36 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

36 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Lyon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
Drive
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Les Deux-Alpes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanslebourg Mont Cenis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val d'Isere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Evian-les-Bains
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Lyon

— 6 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.
Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Parc d'Activites de Montagne de Praboure in Saint-Antheme, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel itinerary planner.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Lyon is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in December: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Grenoble

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul (in Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Lans-en-Vercors (Vercors Cuir, La Magie des Automates, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, fly down the slopes at 7 Laux ski, and get outside with Parcours Aventure.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grenoble road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Les Deux-Alpes.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Les Deux-Alpes

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Wed), hit the slopes at ESF Oz en Oisans, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with Aventure parc, venosc, and finally fly down the slopes at Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): shop like a local with Grotte De Glace, stroll through La Grave, then fly down the slopes at Alpe d'Huez, and finally stop by Emotions Sucrees.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Les Deux-Alpes online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Les Deux-Alpes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Les Deux-Alpes can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis.

Things to do in Les Deux-Alpes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

— 3 nights
Explore Lanslebourg Mont Cenis' surroundings by going to Aussois (Ecole de ski d’Aussois par Gerard Couvert, L'Arche d'Oe, &more), Cooperative Laitiere de Bessans (in Bessans) and Monolithe de Sardiere (in Sollieres-Sardieres).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lanslebourg Mont Cenis trip builder app.

Drive from Les Deux-Alpes to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Val d'Isere.

Things to do in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Val d'Isere

— 3 nights
Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. Val d'Isere is known for winter sports, classes, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, fly down the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes, stop by Snodroppe Shop, and glide through natural beauty at L'Espace Killy.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Val d'Isere day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis to Val d'Isere in 2 hours. Traveling from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in December, Val d'Isere is slightly colder at night with lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Val d'Isere

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Val Thorens

— 4 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Explore Val Thorens' surroundings by going to Meribel (Snowdlight Ski School & Elements Park) and Sweet Snowsports (in Courchevel). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, learn something new at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de la Vie, and stop by La Belle en Cuisse.

Discover how to plan a Val Thorens trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Val d'Isere to Val Thorens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Val d'Isere in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Val Thorens: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Annecy

— 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

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: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Necropole nationale des Glieres (in Thones) and Aiguille Rouge (in Les Arcs). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, appreciate the history behind Claude Louis Berthollet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, and see the interesting displays at Ecomusee du Lac d'Annecy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Annecy online trip builder.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Annecy sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Evian-les-Bains.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Evian-les-Bains

— 2 nights
Évian-les-Bains or Évian is a commune in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.A high-market holiday resort and spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), it has been visited, over two centuries, by royalty such as Kings Edward VII and George V of the United Kingdom and King Farouk of Egypt, and celebrities such as countess Anna de Noailles and Marcel Proust.HistoryBirth of an elite spa townThe springs of Evian were still rather unknown at the time of the French Revolution. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Fromagerie Boujon, explore the activities along Lac Leman, then get a taste of the local shopping with Palais Lumiere, then get a sense of history and politics at Villa Lumiere, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Fabuleux Village des Flottins. On the next day, try to win big at Casino d'Evian, visit RICHARD SPORTS - SKIMIUM, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Om.

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Getting from Annecy to Evian-les-Bains by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Annecy in January, you will find days in Evian-les-Bains are a bit cooler (4°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Evian-les-Bains

Shopping · Spas · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Chamonix: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (Chapelle de Bionnassay & Pile Pont Expo), Notre Dame de l'Assomption (in Cordon) and Megeve (Le Chemin du Calvaire & Skiprosmegeve). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, admire all the interesting features of Brevent Cable Car, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip builder.

You can drive from Evian-les-Bains to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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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