8 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

8 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 1 night
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Grenoble
— 1 night
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Lyon — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and finally ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lyon journey planner.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to Lyon is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Annecy.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
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Annecy — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 4th (Wed), snap pictures at Pont des Amours, then make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and finally stop by Ceinture Tucker.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix journey site.

Drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

On the 6th (Fri), fly down the slopes at La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reflex Ski School, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, and finally head outdoors with snow panthers motoneige. On your second day here, stroll through Tignes Ski Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Macot-la-Plagne trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grenoble.
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Grenoble — 1 night

Capital of the Alps

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Grenoble trip planner.

Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

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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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