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France's most stunning scenery
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the French Alps and the sophistication of Lake Annecy, on this perfect seven-day tour. See imposing Mont Blanc and ride the mountain's namesake tramway across Haute Savoie's verdant alpine landscape, relax in peaceful Annecy and visit lakeside Aix-les-Bains on an optional tour.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Explore beautiful Lake Annecy on an included tour
- Travel on the Mont Blanc Tramway - France's highest tram line
- A visit to the Alpine resort of Chamonix
- The chance to discover Lake Geneva, Evian and Yvoire
- Six nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Ibis Styles Annecy Gare Centre (upgrades available)
- Return Eurostar travel from London to Lyon and onward train travel to Annecy
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Board the Eurostar at London's St Pancras International and depart for Lyon, where you'll change to France's highly efficient national rail network to enjoy a scenic onward journey to Annecy. Upon arrival your Tour Manager will assist you with checking into your hotel.
This morning enjoy your first included tour, taking in the history, sights and sounds of beautiful Annecy, with its crystalline lake and stunning Alpine mountain backdrop.
Later in the day, discover the shops and cafes at your own pace, visit the town's Chateau - complete with museum - and explore the Museum of Alpine Miniatures or the Conservatoire d'Art et d'Histoire. Alternatively, get your camera ready and take to the water on one of the steamboats that ply routes on the lake, for astounding views of the town and its surrounds.
Board the Mont Blanc Tramway at Le Fayet and relax as you follow one of the most scenic rail routes in the world to Nid d'Aigle. Admire the views as you traverse this pristine section of the Alps, before heading to Chamonix.
There, you'll have time to explore. Ride the historic Montenvers railway (payable locally) which carves its way through alpine forest to the edge of Mer de Glace - an enormous glacier. Alternatively, board the Aiguille de Midi cable-car, which steadily rises towards the top of Mont Blanc and a height of 3842 metres.
Join an optional excursion to the banks of Lake Geneva, home of the maze-like Jardin des Cinq Sens (Garden for the Five Senses), and Evian-les-Bains - known the world over for its crystal clear alpine spring water. Alternatively, choose to remain in Annecy, relax by the lake and explore the town.
This morning there's the opportunity to visit the manicured thermal spa-town of Aix-les-Bains, on the second of our optional excursions. Enjoy a guided tour of the town's elegant centre and be sure to make time to admire the views from the shores of nearby Lac du Bourget - maybe even take a dip.
Your final day is to be one of relaxation. Choose to spend time by the lake's calm shores, people-watch in any of the town's numerous cafes, or take to the water to see the surrounds from a different perspective.
Enjoy a last breakfast in your hotel, before taking a short transfer to the train station to begin your journey home via the channel tunnel.
Air travel package
This holiday is also available by air to Geneva. The transfer time from Geneva airport to the hotels is approximately 50 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from Annecy train station to your hotel is approximately 10 minutes.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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