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Lake Annecy & Chamonix by Rail

Tours by Rail

5 Days from £669

Was from £719

Aug 2016 - Sep 2017 Departures

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Watch the picturesque French countryside drift by as you journey to the French Alps, and discover ancient cobbled towns crisscrossed with canals, spectacular ice caves with glittering frozen tunnels and stunning snow-capped peaks.

Overview

What's included

  • Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar/European train provider from St Pancras International or Ashford International
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager

Included holiday highlights

  • Take the train to the picturesque Alpine resort of Chamonix
  • Board the Mont Blanc Tramway to see the Mer de Glace glacier
  • Visit Yvoire, a walled town nestled on the banks of Lake Geneva

Itinerary

Choose to board the Eurostar at either London St Pancras International or Ashford International this morning and travel direct to Lyon on the new Eurostar service. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as the Eurostar cruises effortlessly at speeds of up to 186mph. From Lyon, you will travel by local train via Aix-les-Bains towards the Alps and Annecy, your base for the next four nights.
This picturesque medieval town boasts an idyllic setting, close to both Switzerland and Italy, and is located in a deep gorge at the northern end of Lake Annecy. Often referred to as the French Venice the town is built around a maze of small canals and pretty, flower-decked quays. It’s a delightful place to explore – during your free time here why not visit the 12th century Palais de l’Isle, an island fortress which was once a prison. A stroll through its bustling streets will introduce you to a selection of shops and many charming street cafes where you can take a seat and watch the world go by.
Enjoy an included half day excursion to the picturesque walled town of Yvoire, nestled on the banks of the French side of Lake Geneva. Dating back some 700 years, its attractive streets are home to medieval buildings with stone walls, steep roofs and wooden balconies.


After some free time to explore this enchanting town, we travel back to Annecy.
Annecy is one of the most charming and attractive towns in the Rhone. Today you are free to take in sights such as its cobbled streets, maze of canals and stone bridges at your leisure, perhaps stopping at one of the restaurants in the traffic-free old town. There are also plenty of opportunities to take a cruise on Lake Annecy for some truly spectacular views of the surrounding Alps.
Today’s included full-day excursion takes you by train to Chamonix. This picturesque Alpine resort is nestled under the awe-inspiring gaze of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. Also included is a memorable trip on the Mont Blanc tramway to see the spectacular Mer de Glace glacier, the largest glacier in France, which stretches for seven kilometers at a depth of 200 metres. At the site there is a man-made ice grotto, housing a collection of ice sculptures. Every year a new grotto is sculpted as the previous work of art is slowly transported down the valley by the movement of the glacier, and in the winter it is replaced by a small ice museum.

After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to the railway station for your return journey to the UK, travelling via Paris by TGV and Eurostar.


Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.


On certain departure dates the running order of your itinerary may change.

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Accommodation

The 3-star Ibis Annecy Centre Vielle Ville Hotel is located in the heart of the old town and just a short walk from Lake Annecy.

Hotel facilities include a bar which serves snacks and a dining menu in the evenings. Bedrooms have private facilities and a TV.

Ibis Annecy Centre Vieille Ville

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Friday 08 September 2017

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