16 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

16 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Clermont-Ferrand
— 7 nights
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Le Mont-Dore
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand

— 7 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilique Saint-Amable, Le Puy du Pariou, Puy des Goules, and other attractions. Get out of town with these interesting Clermont-Ferrand side-trips: Eglise de Saint-Nectaire (in Saint-Nectaire) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano and identify plant and animal life at Volcano Park of Lemptegy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand travel planner.

London, UK to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Clermont-Ferrand, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Le Mont-Dore.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Le Mont-Dore

— 4 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lac d'Aydat, Vallee de Chaudefour, Telepherique du Sancy, and other attractions you added.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Le Mont-Dore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Mont-Dore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Le Mont-Dore sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Le Mont-Dore

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lyon

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Le Mont-Dore to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums

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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