20 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

20 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Bourg-en-Bresse
— 11 nights
Drive
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Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Bourg-en-Bresse — 11 nights

Bourg-en-Bresse is a commune in eastern France, capital of the Ain department, and the capital of the ancient province of Bresse (Arpitan: Brêsse). Venture out of the city with trips to Tournus (Saint-Philibert de Tournus & Les Vignerons de Mancey), Hameau Duboeuf (in Romaneche-Thorins) and La Maison de La Vache qui rit (in Lons-le-Saunier). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Go & Sea, steep yourself in history at Memorial Aux Deportes de l'Ain, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Sacre-Coeur, and hit the slopes at Station de ski de Metabief.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bourg-en-Bresse day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Dole-Tavaux Airport. February in Bourg-en-Bresse sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne.
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Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne — 2 nights

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Cave des Producteurs de Julienas (Julienas Chaintre Vignerons Associes), then learn about winemaking at Domaine Luquet, then stop by La Maison du Cru Fleurie, and finally get all the information you need at Trévoux.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne vacation planner.

Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne is just a stone's throw from Bourg-en-Bresse. Traveling from Bourg-en-Bresse in March, plan for little chillier nights in Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Lyon — 3 nights

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 6th (Fri): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Lyon trip maker app.

You can drive from Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne to Lyon in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne to see Oxygene Ski School La Plagne about 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Aiguille du Midi, stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and head outdoors with Compagnie du Mont Blanc.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Landmarks
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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