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Introducing Savoy

‘The Alps par excellence’ could be the slogan of this northern half of the French Alps, a perfectly executed tableau of wondrous glaciers, titanic peaks, jewel-coloured lakes and dense alpine forests.

Flanked by Switzerland and Italy, Savoy rises from the southern shores of Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest alpine lake, and culminates at the roof of Europe, mighty 4810m Mont Blanc. In between is a sprinkling of legendary ski resorts like Chamonix and Val d’Isère, as well as some historical châteaux towns like Chambéry and lakeside Annecy to the southwest.

Rural life, unchanged for centuries, characterises the region’s most remote realms, like the Bauges massif (so little known it is often mistaken for the northeastern Vosges region) and the wild Parc National de la Vanoise.