Discover the quiet beauty of one of the purest lakes in the world before taking a scenic railway journey to the foothills of the highest mountain in the Alps. Lake Annecy is an ideal location for anyone looking to slow down for a few days and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, and our short break is an opportunity to do just that. We stay at the northern end of the lake in the town of Annecy, known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’ because of its crystal clear canals which wind through the centre. There’s plenty of time to explore the town and wander along the lake shore enjoying the serenity, before we join the Mont Blanc Express for an exciting journey in the Alps, passing spectacular scenery to reach the illustrious resort of Chamonix.
Day 1: London – Lake Annecy
We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and join the TGV to Annecy, where we walk the short distance to our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Day 2: Lake Annecy
Enjoy a free day in Annecy. The combination of crystal clear canals, narrow traffic-free streets and colourful houses bedecked with flowers make it a delightful place to explore. There are also a number of important places in the town, including the Palais de I’Isle and the 13th-century Château d’Annecy, and there’s the popular picnic spot of Champs de Mars where you can cross Lovers’ Bridge and walk along the lake edge to a public garden and a beach. During the day you can also join our optional cruise on Lake Annecy for a wonderful perspective of the area.
Day 3: Chamonix & the Mont Blanc Express
Today we travel by coach to the town of St-Gervais-les-Bains and join the Mont Blanc Express for a scenic railway journey to Chamonix. This famous resort sits 1,035 metres above sea level in the shadow of Mont Blanc and is surrounded by glaciers, snowcapped peaks and lush green meadows. We have plenty of time to explore Chamonix and for even more spectacular views you could take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up Mont Blanc itself, or try the gentler Montenvers rack railway which takes you to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier (additional journeys not included).
Day 4: Lake Annecy – London
We leave our peaceful retreat behind and travel back to Paris where we join Eurostar for the return to London.