43 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

43 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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43 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + tram:  12​h 15​min
1
Lyon
— 5 nights
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
taxi + train:  1​h 15​min
5
Valence
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Grenoble
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Annecy
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Chamonix
— 7 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + ferry:  13​h
End: Toronto

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Bourg-en-Bresse (Monastere Royal de Brou & Demeure Hugon). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee des Confluences, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bourg-en-Bresse, Cite medievale de Perouges
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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
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux 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 find plenty of places to visit near Clermont-Ferrand: Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune), Auvergne Giro Passion (in Coltines) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). Spend the 1st (Wed) in the animal kingdom at Le PAL. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Puy-de-Dome Volcano, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade du Gour des Chevaux, and contemplate the geological forces at Vallee de Chaudefour.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, Clermont-Ferrand is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vallee de Chaudefour, Cascade du Gour des Chevaux, Auvergne Giro Passion, Le PAL, Vulcania
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Amethystes d'Auvergne ©
Amethystes d'Auvergne
Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Vulcania ©
Vulcania

5
nights
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Orgues Basaltiques de Chilhac (in Chilhac), Mont Gerbier de Jonc (in Saint-Martial) and Mine d'Argent Gallo-Romaine d'Ally (in Ally).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Le Puy-en-Velay road trip tool .

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Le Puy-en-Velay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Brioude, Orgues Basaltiques de Chilhac, Musee de l'Ecole, Eglise de l'Assomption-de-la-Vierge de Montarcher, Orgues Basaltiques
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe ©
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude ©

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. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues), Coulees Volcaniques (in Jaujac) and Aubenas (GEO Ardeche Canyon & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and shop like a local with L'Atelier de Maud.

Plan a Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in July, expect Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Valence.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Remeze, Aubenas, Orgnac-l'Aven, Escale Aventure, La Ferme aux Crocodiles
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Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Gorges de l'Ardeche ©
Gorges de l'Ardeche

5
nights
Valence

Valence ©
Get out of town with these interesting Valence side-trips: Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes (in La Sone), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Grotte de Choranche (in Choranche).

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Valence planner .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Valence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Valence sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Valence

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cornas, Montelimar, Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes, Le Jardin d'Eden, Jardin La Terre Pimprenelle
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Le Jardin d'Eden ©
Le Jardin d'Eden
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Grotte de Choranche ©
Grotte de Choranche

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grenoble side-trips: EcoRide (in Les Adrets) and Les Forts de l'Esseillon (in Aussois). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grenoble online trip itinerary planner .

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 July, expect Grenoble to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

EcoRide, Les Forts de l'Esseillon
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble

5
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bourg Saint Maurice), Aiguille Rouge (in Les Arcs) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Ile des Cygnes, and make a trip to Visite d'Yvoire.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy holiday planner .

Getting from Grenoble to Annecy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Annecy are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bourg Saint Maurice, Reve d'Eau, Eglise Saint Maurice, Plages de Saint Jorioz, Visite d'Yvoire
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
La Tournette ©
La Tournette

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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, outdoors, zoos & aquariums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, don't miss a visit to Glacier des Bossons, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, and take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to 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