Explore the Lakeside Town of Annecy

The canals and streets of Annecy
Nestled by the northwestern shore of its namesake lake, Annecy is the jewel of the Haute-Savoie. From its crowning Château d'Annecy down to its gurgling canals, Annecy's Vieille Ville (Old Town) is infused with antique charm. Made great by the medieval Counts of Geneva and augmented by the Dukes of Savoy, Annecy still has numerous 16th- and 17th-century buildings, now awash in shades of peach and rose. Many house restaurants, bakeries, and boutiques that you can enjoy. And with canals trickling through the center of town, Annecy earns its reputation as the "Alpine Venice."

Lac d'Annecy, speckled with swans and rowing boats, is said to have the cleanest waters in Europe, allowing Annecy's outdoorsy residents to revel in all its spectacular nature. You'll find locals rowing the lake, zipping through town on rollerblades and bicycles, and, in winter, driving to nearby ski areas like La Clusaz. After a few lungfuls of mountain air, you might feel compelled to join them!

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Itineraries with Explore the Lakeside Town of Annecy

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This 10-day adventure combines three of France's easternmost gems starting with its capital of gastronomy: Lyon. While here, you'll explore an outstanding dining scene, visit nearby vineyards, and meet farmers and artisans. Then train to Annecy, a beautiful medieval town nicknamed the 'Venice of France'. Finish in Chamonix, next to the tallest peak in France—Mont Blanc—with opportunities to hit the trails for stunning views.

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This two-week adventure covers a great deal of ground while offering a range of unique excursions that capitalize on France's culture, cuisine, and scenery. Start the trip in Nice where you'll take a cooking class and check out towns along the Mediterranean coast. Then pick up a rental car and make your way to Provence, followed by Annecy at the foot of the French Alps. This is where you'll hike for two days—while staying at a mountain hut—before finishing in Paris, the 'City of Lights'.

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