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Enjoying your summer at the heart of the Savoy in an incredible environment of a beauty that’s hard to beat with many possibilities for relaxation as well as many exciting activities is ideal. It’s the chance for a real getaway, the possibility to abandon yourself to the romanticism of the lakes, to let yourself be charmed by some prestigious villages and experience the disturbing encounter with the mythical Mont-Blanc.
Enter the Chamonix valley and discover the best that the Alps have to offer. Chamonix, the legendary ski resort in winter, and at all times, a resplendent high mountain village, generously offers to travelers a guarantee of peace and well-being and the promise of renewal. For more than 250 years, it has been a meeting place for travelers and adventurers and a true paradise for all lovers of big open spaces.
Simply look up and take in the view of the giant of the Alps. Culminating at 4,810 meters, the Roof of Europe, the majestic Mont-Blanc, towers over the valley with all its majesty in total silence, offering you a unique experience.
Your journey begins here with three nights in the land of Mont-Blanc, a land of all-powerful nature and eternity.
You will head to the biggest glacier in Europe on board the Montenvers train and enjoy a unique and picturesque ride in the heart of nature, which will leave you with unforgettable memories. You will take the cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi, and get closest to the Mont-Blanc as one’s can on a lift system. Access to the top terrace situated at an altitude of 3842 m. The panorama is enormous: your gaze will fall upon the entire chain of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. and you can admire the incredible internationally renowned mountains Dome du Gouter (4304m), and the Mont Maudit (4465m).
Experience the ‘Pas dans le Vide’, an unusual and breathtakingly 2.5 meter glass cage, suspended over a 1,000-metre drop.
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From the Aiguille du Midi, depending on the weather, you may want to embark on the highest cable car in the world, which connects France to Italy as far as Point Helbronner in Italy. During the journey, it’s as if you are suspended in the air and you fly over the Glacier du Géant.
While watching attentively, you will notice the mountaineers completing their climb, or some slightly further away heading for Mont-Blanc. During the journey, the cable car slows down three times; this is the perfect opportunity for you to take out your camera!
Ready to head for one of the many balcony trail around the magnificent chain of the mythical Mont-Blanc? So on the way to perseverance and humility. One of our mountain leader dedicated to you will adjust the route according to your level and expectations. The Aiguille de Bionnassay, the Aiguille du Goûter and so many other exceptional sites unfold their dizzying peaks for you to see. How great and generous nature is! It’s one of our all-time favorite destinations.
Take another look over the peaks and the south banks of Lake Leman during a helicopter ride, with a team of professionals. Discover and admire Evian, Thonon, etc.…as far as the snow-topped peaks of Mont Blanc. Your flight over one of the most beautiful regions in France will be unforgettable!
MAGNIFICENCE OF THE LAKESIDE
Savor all the charm of Lake Annecy, the second largest in France, wich is known to have one of the purest waters in the world. Here the dream of crystal clear water and wooden jetties is a reality! Your hotel, the Palace hotel in Menthon Saint-Bernard is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Annecy. Along with its heavenly lakeside location, it offers world-class hotel services.
With three days to spend in the Annecy region, between the turquoise waters and the majestic surrounding mountains, you can choose between activity or relaxation. There’s no end to the list of things to do here, so do as you see fit!
Head to the Bar terrace for a spot of lunch or to sip a cocktail or a cappuccino, while taking in the charm and the magic of the lake. Relax on the hotel’s private beach or take a canoe, a pedal boat or opt for a water ski tour unless you want to take a dip in the turquoise waters of the lake. An afternoon hike will increase your energy, at the Roc de Chère for example, which offers you different points of view allowing you to contemplate the lake in peace or around Lanfonnet via the Col des Frêtes in the mountain pastures of the ‘Aulp Riant’, a name that aspires to relaxation! Perhaps you’ll want to climb the Col de la Forclaz, a famous section of the Tour de France, and admire the view of the Lake.
The next morning, you’ll spend a part of the day exploring the lake on a private boat. During your stay, you will no doubt want to immerse yourself in the surrounding countryside, and luckily there are plenty of ways to do so. Biking on the shores of the lake for a picnic day is a must to soak up the beauty of Lake Annecy and the surrounding Alps.
MEDIEVAL JEWEL OF THE HAUTE SAVOIE
The next day let impregnate yourself of the various beauties of the city of Annecy, nicknamed the “little Venice of the Alps”. We’ll arrange for a local guide to be on hand to tell you more about this medieval gem, while allowing you to explore at your own pace its cobblestone streets. Its houses running alongside the river Thious, its famous flowery Lover’s Bridge, the Palais de l’Ile and many other treasures will charm you with its authenticity.
You wouldn’t visit the Savoie without sampling the unique Savoyard cuisine. Explore French local dishes meticulously prepared in a modern mountain-style setting where you will not fail to be impressed! Having taken traditional recipes, the chef use seasonal and market produce to revisit the heritage of their ancestor’s.
Enter a unique cheese shop which offers the best of Savoyard cheese pastas. Pierre Gay, cheese maker in Annecy for three generations, is a figure in his profession. Tomette de ewe, buckshot from Aravis, vacherin des Bauges, bleu de Termignon, to name but a few, are pleasant alpine treasures to taste to be touched! Don’t miss the chance to see the cheese aging in the cellar under your feet near the back of the store.
Choose a spot to grab an afternoon tea and sample the Gâteau de Savoie and the Brioche aux Pralines or the Philippe Rigollot -the ancient master of desserts for Anne-Sophie Pic in Valence – fine pastries. His“Caracas”, “Ginger” milk chocolate, “Crunchy” raspberry, Saint- Honoré with red berries or Mr Smith pie with baked and raw apple marmalade are a work of art!
After 7-day of luxury holidays in Savoie, it’s time to say bye-bye to this enchanting area of the French Alps. But don’t be sad: there are plenty of reasons to come back again.
YOU’LL LOVE TO KNOW
Lake Annecy : The Purest Waters of Europe
The waters of Lake Annecy are considered the purest in France and even in Europe in inhabited areas thanks to the reduction in human activities on the lake’s ecosystem.
Conservation efforts have been considerably improved: ecological moorings, creation of navigation areas for motor boats to protect submerged vegetation; restoring the ecological role of coastal vegetation has improved water quality, maintained riverbanks and restored biodiversity.
Souvenir chocolate : the 4810
Take the 4810 chocolate home. Exclusively created by the Maison Fattier, the shape of this soft, creamy chocolate bouchée of 15 g with a hint of crunch captures the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi and the Bossons glacier.
The Hotel Mont-Blanc has stood on the village of Chamonix since 1849 when it was built, facing the legendary Mont-Blanc. It is THE legendary hotel of Chamonix Valley and one of the village’s true institutions…
On the banks of Lake Annecy, this four-star hotel is one of the most beautifully decorated in the Haute Savoie. Lovers of peace and nature will immediately be charmed by the union between this architectural gem and the incredible views of Lake Annecy.
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