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: Copenhagen
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Lyon
— 3 nights
Tram + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Copenhagen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lac d'Annecy). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, and gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Chamonix is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Annecy
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

3
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Cimes et Canyons. Step out of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to go to Saint-Montan and see Escale Aventure, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, see the interesting displays at Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, and take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Chamonix to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Escale Aventure, Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche
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Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Cimes et Canyons ©
Cimes et Canyons
Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Vulcania and Amethystes d'Auvergne will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Clermont-Ferrand side-trips: Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau (in Chambon-sur-Lac), Issoire (L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine & Auvergne Giro Passion) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Puy-de-Dome and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Clermont-Ferrand day trip planning tool .

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in July, with highs in Clermont-Ferrand at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Auvergne Giro Passion, Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau, Amethystes d'Auvergne, Chateau de Murol, Chateau de Tournoel
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Amethystes d'Auvergne ©
Amethystes d'Auvergne
Vulcania ©
Vulcania
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel

3
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.
Attractions like Parc de la Tete d'Or and Mini World Lyon make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Hauterives to see Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, look for gifts at Secrets d'Apiculteur, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip website .

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

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