Excursions

Excursion 1 : Historical Grenoble and Grenoble Museum

Wednesday, May 23 (walking tour, 14-17h)

Meeting point : Gare du Telepherique Bastille (Bastille cable-car station on the Isere river southern bank) at 2 pm.

A guided walking tour through historical Grenoble downtown, former capital of Dauphine. You will discover the roman fundations, historical squares, the XIIIth century cathedral, XVIIth century palaces, and other hidden places in the city center.

After the tour, your guide will lead you through the XXth century painting collections of Musee de Grenoble, one of the best collections in Europe hosted in a modern architecture building. The collection includes artwork by Matisse, Picasso, Léger, Signac, and others.

See the web site of Grenoble Tourist Office and of Musee de Grenoble

Excursion 2 : Grande Chartreuse Monastery and Wine Cellars

Wednesday, May 23 (bus tour and visit, 14-18h)

Meeting point : Gare du Telepherique Bastille (Bastille cable-car station on the Isere river southern bank) at 2 pm.

A bus will take you through the scenic Chartreuse moutain range bordering Grenoble to the Grande Chartreuse Monastery (XIIth century) where a guided tour of the Museum will be offered. On the way back, you will stop in Voiron to visit the Caves de la Chartreuse, the world’s largest liquor cellars, and taste their products.

Note : the bus trip is about 1.5h long through a spectacular (but winding) mountain road.

See the web site of the Grande Chartreuse Museum and of Caves de la Chartreuse

Excursion 3 : "Bastille" Via Ferrata

Wednesday, May 23 (via ferrata, 14-17h)

Meeting point : Pont de la Porte de France (main bridge over the Isere river) at 1:50 pm. In case of bad weather, this excursion will be cancelled.

Starting from Grenoble downtown (220 meters), the Via Ferrata climbs up to the "Bastille" (440 meters), a XIXth century fort overlooking the city with a very nice view on the Mont Blanc. The climbing consists of 2 parts, one aerial and one athletic, each about 45 minutes long. From the top, you can either walk down through the Bastille gardens to the city center (0.5h) or take the famous cable car over the Isere river (4 euros).

Note : this guided activity is open to everyone with a good fitness condition not suffering from fear of heights. The climbing material will be provided except for shoes (hiking shoes are preferable but trainers will do).

See the Via Ferrata website and the Bastille website