13 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

13 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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13 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
+3
Bus + Subway + Fly + Tram:  20​h 30​min
1
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Aubenas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Annecy
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
End: Chattanooga

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, stop by La boutique de Mathilde, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon driving holiday planner .

Chattanooga, USA to Lyon is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Lyon. Traveling from Chattanooga in June, things will get slightly colder in Lyon: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get outside with Auvergne Giro Passion and then contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano. On your second day here, make a trip to Chateau de Tournoel and then find something for the whole family at Vulcania.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand road trip website .

Getting from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, plan for little chillier nights in Clermont-Ferrand, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Auvergne Giro Passion, Chateau de Tournoel, Vulcania
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Auvergne Giro Passion ©
Auvergne Giro Passion
Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Vulcania ©
Vulcania

2
nights
Aubenas

Aubenas ©
Aubenas is a commune in the southern part of the Ardèche department in the Rhône Valley in southern France.It is the seat of several government offices. On the 8th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere, then see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, and then explore the stunning scenery at Base Canyon de la Besorgues. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get outside with GEO Ardeche Canyon and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aubenas trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Aubenas in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in June; daily highs in Aubenas reach 83°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Aubenas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Base Canyon de la Besorgues
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GEO Ardeche Canyon ©
GEO Ardeche Canyon
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

3
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"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.
Change things up with a short trip to Room Escape Games in Annemasse (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planning tool .

You can drive from Aubenas to Chamonix in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Room Escape Games
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
River Rafting & Tubing
Parc de Merlet ©
Parc de Merlet

2
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy, and then explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Les Gorges du Fier
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier