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Medieval Annecy & Chamonix Alpine Adventure

Medieval Annecy & Chamonix Alpine Adventure

A delightful 10 day tour to the French Alps including visits to Switzerland

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A delightful 10 day tour to the French Alps including visits to Switzerland

La Clusaz

La Clusaz is all about fresh air, forests and summer meadows, the rivers and alpine lakes.The mountains in the summer are about enjoying the warm welcome from the locals and lingering over drinks on a terrace as the sun goes down. Visit the local market held every Monday in the Church square, get to know all the local specialities: Reblochon, Savoy ham, Aravis liqueur, or head up the mountains on one of the chairlifts or gondolas to enjoy the views.

 

Annecy & Lake Annecy

Annecy is an alpine town in southeastern France, where Lake Annecy feeds into the Thiou River. It’s known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval Château d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva, contains a museum with regional artifacts. The one-hour circular commentary cruise of the lake, leaving from Annecy without stops, lets you contemplate the beauty of the purest lake in Europe and its stunning setting in the heart of the French Alps.

 

Yvoire

Yvoire is a small medieval town in Haute-Savoie, in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is well known in France for its medieval buildings and beautiful flower decorations during the summer season, and also Jardin des Cinq Sens, (The garden of the Five Senses) in the center of the town. It is classified as one of the "most beautiful villages of France". The town was fortified in the 14th century. It soon gained a strategic military importance and the inhabitants were given tax privileges

Lake Geneva Cruise

There is no better way to experience Geneva Lake than on board a narrated boat tour providing an up close view of the beautiful estates and mansions that line the shores and that tells about the famous names that settled in the area.

 

Chamonix

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its skiing. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.

Train du Montenvers

The Montenvers Railway was the first custom built tourist attraction in the valley. It started operating in 1908. The funicular railway departs from Chamonix and makes its way up the sides of the Aiguilles de Chamonix to an altitude of 1,913m.

The station at Montenvers has a cafe and a restaurant from where there are spectacular views of some of the most prestigious peaks in Chamonix: Les Drus (3,754m), Les Grands Jorasses (4,205m) and the Aiguille du Grepon (3,482m).

The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is the largest glacier in France, 7km long and 200m deep and is one of the biggest attractions in the Chamonix Valley.

The Ice Cave

The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. Re-sculpted every year, it describes the life of mountain people in the early 19th century. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are about 480 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.

The Glaciorium

A world of discovery awaits you at the new exhibition centre at the Montenvers Mer de Glace. Here the creation and evolution of the glaciers over the centuries is explained in detail.

Friday 3rd July

Cumbria via York to Hull and the overnight sailing to Rotterdam.

Saturday 4th July

Rotterdam south towards Metz and our overnight hotel the Novotel. Dinner in the hotel.

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Sunday 5th July

Departing after breakfast we continue south via Dijon and through the Haute Savoie, skirting the Swiss Border on our way to the charming village of La Clusaz and a warm welcome at our hotel The Alpen Roc. Dinner in the hotel. Selected complimentary drinks 18.00 - 23.00.

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Monday 6th July

A day at leisure. Monday is market day so we can browse this delightful alpine market in the morning. In the afternoon relax in the town or maybe take one of the several gondolas or chairlifts to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the mountains. Dinner in the hotel. Selected complimentary drinks 18.00 - 23.00.

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Tuesday 7th July

Today we head to Annecy, often described as the 'Venice of the Alps', this beautiful lakeside town is blessed with charming canals and narrow streets. We include a guided walking tour before some time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a 60 minute circular cruise on the lake itself before returning to our hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Selected complimentary drinks 18.00 - 23.00.

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Wednesday 8th July

After breakfast we make for the shore of Lake Geneva and the attractive medieval village of Yvoire. Wander the narrow streets and admire the flower decked buildings as you make your way to the lake side and admire the lovely views across the lake. Time for lunch in one of the many cafes prior to an afternoon cruise on Lake Geneva. Dinner in the hotel. Selected complimentary drinks 18.00 - 23.00

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Thursday 9th July

Today we visit the chic mountain resort of Chamonix. We include the Train du Montenvers for our return journey up to view the impressive glacier known as the Mer de Glace. At the summit, we will have the opportunity to descend via cable car and walk within the glacier itself (please note that this requires a significant number of steps and is not suitable for those with walking difficulties). In addition, you can visit the museum at the summit known as the Glacorium, which charts the evolution of the glacier over the centuries. Dinner in the hotel. Selected complimentary drinks 18.00 - 23.00.

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Friday 10th July

This morning we leave our hosts in La Clusaz and return north through France to our overnight hotel, the Victor’s Residenz at Saarlouis. Dinner in the hotel.

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Saturday 11th July

After breakfast we continue north to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.

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Sunday 12th July

Hull to Cumbria, arriving home mid afternoon.

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Hotel Alpen Rock

The Hotel Alpen Roc located in La Clusaz village centre is built in the Savoyard style and offers a beautiful panoramic view over the mountains and the village.

The hotel has 108 comfortable bedrooms, 4 of which offer disabled facilities. Rooms have private bathroom, satellite TV and free WiFi and the hotel has a heated swimming pool, sauna and a steam room. The hotel has a lift.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared using fresh local produce, all meals are served in the dining room where you can enjoy the panoramic views over the village.

Guests can also relax in the hotel's bar, which features a central fireplace and exposed beams or on the terrace. There is also a pool table for guest's use.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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