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: Birmingham
+2
Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
1
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Salers
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
End: Birmingham

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), head outdoors with Lac Bleu. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary builder website .

Birmingham, UK to Chamonix is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Reserve Naturelle, Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, and finally take a stroll through Place des Jacobins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then get to know the fascinating history of Place des Celestins, and finally wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Nougaterie du Pont d'Arc, and then Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, and finally get outside with Alain Bateaux.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aven Grotte Forestiere, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©

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Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, get outside with Chemin de Stevenson, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, then contemplate the long history of Statue de Notre Dame de France, and finally look for gifts at Espace Pages.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Le Puy-en-Velay road trip app .

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Le Puy-en-Velay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Le Puy-en-Velay is slightly colder than Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - with highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
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Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe ©
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Statue de Notre Dame de France ©
Statue de Notre Dame de France
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Château de Murol en Saint-Amant, get outside with Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy, then examine the collection at ASM EXPERIENCE - L'immersion Rugby, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Auvergne Giro Passion, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Parentignat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Ferreol, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Clermont-Ferrand sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salers.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Auvergne Giro Passion, Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy, Chateau de Parentignat, Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet, Eglise Saint-Ferreol
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Auvergne Giro Passion ©
Auvergne Giro Passion
Cascade du Queureuilh et du Rossignolet ©
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port ©
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port

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Salers

Salers ©
Salers is a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France.It is famous for the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) cheeses Cantal and Salers. Step out of the city life by going to Golf Val Saint Jean and Grand Site de France Puy Mary - Volcan du Cantal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Burons de Salers and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien. Explore Salers' surroundings by going to La Vinzelle (in Grand-Vabre), Chateau d'Auzers (in Auzers) and Chateau de Laroque (in Laroquebrou). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Mathieu de Salers, get engrossed in the history at Musee de Salers Maison dite des Templiers, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de la Tremoliere.

Make your Salers itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Salers in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salers

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Golf Val Saint Jean, Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien, La Vinzelle, Chateau d'Auzers, Chateau de la Tremoliere
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Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien ©
Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien
Chateau d'Auzers ©
Chateau d'Auzers
Chateau de la Tremoliere ©
Chateau de la Tremoliere