7 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

7 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes visit planner

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City of Issoire
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Langeac
— 1 night
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Aubenas
— 1 night
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 1 night
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City of Issoire

Issoire is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.GeographyIssoire is located on the Couze River, near its junction with the Allier, 40km SSE of Clermont-Ferrand on the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée railway to Nîmes. On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, head outdoors with Auvergne Giro Passion, then admire the landmark architecture of L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, and finally go deep underground at Amethystes d'Auvergne.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read City of Issoire trip maker.

Limoges to City of Issoire is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Langeac.

Things to do in City of Issoire

Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Langeac

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chavaniac, get outside with Tonic Aventure, and then step off the mainland to explore L'Ile d'Amour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Langeac trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from City of Issoire to Langeac in an hour. In August in Langeac, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Langeac

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aubenas

— 1 night
Aubenas is a commune in the southern part of the Ardèche department in the Rhône Valley in southern France.It is the seat of several government offices. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Chateau d'Aubenas, push the limits with Cimes et Canyons, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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

You can drive from Langeac to Aubenas in 2 hours. Traveling from Langeac in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aubenas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Aubenas

Outdoors · Tours

Chamonix

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Snell Sports, then get outside with Brevent Cable Car, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Aubenas to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Annecy, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then make a trip to La Vieille Ville.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Annecy sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Lyon

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon road trip planner.

Drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lyon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

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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