56 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

56 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 7 nights
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Annecy
— 6 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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Valence
— 6 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 6 nights
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 6 nights
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Moulins
— 5 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 6 nights
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Chamonix — 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Glacier des Bossons. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Lac de Pormenaz (in Passy), Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval) and Fromagerie Leon Rey (in Sallanches). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace, relax and rejuvenate at Snooga, and hike along Sentier de la cascade de Berard.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Chamonix is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from New York City to Chamonix, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 29:

Annecy — 6 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pont des Amours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Mont Mourex (in Grilly), Jardins Secrets (in Vaulx) and Lac Leman (in Evian-les-Bains). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont le Revard, and make a trip to La Vieille Ville.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy online road trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Annecy are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Grenoble.
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Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 4:

Grenoble — 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Opinel (in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne), Lac de Saint-Andre (in Les Marches) and Chambéry Cathedral (in Chambery). There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grenoble day trip app.

You can drive from Annecy to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Lyon — 7 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 hidden gems such as Fresque des Lyonnais and Mur des Canuts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse) and Mont Brouilly (in Saint-Lager). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Valence.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 17:

Valence — 6 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Le Jardin d'Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Valence: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives), Grignan (Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur & Chateau de Grignan) and Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valence itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lyon to Valence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Valence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 6 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Escale Aventure. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Bois de Paiolive (in Les Vans), Offroad Aventure 07 (in Lanas) and GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, browse the exhibits of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc driving holiday site.

You can drive from Valence to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.
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Le Puy-en-Velay — 6 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Mont Gerbier de Jonc. Get out of town with these interesting Le Puy-en-Velay side-trips: Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude (in Brioude), Viaduc de Garabit (in Ruynes-en-Margeride) and Le couvent (in Chazelles-sur-Lavieu).

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay vacation site.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In June, Le Puy-en-Velay is slightly colder than Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - with highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Moulins.
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Moulins — 5 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Maison Mantin and Parc Wilson. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moulins: Chateau de Saint-Geran (in Saint-Gerand-de-Vaux), Historial du paysan soldat (in Fleuriel) and Wolframine (in Echassieres).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Moulins trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Moulins takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Moulins can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.
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Clermont-Ferrand — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jardin Lecoq and L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clermont-Ferrand: Parc Animalier d'Auvergne (in Ardes), Chateau de Murol (in Murol) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). Spend the 11th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, and relax in the rural setting at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand itinerary tool.

Getting from Moulins to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly back 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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