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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Route & dates

1
Chamonix
— 3 nights
2
Samoens
— 1 night
3
Annecy
— 3 nights
4
Castellane
— 2 nights
5
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
6
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 1 night
7
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vallee Blanche and Glacier des Bossons. Escape the urban bustle at Aiguille du Midi and Aiguilles Rouges. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, stroll through Domaine des Planards, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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 6.5-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
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

1
night
Samoens

Samoens ©
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle, thenget outside with Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally head outdoors with Cascade du Rouget.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Samoens trip itinerary maker site.

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 °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Samoens

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval
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Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval ©
Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval
River Rafting & Tubing
Cascade du Rouget ©
Cascade du Rouget

3
nights
Annecy

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get outdoors at Reve d'Eau and Parasailing & Paragliding. Ville Ancienne and Palais de l'Ile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Annecy to Grenoble to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip planner.

You can 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 in Annecy, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Reve d'Eau, Les Gorges du Fier, Ville Ancienne, Mont Saleve, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve

2
nights
Castellane

Castellane ©
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.

Plan my day in Castellane using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Castellane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Annecy in August, with highs in Castellane at °C and lows at °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

Side Trip

Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc ©
Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc
Climbing Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

2
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. On the 4th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Saint Marcel, thenvisit La Ferme aux Crocodiles, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Escale Aventure, and finally relax in the rural setting at La Miellerie J.D Granade. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, thenpaddle 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 °C and lows of °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

Side Trips

La Miellerie J.D Granade, Bois de Paiolive, La Ferme aux Crocodiles, Escale Aventure, Grotte de Saint Marcel
Highlights from your plan
Grotte de Saint Marcel ©
Grotte de Saint Marcel
Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc

1
night
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
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, thenadmire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay trip itinerary planning app.

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 °C and lows about °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

Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
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Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay ©
Chapelle des Penitents ©
Chapelle des Penitents
Statue de Notre Dame de France ©
Statue de Notre Dame de France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, thenhead 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): look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tournoel, thenexamine 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Murol, Volcano Park of Lemptegy, Lac Pavin, Chateau de Tournoel, Telepherique du Sancy
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Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel
Chateau de Murol ©
Chateau de Murol
Volcano Park of Lemptegy ©
Volcano Park of Lemptegy

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