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 use your included Mont Blanc Multipass to ride across Haute Savoie's verdant alpine landscape. Relax in peaceful Annecy and visit lakeside Aix-les-Bains on an optional tour.
Journey by super-fast Eurostar train to Lyon, gateway to the Alps, and make the scenic transfer to Annecy.
Our included guided tour introduces the lake and the town that graces its northernmost tip. A picture-postcard-perfect scene, Lake Annecy boasts sparkling waters, across which several steamers and pleasure craft ply their colourful courses, overlooked by the high peaks of the French Alps. Prosperous Annecy is a beguiling place, with the Old Town's quaint, flower-decked houses huddled beneath the ancient chateau, Shops and restaurants abound, and there are several museums and a cathedral to explore.
Today's included excursion, perhaps the highlight of the holiday, journeys to famous Alpine resort Chamonix, in the shadow of towering Mont Blanc. We include a Mont Blanc Multipass, giving you unlimited access on all participating and operating cable cars and trains. Upon arrival in Chamonix, perhaps make a journey on the historic Montenvers rack railway to the edge of the vast Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) above the town, or take the even more vertiginous ride on the Aiguille du Midi cable car to an eye-popping altitude of 3,842 metres - the closest you can get to the summit of Mont Blanc without climbing it!
Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or more likely join today's wonderful optional excursion to the shores of Lake Geneva, calling at the improbably pretty village of Yvoire, famed as a 'village fleurie', and taking in Evian-les-Bains, a famous 'watering hole' in more ways than one, since the resort is not only celebrated for its health-giving treatments, but of course known the world over for its bottled spring water.
The final optional excursion is to the celebrated spa town of Aix-les-Bains, including a walking tour around its elegant centre. Ornate formal gardens surround the imposing Belle Epoque buildings, while the Old Town, a rabbit warren of narrow streets, is a delight, and the Musee Faure houses some important Impressionist paintings. A mile or so from the town centre lies beautiful Lac du Bourget, another 'lakes and mountains' idyll.
A last day is free simply to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings, perhaps taking to the water on a steamer, or if you are feeling more energetic, heading out on the lakeshore promenade on foot or by hired bicycle. The shops and restaurants of Annecy might tempt you to return, or perhaps you'll venture further afield.
Bid "au revoir" to your hosts, and transfer to Lyon railway station for the return Eurostar journey to the UK, after a wonderful Alpine holiday.
This holiday is also available by air to Geneva. The transfer time from Geneva airport to the hotels is approximately 50 minutes.
Air travel package
Some of the cable cars, trams and trains included in your Multipass may be closed at certain times of the year. Your Tour Manager will be on hand in Chamonix to direct you accordingly.
Mont Blanc Multipass
The transfer time from Annecy train station to your hotel is approximately 10 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
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