56 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

56 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 6 nights
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 6 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 6 nights
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Nyons
— 6 nights
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Valence
— 6 nights
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Annecy
— 6 nights
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Lyon — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Lyon to go to Saint-Just-d'Avray and see Hridaya Yoga France, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and find something for the whole family at KOEZIO Lyon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Lyon is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Lyon is 9 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lyon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 29:

Clermont-Ferrand — 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clermont-Ferrand: Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau (in Chambon-sur-Lac), Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic) and Auvergne Giro Passion (in Coltines). Spend the 30th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Vulcania, see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, get a dose of the wild on Funcross Electrique, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le PAL - Parc d’Attractions et Animalier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Clermont-Ferrand sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.
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Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 4:

Le Puy-en-Velay — 6 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Puy-en-Velay: Notre Dame de Glavenas (in Saint-Julien-du-Pinet), Au Chant de l’Eau (in Siaugues-Sainte-Marie) and Le couvent (in Chazelles-sur-Lavieu).

Start your trip to Le Puy-en-Velay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Le Puy-en-Velay, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 6 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas), Maison Jean Ferrat (in Antraigues-sur-Volane) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). There's lots more to do: trek along Offroad Aventure 07, learn about winemaking at Domaine Arsac, explore the ancient world of Notre Dame des Songes, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Vallon-Pont-d'Arc using our trip planner.

You can drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is somewhat warmer than Le Puy-en-Velay - with highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nyons.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

Nyons — 6 nights

Nyons is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.HistoryNyons was settled in the 6th century BC as Nyrax by a Gallic tribe, probably the Segusiavi or the Sequani. Venture out of the city with trips to Esprit Parapente (in Mevouillon), Suze-la-Rousse (Universite du Vin, LePlan-Vermeersch, &more) and L'Essentiel De Lavande (in La Begude-de-Mazenc). Dedicate the 17th (Sat) to wine at Rhone Wine Tours. There's much more to do: walk around Les Barons Perches, do a tasting at Domaine Jaume, take in the dramatic natural features at Via Ferrata, and examine the collection at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nyons trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Nyons in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nyons are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Valence.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:

Valence — 6 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Valence side-trips: Mosaic of the Four Rivers of Paradise (in Die), Chateau de Charmes (in Charmes-sur-l'Herbasse) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives).

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Valence trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nyons to Valence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Annecy — 6 nights

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mont le Revard (in Aix-les-Bains), Ecomusee de Hauteluce (in Hauteluce) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, get a dose of the wild on LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valence to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Valence in June, things will get slightly colder in Annecy: highs are around 76°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 4:

Chamonix — 6 nights

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.
Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval) and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (Pont du Diable, Pile Pont Expo, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, do some rugged touring at eBike Chamonix, relax and rejuvenate at Snooga, and get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grenoble.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:

Grenoble — 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors), L'Arche d'Oe (in Aussois) and Chambéry Cathedral (in Chambery). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Monastere de Chalais, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grenoble tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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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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