3 Night Annecy & MONTENVERS -
MER DE GLACE
3 Night Annecy & Chamonix – Montenvers - Mer de Glace: Ref: 3AMDG
2nd Class Rail including seat reservations either from Paris Gare de Lyon to Annecy or vice versa.
Times: 08:00am – 20:00pm (surcharges are applicable outside these times).
3 nights Hotel Allobroges 3* or similar, Annecy
1 x Twin/Double Standard Room (can be upgraded to Superior Room with supplement).
Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday throughout the year, from 08:00am to 12:00pm, the traditional market sets up shop in Old Annecy and proposes an extensive selection of local produce including fruit and vegetables, cheeses and cold cuts... take time out to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, discover the different stalls and meet with the locals. The market is one of the ‘places-to-be’ where the town’s residents come frequently to do their shopping, to meet and to have a chat! On the last Saturday of every month, a gigantic flea market invades the streets of the old town, from 08:00am until dusk... a great occasion to pick up a few rather original souvenirs!
Duration: 2 Hrs
Set off for a walking tour of the “Venice of the Alps”, the nickname given to Annecy because of the myriad of canals that criss-cross through its historic centre and discover the town from every possible angle. Old Annecy and its maze of cobblestoned pedestrian streets, its arcades and medieval doorways, the Palais de l’Ile (better known as “Old Prisons”), one of the town’s iconic landmarks and one of the most photographed sites in France, and the Castle-Museum are all definite must-sees. But your guide will also be eager to show you some “curiosities” that very few people ever notice!
3 Courses, drinks excluded
Why not treat yourself to some Savoyard specialities: tartiflette (made with locally produced PDO cheese, Reblochon), crozets (traditional pasta), diots (local sausages), etc. or taste some of Lake Annecy’s ‘catch-of-the-day’ (or from other Alpine lakes, depending on the season). And, it goes without saying... traditional French cuisine is also high on our list!
Duration: 1 Hr
You will set sail from Annecy for a commented cruise. The perfect way to contemplate Europe’s purest lake and enjoy its majestic setting. You will discover the villages dotted around the lake, at the foot of the mountains: Veyrier du Lac, Menthon Saint Bernard, Talloires and its well-known bay, Saint-Jorioz, Sevrier. You will also get a chance to catch a glimpse of some of the exquisite dwellings located along the lakeshore.
Departs From: late April to mid-November
You will embark on the MS Libellule, The restaurant- boat on Lake Annecy, for a lunch cruise “beyond the limits of time”. During this 2 hour cruise you will discover Lake Annecy and enjoy a 100% homemade lunch, prepared on-board the boat. A few minutes break between the different dishes... a chance to go up on the roof terrace to fully admire the incredible 360° panoramic view.
Duration: Full day excursion
With Private English speaking Driver & Guide, Lunch included
It only takes about twenty minutes to ascend the 1,000 m between Chamonix and Montenvers-Mer de Glace (glacier), travelling on the famous little red train on the rack and pinion railway. Here, time stands still... make the most of this adventure into days gone by. The railway hugs the mountain slopes, climbing through the forest, running through tunnels cut out of the rock and crossing several viaducts. The peaks are within sight, the train goes round the final bend and, as if by magic... you’re there! Right at the foot of the world-famous Mer de Glace, at 1,913 m altitude, with a spectacular panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.
A visit to the Grotte de Glace (ice cave), deep in the heart of the glacier, is a must. The cave, dug out and re-sculpted every year, illustrates scenes from Alpine life at the beginning of the 19th century. You can access it on foot via a trail that takes around 20 minutes or by gondola lift (note! there are 440 steps between the gondola lift stop and the entrance to the cave) And... make sure you visit the Glaciorium. The Montenvers site truly reflects the climate changes of our century and definitely deserves a space dedicated to glaciology! Take time to explore this interactive and educational installation and find out everything about the Mer de Glace, its formation, its history and how it is likely to evolve over time...
At the end of your tour, enjoy lunch at the Montenvers Grand Hôtel restaurant. The hotel, built in 1880 and completely renovated in 2017 buzzes with history and authenticity. As soon as summer comes around, it once again becomes a bubbling hub for mountaineers, travellers and adventurers! Then you’ll catch the train again, back to Chamonix and enjoy free time for shopping before driving back to Annecy.