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7-Night French Alps Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,729pp £1,629pp with flights

With mighty mountain backdrops and the rich culture of Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy on the edge of the French Alps is truly magical. From a hotel base in the historic town we’ll explore Annecy with strolls on the lakeshore and visit Vieille Ville (old town), with its famous canals and bridges. Visit the Abbey of Tamié, the Cistercian abbey founded in 1132 , where monks are still living and make the cheese of the same name "Tamié". Follow the footbridge through the Gorge de Fier 150 feet up through this spectacular canyon carved out by the river over 1000’s of years.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the rich culture of Haute-Savoie
  • Follow the footsteps of the French Resistance on the Glières Plateau
  • Visit the Massif des Bauges Natural Park
  • Wander the medieval streets of Annecy
  • Enjoy walks with views of the beautiful Lake Annecy

What’s included

  • A full program of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • Half-day with Local Guide.
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board –buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

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Option 1 - St Jorioz and Duingt

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent:  25 feet (8m)

In summary: First, discover the natural park for the "marais de l'enfer" and walk along the side of the swamp. There'll be stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The swamp reed is home to many kinds of wildlife and we'll hopefully have the possibility to observe many different types of birds on our walk. The second part of the walk follows an easy, man-made path along Annecy Lake to Duingt before boarding the ferry back.

Highlight: A delightful boat trip to end the walk – great views of where we have walked today.

 

Option 2 - Église Saint-Eustache

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 325 feet (100m)

Descent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: The walk starts inland, at the village of Saint Eustache. This walk was set up by the Annecy local council and they have called it the "Laudon" river walk. We'll have some excellent views of the lake and the mountains on this walk, which covers a pleasant mix of countryside, forest and villages. We'll finish our walk along the lake's edge and on to Duingt where we'll board the ferry back to Annecy.

Highlight: A delightful boat trip to end the walk – great views of where we have walked today.


Option 1 - Annecy and its Basilica

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 225 feet (70m)

In summary: We'll probably see some locals out for their morning stroll along the lake shore to Le Paquier beach. We'll pass the town hall, which is surrounded by the Jardin de l'Europe before heading inland to the Basilica of Visitation. The rest of the walk will be a city tour, immersed in the little "Venice of the Alps", its canals, history and monuments.

Highlight: The city, lake and mountain views from the bell tower in the Basilica are beautiful. 

 

Option 2 - Annecy, the Basilica and the Chateau

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 675 feet (200m)

In summary: We'll follow a similar itinerary to the Option 1 walk, but continuing further beyond the basilica of Visitation to a higher view point and Annecy Chateau.

Highlight: The amazing views from the belfry in the Basilica.

 


Option 1 - Tamié Abbey and Valley

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)

Total ascent: 575 feet (175m)

In summary: We'll start today's walk at the Abbey of Tamié, the Cistercian abbey founded in 1132, monks are still living here and make cheese of the same name - "Tamié". We will follow the valley of Tamié which was used by the Romans. During the Middle Ages, because of the presence of the abbey, the valley was a frequent route to bring iron ore from the Maurienne Valley to the town of Faverges, where iron was processed.

Highlight: Views of the surrounding mountains throughout this walk.

 

Option 2 - Tamié Fort

Distance: 5miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,075 feet (330m)

In summary: After following the same track as the easy walk track, we will extend our walk up to the fort of Tamié and its view points. Built between 1876 and 1881, the Tamié fort aimed to protect France from possible Italian invasion. It could host as many as 400 men at a time.

Highlight: On a clear day, the views from the fort are breathtaking.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around Annecy, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Options include:

Visit Château d’Annecy – overlooking Annecy, this grand building was the home of the Counts of Geneva in the 13th and 14th centuries. The castle had many extensions and alterations over the next few centuries with large parts built in Renaissance style. The building was later used as a military barracks. Today the castle is a museum; visitors can explore its corridors, towers and terraces and admire its many fine examples of period art and furniture. The views from the castle are another reason to visit.

Cycle around Lake Annecy – you could hire a bike and cycle all the way around Lake Annecy on the 42km bike path. There are several bike hire shops in the town.

Lunch cruise – board the MS Libellule – a floating restaurant - to enjoy lunch as you cruise across Lake Annecy.

Explore Annecy’s Old Town – wander the winding cobbled streets of Annecy’s old town passing through stone arches and walking alongside its canals. The town is known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’ and has many interesting shops and restaurants. In summer, many of the canal sides are adorned with colourful displays of flowers; the display on the Thiou lock is particularly beautiful. Look out for the Glacier des Alpes ice cream shop which is said to serve the best ice cream in France!


Option 1 - Fier Gorge

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (540m)

In summary: Our walk will start from the village of Chavanod and walk down the gorges in the beautiful Annecy countryside. We'll brave our way through a spectacular narrow canyon on a footbridge
affixed to the rock face 25 metres above the river. While venturing deep into the giant gorge with the River Fier flowing at its base we can stop to admire the boulders stacked up high in all their shapes and forms. The play of light and shadow makes extraordinary faces appear along the length of the rock face. Halfway along the footbridge, a measuring scale on the rock face indicates the water levels reached in times of flood. We'll then walk back to the scenic village of Chavanod.

Highlight: Discover a multitude of Giants’ Kettles carved out by the river over thousands of years.

 

Option 2 - The River Fier

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Our walk will start from the village of Chavanod and walk down the gorges in the beautiful Annecy countryside. We'll brave our way through a spectacular narrow canyon on a footbridge
affixed to the rock face 25 metres above the river. While venturing deep into the giant gorge with the River Fier flowing at its base we can stop to admire the boulders stacked up high in all their shapes and forms. The play of light and shadow makes extraordinary faces appear along the length of the rock face. We'll then add an extra loop on the compestale trail to the village of Lovagny.

Highlight: Halfway along the footbridge, a measuring scale on the rock face indicates the water levels reached in times of flood.

 


Option 1 - Talloire and Menthon Saint Bernard

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Total ascent: 675 feet (200m)

In summary: Our walk today takes us from Talloire to Menthon Saint Bernard. We'll visit the beautiful village of Talloire, located on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. The population has long lived on agriculture and the influence of the Abbey of Talloires, a Benedictine priory founded in the eleventh century and which became a royal abbey in the seventeenth, the site having been transformed into an upscale hotel from the late nineteenth century. Walking through Talloire, we will discover the church and some anciet houses in the village. Roc de Cher is a little rocky peninsula going into Annecy, a natural reserve and protected area since 1977. There are plenty of panels along the peninsula explaining the local geography, history, fauna and flora.

Highlight: The view to the Tournette mountain, Talloire bay, and the south side of the lake, where we walked on Day 1.

 

Option 2 - Angon Gorges

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (230m)

In summary: We'll start today's walk above the village of Talloire and walk down the Angon Gorges and past the waterfalls (Cascades d’Angon). This is an ideal start to any walk. The site of the Cascades d’Angon is very well-equipped with barriers and chains along the trail, allowing us to discover a vast canyon. The large waterfall of 35 m at the bottom of the canyon is a renowned spot for canyoning enthusiasts. We will get to Talloire around lunchtime before continuing to Menthon Saint Bernard using the same path as Option 1.

Highlight: The view to the Tournette mountains, Talloire bay, and the south side of the lake where the first walk took place.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Splendid - Annecy

This 3-star hotel is conveniently located overlooking the Canal du Vasse and a short walk from the medieval centre of Annecy as well as the lake, which is access via a large and pleasant public park.

Rooms

There is a ground floor reception and the bedrooms are on the first, second and third floors with views to the lake or overlooking the old town. The hotel has 47 en-suite rooms with telephone, TV, free room safe, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities as well as a coffee machine.

The owner of the hotel has thoughtfully provided a small library of books in each room. 

Our guests will be provided with two free bottles of water in their rooms.

Facilities

There is a cosy bar and a lounge area which opens out onto a balcony with seating to enjoy the view on warmer evenings. Next to this is the breakfast dining room. Guests also have use of a computer to access the internet and on the top floor there is a small gym, accessed via the room keycard.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Splendid are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. Our groups will be dining at a local restaurant just a few minutes walk from the hotel where they will enjoy a 3-course served meal with options; all dietary requirements are catered for.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £58 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: From £60pp
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Geneva Airport: £33pp one way

 

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
1

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