French and Swiss Alps with Annecy - Chamonix - Geneva - Yvoire - Lake Geneva - Évian-les-Bains
Snow-capped peaks and the lush green of the meadows, fresh air and quiet lakes - all these are the mountains. Experience with us a piece of pure nature paired with interesting sightseeing and picturesque towns in France and Switzerland.
Day 1 Arrival in the French Alps in the romantic alpine town of Annecy
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks at the northern end of the lake of the same name, lies the medieval town of Annecy, also known as the French Venice of the Alps. Bridges always decorated with flowers and picturesque arcades in the streets adorn the cityscape. The historic quarter with the former prison, situated in the middle of the river Thiou, belongs to the special sights of Annecy.
You live in the 3 star Best Western International in Annecy. With the perfect location at the entrance of the city centre in Annecy you can reach the old town and the lake within walking distance. Experience the charm of the old town of Annecy or relax on the lakeside and enjoy your time in the French alpine town.
2nd day city tour Annecy
After an extensive breakfast you will get to know the romantic alpine town during a guided tour. Afterwards you will have a cosy lunch and enjoy a typical regional cheese fondue. In the afternoon you can be enchanted by the impressive panorama of the Alps and the turquoise lake water during a boat trip.
3rd day day trip Chamonix and surroundings
The famous winter sports resort of Chamonix at the foot of Montblanc is the capital of French alpinism. It became famous in 1786 with the first ascent of Mont Blanc and had the honour of organising the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Chamonix competes with Zermatt in the magnificence of the glaciers and, especially in the rock needles of its Aiguilles, shows high mountain formations of unique wilderness. Stroll along the car-free promenade with its numerous shops, restaurants and cafés under the arcades, inviting you to linger. With the various cable and rack railways you can drive into the mountain world and enjoy a wonderful view.
4th day day trip Lake Geneva
Today you will take a trip to Lake Geneva - Le Léman, the "Great Water", as the Celts called it and the French still call Lake Geneva today. You will travel to a water of superlatives: Lake Geneva, with more than 580 square kilometres of water, mildest weather, 310 metres deep, is the deepest lake in France and Switzerland and the most water-rich lake in Central Europe. You will visit Ripaille Castle, located above the town of Thonon-les-Bains. The 15th century building is the former residence of Amadeus VIII, the first Duke of Savoy. Here you will be expected for a wine tasting. You can spend the lunch time in Thonon-les-Bains before you can be enchanted by the village of Yvoire, situated directly on Lake Geneva, with its richly decorated and flower-decorated stone houses. Afterwards you drive to Évian-les-Bains to the bottling centre of the beverage manufacturer Evian. With 6 million units per day and more than 1650 tonnes of bottles, Evian is the world's most important bottling centre. The water comes from the Cachat spring, which is very close to Lake Geneva and contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. Videos, models and exhibitions tell you everything about the history and the bottling process of mineral water.
Day 5: Journey home After an impressive journey, you will return home today.