15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Itinerary

15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes & Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Samoens
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castellane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 1 night
Drive
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Chamonix

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lac Blanc and Glacier des Bossons. Escape the urban bustle at Aiguille du Midi and Les Gorges de la Diosaz. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguilles Rouges, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, admire all the interesting features of Brevent Cable Car, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chamonix online tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Chamonix is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Samoens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Samoens

— 1 night
Samoëns is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Reserve Naturelle, then get outside with Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally head outdoors with Cascade du Rouget.

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Drive from Chamonix to Samoens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Samoens

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get outdoors at Reve d'Eau and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Ville Ancienne and Palais de l'Ile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Annecy travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Samoens to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Castellane.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Castellane

— 2 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pont du Roc, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

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Traveling by car from Annecy to Castellane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Annecy in August, with highs in Castellane at 37°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 2 nights
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. On the 4th (Tue), Head underground at Grotte de Saint Marcel, get in on the family fun at La Ferme aux Crocodiles, then Head underground at Escale Aventure, and finally relax in the rural setting at La Miellerie J.D Granade. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take a peaceful walk through Bois de Paiolive.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Castellane to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 1 night
On the 6th (Thu), admire the striking features of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents.

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You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, things will get a bit cooler in Le Puy-en-Velay: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

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 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, then head outdoors with Lac Pavin, and then take in the awesome beauty at Telepherique du Sancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Volcano Park of Lemptegy, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel, then examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Clermont-Ferrand can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · River Rafting & Tubing · Canyons