14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

14 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes vacation planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Chapelle-en-Vercors
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Samoens
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Lyon — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safari de Peaugres and Carrieres de Glay. Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon for their historical value. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Barrage du Ternay (in Savas), Beaune (Galeries Bartoux Beaune & Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu) and Route des Belvederes (in Tain-l'Hermitage). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lyon vacation maker tool.

Strasbourg to Lyon is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.
more
Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Clermont-Ferrand — 2 nights

France's Liverpool

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Le Puy du Pariou, then look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, then see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tournoel, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, and then shop like a local with La Ruche des Puys.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand journey tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, then Head underground at Grotte de Saint Marcel, then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais, and finally explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Roure, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is somewhat warmer than Clermont-Ferrand - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Chapelle-en-Vercors.
more
Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

La Chapelle-en-Vercors — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): Head underground at Grotte de Choranche, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Eau, and then take a tour by water with Bateau a Roue Royans Vercors. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at La Cour des Fusilles, then contemplate the long history of Necropole de la Resistance, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial de la Resistance, and finally explore the striking landscape at Le sentier du Karst.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Chapelle-en-Vercors road trip planner.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to La Chapelle-en-Vercors in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August: high temperatures in La Chapelle-en-Vercors hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Samoens.
more
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Samoens — 2 nights

Samoëns is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin alpin La Jaysinia, hike along La Bourgeoise, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Musique Mecanique, and finally get in on the family fun at Alta Lumina. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, then get outside with Cascade du Rouget, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Samoens trip maker tool.

You can drive from La Chapelle-en-Vercors to Samoens in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Samoens are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Chamonix.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

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 13th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the activities along Lac Blanc.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix holiday builder site.

You can drive from Samoens to Chamonix in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
more
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

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.

Source
more