Magnificent French Alps

Best of France Travels the Magnificent French Alps

September 1-10, 2017!

Our destination is Annecy, a magical medieval town located on Lake Annecy in the Valley of Thones, at the foot of the French Alps. This region of France is extraordinarily beautiful, yet very different from other parts of France.

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We will be staying at the Splendid Hotel in Annecy for nine nights. http://www.hotel-annecy-lac.fr. The staff at this hotel is exceptionally accommodating and our hotel is perfectly located in the center of the medieval town, directly across from the lake.  All of our rooms face the lake and have lovely views.  The breakfast buffet each morning is served in a dining room with spectacular views of the lake and there is an outside terrace.  Each morning there are choices of regional cheeses and meats, along with eggs, fresh breads, pastries, fruits, juices, and croissants. A copious buffet of delights!

Breakfast on the terrace

Breakfast on the terrace

The food, the scenery, the town of Annecy itself, the mountains, the cheese (best in the country, maybe the world), the markets, the history…it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.  We will explore the villages, visit castles, taste the regional specialties, and be amazed by the natural wonders in this region of Haute Savoie.

Chamonix

Chamonix

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Best of France Travels Magnificent French Alps Tour!

Tour Price: $3895 per person in double occupancy; $500 Single Supplement

What’s Included:

·        All Transportation by bus throughout tour

·        Airport transfers to/from Geneva on the starting and ending day of the tour.

·         Full time tour guide and assistant

·         All visits, tours, excursions and entry fees for activities  in program itinerary

·         Two “event” lunches

·         Four special dinners at different restaurants in Annecy

·         Nine nights at the Splendid Hotel Annecy with lake views

·         Nine buffet breakfasts

·         All tips are included

·         Information booklet and luggage tags

·         Pre-tour assistance as needed

·         Luggage assistance

·         Welcome Happy Hour at the Splendid Hotel

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Magnificent French Alps Tour  September 1-10, 2017

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps! We will meet you at the Geneva airport and transfer you by coach bus to Annecy. Check in the Splendid Hotel, our home for nine days and nights. You will have free time to explore Annecy before our “Orientation and Happy Hour” on the hotel terrace. Welcome dinner tonight. 2015-08-29 008

Day 2:  Walking tour of old Annecy today.  We will visit the Castle Prison, situated in the middle of the canal and shaped like the prow of a boat. This site is one of the most photographed of all the monuments in France! Visit the Chateau  then continue our walk up to the the Basilica, the Visitation.  http://en.lac-annecy.com/

2015-08-29 023Day 3: Today we will drive through the magnificent Alps to reach Chamonix. From Chamonix we will take the cable car to the very top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps at nearly 16,000 feet above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views. Afterwards we will visit the charming town of Chamonix, famous for being the site of the first winter Olympics. http://www.visit-mont-blanc.com/en

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Day 4: “Tasting Day in Annecy” Today we will discover Alpine delicacies:  Alpine cheeses, liqueurs, chocolates, and of course, wine. We will visit a cheese specialist who will explain the different regional cheeses, how they are made and the fascinating stories that go along with their history. Visit a confisserie that will allow us to sample special sweets and candies, as well as a wine and liqueur cave where you can taste some very original creations made with various Alpine herbs and flowers!

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Day 5:  Today we will drive to the charming village of Yvoire, located on the bank of Lac Leman (known to the Swiss as Lac Geneve!) on the Franco/Swiss border. Now ranked as “Four Flowers”, the village represented France in 2002 at the European level and received the International Trophy for Landscape and Horticulture. Visit the Garden of the Five Senses in the heart of the village. The castle’s former kitchen garden has been restored in medieval style and transformed into a spot of rest and dream: a plant labyrinth changes with the seasons. Immerse yourself in a universe of colors, scents, sounds and textures. We will have lunch as a group at one of the charming restaurants famous for the fried perch fresh from the lake. Always delicious and served with frites, of course!

Yvoire on lac leman

 

Day 6: This is “THE” big market day in Annecy. The beautiful regional products are set up along the Canal de Thoui. Wander this medieval town called the “Venice of France”. At noon we will embark the beautiful boat, the “Libellule” for a two hour boat cruise on Lac Annecy with gourmet lunch.  http://www.annecy-croisieres.com/

annecy market for constant contact

 

Day 7: Today we will walk through the Gorges de Fier. The Fier River has carved out this magnificent gorge, one of the natural wonders of the Alps!   Walk through a spectacular canyon via a footbridge 252 m long and suspended 25 meters above the river. Venture deep into the giant gorge with the River Fier flowing at its base. Afterwards we will visit the “Jardin des Secrets”! We will have a tour of this mysterious, magical place. High in the mountains, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, you will discover an exotic world that is at the same time in sync with nature and mysterious in its setting.

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Day 8: It is market day again. Annecy is a destination village and you will have more time to take advantage of the traditional regional market in the morning…or sleep late and take a walk beside the lake. At the market purchase something for a picnic beside the lake.  You can also rent a little boat to go out on the lake or finish up your shopping. Dinner with group tonight.

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Day 9: Drive along Lac Annecy to the Chateau Menthon St. Bernard. The castle has 105 rooms on four levels where you can admire beautifully furnished rooms, in particular the Countess’s Bedroom, 13th century kitchens and the great hall, decorated with pictures and antique furniture from Louis XIII and Louis XIV, and a Gobelins tapestry. The library contains ancient manuscripts written on parchment with painted illuminations from monks of the MiddleAges.  http://www.chateau-de-menthon.com/en/index.php This evening we will have our Bon Voyage Dinner: Fondue!

Fairy tale castle in the Alps

Fairy tale castle in the Alps

Day 10: Today is departure day. We will drive the group to the Geneva airport for departure flights.

Tour Price: $3895 per person in double occupancy; $500 Single Supplement

 

Enjoy a slideshow of some photos of past French Alps tours.