31 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

31 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes trip planner

Make it your trip
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Grenoble
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
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Samoens
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aubenas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chavaniac-Lafayette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Grenoble

— 3 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Chateau de Charmes (in Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Lanslebourg Mont Cenis (Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins & Lac du Mont-Cenis). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, tour the pleasant surroundings at Via Ferrata : Les Prises de la Bastille, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble journey maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Grenoble is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Grenoble to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 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.
When in Chamonix, make a side trip to see Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, approximately Saint-Gervais-les-Bains away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet, make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip website.

You can drive from Grenoble to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Samoens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Samoens

— 4 nights
Samoëns is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Via Ferrata La Tour du Jalouvre (in Le Grand-Bornand), Parapente Planete (in Les Carroz-d'Araches) and Grotte de Balme (in Magland). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pointe d'Angolon, head outdoors with Pegase, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle, and relax in the rural setting at La Chevrerie d'Antan.

You can plan Samoens trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Samoens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Samoens

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Step out of Annecy to go to Bellentre and see Reve d'Eau, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, get outside with Roc de Chere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Randonnee La Montagne du Taillefer, and don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the 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. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Aubenas

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan), Montelimar (L'Artisan Nougatier & Les Trois Abeilles) and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, stroll around Les Barons Perches, contemplate the long history of Village Troglodyte, and identify plant and animal life at La Ferme aux Crocodiles.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aubenas online holiday planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Aubenas in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Annecy in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Aubenas, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chavaniac-Lafayette.

Things to do in Aubenas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Chavaniac-Lafayette

— 3 nights
Chavaniac-Lafayette is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France.The Château de Chavaniac, located in the commune, was the birthplace of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette in 1757. Venture out of the city with trips to Orgues Basaltiques de Chilhac (in Chilhac), Mine d'Argent Gallo-Romaine d'Ally (in Ally) and Eglise de Saint-Cirgues (in Saint-Cirgues). There's more to do: head outdoors with Tonic Aventure.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chavaniac-Lafayette trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Aubenas to Chavaniac-Lafayette in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Aubenas in July, with highs in Chavaniac-Lafayette at 79°F and lows at 58°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Chavaniac-Lafayette

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Clermont-Ferrand

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clermont-Ferrand: Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic), Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire) and Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune). Spend the 24th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Vulcania, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, immerse yourself in nature at Chaine des Puys, and get impressive views of Vallee de Chaudefour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Clermont-Ferrand attractions planner.

Getting from Chavaniac-Lafayette to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · 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: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip planner.

Getting from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

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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