Planning Your Time

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Planning Your Time

Lyon merits an exploration of several days—two at the very least—for its ample range of architecture, food, and culture. The wine country of the Beaujolais up the River Saône is another two-day visit, unless a drive-through directly to Bourg-en-Bresse is the best solution that time constraints will allow. Medieval Pérouges is another good day's browse, with time left over for a late afternoon and evening drive into the Alps to Annecy, where the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is an eyeful by day or night. It's also worth making time for visits to Talloires and other pretty towns around the lake.

The mountain resort of Megève is a place to either settle in for a few days or blow through on your way to Chambéry and the abbey of Grande Chartreuse. Grenoble offers opportunities for perusing masterpieces in its superb museum or following Stendhal's footsteps through the old quarter. From Grenoble it's a quick transfer, via the autoroute, to Valence to admire the cathedral and the art museum. From here, see the limestone wonder of the Ardèche Gorge on your way to Provence or, if you're headed back to Lyon, stop at Vienne for its Roman sites.

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