Annecy & The French Alps 8 Days - Hotel Mercure
Nestling at the head of its lake, Annecy is an important tourist centre and a busy city. Its old town, dominated by the castle, is very photogenic with narrow winding cobbled streets lined with charming arcades. Alongside the sleepy river there are lovely sunny quays with numerous delightful cafés and flowers in profusion. In contrast to nearby Geneva, Annecy was staunchly Catholic during the Reformation and its late Renaissance cathedral is one of many historic buildings dating from those turbulent times. If you tire of exploring the historic buildings and the many shops and cafés, take a swim in the lovely waters of the lake or relax in the shady parks.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Outward Travel
Day 3 - Chamonix
We travel along the shores of Lake Annecy and through spectacular Alpine scenery to the bustling town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc./nThe spectacular Mont Blanc Massif includes eleven peaks over 4000m in elevation, as well as several glaciers and mountain passes to Switzerland and Italy. /nFollowing a long-running legal dispute, Chamonix is the only town allowed to use "Mont Blanc" in its official name. /n
Day 4 - Lac du Bourget Half Day
The largest natural lake in France, Lake Bourget is a haven of peace with welcoming beaches./nOur visit takes us to the main town of the lake, Aix-les-Bains, which has a wide promenade along the lake shore, lined with cafes./nLandmarks include the Roman ruin, Temple of Diana, in the town hall and the belle epoque Château de la Roche du Roi. /n
Day 5 - Day at Leisure
Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area. /nDon't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.
Day 6 - Geneva
The city of Geneva is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva (lac Leman in French) where the mighty Rhône leaves the lake. /nGeneva is probably the world's most international city, home to many UN agencies as well as banks and businesses from all continents. /nThe elegant boulevards, graceful parks and lakeside promende offer the visitor a relaxed wander taking in the sights. /n
Day 7 - Return Travel
Day 8 - Return Travel
To Be Advised
This excellent hotel is located on the edge of town with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. A regular bus service to the centre operates daily. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and poolside restaurant for the summer season, the ‘Le 76’ restaurant and a cosy bar and lounge.