48 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

48 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Drive to Bourg-en-Bresse
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Bourg-en-Bresse
— 3 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Annecy
— 5 nights
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Aix-les-Bains
— 5 nights
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
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Montelimar
— 3 nights
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Valence
— 5 nights
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Saint-Etienne
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Denver

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Bourg-en-Bresse — 3 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). Get out of town with these interesting Bourg-en-Bresse side-trips: Saint-Philibert de Tournus (in Tournus), Les Pertes de le Valserine (in Bellegarde sur Valserine) and La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastere Royal de Brou, do a tasting at Cave de Vire, snap pictures at Pont-canal de Digoin, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Aux Deportes de l'Ain.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Bourg-en-Bresse trip maker.

Denver, USA to Bourg-en-Bresse is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Denver to Bourg-en-Bresse, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in June: highs in Bourg-en-Bresse hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Chamonix — 5 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.
When in Chamonix, make a side trip to see Cascade de l'Arpenaz in Sallanches, approximately Sallanches away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc de Merlet, and head outdoors with Aiguille des Grands Montets.

Start your trip to Chamonix by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Bourg-en-Bresse to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:

Annecy — 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Lac Leman (in Evian-les-Bains), Le Col de la Forclaz (in Talloires) and Basilique Saint-Francois de Sales (in Thonon-les-Bains). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette, ski along the peaceful trails at Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Chamonix to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Annecy, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aix-les-Bains.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Aix-les-Bains — 5 nights

Aix-les-Bains, locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget, this resort is one of the important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh water marina in France. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Tisserand Dauphinois (in La Batie-Montgascon), Chambery (Chambéry Cathedral & Eglise Notre Dame du Rosaire) and Caveau Bugiste (in Belley). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Village-Musee de la Combe de Savoie, appreciate the history behind Croix du Nivolet, and try your luck at Casino Grand Cercle.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aix-les-Bains online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Aix-les-Bains in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Aix-les-Bains, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grenoble.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Grenoble — 5 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monolithe de Sardiere (in Sollieres-Sardieres), Musee de la Revolution Francaise (in Vizille) and Lac de Saint-Andre (in Les Marches). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, make a trip to Gorges de la Bourne, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Mont-Cenis.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-les-Bains to Grenoble in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Grenoble sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 5 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Venture out of the city with trips to Aubenas (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & GEO Ardeche Canyon), Offroad Aventure 07 (in Lanas) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, hike along Le Cirque des Gens, take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, and learn about winemaking at Caveau de Saint Remeze - Les Vignerons des Gorges de l'Ardeche.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grenoble in July: high temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montelimar.
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

Montelimar — 3 nights

Montélimar is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. Explore Montelimar's surroundings by going to Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and Voie douce de la Payre (in Le Pouzin). Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at Rhone Wine Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse, learn about winemaking at Chateau Bizard, experience rural life at L'Essentiel De Lavande, and don't miss a visit to Collegiale Saint-Sauveur.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Montelimar trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Montelimar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Montelimar can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valence.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Valence — 5 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valence: Ferme Des Marettes (in Tournon-sur-Rhone), Le sentier du Karst (in Bouvante) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives).

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Valence tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Montelimar to Valence in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Valence sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Etienne.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Saint-Etienne — 5 nights

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Etienne: Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (in Aiguilhe), Clermont-Ferrand (Jardin Lecoq & L'Aventure Michelin) and Le Puy-en-Velay (Cathedrale Notre-Dame & Jardin Henri Vinay). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of L'hotel des Ingenieurs, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle De L'Hopital De La Charite, look for all kinds of wild species at Gorges de la Loire, and take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues Basaltiques.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Saint-Etienne travel route planner.

You can drive from Valence to Saint-Etienne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Valence in July, with highs in Saint-Etienne at 79°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:

Lyon — 5 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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon (in Dijon), Quai des Messageries (in Chalon-sur-Saone) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Saint-Etienne to Lyon in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lyon are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
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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Haute-Savoie travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Parasailing & Paragliding
Well-known for its winter sports and holiday destinations, including some of the country's best ski resorts, Haute-Savoie is a department in the Rhône-Alpes region bordering both Switzerland and Italy. You will find Lake Geneva and Switzerland to the north, the Aravis mountain ranges are southeast, and Mont Blanc, with the famous Mont Blanc Tunnel that crosses the border into Italy, to the south. This mountainous department offers great outdoor sightseeing, and has a large range of elevations from its low river valleys to its high peaks. These helped to create the second largest lake in France, Lake Annecy, and some of the best water in the world, such as Evian mineral water.
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Savoie travel guide

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Ski Areas · Outdoor Activities · Spas

Isere travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Room Escape Games · Nightlife

Ardeche travel guide

4.2
Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing

Drome travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games · Architectural Buildings

Loire travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos