Rhône Valley’s charm consists of historic stone castles, sprawling vineyards, quaint sidewalk cafes, and a vibrant culture. Lyon is the diamond of the region, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical architecture. Sampling superb local cuisine, and heading to the hilltop Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière for exceptional views over the city are two must-dos. For wine, head to the vine-clad countryside outside Valence. For history and culture, enjoy Nimes, with its ancient amphitheatre and aqueduct, and Vienne, with a host of old buildings and its annual jazz festival. Le Poet-Laval, a little town lying just outside the city of Montelimar, is one of the most beautiful villages in France.