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1. Caves of Cerdon + Caves of La Balme

Grottes du Cerdon  + Grottes de La Balme

Beautiful area in Southern Jura. This is an outstanding caving attraction. There are two famous tourist caves. The Saint-Julien cave has been available for public since 1930s. Temperature inside is between 0 and 14 °. The cave of Labalme was visited by King François. There is a siphon that was once a cave diving record. More info on this website.

2. Caves of Cerdon + Dinoplagne (Plagne dinosaur trail)

Grottes du Cerdon + Dinoplagne (piste de dinosaures de Plagne)

The Plagne sauropod trail: the longest dinosaur trail in the world recently discovered in the South Jura massif. More info here.

3. Cluse des Hôpitaux Geological and heritage excursion

Cluse des Hôpitaux  Excursion géologique et patrimoniale

La Cluse des Hôpitaux: a beautiful canyon of 400 m deep with a variety of archaeological and speleological hotspots.

4. Caves of Soyons (village and castle of Crussol)

 4. Grottes de Soyons (village et château de Crussol)Caves of Soyons

Immerse yourself in this prehistory since neanderthals used to live in these caves over 100,000 years ago till the middle age. This site has a huge archaeological importance. There are two different limestone caves with large network of underground galleries connecting various chambers. One of them is the famous Trou du Renard (foxhole). There are many prehistoric wall paintings, some of which are quite impressive.

The Château de Crussol is a 12th century limestone castle in the commune of Saint-Péray that rises above the valley of Rhône and overlooks its famous vineyards.

5. Choranche caves + visit to the Vercors plateau

Choranche caves + visit to the Vercors plateau

The caves of Choranche, wonder of the Vercors with its new facilities + visit to the Vercors plateau (part of the Coufin-Chevaline network, near the Gournier cave).

6. Caves of Choranche + SAS Méaudre

Caves of Choranche + SAS Méaudre

The caves of Choranche, marvel of the Vercors with its new developments.

The artificial caving structure located in Méaudre sur le Vercors was created on the initiative of the French Federation of Speleology under the leadership of José Mulot. It was inaugurated in 2018.

7. Caves of Choranche + SAS Méaudre + Cave of Thais

Caves of Choranche + SAS Méaudre + Cave of Thais

The Thaïs caves are famous for their Prehistory, their siphon, in the picturesque setting of the Bourne gorges, at the foot of the Vercors.

8. Caves of La Balme + museum + walk on the Hières-sur-Amby plateau (LARINA site)

Caves of La Balme + museum + walk on the Hières-sur-Amby plateau (LARINA site)

The cave of Labalme visited by King François 1st is a marvel of the Dauphiné. Its siphon was once a record for underground diving.

Hyères sur Amby archaeological museum linked to the Larina plateau. Tabular karst / glacial striations / Merovingian tombs.

9. Sassenage vats (Berger gouffre exurgence) + visit to the Vercors plateau

Sassenage vats (Berger gouffre exurgence) + visit to the Vercors plateau

The Cuves de Sassenage, at the bow of the northern Vercors, constitute the exsurgence of the waters of the Gouffre Berger (- 1271m). They offer a tourist route with aesthetic forms of erosion. The visit of the limestone plateau of Vercors with gorges.

10. Visit of Lyon (visit of old Lyon Unesco heritage + traditional meal + confluence museum)

Visit of Lyon (visit of old Lyon Unesco heritage + traditional meal + confluence museum)

Lyon: trip to Lyon. Visit of Old Lyon (UNESCO Heritage), traditional meal at the famous Brasserie Georges and visit to the Confluence museum

11. Beaujolais (visit Oenoparc)

Beaujolais (visit Oenoparc)

Le Beaujolais: Tasting and traditional catering planned on the Oenoparc site in Romanèche Thorins. Visit of Beaujolais. Geological route in the Geopark (UNESCO Heritage-69)

12. Caves of Azé & Blanot + Solutré Museum

Caves of Azé & Blanot + Solutré Museum

The caves of Azé and Blanot belong to the karsts explored from the 18thth century in the Monts du Maconnais wine region. In Azé, the explorations continue in the prehistoric cave. The Museum of the eponymous site of Solutré-Pouilly is in the middle of the vineyards and offers a panorama of its famous rock.

13. Grottes des Echelles (Chartreuse) + heritage visit

Grottes des Echelles (Chartreuse) + heritage visit

The Echelles cave is located in Chartreuse, not far from the Congress. It offers several sites and underground canyon near the Sardinian way and its monument, recalling the possession of Savoies by the kingdom of Sardinia (attachment to France in 1860; Napoleon 1st will have it replaced by a tunnel in 1804) + visit St Hugues chapel at St Pierre Chartreuse.

14. Grottes des Echelles (Chartreuse) + Museum of the Bear in Entremont-le-Vieux

Grottes des Echelles (Chartreuse) + Museum of the Bear in Entremont-le-Vieux

The Echelles cave (see excursion 13)

The Bear Museum in Entremont-le-Vieux takes us to the distant ages of the Massif du Granier which has a karst network of more than 50 km where the Balme in Collomb served as a hibernation place for thousands of bears caves from - 45,000 years old.

15. Speleological excursion in the Prérouge cave and the water supply basin in the Bauges.

Speleological excursion in the Prérouge cave and the water supply basin in the Bauges.

The Pré-Rouge cave and the Bange cave belong to the Massif des Bauges. In these mountains, systems of more than 50 km have been dug and constitute a unique heritage.

Pré-Rouge: quite physical but horizontal speleological activity. Bange: fairly easy underground hike. Above, the Montagny plateau drains water towards the temporary resurgence of Pré-Rouge which feeds the Chéran canyon within the Regional Natural Park.

16. Margériaz karst path (Massif des Bauges)

Margériaz karst path (Massif des Bauges)

The karst path from Margeriaz to Aillon-le-Jeune allows you to discover the Massif des Bauges and its typical landscapes with views of the internal Alps. From 2 to 4 hours of hiking up to 1600 m altitude with marked route.

17. Suspended path of the Sierroz gorges (Grésy-sur-Aix)

Suspended path of the Sierroz gorges (Grésy-sur-Aix)

Suspended path of the Sierroz Gorges. Spectacular canyon course near the congress site.

18. Mines and museum of St Georges d'Hurtières

Mines and museum of St Georges d'Hurtières

St Georges d'Hurtières mine museum: old iron mine. Children's workshops + an access route (1 hour) to visit the Sainte-Barbe gallery.

19. Circus of Saint-Even and visit to the source of Guiers Vif + museum of the Bear

Circus of Saint-Even and visit to the source of Guiers Vif + museum of the Bear

Circus of St Even in Chartreuse. Visit of the sources of Guiers Vivid. At the bottom of the circus, approach these emblematic karst sites alongside systems of more than 70 km. Simple underground visit possible.

20. Caving outing: Grotte de la Diau (entrance area) + walk on Parmelan

Caving outing: Grotte de la Diau (entrance area) + walk on Parmelan

Grotte de la Diau and plateau du Parmelan: easy underground and mountain hike for regular walkers.

Discovery of this massif, the main outlet of the system and the history of the explorations of a 45 km network for 720 m of vertical drop.

21. Excursion to Chamonix

Excursion to Chamonix

Approach to the Mont Blanc Massif. Visit of Chamonix (possibilities of sea ice excursions, pic du midi,…)

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