12 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

12 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Annecy
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Aubenas
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand — 3 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel and then get in on the family fun at Vulcania.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand trip itinerary maker website.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then explore the activities along Lake Annecy. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then snap pictures at Pont des Amours.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Annecy day trip planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in August, expect nights in Annecy to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, get outside with Brevent Cable Car, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aubenas.
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Aubenas — 2 nights

Aubenas is a commune in the southern part of the Ardèche department in the Rhône Valley in southern France.It is the seat of several government offices. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get interesting insight from GEO Ardeche Canyon.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aubenas online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Aubenas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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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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