14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Barcelonnette Itinerary

14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Barcelonnette Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durham
Train + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Aubenas
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Barcelonnette
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Grenoble
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Annecy
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Chamonix
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
End: Durham

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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and get your game on at SENSAS Lyon.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Durham, UK to Lyon is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in June, with highs in Lyon at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aubenas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Aubenas in 2.5 hours. June in Aubenas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelonnette.

Things to do in Aubenas

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Natural History Museum of The Ardeche
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GEO Ardeche Canyon ©
GEO Ardeche Canyon
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche

2
nights
Barcelonnette

Barcelonnette is a commune of France and a subprefecture in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. On the 25th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musee de la Vallee - La Sapiniere, then play a few rounds at Golf du Bois Chenu, then make a trip to Col de la Bonette, and finally make a splash at Jungle Wake Park Jausiers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then cool off at Waterworld, then head outdoors with Lac de Serre-Poncon, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Boscodon.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Barcelonnette itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Aubenas to Barcelonnette in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aubenas in June: highs in Barcelonnette hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grenoble.

Things to do in Barcelonnette

Outdoors Theme Parks Golf

Side Trips

Jausiers, River Rafting & Tubing, Lac de Serre-Poncon, Abbaye de Boscodon, Waterworld
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Col de la Bonette ©
Col de la Bonette
Jungle Wake Park Jausiers ©
Jungle Wake Park Jausiers

2
nights
Grenoble

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
On the 27th (Sat), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then stop by Fromagerie Les Alpages, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, admire the striking features of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, then walk around Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grenoble trip planner.

You can drive from Barcelonnette to Grenoble in 3 hours. In June in Grenoble, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors ©
Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors

1
night
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Annecy trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Grenoble to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Annecy sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip app.

You can take a bus from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguilles Rouges ©
Aiguilles Rouges

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