Lake Annecy and the French Alps
Annecy, known as ‘the Venice of the Alps’, is one of the most picturesque towns in France.
Situated beside a turquoise lake, Annecy is surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks. Furthermore, it proves an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Savoie region and the Valley of Chamonix Mont Blanc. A city of art with a magnificent architectural harmony, walking around the old town is a real delight. It boasts canals, flower-bedecked banks, small delightful bridges and its beautiful houses with colourful facades. Annecy earned the nickname of Savoyard Venice. In the heart of the old town, stands the Palais de l’Isle, a former prison and the Palais de Justice (law courts). Additionally, beautiful arcaded houses line the streets and towering over the town is the medieval Château d’Annecy.
Take time to explore the neighbouring towns of Chambéry. The former capital of Savoy has an abundance of its lively cafes and arcaded streets. Another wonderful and charming town is Chamonix, with the sheer white heights of the Mont Blanc massif as its sensational backdrop. The calm and peaceful Aix-Les-Bains, located on Lake Bourget offers a different perspective not far from the town’s attractions.
This region is breathtaking and not just because of the altitude! Explore the beautiful towns hidden away in the French Alps.
Dates throughout 2023
Travel to Annecy
Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel to the Champagne area for an overnight stop before arriving in resort for four nights.
Getting to know Lake Annecy
Enjoy a guided walking tour through the beautiful Old Town of Annecy with its cobbled streets, canalside paths and wooden bridges. The most interesting core of the city lies at the foot of the castle mound, a warren of lanes, passages and arcaded houses below around the Canal du Thiou. Highlights include the Palais de L’Isle and the historic castle. The best way to discover the lake itself is by taking an optional hop-on hop-off cruise, from the canals of the old town to Talloires Bay, from the Chateau de Duingt to the Roc de Chere. This is the best way to discover the lake and there are various different cruises available.
Chamonix and Mont Blanc
Today we take an excursion to the popular resort of Chamonix, nestled beneath Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. Take an optional railway excursion to the vast glacier known as the Mer de Glace or ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi, a dramatic granite pinnacle on which the cable cars dock and restaurants are precariously balanced.
Chambéry and Aix-Les-Bains
Chambery is a pretty town with a castle and the famous ‘Elephants Fountain’, built to honour a local Count for his successes in India. It enjoys an enviable location commanding the entrance to the big Alpine valleys which lead to the passes of Italy. Aix Les Bains is situated on Lake Bourget, France’s largest natural lake with its own beach and surrounded by soaring wooded mountains.Here there is a world-famous spa and casino and it is possible to try watersports on the lake, or simply to enjoy a stroll along the promenade or in the park.
It’s time to leave Annecy and return to the UK. Make an overnight stop en route back to Calais for the return crossing on Day 7.
Best Western Hotel International, Annecy ***
Located at the entrance of Annecy town centre, just 350 metres from the TGV Station and a few minutes walking from the old town and the lake. It offers a restaurant and drinks in Le Jazz, the hotel’s bar.
Novotel Annecy Centre Atria ****
The Novotel Annecy hotel is located in central Annecy, a 5-minute walk from the old town, the lake and the Château d’Annecy. It offers soundproofed rooms feature a TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. French cuisine is served in the Novotel Café and the hotel bar serves drinks and light snacks. Annecy TGV Train Station is just 50 yards from the hotel and Lake Annecy is 0.6 miles away.
Best Western Plus Hotel Carlton
This polished hotel is set within 0.6 km of Gare d’Annecy railway station, the 16th-century Annecy Cathedral and the Chateau d’Annecy. All the rooms feature contemporary furnishings, and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars, air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Amenities include a restaurant and a stylish cocktail lounge.
Mercure Aix-Les-Bains ****
Located in the Marlioz thermal area near to Lac de Bourget and with easy access to Chambéry and Annecy. The hotel is just over half a mile from Aix-les-Bains Train Station. The restaurant, Le Grand Café Adélaïde, serves regional and creative cuisine and has a terrace where meals can be enjoyed on sunny days.
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|7 days by Land and Sea||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|2023 dates||From £505.00 per person||From £179.00 per person|
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