20 days in Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta & Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

20 days in Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta & Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
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Courmayeur, Italy
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 4 nights
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Aubenas, France
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Turin, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turin: Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (in Aosta) and Ceresole Reale (Colle del Nivolet & Lago Serru). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, grab your bike and head to Anemos - PedalaTo, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Turin driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Turin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Turin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Courmayeur.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Courmayeur, Italy

— 3 nights
Courmayeur is a town and comune in northern Italy, in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley. Explore Courmayeur's surroundings by going to Lago d'Arpy (in Morgex), Lago di San Grato (in Valgrisenche) and Cascate del Rutor (in La Thuile). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Val Ferret, explore the activities along Lago di Liconi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison, and relax and rejuvenate at QC Terme Pre Saint Didier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Courmayeur travel planner.

Drive from Turin to Courmayeur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Courmayeur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Chamonix, France

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to see Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Getting from Courmayeur to Chamonix by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Annecy, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage (in Talloires), Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Grenoble). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at La Tournette, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Annecy holiday maker site.

Drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then take in the views from Pont Raymond Barre, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lyon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Aubenas, France

— 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 30th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Le Museum de l’Ardeche, take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, and then head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, then Head underground at Escale Aventure, and then let your taste buds guide you at Domaine Alain Dumarcher.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aubenas holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Aubenas in 2.5 hours. In August in Aubenas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Aubenas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand, France

— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clermont-Ferrand: Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune), Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic) and Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Vulcania and identify plant and animal life at Volcano Park of Lemptegy.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand journey planner.

Getting from Aubenas to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Aubenas in August; daily highs in Clermont-Ferrand reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Piedmont travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Art Museums · Landmarks
Bordered by the Alps on three sides and often overlooked by casual tourists, the Piedmont region is famous for its wines, including Moscato D'Asti, Barolo, and Barbera, to name just a few. Piedmont's cuisine is renowned throughout Italy. Its exotic white truffles--a precious ingredient used in first-class restaurants around the world--are often compared to gold because of their staggering cost. An ideal holiday destination for foodies, the region is also known for its thriving industries of fresh produce, nuts, and chocolates. There are many places to visit in Piedmont, including several medieval castles, trendy spa resorts, and cities with both historical attractions and modern industries.

Valle d'Aosta travel guide

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Spas · Castles · Ski Areas
Though Valle d'Aosta is Italy's smallest region, it contains the highest peaks of the Alps, including the "roof of the old continent," Mont Blanc. This area is an outdoor adventure lover's dream vacation, with myriad climbing and hiking opportunities above the valley floor. Valle d'Aosta is known around the world for its major climbing routes, many of which have made mountaineering history. In the winter, the valley is at the heart of the Italian skiing experience with several top-notch ski resorts. Many visitors include attractions such as Roman monuments, medieval castles, and Romanesque churches on their itinerary. Since ancient times, Valle d'Aosta has been an important crossroads of the Western Alps. Today, it's linked with France and Switzerland through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and the Little and Big Saint Bernard passes.

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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