42 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

42 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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42 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Tram:  4 h 45 min
1
Lyon
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Valence
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Grenoble
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Annecy
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Chamonix
— 7 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
End: London

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 Parc de la Tete d'Or and MAISON D'AMPERE Musee de l'electricite. Venture out of the city with trips to Grottes du Cerdon -Parc de Loisirs Prehistoriques (in Labalme), The Caves of La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes) and Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine (in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon vacation maker website .

London, UK to Lyon is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Only Paintball, Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine, ViaRhona, KIMEO / Ecole de Parkour, Les Grottes de La Balme
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Mini World Lyon ©
Mini World Lyon
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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 Vulcania and Le PAL. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clermont-Ferrand: Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire), Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Puy-de-Dome Volcano, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de la Batisse, and relax in the rural setting at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chambon-sur-Lac, Amethystes d'Auvergne, Chateau de Tournoel, Vulcania, Chateau de Murol
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Amethystes d'Auvergne ©
Amethystes d'Auvergne
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. Attractions like Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Saint-Marcel-d'Ardeche), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, head outdoors with Les Defiles de Ruoms, see the interesting displays at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Alain Dumarcher.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip planner .

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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) early enough to travel to Valence.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Domaine Alain Dumarcher, Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, Les Defiles de Ruoms
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Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Gorges de l'Ardeche ©
Gorges de l'Ardeche
Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure

6
nights
Valence

Valence ©
Family-friendly places like Aquarock Aventure and Musee archeologique de Soyons will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Valence: Ecomusee des terrasses (in Saint-Michel-de-Chabrillanoux), Les Barons Perches (in Nyons) and Sur les Pas des Huguenots (in Dieulefit).

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valence travel route planning tool .

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

Things to do in Valence

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cornas, Saint-Michel-de-Chabrillanoux, Les Barons Perches, Le Jardin Aux Oiseaux, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
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Les Barons Perches ©
Les Barons Perches
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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.
Bring the kids along to Les Forts de l'Esseillon and La Colline de Bains. Venture out of the city with trips to Pierre Percee (in Pierre-Chatel) and Ferme Pedagogique Chez Pepe Nicolas (in Val Thorens). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, get your game on at aVRena Grenoble, Realite Virtuelle, and stroll around Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors.

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Traveling by car from Valence to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Valence in October, things will get little chillier in Grenoble: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

La Colline de Bains, Parcours Aventure, Pierre Percee, Les Forts de l'Esseillon, Ferme Pedagogique Chez Pepe Nicolas
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Pierre Percee ©
Pierre Percee
Room Escape Games
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 Reve d'Eau and Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Lac de Tueda (in Meribel), Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval & River Rafting & Tubing) and Le Parc des Epouvantails d'Andilly (in Andilly). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy, put a fun spin on your tour with Mysteres du Lac, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin alpin La Jaysinia.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy route app .

Drive from Grenoble to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Doussard, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Samoens, Lac de Tueda, Les Gorges du Fier
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Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Tournette ©
La Tournette
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier

7
nights
Chamonix

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 Les Gorges de la Diosaz and Domaine des Planards make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, trek along La Jonction, explore the activities along Lac Cornu, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip maker tool .

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

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding
River Rafting & Tubing