Unparalleled mountain majesty
Discover the captivating scenery of the French Alps, breathtaking Mont Blanc, and the sun-blessed sophistication of lakeside Annecy. Visit charming Aix-les-Bains on an optional excursion, and ride the Mont Blanc Tramway across the stunning landscape of the Haute Savoie, on this wonderful, and wonderful-value, break.
Fly to Geneva and transfer to your hotel, where you'll be met by your Tour Manager.
This morning's included tour will reveal the history and landmarks of Annecy, its lakeside setting enhanced by the majestic Alpine peaks towering on its horizon. The River Thiou winds through its heart, and flowers cascade down from the terraces of quayside restaurants.
Afterwards you're free to shop and explore. Visit the Observatoire des Lacs in the Chateau, the Museum of Alpine Miniatures and the Conservatoire d'Art et d'Histoire, or board one of the steamers that ply Lake Annecy for a cruise on this most picturesque of Europe's lakes.
The highlight of our holiday for many, today's included excursion takes us from Le Fayet to Nid d'Aigle aboard the Mont Blanc Tramway. Relax as you glide through the spectacular mountain landscape before we head to Chamonix. Here you'll be free to relax, explore, board the historic Montenvers rack railway (payable locally), which makes its way through the pine forests to the edge of the vast Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) that sweeps down the valley above the town, or even ride the Aiguille du Midi cable-car (payable locally), which rises to a jaw-dropping altitude of 3,842 metres at the top station on Mont Blanc, before we return to our hotel.
The first of our optional excursions takes us to Lake Geneva. We'll stop in lovely Yvoire, home of the marvellous Jardin des Cinq Sens (Garden for the Five Senses), before heading to Evian-les-Bains. Now known around the world for its bottled spring water, the springs at Evian were first popularised in the early 19th Century, and rose to become one of the most exclusive summer resorts in the region - attracting Proust, the Lumiere Brothers and many more to its villas and elegant hotels.
Our second optional excursion is to the spa town of Aix-les-Bains. After a guided walk around Aix's elegant centre, you'll have time to visit the spa pump rooms, and take the waters, or admire the stunning views from the shores of nearby Lac du Bourget.
Spend your final full day in France relaxing or exploring as you see fit. Our Tour Manager will be happy to suggest things to see and places to go.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
This holiday is also available by rail, travelling directly from London to Lyon by Eurostar, then onward from Lyon to Annecy by local rail services. The transfer time from Annecy train station to the hotels is approximately 10 minutes.
Rail travel packages
The transfer time from Geneva airport to your hotel is approximately 50 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels