7 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

7 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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7 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Shuttle:  15 h 30 min
1
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Balazuc
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Chamonix

"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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, outdoors, zoos & aquariums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, get interesting insight from Tours, and hike along La Jonction.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary builder site .

Chicago, USA to Chamonix is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Chamonix is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Balazuc.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche

1
night
Balazuc

Balazuc ©
Balazuc is a French commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.The village has been labelled a "Village of Character" by the Departmental Committee of Tourism. Natural History Museum of The Ardeche has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, then identify plant and animal life at Le Viel Audon, then Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Maison des Artisans.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Balazuc trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Balazuc takes 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Balazuc are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Balazuc

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
La Maison des Artisans ©
La Maison des Artisans

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon and then meet the residents at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Balazuc to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Balazuc in May, plan for little chillier days in Lyon, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon