16 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

16 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes route planner

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Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aubenas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellentre
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Samoens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Vulcania and Puy-de-Dome Volcano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clermont-Ferrand: Le PAL (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre), Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's still lots to do: go deep underground at Amethystes d'Auvergne and admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de la Batisse.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Clermont-Ferrand online tour itinerary planner.

Paris to Clermont-Ferrand is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aubenas

— 2 nights
Aubenas is a commune in the southern part of the Ardèche department in the Rhône Valley in southern France.It is the seat of several government offices. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get outside with GEO Ardeche Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, and then steep yourself in history at Visites guidees theatralisees de Joyeuse. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Le Museum de l’Ardeche, Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere, and then Head underground at Escale Aventure.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aubenas trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Aubenas in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in August, with highs in Aubenas at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bellentre.

Things to do in Aubenas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bellentre

— 1 night
Bellentre is a former commune in the Savoie department in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in south-eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Peisey Mountain Fly and then get outside with Reve d'Eau.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bellentre itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Aubenas to Bellentre in 3.5 hours. In August in Bellentre, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bellentre

Outdoors

Side Trip

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Aiguille du Midi and Glacier des Bossons. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get in on the family fun at Domaine des Planards, identify plant and animal life at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix online trip builder.

Getting from Bellentre to Chamonix by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Samoens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Samoens

— 2 nights
Samoëns is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get outside with Pegase, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Bourgeoise, and then trek along Pointe d'Angolon. On your second day here, get outside with Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin alpin La Jaysinia.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Samoens trip builder website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Samoens in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Samoens

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage, and finally walk around Le Grand Parc d'Andilly.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Annecy trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Samoens to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

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

Traveling by car from Annecy to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Ski Areas
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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