alpes itinerary help

Old May 17th, 2010, 04:56 AM
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alpes itinerary help

My wife and I will be landing in Lyon at the end of June and we will be staying for 9 days. We have acces to a house and a car in St.Martin D'Uriage which is 15 minutes from Grenoble. We want to stay at the house a few days to save on hotel cost. Which of these locations do you recommend ? are we missing some others?

Geneva
Annecy
Avignon
Grenoble
Chamonix -Mont Blanc

We could also go to Italy , maybe Turin and we want to stay a few days in Lyon.

What would you do?

thank you so much
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Old May 17th, 2010, 06:25 AM
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I suggest skipping Italy. If you spend 3 days near Grenoble and 3 days in Lyon, you only have 3 days left. Also, it takes time to travel between these places so you really only have about 2 days at each place. I'd split your time between Grenoble and Lyon, perhaps taking a day trip or two from those towns.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 06:37 AM
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I would recommend driving the Route des Grandes Alpes - it is one of the world's most impressive mountain roads.

Your list contains only big cities - most of them are not in the mountains. If you want to experience the Alpes, stay in small mountain villages along the Route des Grandes Alpes.

http://www.grande-traversee-alpes.com/en.html
http://www.pays-du-guillestrois.com/
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Old May 17th, 2010, 07:16 AM
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Hi G,

If you have a total of 9 days, you barely have enough time to visit Lyon and Grenoble.

Ech has a good suggestion, if you like steep mountain roads and rugged scenery.

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I'll "third" the Route des Grandes Alpes. We drove it a few years ago, and had this itinerary:
Day 1 - Provence to Embrun with a loop through Barcelonnette
Day 2 - Embrun to briancon with explorations of the valleys, St Veran, etc.
Day 3 - Briancon to Bonneval sur Arc
Day 4 Bonneval to Chamonix/Mt Blanc
Day 5 Chamonix to Annecy. Stayed 2 nights in Annecy.

We did not find this pace to be too fast.

After Briancon, you could easily head over to Grenoble & stay 2-3 nights.

We stayed in a Gite on Lake Annecy for 2 weeks in '08, and we'll be in Embrun & Briancon for 1 week each this July.

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PS - while in Annecy in '08, we spent some time in Geneva and did not like it at all. Spend your time exploring the Alps - and less time in the big cities. We have not visited Grenoble (will stay there 1 night this July), but we liked Chambery & Annecy.

The village of Chamonix was a "nothing" village for us. We've visited hundreds of towns & villages in France that were more interesting. Mt Blanc & the other mountains around Chamonix is the reason to visit that area.

Why are you going to Avignon?

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first off thank you for the numerous responses.

The towns cited above were suggestions given to us by a friend who is the owner of the house that we have acces to near Grenoble.
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I went to Avignon to see Pont Du Gard. If you are not interested in seeing Pont Du Gard, I suggest that you take Avignon off the list.
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What about the palais des papes?
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Palais des Papes is overrated in my humble opinion. There are more things to see in Europe than Palais des Papes.

Anyone have suggestions for some nice places to visit?
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