Bourg d'Oisans, France - Europe
Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Grenoble - aerial panorama of the city
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6-day tour from Grenoble to Vassieux-en-Vercors
The theme of your 6-day roadtrip in the mountains takes you from the Vercors plateaux to the Oisans massif. You leave Grenoble and pass by Villard-de-Lans, the village of Oisans and Les Deux-Alpes before joining Vassieux-en-Vercors. The schedule of this tour takes you into the heart of nature: hiking, history, walks, fresh air and, why not an ascent of the Alpe d’Huez by bike for the more athletic ?
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Your tour begins in Grenoble. To understand and appreciate the city, head off early morning to the take in the panoramic views from the Bastille Fortress. On a clear day, you may get a chance to see the Mont Blanc massif. Next, head down for a walk in the old town before visiting the Stendhal museum.
After lunch, continue with the Grenoble Museum which houses some outstanding works: this is one of the most important collections of graphic art in modern art after that of the Pompidou Centre in Paris! The Grenoble architects, Antoine and Olivier Félix-Faure, were able to create a bright building opening on to the surrounding mountains.
If you’ve enough time before hitting the road, you should visit the Cathedral and Collégiale Saint-André.
At the end of the day, head towards Villard-de-Lans!
MyTripTailor advice: use the floor plan provided at the entrance to the Grenoble museum and be sure not to miss the modern art rooms, 38 and 39.
You wake in Villard-de-Lans. At the foot of the only chain of rocky mountains of Vercors, the small town nestles at the bottom of a wide valley, dominated in the east, by the jagged peaks of Roc Cornafion, Gerbier and the Grande Moucherolle. Its standing as the tourist capital of the massif is not without good reason with numerous activities for everyone.
Enjoy a morning visit to the city centre and the Maison du Patrimoine before refueling as the afternoon will be sporty!
After an hour-long journey of gondola lifts and walking you arrive at Cote 2000 at an altitude of 1,720 metres. The view, masked east and south by the eastern ridges of the Vercors (Gerbier, Moucherolle), embraces the undulating plateaus of the Lans mountains to the north and the Vercors to the west. The brown line of the Cevennes fades into the distance. Northeast, is the escape to the Mont Blanc massif.
Next head to the village of Oisans.
MyTripTailor Advice: if you have the time, take the route de Valchevrière as far as calvaire.
The village of Oisans stretches at the end of the plain, against a backdrop of impressive rock faces, and marks the entrance to Écrins, the largest and highest of the national parks. A favoured starting point for mountaineers, the village is also popular with cyclists looking to take on the prestigious passes and the ascent of Alpe-d’Huez.
Start at the Museum of Minerals and fauna of the Alps. A focal point of the National Park of Écrins, the museum occupies a part of the church in a highly original way. It offers a particularly extensive collection of alpine minerals, including a variety of quartz, as well as temporary exhibits. A space is devoted to the fauna of the Alps: animals are displayed in their natural environment. The Paleontology section allows you to discover the fossils that bear witness to the alpine upheavals.
For clear views of the basin of the village of Oisans, the peaks of the Grandes Rousses and the first summits of the massif south of the Vénéon, get to the terrace at the highest point of the promenade extending from the path to the church.
1km north-east, leave the village via the road to Briançon to see the waterfall of La Sarennes and then your final destination for the day the Deux-Alpes.
MyTripTailor Advice: Things to do with the children: the House of Fauna in Vaujany; The House of the Ibex in Rivier-d’Allemont.
You wake in Deux-Alpes. The area is famous for its slopes and young and sporty atmosphere. Here, snow is king, in winter as in summer … on the biggest glacier of Europe. Between 1,300 and 3,600 metres, you pass from the quiet villages of the valley to the exceptional high mountain panoramas of the Oisans massif.
After visiting the Saint-Benoît chapel which houses some original sculptures including a ‘way of the cross’, head to Maison de la Montagne which uses multimedia tools and taxidermy to offer an introduction to mountain wildlife.
Next kit yourself up with mountain boots, sunglasses and binoculars to take on the Mont-de-Lans glacier. On a clear day, even Mont Ventoux is visible!
At the end of the day, head to Alpe d’Huez, your penultimate stage.
MyTripTailor Tip: Kids will love the ice sculptures at the top of the Dome Express.
At 1,860m above sea level, Alpe-d’Huez is one of the most famous ski resorts of the French Alps, as well as an important hub for mountain walks and races. Thanks to the 21 bends of its access road, with slopes ranging from 8 to 14%, it’s also a legendary stage of the Tour de France which has unveiled great champions.
Connected to Auris, Oz, Vaujany and Villard-Recoilas, Alpe-d’Huez is the most important resort in the Dauphiné and has grown considerably since 1936: Beginner spaces, snow parks, nocturnal skiing and tobogganing, cross-country skiing… In summer, mountain biking and walking tours take over, with the help of ski lifts. Could you take on the famous ascent of Alpe d’huez by bike?
You leave Alpe d’huez for the last stage of your tour: Vassieux-en-Vercors where you can visit the Museum of the Vercors Resistance. The staging showcases artifacts linked to the fighting that took place in the region in 1944, which had been disorderly assembled by the founder of the museum, a former Maquisard du Vercors. The display, educational and vibrant, traces the history of the massif before the Maquis (from the end of the 19th century) and then highlights the Maquis de Vercors, the evolution of its role, the fights and its tragic end. A must see.
MyTripTailor Advice: To do with the children: the Ice grotto and the Snow factory.
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