With a beautiful position in the high Alpine resort of La Clusaz, our hotel is a wonderful base for this exploration of Annecy, Chamonix, Yvoire and Geneva. As well as seeing the local towns, visit the ‘Mer de Glace’ Glacier, cruise on two stunning lakes and enjoy a generous drinks package at our welcoming and comfortable hotel.
Day 1 Following an early morning home taxi collection, we travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. On arrival, we continue our journey south to Troyes and our overnight hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast, we travel further south, with suitable refreshment stops, reaching our hotel in La Clusaz to enjoy a relaxing drink before our dinner.
Day 3 Today we visit Annecy, often described as the ‘Venice of the Alps’. This beautiful lakeside town is blessed with charming canals and narrow streets waiting to be explored. We have a 90-minute guided walking tour before some free time for your own exploration and to obtain some lunch in one of the many waterside restaurants. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy a 60-minute circular cruise on Lake Annecy before returning to our hotel.
Day 4 We travel to the chic mountain resort of Chamonix. We spend the day enjoying the relaxing town centre and have the chance to visit the numerous sights including the impressive Aiguille du Midi (not included). Later we board the Train de Montenvers for our return journey up to view the stunning glacier known as the ‘Mer de Glace’. At the summit we have the opportunity to descend via cable car and walk within the glacier itself**. Alternatively, we could visit the museum at the summit - The Glacorium - which charts the evolution of the glacier over the centuries.
Day 5 An excursion to the lakeside village of Yvoire on the shores of magnificent Lake Geneva. This pretty medieval village has hardly changed over the centuries and is filled with beautifully decorated houses and well-tended gardens. Enjoy some free time before we board our boat for a cruise along the shore of the lake to the Swiss city of Geneva. After a little free time, we return to our hotel.
Day 6 A free day to enjoy La Clusaz. You could browse the shops of our pretty village, stroll through the Alpine scenery or relax and enjoy the leisure facilities or afternoon cakes at our hotel.
Day 7 Today we have to leave the beauty of the French Alps behind as we begin our journey northward, reaching our overnight hotel north of Reims in time for dinner.
Day 8 After breakfast, we continue to Calais, with suitable refreshment stops along the way, to board a late-afternoon ferry to Dover. Once in the UK, we travel back to the local area to meet our taxis in the evening.
Our three-star, wooden chalet-style hotel is nestled in the mountains between Chamonix and Annecy, with the main shopping street within easy distance. The hotel has a large restaurant, a gorgeous first-floor open plan bar, and leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The 108 traditionally furnished bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and safe. The hotel has a lift.