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La Belle France

Annecy is a dazzling historic centre, criss-crossed by canals, morning markets and a lakeside setting it really is truly magical.

From£1,495

  • France

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • May

    Sep

  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 50300

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This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Get up into the Alps with ease for stunning views of Annecy from the famous Col de Forclaz.
  • Wander woodland paths to Jean-Jacques Rousseaus retreat, Les Charmettes.
  • Glide the waters of Lac d'Annecy as we sail to the Chateau of Menthon St Bernard for a guided tour.
  • Enjoy a day up on the Bauges Massif for a gently undulating ridge and high meadow walk.

Our holiday is based in the beautiful town of Annecy, located in the Haute Savoie department of south east France, it offers beautiful scenic walking at a gentle and relaxed pace in addition to great sightseeing and a town retreat.  It is situated on the edge of the beautiful turquoise Lac d’Annecy (which could all too often be mistaken for the beautiful shores of the Cote d’Azur); to the south it is surrounded by the lofty ridge of Le Semnoz and to the east lined by the peaks of the Bornes Massif the most spectacular of which is La Tournette.

Annecy could so easily be described as a fairytale setting. With its canal running through the centre next to its narrow little streets, the old prison (now a local museum) which still sits in the middle of the canal, and its castle overlooking the town from the hilltop. It offers some great ‘Kodak Moments’!  It is a great centre which has a wonderful historic charm; it has often been described as one of the most beautiful towns in the French Alps, making it a great place to enjoy sociable evenings, with good food and wine.

We will have private transfers to take us up to parts of the mountains which offer the best gentle and sensationally scenic walking, we will enjoy a delightful boat journey around Lac d’Annecy, in addition to time spent just ambling around and exploring our surroundings.

If you long for the delights of scenic France, but with the relaxation of mountain air and gentle walking, and the varied hues of the lakes, then this is the holiday for you! 

  • Return flights to Geneva from London Heathrow
  • Airport Transfers
  • All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
  • Bed & Breakfast en-suite accommodation
  • Five dinners in local restaurants
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Annecy!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We will fly to Geneva and then transfer by road to Annecy (approximately one hour). We may have time for an orientation walk before an enjoyable dinner in the town.

Day 2

Getting to know the local area

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We start our week by exploring the medieval centre, with photo opportunities on every street corner. The morning market will be the perfect place for stocking up on picnic supplies.  After lunch we can enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake shore.  

Day 3

Up into the Alps

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Today we will enjoy a sensational walk high in the mountains.  We will have a private transfer into the mountains east of Annecy and stop at the Col de la Forclaz a familiar name for followers of the Tour de France for a wonderful view of the Lac d’Annecy. Continuing we arrive at the bottom of the wide track leading to the Col de l’Aulp. A relaxed (but uphill!) stroll will take us to the col itself where we can enjoy magnificent views in every possible direction and be entertained by the hang gliders!

Day 4

Chambery & Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Retreat

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    145m

After breakfast we will catch a train to Chambery for the day.  We will have time to explore this historical capital of the former kingdom of Savoy.  A lovely walk up through woods and meadows will lead us to Les Charmettes, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s favourite retreat.

Day 5

Boat Trip to Chateau of Menthon St Bernard

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Today we will head to the Lac d’Annecy for a boat trip around the lake.  We cross the lake to Menthon, a pretty little lakeside village, and then enjoy a gentle walk up to the Chateau of Menthon St Bernard.  After our visit we will continue our walk back to the lakeside and make the pleasant trip back by boat to Annecy, calling at more charming lakeside locations on the way.

Day 6

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A free day to relax and enjoy Annecy’s lakes and canals.  If you fancy something a bit further afield, why not catch a train to Aix-les-Bains?   Or go deeper into the Alps to the picturesque village of Le Grand Bornand, at the foot of the spectacular Aravis Mountains?

Your Adagio Leader will be more than happy to advise you of the different options.

Day 7

Onto the Bauges Massif

Meals

Breakfast & Dinners

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we will have a private transfer which will take us high up into the Bauges Massif, where we  will be dropped in the perfect location, enabling us to soak up the magnificent views of Mont Blanc (weather permitting) and Lac du Bourget, followed by  a fairly gentle walk along an undulating ridge and through beautiful meadows.

Day 8

Time to wave goodbye Annecy

Meals

Breakfast

Sadly our enchanting holiday has come to an end.   We will take a private transfer to Geneva airport for our flight back to London Heathrow.

From (GBP)£1,495

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Sep 2020 - 21st Sep 2020 (7 Nights)

24th May 2021 - 31st May 2021 (7 Nights)

31st May 2021 - 7th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

6th Sep 2021 - 13th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

13th Sep 2021 - 20th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Splendid

Annecy is a wonderful town, and an idyllic base for our Haute Savoie holiday. The town has plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening.  It is also a lovely place to have a stroll through when dusk is turning into night and the canal and museum are lit up, truly endearing!

Our hotel is a couple of minutes’ walk away from a supermarket, bakers and plenty of other small shops. There is a bank, post office and several cashpoints.  There is also a delightful food market each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - the perfect place to pick up some essential picnic fillings and other intriguing items.

The three star Hotel Splendid is located opposite the canal in the heart of the historic quarter of Annecy, making it perfect for those of you who seek to explore Annecy in your own time.  Recently renovated it offers great comfort and style, a great place to relax after exploring the town. 

The bedrooms and public rooms alike are modern and comfortable.

Hotel room facilities include:

  • Minibar
  • Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/satellite LCD screen TV 
  • Safe
  • Kettle (no teabags/coffee so please bring some if you wish) 
  • Hairdryer.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in France is the euro. 

Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Heathrow to Geneva and return with British Airways. The flight is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

We will have a private coach transfer to Annecy which will take approximately one hour.

During the week we’ll travel on foot, by train, road and boat

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

A large buffet breakfast and five dinners are included in the price of the holiday.  Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel and dinners will be taken in local restaurants.   We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a pleasant café.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Swimming in France

Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in France

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Recommended maps of the area, and one which covers all of our walks are 

  • IGN 1:25 000 3431 OT Lac d’Annecy
  • IGN 1:25 000 3332 OT Chambery

The Rough Guide to France has several pages on the Annecy area and lots of other in-depth information about the country.

The Annecy Tourist Office’s website is www.lac-annecy.com with information on all sorts of things in Annecy itself and helpful information on the area.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 2000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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