14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Annecy
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Paderborn

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), head outdoors with Lac Pavin, make a trip to Chateau de Murol, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame d'Orcival. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Saint Saturnin, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Tournoel, then identify plant and animal life at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand journey planning app .

Paderborn, Germany to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Paderborn in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Clermont-Ferrand, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Lac Pavin, Volcano Park of Lemptegy, Chateau de Tournoel, Eglise Notre Dame de Saint Saturnin, Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude
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Notre-Dame d'Orcival ©
Notre-Dame d'Orcival
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude ©
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude

1
night
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Statue de Notre Dame de France, then admire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, and finally tee off at Golf de la Plaine.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Le Puy-en-Velay trip planner .

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Le Puy-en-Velay, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Golf de la Plaine
Highlights from your plan
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

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Grignan and Kayaking & Canoeing. Escape the urban bustle at Le Pont d'Arc and Escale Aventure. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: Bois de Paiolive (in Lablachere), Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues) and Universite du Vin (in Suze-la-Rousse). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Domaine Alain Dumarcher.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in September, expect Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Domaine Alain Dumarcher, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Escale Aventure, Bois de Paiolive, Universite du Vin
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip builder .

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Spas
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

2
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardins de l'Europe, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally wander the streets of Ville Ancienne. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, get outside with Le Col de la Forclaz, and then explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Annecy journey builder site .

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Annecy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, Ville Ancienne, Le Col de la Forclaz
Highlights from your plan
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier
Le Col de la Forclaz ©
Le Col de la Forclaz
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.
On the 13th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier des Bossons, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to Chamonix with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car