60 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

60 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

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60 days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
Grenoble
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Annecy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Meribel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Valence
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Montelimar
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Le Puy-en-Velay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Aurillac
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Clermont-Ferrand
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Vichy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Moulins
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Lyon
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

5
nights
Grenoble

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.
Musée de Grenoble and Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Les Deux Alpes and Musée Opinel. Explore Grenoble's surroundings by going to Parc du Chateau de Vizille (in Vizille), Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski (in L'Alpe-d'Huez) and Musee d'Art Sacre Contemporain Eglise Saint Hugues (in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at European Ski School, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Musée du Tisserand Dauphinois, and take an in-depth tour of Musée dauphinois.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grenoble travel planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Grenoble is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Grenoble is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in January, things will get cooler in Grenoble: highs are around 6°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

#Museums, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Les Deux-Alpes, Vizille, Musee Opinel, La Mine Image, Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Parc du Chateau de Vizille ©
Parc du Chateau de Vizille
Musee Opinel ©
Musee Opinel

7
nights
Annecy

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Caveau De Chautagne and Conservatory D'art Et D'histoire. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plages de Saint Jorioz and Ski Les Gets. Venture out of the city with trips to Cite Medievale de Conflans (in Albertville), Plage de Chatillon (in Chindrieux) and Plage de Conjux (in Conjux). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, make a trip to Pont des Amours, try to win big at Casino Grand Cercle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sevrier.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Meribel.

Things to do in Annecy

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Chamonix, Plage de Sevrier, Plages de Saint Jorioz, Casino Grand Cercle, Plage de Conjux
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Palais de l'Ile ©
Palais de l'Ile
Caveau De Chautagne ©
Caveau De Chautagne

4
nights
Meribel

Meribel ©
Explore hidden gems such as La Plagne Ski Resort and Tignes Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Meribel travel website .

Getting from Annecy to Meribel by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Meribel, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Valence.

Things to do in Meribel

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

La Tania Ski Area, Tignes Ski Resort, Notre-Dame de la Vie, La Plagne Ski Resort, Sweet Snowsports
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel ©
La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel
Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux ©
Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux

6
nights
Valence

Valence ©
Valence is a commune in southeastern France, the capital of the Drôme department and within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Step off the beaten path and head to Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Musee de Madagascar. Appreciate the collections at Le petit monde des santons de provence and Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valence: Necropole de la Resistance (in Vassieux-en-Vercors), Espace Joseph Besset - Musee du charronnage au car (in Vanosc) and Crest (Pierres et Merveilles & Tower of Crest). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Domaine Dumien Serrette, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Crussol, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Francois Régis, and savor the flavors at Domaine Alain Voge.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valence attractions planning tool .

Getting from Meribel to Valence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Meribel in February, expect nights in Valence to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montelimar.

Things to do in Valence

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vassieux-en-Vercors, Saint-Jean-en-Royans, Cornas, Crest, Tain-l'Hermitage
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
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6
nights
Montelimar

Montelimar ©
Montélimar is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. Appreciate the collections at Château de Grignan and Nougat Arnaud Soubeyran Fabrique & Musee. Chateau Bizard and Domaine Jaume are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Montelimar side-trips: Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle (in Montjoyer), Musee Archeologie et Histoire de Nyons et des Baronnies (in Nyons) and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur (in Grignan). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Domaine des Gravennes, examine the collection at Le palais des Eveques, steep yourself in history at Le ron des fades village miniature, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montelimar online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Valence to Montelimar in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Montelimar can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Montelimar

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trips

Grignan, Suze-la-Rousse, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Terra Cabra, Domaine Jaume
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 13:
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Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Village de Mirmande ©
Village de Mirmande

7
nights
Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Resistance du Mont-Mouchet and Symbialys. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Golf de la Plaine. Venture out of the city with trips to Prieure de Chanteuges (in Chanteuges), Saugues (Musee Fantastique de la Bete du Gevaudan & Collegiale Saint-Medard) and Ferme des Freres Perrel (in Moudeyres).

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Le Puy-en-Velay holiday planner.

You can drive from Montelimar to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Montelimar in February, you will find days in Le Puy-en-Velay are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aurillac.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

La Chaise-Dieu, Saugues, Brioude, Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, Golf de la Plaine
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 20:
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Musee de la Resistance du Mont-Mouchet ©
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe ©
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude ©
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude

5
nights
Aurillac

Aurillac ©
Aurillac is a commune, capital of the Cantal department, in the Auvergne region of south-central France,.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aurillacois or Aurillacoises.The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.GeographyAurillac is at 600 metres above sea level and located at the foot of the Cantal mountains in a small Sedimentary basin. Get some cultural insight at Maison de la Faune and La Saboterie de Marcoles. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Renacland and Musee de l'Agriculture Auvergnate. Get out of town with these interesting Aurillac side-trips: Chateau d'Anjony (in Tournemire), Golf Val Saint Jean (in Mauriac) and Esplanade de Barrouze (in Salers). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Alleuze, get impressive views of Puy Mary, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame ux Neiges, and make a trip to Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Saint-Flour.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aurillac trip planning website .

You can drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Aurillac in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Le Puy-en-Velay in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Aurillac, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Aurillac

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Flour, La Saboterie de Marcoles, Esplanade de Barrouze, Golf Val Saint Jean, Chateau d'Alleuze
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
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Golf Val Saint Jean ©
Golf Val Saint Jean
La Saboterie de Marcoles ©
La Saboterie de Marcoles
Maison de la Faune ©
Maison de la Faune

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to L'Aventure Michelin and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Coiffe and Musée de la Mine de Brassac-les-Mines. Change things up with these side-trips from Clermont-Ferrand: Saint-Nectaire (La Cave du terroir - Chez Camille & Eglise de Saint-Nectaire), Scenomusee la Toinette et Julien (in Murat-le-Quaire) and Chateau de Parentignat (in Issoire). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, see the interesting displays at Painters Gallery of School Murols, have some family-friendly fun at Battle Laser, and explore the world behind art at FRAC Auvergne.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand online attractions planner .

Getting from Aurillac to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aurillac in February since evenings lows in Clermont-Ferrand dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Vichy.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Nectaire, Murol, Musee de la Dentelle, Musee de la Coiffe, Chateau de la Batisse
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:
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L'Aventure Michelin ©
L'Aventure Michelin
Chateau de Murol ©
Chateau de Murol

4
nights
Vichy

Vichy ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Automobile Museum of Bellenaves and Domaine royal de randan. Appreciate the collections at Musee Alice Taverne and Musée de la Soierie & Musée Hospitalier. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Notre-Dame de Chatel-Montagne (in Chatel-Montagne), Eglise Abbatiale de La Benisson-Dieu (in La Benisson-Dieu) and Maison des Grenadieres, Museum & workshop of goldwork embroidery (in Cervieres).

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vichy day trip planner.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Vichy in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Moulins.

Things to do in Vichy

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Classes

Side Trips

Chateau de Busset, Chateau de Montgilbert, Chapelle Sainte Madeleine, Cave cooperative Union des Vignerons, Musee Hospitalier
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:
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Automobile Museum of Bellenaves ©
Automobile Museum of Bellenaves
Musee Alice Taverne ©
Musee Alice Taverne
Eglise Saint-Blaise de Vichy ©
Eglise Saint-Blaise de Vichy

3
nights
Moulins

Moulins ©
Get some cultural insight at CNCS - Centre National du Costume de Scene and Chateau de Peufeuilhoux. Appreciate the collections at Museum De La Visitation and Musée de l'illustration jeunesse MIJ. Get out of town with these interesting Moulins side-trips: Musee du Canal de Berry (in Montlucon) and Musée de la maquette (in Vallon-en-Sully).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Moulins vacation site .

You can drive from Vichy to Moulins in an hour. In March in Moulins, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Moulins

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Vallon-en-Sully, Musee du Canal de Berry
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Musee de la Visitation ©
Musee de la Visitation
Maison Mantin ©
Maison Mantin

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cite medievale de Perouges and The Presqu'ile. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée Lumière and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Royal Monastery of Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse), Saint-Etienne (Stade Geoffroy Guichard & Museum Of Mine) and Chambery (La Fontaine des Eléphants & Ville Ancienne). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Croix-Rousse, ponder the design of Place des Jacobins, explore the galleries of Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Moulins to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Etienne, Chambery, Monastere Royal de Brou, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Monastere Royal de Brou
Monastere Royal de Brou
Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere
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