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

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

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly
1
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hauterives
Drive
4
Clairvaux-les-Lacs
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Brussels

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), wander the streets of La Place Bellecour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or and then wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lyon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 1 night
You've now added Mont Gerbier de Jonc to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Chateau de Bouzols and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Gerbier de Jonc.

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You can drive from Lyon to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in July, things will get a bit cooler in Le Puy-en-Velay: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hauterives.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hauterives

Hauterives is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Le Parc des Perroquets and then pause for some photo ops at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hauterives trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Hauterives takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hauterives are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Clairvaux-les-Lacs.

Things to do in Hauterives

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Clairvaux-les-Lacs

— 2 nights
Clairvaux-les-Lacs is a commune in the Jura department in Franche-Comté in eastern France.World heritage siteIt is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements that are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Plage du Grand Lac de Clairvaux, then don't miss a visit to Cascades du Hérisson, and then look for gifts at Boissellerie du Herisson. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Fromagerie Biologique, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs, then steep yourself in history at Villa Palladienne, and finally stop by Chocolats Hirsinger.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Clairvaux-les-Lacs trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Hauterives to Clairvaux-les-Lacs in 3 hours. In July in Clairvaux-les-Lacs, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Clairvaux-les-Lacs

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Plage de Conjux. Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Gorges du Fier and Plages de Saint Jorioz. Change things up with a short trip to Plage de Chatillon in Chindrieux (about 56 minutes away). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sevrier and take a tour by water with Annecy Boat Rental.

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Getting from Clairvaux-les-Lacs to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. Step off the beaten path and head to Vallee Blanche and Cha'Cha'Cha'. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace, stop by Snell Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chamonix vacation builder app.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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