Let’s set off along the Rhône with the programme Passe-moi les Jumelles [Pass me the Binoculars] on RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse, for a series of 13 reports from the source of the river to the Mediterranean, across Switzerland and France.

Along the Rhône

Along the Rhône?

13 episodes and a long-form article with photos on the web to discover the river with Valérie Teuscher at the pace of this video report from Swiss television.

From the source of the Rhône to its delta in the Mediterranean, 13 walks on and around its banks, between town, countryside, unique landscape and greenway.

At the source of the Rhône

From the Alpine glacier to the source of the Rhône River, the series of reports begins on the snow-capped peaks split by the Furka Pass in the north-western part of the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Stage 1: Rhône Glacier in Switzerland

Pfyn-Finges Nature Park

The journey continues through the heart of one of the largest pine forests in Central Europe to the Illibach river, a tributary on the way to the Rhône, between Upper and Lower Valais.

Stage 2: Finges wood in Switzerland

Between vineyards and footbridge

The next stop is Saillon, where some thirty grape varieties cover the slopes of the Rhône Valley, a place of legends and paths to the summits.

Stage 3: Farinet’s Saillon

On the heights of Les Mayens-de-Saxon

900 metres higher, this stage takes you to the summit of the Pierre d’Avoi for a bird’s eye view of the Rhône valley.

Stage 4: La Pierre Avoi in Switzerland

The Grangettes nature reserve

The tour continues along the Rhône shore, between the cantons of Valais and Vaud, towards the old river marshes, a natural heritage site that is now protected.

Stage 5: The Grangettes reserve in Switzerland

Lake Geneva

The largest Alpine lake in central Europe, which takes 12 years to change its waters, offers a peaceful cruise on this extra leg to Geneva.

Stage 6: Cruising on Lake Geneva between Switzerland and France

Between Switzerland and France

Last stop on Swiss soil at Chancy in the canton of Geneva before crossing the Cluse, between Fort-l’Écluse and Bellegarde, the first fortification on the banks of the Rhône in France.

Stage 7: Chancy and Fort l’Écluse between Switzerland and France

Straddling the Ain and Haute-Savoie departments

The water’s edge guides this stage between the banks of two départements, from Seyssel to Chanaz and the Savières canal, between artificial island and river tourism.

Stage 8: Canoeing from Seyssel to Chanaz in France

The ViaRhôna by bike

A new stage from the Rhône river to its banks, cycling from the Jonage canal to the large Miribel park before Lyon, the ancient capital of the Gauls and the largest city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, on the ViaRhôna.

Stage 9: On the ViaRhôna, from Jons to Lyon

Vienna, a city of art and history

Visit the city of the Allobroges and its Gallo-Roman remains in the medieval streets, from the heights of the city to the banks of the river, between the departments of Isère and Rhône.

Stage 10: Secrets of Vienne in France

Between Ardèche and Hermitage

A wine break between Saint-Joseph in the Ardèche and Hermitage in the Drôme, where the river has carved through the steep rock to form the Château de Tournon and the Marc Seguin footbridge spanning the Rhône.

Stage 12: Wine tour in Tain-l’Hermitage, France

Avignon, the city of the Popes

Another visit between the two shores of the former papal enclave that is the city of Avignon, with its palace and historic city still fortified at the foot of the Rhône.

Stage 13: The Camargue and Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône

Camargue and the Mediterranean

The final stop on this journey is Arles, the Camargue and the Rhône delta, with the Camargue nature reserve and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône at the river’s mouth on the Mediterranean.

Stage 13: The Camargue and Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône

Pass me the Binoculars along the Rhône

You can also follow the report step by step, with text, photos and panoramic views for a detailed account of each episode on the RTS website:

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