38 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

38 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Morzine
— 5 nights
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Annecy
— 5 nights
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Meribel
— 5 nights
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
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Tignes
— 3 nights
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Lanslebourg Mont Cenis
— 2 nights
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Grenoble
— 5 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon online holiday builder.

Paris to Lyon is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Megeve (Le Chemin du Calvaire & Musee de Megeve) and Chapelle des Chattrix (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chamonix online road trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Morzine.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Morzine

— 5 nights
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Carroz-d'Araches (Air Passion Parapente, ESI Grand Massif, &more), Taninges (Praz de Lys Sommand & Chartreuse de Melan) and Sport 2000 Auben Ski (in Morillon). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, fly down the slopes at Billski Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pop Snowboarding, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Morzine journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Morzine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Morzine are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Morzine

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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.
Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Aiguille Rouge (in Les Arcs), Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption (in Le Grand-Bornand) and Esf la Clusaz (in La Clusaz). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, trek along Savoie Grand Revard, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Annecy route planner.

You can drive from Morzine to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Meribel.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Meribel

— 5 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Meribel: Macot-la-Plagne (snow panthers motoneige, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Station de Ski - Pralognan-la-Vanoise (in Pralognan-la-Vanoise) and La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Meribel road trip planning app.

Drive from Annecy to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Val Thorens

— 3 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Val Thorens is known for winter sports, classes, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by La Belle en Cuisse, hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens, pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Meribel in July, expect nights in Val Thorens to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes
Highlights from your trip

Tignes

— 3 nights
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tignes: Gli'Air (in Peisey-Nancroix) and Evolution 2 La Rosiere (in La Rosiere). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Sentier Botanique, hit the slopes at British Alpine Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and relax and rejuvenate at Tignes Massage.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tignes trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Tignes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Val Thorens in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tignes, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hit the slopes at Station de Ski Aussois. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Thomas Becket, look for gifts at Cooperative Laitiere de Lanslebourg Mont Cents, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, and finally fly down the slopes at ESF Val Cenis.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lanslebourg Mont Cenis trip planner.

You can drive from Tignes to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tignes in August, you will find days in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fromagerie Les Pampilles (in Alixan), Gorges d'Ombleze (in Ombleze) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les 2 Alpes, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grenoble itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis to Grenoble in 2 hours. Traveling from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Grenoble. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

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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