20 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

20 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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20 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: London
Train:  7 h 30 min
1
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Les Houches
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Annecy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Lyon
— 3 nights
Tram + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: London

4
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande. Escape the urban bustle at Bois de Paiolive and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Vacanisport (in Saint-Jean-de-Maruejols-et-Avejan), Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Saint-Marcel-d'Ardeche) and Maison Jean Ferrat (in Antraigues-sur-Volane). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc, look for gifts at La Miellerie des Garrigues, and Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc travel planner.

London, UK to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is an approximately 7.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London 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 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Les Houches.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Remeze, Maison Jean Ferrat, Aven Grotte Forestiere, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Bois de Paiolive
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Grotte de Saint Marcel ©
Grotte de Saint Marcel
Kayaking & Canoeing
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc

6
nights
Les Houches

Les Houches ©
Les Houches is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.OverviewLes Houches, located 6 kilometres from Chamonix, is a ski resort with a domain which extends from an altitude of 950 metres up to 1900 metres. Take a break from the city and head to Les Gorges de la Diosaz and Brevent Cable Car. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier des Bossons and Les Houches. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Samoens), Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval) and Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy (in Passy). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, identify plant and animal life at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, head outdoors with Mont-Blanc Escalade, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Les Houches travel planning tool .

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Les Houches in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Les Houches

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Chamonix, Passy, Reserve Naturelle, River Rafting & Tubing, Cascade de l'Arpenaz
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Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi

6
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Pont des Amours. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Les Gorges du Fier. Go for a jaunt from Annecy to Angon to see Cascade d'Angon about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe, don't miss a visit to Le Paquier, test your problem-solving skills at Mysteres du Lac, and get outside with Le Thiou.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip builder website .

You can drive from Les Houches to Annecy in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, Plages de Saint Jorioz, Plage Municipale de Menthon Saint Bernard, Cascade d'Angon
Highlights from your plan
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Kids will enjoy The Caves of La Balme and Parc de la Tete d'Or. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Roche de Solutre and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon holiday planning website .

You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Lyon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Roche de Solutre, Les Grottes de La Balme, Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine, Mini World Lyon
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Les Grottes de La Balme ©
Les Grottes de La Balme
La Roche de Solutre ©
La Roche de Solutre

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