38 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

38 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes trip planner

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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: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon vacation planner.

Paris to Lyon is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In March in Lyon, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to 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, Skiprosmegeve, &more) and Chapelle des Chattrix (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery, fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Morzine: Sport 2000 Auben Ski (in Morillon), Taninges (Praz de Lys Sommand & Chartreuse de Melan) and Les Carroz-d'Araches (Air Passion Parapente, ESI Grand Massif, &more). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Billski Ski School, make a trip to Eglise Notre-dame de l'Assomption, tour the pleasant surroundings at Avoriaz, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Morzine trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Morzine in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Morzine can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Morzine

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Esf la Clusaz (in La Clusaz), Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption (in Le Grand-Bornand) and Aiguille Rouge (in Les Arcs). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, head outdoors with Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and stroll through Savoie Grand Revard.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy day trip site.

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 March, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Meribel.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Meribel

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Meribel side-trips: Station de Ski - Pralognan-la-Vanoise (in Pralognan-la-Vanoise), Macot-la-Plagne (snow panthers motoneige, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Peisey Mountain Fly (in Landry).

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Meribel road trip planning app.

You can drive from Annecy to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Annecy in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Meribel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

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: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, stroll through Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, stop by La Belle en Cuisse, and learn something new at Prosneige.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Meribel to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tignes: Evolution 2 La Rosiere (in La Rosiere) and Gli'Air (in Peisey-Nancroix). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, fly down the slopes at British Alpine Ski School, head outdoors with Sentier Botanique, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tignes Massage.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tignes day trip planning website.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Tignes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hit the slopes at Station de Ski Aussois. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Thomas Becket, then 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.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lanslebourg Mont Cenis journey maker site.

You can drive from Tignes to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Tignes in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · 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 Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives), Gorges d'Ombleze (in Ombleze) and Fromagerie Les Pampilles (in Alixan). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Les 2 Alpes.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grenoble holiday planner.

Drive from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis to Grenoble in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grenoble when traveling from Lanslebourg Mont Cenis in April, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough 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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