Marseille is a 160-mile (260-kilometer) journey south.
The snow-capped mountains and valleys will make a long-lasting impression during your time in Isère.
Located in Grenoble City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Grenette, Museum of Grenoble, and Museum of Resistance and Deportation. Dauphinois Museum and Place Paul Mistral are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Grenoble, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Minatec. Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car and Jardin de Ville are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Grenoble, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summum and Palais des Congres Alpexpo. Place Paul Mistral and Museum of Resistance and Deportation are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Grenoble, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of MC2, Place Paul Mistral, and Museum of Resistance and Deportation. Museum of Grenoble and Dauphinois Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located near the slopes, this Chamrousse residence is in the mountains, within 12 mi (20 km) of France Aventures Chamrousse and Golf Club d'Uriage, and close to winter sports such as skiing lessons. Parcours de Bresson and Palais des Congres Alpexpo are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Moirans, this hotel is 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from Chartreuse Cellars and within 12 mi (20 km) of Prieure de Chirens and Chateau de Sassenage. Cuves de Sassenage and ESRF are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in the heart of Bourgoin-Jallieu, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Stade Pierre Rajon and within 6 mi (10 km) of Isle d'Abeau Golf Club and Chapelle Sainte-Anne. Saint-Theudere Church of Saint-Chef and Circuit du Laquais are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Chesnes, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Church of Saint Quentin Fallavier, Allinges Fortified Houses, and Chateau de Fallavier. Eurexpo Lyon and Chateau de Moidiere are also within 12 mi (20 km).