48 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

48 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Andrezieux-Boutheon
— 8 nights
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Saint-Etienne
— 6 nights
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Annecy
— 5 nights
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Evian-les-Bains
— 2 nights
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Morzine
— 4 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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L'Alpe d'Huez
— 3 nights
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Les Deux-Alpes
— 2 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Lyon — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Beaune (Place de la Halle, Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon attractions website.

Dallas, USA to Lyon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In June, Lyon is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Andrezieux-Boutheon.
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Andrezieux-Boutheon — 8 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andrezieux-Boutheon: Eglise de l'Assomption-de-la-Vierge de Montarcher (in Montarcher), Chateau de la Bastie d'Urfe (in Saint-Etienne-le-Molard) and Orgues Basaltiques (in Saillant).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Andrezieux-Boutheon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Andrezieux-Boutheon in an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lyon in June since evenings lows in Andrezieux-Boutheon dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Etienne.
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Saint-Etienne — 6 nights

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Etienne side-trips: Maison des Metiers (in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise), Clermont-Ferrand (Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, L'Aventure Michelin, &more) and Le Bourg Medieval de Villerest (in Villerest). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at La Grand'Eglise, head outdoors with Barrage du Ternay, and admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint-Etienne trip maker website.

Saint-Etienne is just a short distance from Andrezieux-Boutheon. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Mont-Veyrier (in Les Clefs), Les Pertes de le Valserine (in Bellegarde sur Valserine) and Cascade d'Angon (in Angon). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, relax and rejuvenate at L'Art De Vivre, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and steep yourself in history at Plateau des Glieres.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Annecy route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Etienne to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Annecy are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Evian-les-Bains.
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Evian-les-Bains — 2 nights

Évian-les-Bains or Évian is a commune in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.A high-market holiday resort and spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), it has been visited, over two centuries, by royalty such as Kings Edward VII and George V of the United Kingdom and King Farouk of Egypt, and celebrities such as countess Anna de Noailles and Marcel Proust.HistoryBirth of an elite spa townThe springs of Evian were still rather unknown at the time of the French Revolution. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Artisanale de la Dent d'Oche, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Randonnee Alpage, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Randonnee Aux Cornettes de Bise. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Leman, and then ride with the locals on Funiculaire de Thonon-les-Bains.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Evian-les-Bains online trip builder.

You can drive from Annecy to Evian-les-Bains in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Evian-les-Bains are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Morzine.
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Morzine — 4 nights

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Morzine side-trips: Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Reserve Naturelle, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Chartreuse de Melan (in Taninges) and Samoens (Lac de Gers & Eglise Notre-dame de l'Assomption). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Morzine-Avoriaz Golf Club, experience rural life at La Ferme de Caroline, gear up at Skishop Avoriaz, and get outside with Le Lac de Montriond.

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Traveling by car from Evian-les-Bains to Morzine takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July in Morzine, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 5 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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take some stellar pictures from Aiguille des Grands Montets, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and stroll through Refuge Albert 1er.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Getting from Morzine to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to L'Alpe d'Huez.
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L'Alpe d'Huez — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around L'Alpe d'Huez: Chamrousse (Dive Extreme & Lacs Robert), Musee des Forges et des Moulins (in Pinsot) and Lac de Grandmaison (in Vaujany).

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the L'Alpe d'Huez trip site.

You can drive from Chamonix to L'Alpe d'Huez in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in L'Alpe d'Huez can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Les Deux-Alpes.
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Les Deux-Alpes — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee Chasal Lento, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Physioski. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lac du Lauvitel, explore the world behind art at Musee Memoires d'Alpinismes, and then make a trip to Maison Departementale des Alpages de l'Isere.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Les Deux-Alpes tour builder website.

You can drive from L'Alpe d'Huez to Les Deux-Alpes in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Les Deux-Alpes can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Grenoble.
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Grenoble — 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grenoble: Valence (Centre du Patrimoine Armenien & Room Escape Games), Charmant Som (in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, explore the activities along Lac de Saint-Andre, and walk around Domaine de Vizille.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Les Deux-Alpes to Grenoble by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Grenoble sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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Loire travel guide

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Haute-Savoie travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Parasailing & Paragliding
Well-known for its winter sports and holiday destinations, including some of the country's best ski resorts, Haute-Savoie is a department in the Rhône-Alpes region bordering both Switzerland and Italy. You will find Lake Geneva and Switzerland to the north, the Aravis mountain ranges are southeast, and Mont Blanc, with the famous Mont Blanc Tunnel that crosses the border into Italy, to the south. This mountainous department offers great outdoor sightseeing, and has a large range of elevations from its low river valleys to its high peaks. These helped to create the second largest lake in France, Lake Annecy, and some of the best water in the world, such as Evian mineral water.
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Isere travel guide

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