15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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15 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Tram:  5​h
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Aubenas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Annecy
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Manchester

3
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 a short trip to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Lyon is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and tram; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Lyon is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
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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

3
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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.
Attractions like Vulcania and Chateau de Tournoel make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clermont-Ferrand: Charcutier Traiteur Auger (in Sauxillanges), Chateau de Murol (in Murol) and Amethystes d'Auvergne (in Champagnat-le-Jeune). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Puy-de-Dome Volcano, experience rural life at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau, and get outside with Auvergne Giro Passion.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Clermont-Ferrand trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Clermont-Ferrand can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aubenas.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Auvergne Giro Passion, Amethystes d'Auvergne, Chateau de Murol, Vulcania, Charcutier Traiteur Auger
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Amethystes d'Auvergne ©
Amethystes d'Auvergne
Vulcania ©
Vulcania
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel

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Aubenas

Aubenas ©
Aubenas is a commune in the southern part of the Ardèche department in the Rhône Valley in southern France.It is the seat of several government offices. On the 14th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, get outside with GEO Ardeche Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere, and then contemplate the long history of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aubenas travel planner.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Aubenas in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aubenas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Aubenas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation
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Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
GEO Ardeche Canyon ©
GEO Ardeche Canyon

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Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reve d'Eau and Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac. Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: River Rafting & Tubing (in Samoens) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Annecy trip planner .

Getting from Aubenas to Annecy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aubenas in August, expect Annecy to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Room Escape Games, River Rafting & Tubing, Reve d'Eau, Les Gorges du Fier, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
River Rafting & Tubing
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville

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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.
Bring the kids along to Parc de Merlet and Domaine des Planards. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip app .

Take a bus from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parc de Merlet ©
Parc de Merlet
River Rafting & Tubing