60 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

60 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25 h
1
Grenoble
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Annecy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Meribel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Valence
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Montelimar
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Aurillac
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Clermont-Ferrand
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Vichy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Moulins
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
11
Lyon
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

5
nights
Grenoble

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.
Parc du Chateau de Vizille and La Mine Image will appeal to museum buffs. Musee Dauphinois and Musee d'Art Sacre Contemporain Eglise Saint Hugues are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Grenoble's surroundings by going to Les Deux-Alpes (Les 2 Alpes & European Ski School), Musee de la Revolution Francaise (in Vizille) and Musee Opinel (in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Horloge Solaire, do a tasting at Chartreuse, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grenoble day trip planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Grenoble is an approximately 29- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Grenoble. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect Grenoble to be colder, temps between 6°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Les Deux-Alpes, Vizille, Chartreuse, La Mine Image, Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Revolution Francaise ©
Musee de la Revolution Francaise
Parc du Chateau de Vizille ©
Parc du Chateau de Vizille
Musee Opinel ©
Musee Opinel

7
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll explore and learn at Conservatoire Art et Histoire and Palais de l'Ile. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plages de Saint Jorioz and Plage de Conjux. Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Cite Medievale de Conflans (in Albertville), Plage de Chatillon (in Chindrieux) and Caveau De Chautagne (in Ruffieux). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Station de ski Les Gets. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basilique de la Visitation, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, and try your luck at Casino Grand Cercle.

Plan a trip to Annecy easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Grenoble to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Annecy, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Meribel.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Casino Grand Cercle, Cite Medievale de Conflans, Plages de Saint Jorioz, La Clusaz
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Chatillon ©
Plage de Chatillon
Caveau De Chautagne ©
Caveau De Chautagne
Conservatoire Art et Histoire ©
Conservatoire Art et Histoire

4
nights
Meribel

Meribel
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sweet Snowsports and Eglise Notre-Dame de la Vie. Explore Meribel's surroundings by going to Tignes Ski Resort (in Tignes) and La Plagne Ski Resort (in Macot-la-Plagne).

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Meribel online travel planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Meribel, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Valence.

Things to do in Meribel

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Courchevel, Tignes Ski Resort, Eglise Notre-Dame de la Vie, La Plagne Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
La Plagne Ski Resort
La Plagne Ski Resort
Eglise Notre-Dame de la Vie ©
Eglise Notre-Dame de la Vie
La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel ©
La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel

6
nights
Valence

Valence ©
Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona will appeal to museum buffs. La Maison des Tetes and Necropole de la Resistance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Valence side-trips: Espace Joseph Besset - Musee du charronnage au car (in Vanosc), Crest (Pierres & Merveilles & Tower of Crest) and Le petit monde des santons de provence (in Vassieux-en-Vercors).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Valence trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Valence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Meribel in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Valence: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Montelimar.

Things to do in Valence

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vassieux-en-Vercors, Tain-l'Hermitage, Cornas, Saint-Jean-en-Royans, Crest
Highlights from your plan
Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie ©
Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie
Chateau de Crussol ©
Chateau de Crussol

6
nights
Montelimar

Montelimar ©
Montélimar is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. Get some cultural insight at Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse and Atelier musee de la soie. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Bizard and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. Get out of town with these interesting Montelimar side-trips: Musee Archeologie et Histoire de Nyons et des Baronnies (in Nyons), Domaine Jaume (in Vinsobres) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Village de Mirmande, learn about winemaking at Domaine des Gravennes, see the interesting displays at Le palais des Eveques, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montelimar trip itinerary planning app.

Montelimar is very close to Valence. February in Montelimar sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Montelimar

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Grignan, Suze-la-Rousse, Atelier musee de la soie, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Village de Mirmande
Highlights from your plan
Atelier musee de la soie ©
Atelier musee de la soie
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche
Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse ©
Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse

7
nights
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Shrine Of St. Joseph and Musee des Croyances Populaires. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay and Hotel de la Dentelle. Get out of town with these interesting Le Puy-en-Velay side-trips: Saugues (Musee Fantastique de la Bete du Gevaudan & Collegiale Saint-Medard), Prieure de Chanteuges (in Chanteuges) and Musee de la Resistance du Mont-Mouchet (in Auvers).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Le Puy-en-Velay travel planner.

Traveling by car from Montelimar to Le Puy-en-Velay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Montelimar in February, expect nights in Le Puy-en-Velay to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Aurillac.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, Brioude, La Chaise-Dieu, Saugues, Distillerie Verveine du Velay Pages
Highlights from your plan
Shrine Of St. Joseph ©
Shrine Of St. Joseph
Musee de l'Ecole ©
Musee de l'Ecole
Ferme des Freres Perrel ©
Ferme des Freres Perrel

5
nights
Aurillac

Aurillac ©
Aurillac is a commune, capital of the Cantal department, in the Auvergne region of south-central France,.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aurillacois or Aurillacoises.The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.GeographyAurillac is at 600 metres above sea level and located at the foot of the Cantal mountains in a small Sedimentary basin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau d'Alleuze and Maison de la Faune. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Abbatiale Saint-Geraud and Eglise Notre-Dame aux Neiges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aurillac: Chateau d'Anjony (in Tournemire), Golf Val Saint Jean (in Mauriac) and Esplanade de Barrouze (in Salers). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at La Saboterie de Marcoles, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de l'Agriculture Auvergnate, contemplate the geological forces at Puy Mary, and try out the rides at Renacland.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Aurillac holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Aurillac in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in February since evenings lows in Aurillac dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Aurillac

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Flour, La Saboterie de Marcoles, Musee de l'Agriculture Auvergnate, Maison de la Faune, Renacland
Highlights from your plan
Renacland ©
Renacland
Chateau d'Anjony ©
Chateau d'Anjony
Chateau d'Alleuze ©
Chateau d'Alleuze

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Auvergne (FRAC) and Scenomusee la Toinette et Julien. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ecole 1900 and Musée de la Mine de Brassac-les-Mines. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Nectaire (La Cave du terroir - Chez Camille & Eglise de Saint-Nectaire), Chateau de Parentignat (in Parentignat) and Musee de la Coiffe (in Blesle). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, make a trip to Place de Jaude, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, and stroll around Jardin Lecoq.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aurillac to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aurillac in February since evenings lows in Clermont-Ferrand dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Vichy.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Nectaire, Murol, Ecole 1900, Scenomusee la Toinette et Julien, Musée de la Mine de Brassac-les-Mines
Highlights from your plan
Ecole 1900 ©
Ecole 1900
Chateau de Parentignat ©
Chateau de Parentignat

4
nights
Vichy

Vichy ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Domaine Royal de Randan and Presbytere Saint Louis Saint Blaise. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Alice Taverne and Musee Hospitalier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vichy: Maison des Grenadieres (in Cervieres), Abbaye de la Benisson-Dieu (in La Benisson-Dieu) and Eglise Notre-Dame de Chatel-Montagne (in Chatel-Montagne).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vichy trip maker tool.

Vichy is very close to Clermont-Ferrand. In March, daily temperatures in Vichy can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Moulins.

Things to do in Vichy

Museums Historic Sites Classes

Side Trips

Maison des Grenadieres, Musee Alice Taverne, Chapelle Sainte Madeleine, Automobile Museum of Bellenaves (Allier 03, Auvergne), Chateau de Montgilbert
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Royal de Randan ©
Domaine Royal de Randan
Musee de Charroux ©
Musee de Charroux
Musee Alice Taverne ©
Musee Alice Taverne

3
nights
Moulins

Moulins ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Maison Mantin and Musee de la Visitation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathédrale de Moulins and Chateau de Peufeuilhoux. Get out of town with these interesting Moulins side-trips: Le Musee des Maquettes Animees de Pierre Cognet (in Vallon-en-Sully) and Musee du Canal de Berry (in Audes).

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Moulins road trip site.

Moulins is just a short distance from Vichy. In March in Moulins, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Moulins

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Vallon-en-Sully, Musee du Canal de Berry
Highlights from your plan
Cathédrale de Moulins ©
Cathédrale de Moulins
Musee de la Visitation ©
Musee de la Visitation
Musee de l'Illustration Jeunesse ©
Musee de l'Illustration Jeunesse

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif and The Presqu'ile. Step off the beaten path and head to Stade Geoffroy Guichard and Spas & Wellness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse), Musee de la mine (in Saint-Etienne) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, don't miss a visit to Place des Terreaux, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon travel route planner.

You can take a train from Moulins to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Etienne, Chambery, Monastere Royal de Brou, Cite medievale de Perouges
Highlights from your plan
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif ©
Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif
Place des Jacobins
Place des Jacobins