Rhone Valley

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Rhone Valley

Peak Season: June to September

Though this region is overlooked by foreigners, it’s one of France’s most popular domestic destinations and high season unfurls here like it does everywhere else in France: with big crowds and high prices.

Off Season: January to March

Winter in the Rhone Valley is marked by cheap hotel rates, long winter nights and short days, but Lyon’s bouchons and markets bustle year round and make for ideal foodie getaways from frostier northern reaches of France and the icy northeastern U.S.

Sweet Spot: October to December; April to May

Though the vendange (wine harvest) brings in a handful of tourists in October and November, the summer throngs are gone and prices are often discounted. In April and May, both temperatures and prices are pleasant.

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