42 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

42 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lyon
— 6 nights
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 5 nights
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
4
Valence
— 6 nights
5
Grenoble
— 6 nights
6
Annecy
— 6 nights
7
Chamonix
— 7 nights

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Grottes du Cerdon -Parc de Loisirs Prehistoriques (in Labalme), Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine (in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine) and Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get your game on at SENSAS Lyon, find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

London, UK to Lyon is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Lyon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Lyon are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

ViaRhona, Mini World Lyon, Only Paintball, Grottes du Cerdon -Parc de Loisirs Prehistoriques, Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Mini World Lyon ©
Mini World Lyon

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Puy-de-Dome Volcano and Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy. Change things up with these side-trips from Clermont-Ferrand: Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic), Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune) and Auvergne Giro Passion (in Coltines). Spend the 30th (Mon) in the animal kingdom at Le Pal. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Vulcania, experience rural life at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Clermont-Ferrand, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Chambon-sur-Lac, Chateau de Tournoel, Chateau de la Batisse, Amethystes d'Auvergne, Auvergne Giro Passion
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy ©
Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy
Vulcania ©
Vulcania
Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano

5
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kids will enjoy Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Bidon). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Les Defiles de Ruoms, and examine the collection at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Valence.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Escale Aventure, Les Defiles de Ruoms, Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, Domaine Alain Dumarcher
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
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Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc

6
nights
Valence

Valence ©
Attractions like Les Barons Perches and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valence: Sur les Pas des Huguenots (in Dieulefit), Saint-Michel-de-Chabrillanoux (Ecomusee des terrasses & Aquarock Aventure) and Gorges d'Ombleze (in Ombleze).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Valence day trip planner.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Valence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Valence

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cornas, Saint-Michel-de-Chabrillanoux, Panorama de Saint-Romain-de-Lerps, Canoe Drome, Le Jardin Aux Oiseaux
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:
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Les Barons Perches ©
Les Barons Perches
Room Escape Games
Gorges d'Ombleze ©
Gorges d'Ombleze

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors and Musee de Grenoble. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: La Colline de Bains (in Villard-de-Lans), Les Forts de l'Esseillon (in Aussois) and Farm & garden Chez Pepe Nicolas (in Val Thorens). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint Andre, and get your game on at AVRENA Grenoble, Realite Virtuelle.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Valence to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Valence in October: high temperatures in Grenoble hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

La Colline de Bains, Les Forts de l'Esseillon, Farm & garden Chez Pepe Nicolas, Pierre Percee, Parcours Aventure
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 18:
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Pierre Percee ©
Pierre Percee
Room Escape Games
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble

6
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Bring the kids along to Lake Annecy and La Tournette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval & River Rafting & Tubing), Lac de Tueda (in Meribel) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, walk around Le Grand Parc d'Andilly, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, and explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Annecy trip maker site.

Drive from Grenoble to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Samoens, Doussard, Lac de Tueda, Les Gorges du Fier
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:
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Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
La Tournette ©
La Tournette

7
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.
Attractions like Aiguille du Midi and Parasailing & Paragliding make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, trek along La Jonction, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chamonix trip maker tool.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 31:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
River Rafting & Tubing