32 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

32 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hobart
Fly:  33 h
1
Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Chamonix
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Annecy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Grenoble
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Valence
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
Fly:  37 h
End: Hobart

4
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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary site.

Hobart, Australia to Lyon is an approximately 33- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Hobart to Lyon due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

4
nights
Chamonix

"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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, hike along La Jonction, head outdoors with Lac Bleu, and explore the activities along Lac Cornu.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguilles Rouges ©
Aiguilles Rouges

4
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Ferme de Lorette (in Thones), Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre) and Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage (in Talloires). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, head outdoors with Sentiers Pietons, and put a fun spin on your tour with Mysteres du Lac.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grenoble.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chevrerie de Villarenger, Visite d'Yvoire, Ferme de Lorette, Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, Sentiers Pietons
Highlights from your plan
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
La Tournette ©
La Tournette

4
nights
Grenoble

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: Rando Montagne (in Valloire), L'evasion en marchant Rando-evasion (in Saint Francois Longchamp) and EcoRide (in Les Adrets). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, walk around Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors, admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, and immerse yourself in nature at Parc Naturel Regional de Chartreuse.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grenoble online route planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Valence.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rando Montagne, L'evasion en marchant Rando-evasion, Parc Naturel Regional de Chartreuse, Parcours Aventure, EcoRide
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble

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nights
Valence

Valence ©
Get out of town with these interesting Valence side-trips: Saint-Jean-en-Royans (Combe Laval & Distillerie du Vercors), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Espace Royans Vercors (in Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans).

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Valence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Grenoble in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Valence, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Valence

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-en-Royans, Grignan, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Chateau Bizard, Espace Royans Vercors
Highlights from your plan
Combe Laval ©
Combe Laval
Room Escape Games
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

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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. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan), Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues) and Via Ferrata (in Buis-les-Baronnies). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, do a tasting at Domaine Alain Dumarcher, get outside with Le tresor perdu des Gravennes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame et Saint Paul.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Valence to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Domaine Alain Dumarcher, Escale Aventure, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Via Ferrata
Highlights from your plan
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche

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nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Clermont-Ferrand side-trips: Vallee de Chaudefour (in Chambon-sur-Lac), Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano, examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, go deep underground at Amethystes d'Auvergne, and get in on the family fun at Vulcania.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Clermont-Ferrand in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Volvic, Chemin Fais'Art, Vulcania, Auvergne Giro Passion, Vallee de Chaudefour
Highlights from your plan
Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy ©
Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy
Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Vulcania ©
Vulcania