15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Clermont-Ferrand
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Brussels

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Le Lac Chambon and Lac Pavin. Visit Chateau de Tournoel and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption for their historical value. Explore Clermont-Ferrand's surroundings by going to Chateau de Murol (in Murol), Le Mont-Dore (Cascade du Rossignolet, Telepherique du Sancy, &more) and L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine (in City of Issoire). There's more to do: stroll through Volcano Park of Lemptegy and examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand holiday builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Clermont-Ferrand to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, steep yourself in history at Statue de Notre Dame de France, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the striking features of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, and finally appreciate the history behind Pont Vieux. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de la Chaise-Dieu, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay attractions planning site.

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 July, daytime highs in Le Puy-en-Velay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 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. Let the collections at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais and L'Artisan Nougatier capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Roure and Le Museum de l’Ardeche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Bois de Paiolive (in Les Vans) and Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Bidon). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, and have fun at Accroche Toi Aux Branches.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Le Puy-en-Velay to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in July: high temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Annecy

— 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval and River Rafting & Tubing. Ville Ancienne and Palais de l'Ile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Cascade du Rouget (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval), Le Col de la Forclaz (in Talloires) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette, don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy holiday website.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Annecy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Annecy: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet, then head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, and finally stroll through Brevent Cable Car.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix day trip app.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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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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