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.
French Alps Holiday Itinerary
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.
Day One: Rail travel to France
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.
Day Two: Included tour of Annecy
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.
Admire the views as you head through the Alpine landscape to Chamonix.
Day Three: Included Chamonix and Mont Blanc tour
There, you'll have time to explore. Perhaps use your Mont Blanc Multipass (which gives you unlimited access on all participating and operating cable cars and trains) to ride the historic Montenvers railway 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 station for Mont Blanc and a height of 3842 metres (and the closest to the summit as you can get without climbing).
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.
Day Four: Optional day trip to Lake Geneva
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.
Day Five: Optional Aix-les-Bains tour
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.
Day Six: Day at leisure
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.
Day Seven: Train back to the UK
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