Annecy, Chamonix & The French Alps

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"For a while we miss the excitement of touring and visiting previously unseen places and also the camaraderie of like-minded Leger explorers. There’s no doubt that as soon as they've unpacked, they'll be starting to plan their next Leger tour"

Elizabeth


Anne & Liz outside restaurant

"Last year we booked “The Grand Alpine Adventure” and were so stunned by it that we wanted to do another mountain-tour this year. Leger’s recent addition “Annecy, Aix-les-Bains & the French Alps” fitted the bill exactly and turned into another memorable holiday.

On arrival at Calais we headed off on our comfortable Silver Service Coach to south of Paris and our superb overnight hotel; a great start to the tour. The following day was a long one, but, as we made our way through the beautiful French countryside, it gave us the chance to get to know some of our fellow passengers and the drivers, who provided drinks and snacks along the way.

Things certainly livened up during the first lunch stop at a motorway café when one unfortunate couple exited in the wrong direction and took the covered walkway over the motorway to the opposite carriageway! They couldn't find the coach and thought they'd been abandoned.

Fortunately our wonderful drivers guessed what had happened and rescued them, occasioning a loud cheer when they re-boarded the coach! A spa hotel near Aix-Les-Bains was our base for four nights while we visited Chamonix, Geneva and Annecy. A comfortable hotel but a little too far out of the centre to explore Aix itself a brisk 25 minute walk. Dinner-time was enjoyable as we met and chatted to other interesting and sometimes amusing members of the group. It’s the people-memories as well as the sights that stay with you after a holiday.

Chamonix was just wonderful. We loved the freshness of the air, spectacular views and the pretty town with its little railway. We seized “the opportunity of a lifetime” to ascend Mount Midi (at 12,600ft) on the world’s highest cable-car system and gosh, was it stunning, surrounded by jagged peaks clad in crisp, clean snow. My husband hasn't stopped raving about it since we returned! Despite the mixed weather in Geneva we enjoyed a walk alongside The Lake, visited The Patek Philippe Clock Museum, window-shopped (nice to see how the other half live!) We had an excellent and very reasonably-priced buffet lunch at The Co-Op, a department store unrelated to the British company, which I can thoroughly recommend to future Leger travellers. (I have no vested interests, honestly!) Annecy must be one of the prettiest little towns I have ever visited.

Firstly we went on a boat trip around the lake, had lunch and then explored the town. My husband headed for the castle whilst my sister & I wandered along the maze of streets zig-zagging under stone arches and over little canals; it was totally different from other canal-towns and utterly delightful (as were the ice-creams!)The final excursion was to historic Chambery where we saw the eccentric Elephant Fountain (well, one elephant anyway, the rest were being restored!) and the Castle Chapel with its Great Carillon of 70 engraved bells.

It’s always with a degree of sadness that we head home. For a while we miss the excitement of touring and visiting previously unseen places and also the camaraderie of like-minded Leger explorers. There’s no doubt that as soon as they've unpacked, they'll be starting to plan their next Leger tour ….. JUST LIKE ME! I think it’ll be The Harz Mountains next, or maybe The Islands of Corsica and Sardinia? Oh no, been there, done that... and it too was fabulous!

Little did I know, back in 2011 when I selected Leger Holidays from all the different companies, what an excellent choice I had made. They have lived up to every expectation on the many wonderful, trouble-free, friendly and good-value holidays we have taken. I should just like to say “THANK YOU LEGER!”


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