Stunningly picturesque, the Alpine town of Annecy sparkles at the tip of the glassy waters of Lac d’Annecy. With its pastel-hued buildings, trickling canals, winding cobbled streets and bright floral displays, it’s easy to see why Annecy is known as the ‘Venice of Alps’. Charming architecture hints at the town’s medieval past, and wandering amongst its enchanting boutiques in the crystal-clear mountain air is sure to work up an appetite for Annecy’s many mouth-watering bakeries and tempting restaurants. Further afield, the beautiful mountain scenery can be enjoyed from chic Chamonix, glorious Geneva and majestic Mont Blanc – the pinnacle of the Alps.
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Enjoy the Alpine charm of lovely Annecy on a walking tour, during which you can learn the unique history of this popular town. Taking in the narrow streets and pretty canals, a local guide will help you get under the skin of this town which is stunningly situated on the turquoise shores of Lac d’Annecy.
Kick back and relax on this beautifully scenic cruise on Lac d’Annecy. With clear turquoise waters fed by mountain springs, ancient châteaux upon its shore and towering mountains all around, you’ll enjoy some unforgettable views from the centre of the lake.
The elegant and convivial town of Chamonix sits at the base of the mighty Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps. Take in the lovely atmosphere and incredible views of Chamonix via its tourist train, or hop on a cable car to get up close to the mountains. The Montenvers rack railway takes you up to France’s largest glacier, the Mer du Glace, with the fascinating ‘ice cave’ carved into its heart.
This rack and pinion railway climbs almost 2,000m from Chamonix to deliver you to incredible panoramas and icy vistas. You can experience the ethereal heart of the ‘sea of ice’ glacier, as each year an ice cave is carved into its core and demonstrates the way of life for those living in the mountains during the 19th century.
The village of La Clusaz is a popular ski destination in winter, and a buzzing mountain resort in summer. Friendly and traditional, the village’s chalets are typical of the French Alps and it makes the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery between Lac d’Annecy and the mountains.
The pretty little village of Yvoire, a gem on the shore of Lake Geneva, is amongst the most beautiful villages in France. Yvoire’s immaculate medieval centre dates back over 700 years, and the ancient ramparts and fortifications are adorned with colourful flowers.
With the world’s tallest water fountain and its location upon the shores of Lake Geneva, the Swiss city of Geneva truly sparkles. Home to the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organisation and the Red Cross, it truly is a world city. Sleek and cosmopolitan urban life rubs shoulders with the historic old town, a lovely place to wander amongst boutiques and chocolatiers.
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Lake Geneva sparkles with crystal-clear waters and its shore is strung with vibrantly charming towns. Terraced vineyards line its banks with verdant stripes of green in summer, yet snow-capped peaks and glaciers are never far away.
Peaceful and serene, Lake Maggiore straddles both Italy and Switzerland, and basks elegantly against the snowy backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Surfacing from the crystalline blue waters, the Borromean Islands are the jewels of the lake.
Glittering like a sapphire amongst the vibrant green hills and craggy mountains, Lake Garda is a destination that has it all. Italy’s largest lake has been inspirational for centuries, with its crystalline waters, characterful towns and picturesque vineyards.
Loaded with the charm and beauty of its more famous neighbours, Lake Iseo sees just a fraction of the visitors, therefore making it the perfect place to soak up atmospheric alleyways, elaborate churches and impossibly beautiful vistas of northern Italy.