A discovery of the Savoy

The lac du Bourget and AIX|The Royal Abbey of Hautecombe|Chambéry|The cave of scales|The village of Bonneval-sur-Arc|The Château de Miolans|

Description
Themes : heritage, nature, relaxation, family,

Regional park of Chartreuse in the Park of la Vanoise, a discovery of AIX and Hautecombe Abbey around the lac du Bourget. Then Chambery 'city of Art and history' and the House-Museum of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We then discover the beautiful villages of Bessans and Bonneval-sur-Arc as well as the cities of Albertville and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Also the natural cave of the scales and the castle of Miolans.


Accomodation
Inter Hotel L'IroKo, Aix-les-Bains, France (en)
Hôtel
Located at Lac du Bourget Port, the 3-star L’IroKo hotel offers accommodation with a unique African-style décor, and is surrounded by parks and a lake....
Hotel ibis Chambery, Chambéry, France (en)
Hôtel
Located 5 km from the centre of Chambéry and 1 km from the A43 motorway, this ibis hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access....
Bed and Breakfast La Paillotte, Albertville, France (en)
Hôtel
Offering a heated outdoor pool and panoramic views of the valley, La Paillotte is a B&B located in Albertville. Free WiFi access is available....
The stages
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Aix-les-Bains
Rising on the banks of the largest lake of France, the lac du Bourget and placed in the heart of the mountains, Aix-les-Bains asserts itself as a haven of rest and healing. It is a seaside resort with beaches and water activities located in the heart of a beautiful nature.
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The Royal Abbey of Hautecombe
Overlooking the lac du Bourget, the Royal Abbey of Hautecombe is located in an enchanting place. In a Gothic style, the Interior of the Abbey of Hautecombe presents many paintings, bas-reliefs, frescoes and statues, including a wonderful Pietà of Benedict Cacciatori (1830).
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Chambéry
Historic capital of Savoie, Chambéry is a city of Art and history. The beautifully restored old town is dominated by the castle of the Dukes of Savoy, one of the most curious old quarters which are in France. Chambéry museums are worth the visit.
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The House of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Les Charmettes)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau stayed at les Charmettes with Madame de Warens between 1734 and 1742. He describes this place the "Confessions" and "Reveries of a solitary walker". It is a key place to understand Rousseau, writer and philosopher, the seeds of his ideas in the contemporary world.
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The cave of scales
The scales is located at the western end of the Chartreuse massif in a canyon carved by a torrent. The cave would have served once cache to the smuggler Louis Mandrin to escape the soldiers of King Louis XV.
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The Château de Miolans
The castle of the Miolans is a masterpiece of military architecture of the XIth century. It controlled one of the access roads to the Alps, it was one of the most important castles in Savoy. It then became the state prison castle of the House of Savoy until 1722.
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Albertville
Its geographical location in the heart of the Alps and mountain helped Albertville to host the XVIth Winter Olympics of 1992. This sporting event made the city worldly known. The Savoyard city is classified "City and country of Art and history".
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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
In its long history, St.-Jean-de-Maurienne retains a rich heritage. The King of Burgundy Guntram made the city the seat of a bishopric. It is in this city Joseph Opinel in 1890 invented the famous small knife sold worldwide.
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Bessans
The village of Bessans is located in the majestic setting of the high peaks of 3'000 metres of the Vanoise national park. Its position allowed the development of sports activities in winter and summer. The village houses a Baroque religious art jewel with frescoes from the XVth century the chapel of Saint-Antoine.
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Bonneval-sur-Arc
The village of Bonneval-sur-Arc is nestled at the foot of the col de L'iseran and the heart of the Vanoise national park. Ranked amongst the «Most beautiful villages in France», its authenticity is a wonderful example of what was life in the Alps.
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