12 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Itinerary

12 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
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Beaune
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grignan
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Chamonix is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 4th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sevrier and then kick back and relax at Plages de Saint Jorioz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier and then contemplate the long history of Abbaye d'Hautecombe.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Annecy attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Beaune

— 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
On the 6th (Fri), do a tasting at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Rochepot and then do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Beaune sightseeing app.

Getting from Annecy to Beaune by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Beaune, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Beaune

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine Of St. Joseph, admire the striking features of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Statue de Notre Dame de France, then admire the landmark architecture of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, and finally explore the ancient world of Chateau de Bouzols.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Le Puy-en-Velay trip builder website.

You can drive from Beaune to Le Puy-en-Velay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Le Puy-en-Velay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grignan.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grignan

— 1 night
Grignan is a commune in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.It has a magnificent Renaissance castle and is mentioned in the letters that Madame de Sévigné wrote to her daughter, Madame de Grignan, in the 17th century.GeographyGrignan is located in the south of the Drôme department, near the border of the neighbouring Vaucluse department, and close to Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence.To visit Grignan, take the A7 autoroute and use either exit #18, Montélimar Sud, or #19, Bollène.AgricultureThe main crops produced in the area are lavender, truffles, wheat, and sunflowers. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): try out the rides at La Ferme aux Crocodiles and then Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Commanderie de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers, then revel in the low prices at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Grignan.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grignan holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Grignan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in July: high temperatures in Grignan hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grignan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cite medievale de Perouges and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary site.

Getting from Grignan to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.4
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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Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards