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Holidays in the departement Isère

Discovering the dauphine alps region and its mountains

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Belledonne

Towering above the Isère valley, the Belledonne mountain chain extends from the Romanche Valley to just beyond Allevard. Its hightest point is the Grand Pic de Belledonne (2980 m).
The Grésivaudan Valley, or valley of a hundred castles, inhabits a former glacier bed. It was at Chamrousse that Jean-Claude Killy became triple champion during the 10th Winter Olympic Games in 1968 and that Henri Duhamel introduced Alpine skiing in France a little more than a century ago.
The neighboring resorts are the Collet d'Allevard, the Sept Laux, Allevard and Uriage (these last two for thermal spas).


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Oisans

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With its 100 square kilometers of glaciers, its peaks rising to near 4000 m, the Oisans is nestled between the Romanche and the Drac rivers. Its three highest summits are the Ecrins (4102m), the Pelvoux (3946m), the Meije (3983m), L'Alpe d'Huez and Les 2 Alpes, international-class resorts, offer sport-lovers, summer and winter alike, immense ski areas.
Bourg d'Oisans, gateway to the Pare des Ecrins, is the county seat of a touristic district, and the junction point of six valleys.
La Bérarde (1738 m) is the Mecca for mountain climbers. The National Park of the Ecrins covers more than 91,800 hectares, and offers numerous hiking itineraries from refuge to refuge.


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Southern Dauphine

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High plateau of approximately 900 m, stretching across 15 km north to south, from Laffrey to La Mure, the Matheysine is crossed by the Napoleon Route. A succession of four lakes of glacial origin offer the pleasures of swimming, sailing, and fishing. The medium altitude offers the possibility of a wide variety of walks. To the south of La Mure, the Valbonnais and Beaumont country, between the Drac River and the Oisans mountains, at altitudes ranging from 700 to 3500 m, is a region blessed with a remarkable micro-climate. Parallel to the Matheysin Plateau, from which it is separated by the Grand Canyon of the Drac, the Trièves plateau, at medium altitude of 800 - 1000 m, stretches from the Dévoluy mountains at the east to the Vercors at the west.
Against the backdrop of the last foothills of the Vercors, rises the high profile of the Mount Aiguille (2086 m), an impressive obelisk.Winter sports: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing. Summer tourist activities : hiking, lakes...

Vercors

© Office de Tourisme Villard de Lans - Stéphanie ODDOUX
High stronghold overlooking the Isère and Drac valleys, the Trièves and the Drôme Valley, this is the largest of the pre-Alpine mountain ranges. From North to South, the roads of Saint Nizier du Moucherotte, of the Furon canyons, of the Bourne canyons, of the Grands Goulets, are entry points leading through the most picturesque tours. This region is composed of three slightly different zones :
- the Eastern edge and its little villages,
- to the North, the four-moutains country,
- long-time tourist attraction with Villard de Lans and Autrans, Olympic resorts,
- the Southern part, more rugged, has a Mediterranean look.
The Regional Park of the Vercors covers an area of 135,000 hectares. It is located at the crossroads of the Northern and Southern Alps. Its highest point is the Grand Veymont (2341 m), Along with Villard de Lans and Autrans, one must not forget the resorts of Lans en Vercors, Méaudre, Corrençon, Gresse en Vercors, Saint Nizier du Moucherotte, the nordic zone of the Coulmes.