7 days in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte & Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

7 days in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte & Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Dijon
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 1 night
Drive
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Val d'Isere
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Dijon

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 25th (Thu), make a trip to Place de la Liberation, indulge in some personalized pampering at L'Institut Fee pour Moi, trek along Owl's Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palace of the Dukes, walk around Parc de la Bouzaize, then examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dijon trip itinerary maker site.

Strasbourg to Dijon is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Dijon are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Spas

Side Trips

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.
On the 27th (Sat), make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lyon itinerary app.

Getting from Dijon to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Val Thorens

— 1 night
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. On the 28th (Sun), fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Cool.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Val Thorens road trip app.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Val d'Isere.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trip

Val d'Isere

— 1 night
Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for gifts at BlackCats Tignes, hit the slopes at L'Espace Killy, get outside with The Development Centre - Tignes, then fly down the slopes at British Alpine Ski School, and finally fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Val d'Isere trip maker tool.

Getting from Val Thorens to Val d'Isere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Val d'Isere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val d'Isere

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix vacation website.

You can drive from Val d'Isere to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.4
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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