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French Château & Majestic Alps

Europe
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGFCMA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Beautiful, charming and spectacularly scenic, the sheer beauty of this wonderful Alpine region of France will leave you lost for words!
PRICE FROM ? £1189 per person
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Itinerary

9 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    Continue past Troyes and Dijon, famous for its mustard of the same name. Then towards the awe-inspiring scenery of the Savoie Alps and to Challes-les-Eaux for a six-night stay. When you arrive, enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Lyon

    Take the opportunity of an optional excursion to Lyon, France's second city and reputed to be the gourmet capital of France.

    Found at the meeting point of the Rhône and Saone Rivers, Lyon’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its charm as a city is undisputed among the French and the old town is a maze of cobbled streets, covered walkways and Renaissance architecture just begging to be explored.

    While you're there, don't forget to take a look at the Basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Cathédrale St. Jean.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Annecy

    Our Alpine extravaganza continues today with an included excursion to the town of Annecy, placed right on the shores of its namesake, Lake Annecy.

    As well as a picturesque lakeside promenade, you can wander through the quaint old town which has an abundance of arcaded streets that are criss-crossed by canals. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the Alps', the medieval quarter is a photographer’s delight, with flower-bedecked bridges across the charming canals and the weekly market which springs into life every Tuesday. While you wander around the many attractions, be sure to take in the majestic views of the surrounding mountains.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Grenoble & Chartreuse Valley

    Enjoy an included excursion to Grenoble, otherwise known as 'the Capital of the Alps', nestled amongst the dramatic peaks of the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountains. You may wish to take the iconic cable car over the city’s rooftops to the Fort de la Bastille, a 17th century fortress that has stood the test of time to become an attraction for thousands.

    Alternatively, relax in the lively Place Saint André or stroll amongst the fountains of Place Grenette. During the day, we will also have the opportunity to see the Chartreuse massif; a stunning region of snowy mountain peaks, dense forests, deep valleys and lush green meadows.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Chambery & Aix Les Bains

    Our included excursion today takes us first to Chambery, where Thursday is market day. Shop for souvenirs and local produce or explore the historical old town and admire the beautiful medieval buildings and cathedral. The town boasts many Italian influences in its architecture, having all the charm of an Italian hamlet with the dramatic background of Alpine scenery.

    The tour will continue to the well-known fashionable spa town of Aix-les-Bains, a Victorian-style year-round resort with a beach on Lac du Bourget; France's largest lake. If you get a chance (and have a head for heights) an aerial cableway 5,000 feet up the fir-covered Mount Revard delivers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding area. Wander around the streets lined with shops, restaurants and elegant Belle-Époque buildings. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade and admire the views of the famous Abbaye d'Hautecombe monastery. Our journey back to the hotel will take us through the picturesque Isere Valley.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Day at Leisure or Chamonix

    Spend a final day in Challes-les-Eaux and find out what makes it such a special place to stay. Explore the château, which was the former home of the Dukes of Savoie, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds and wander into the local village for some last-minute shopping and to admire the wonderful views. Friday is market day in Challes-les-Eaux, so make sure to wander the stalls for trinkets and gifts if you get a chance.

    Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Chamonix. Browsing around the little shops is a pleasure and you will have a large choice of cafés and restaurants for your midday snack. The town is about 3,500 feet above sea level and sits astride the River Arve, which rises into Mer de Glace; Mont Blanc’s largest glacier and otherwise known as the 'Sea of Ice'.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8

    We leave the Alps and head through France to reach our hotel for an overnight stay in the Paris area.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 9

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for six nights at the 3-star Château des Comtes de Challes. Situated in two hectares of gardens, overlooking the Challes-les-Eaux Valley, this 15th century castle became a hotel in 1860. Overnight stays in northern France and the Paris area will be in city-style hotels. Back to top