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Great Alpine Road highlights the natural appeal of France tours

The variety of activity available on France tours is what makes them so appealing. Whether you like relaxing on the beach, visiting famous landmarks or spending hours in museums, you can find it in France. The country also offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and nowhere is that more evident than on the Great Alpine Road, a picturesque stretch of road through the Alps that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

You begin your journey along the Great Alpine Road in the small town of Thonon-les-Bains. From there, the road stretches 425 miles through many of the natural highlights of the French countryside. There are numerous spots throughout the drive that will stand out, including Col de Vars and Col de la Bonette, but few can compete with Col de l'Iseran, which stands as the highest mountain path in the Alps. This stretch of road sits more than 9,000 feet above sea level, and a look out your window offers a glimpse at the pristine, unspoiled landscape.

The mountains are not the only appealing aspect of the Great Alpine Road. In fact, much of the ride takes you along the banks of the beautiful Lake Geneva, which sits in the shadow of the many majestic peaks of the Alps. 

Once you reach the end of the road, your adventure is not done. The drive comes to a close in coastal town of Menton, which has plenty to offer in its own right. Situated in the French Riviera, this small town has a relaxing, Mediterranean atmosphere that will come as welcome addition to your tour of France, and it's easy to move on to the next destination, whether you want to go to nearby Nice or Monaco. 

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