8 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

8 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Geneva, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Oslo

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Lyon

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online trip builder.

Oslo, Norway to Lyon is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in March: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Tignes

— 1 night
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head outdoors with The Development Centre - Tignes, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, stroll through British Alpine Ski School, then stop by BlackCats Tignes, and finally hit the slopes at L'Espace Killy.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tignes holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Tignes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a shuttle. In March in Tignes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Val Thorens

— 1 night
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then learn and have fun at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Cool.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tignes to Val Thorens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

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Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to La Vieille Ville, explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and then hike along Randonnee La Montagne du Taillefer.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Annecy trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then stroll through Aiguille du Midi, and finally get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix route builder app.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
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Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Ski Areas
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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