Lake Annecy Holidays

A beautiful lake with charming villages and historical Annecy

Not only is it one of the prettiest lakes around, but Lake Annecy is also “Europe’s cleanest lake” due to the very early introduction of environmental regulations in the 1960s. Famously painted in oil on canvas by Cézanne in 1896, the lake lies at the foothills of the French Alps and has a rich local history from both before and after the unification of the local region of Savoy with France in 1860. As well as the spectacular lakes and mountains scenery, the area is well known for its local cuisine including its cheeses, its fish such as Omble Chevalier and Féra, and its chocolate, especially the mountain liqueur-based Roseau.

With a relaxing lakeside setting on the eastern shores of Lake Annecy, Talloires and its medieval architecture became increasingly popular with well-known artists and writers and is now a lovely, laid-back village resort and an ideal base form which to explore the area.

Getting around the lake is also a relaxing experience with the local boat calling at the lakeside villages. Further afield we offer a collection of guided excursions including a weekly (numbers permitting) visit to Chamonix, which boasts the highest mountains in Western Europe accessible on foot- including the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres), giving an amazing view of Mont Blanc and the surrounding glaciated valleys.

  • from£509pp
  • 32 rooms
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A long standing Inghams favourite and a real home-from-home, this very popular hotel is set in lovely gardens, just a short walk from the beach in the delightful hamlet of Angon, just 2 miles from Talloires and now connected by a new cycle track.

  • from£1029pp
  • 35 rooms
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Exceptionally well located in the heart of Talloires bay, Le Cottage is a charming, traditional, beautifully furnished hotel.

  • from£859pp
  • 104 rooms
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Beautiful property with a wealth of history located on the north of Lake Annecy. The elegant traditional hotel has a fabulous location, situated right on the lake, only a short walking distance away from the town and boats.

  • 38 rooms
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This village de vacances is great value for money on full board with wine and coffee included, and lunch can be taken as a picnic. It's perfect for families and those looking for plenty of activities in a beautiful location. Perched on the side of the lake in pretty village of Menthon, a quiet area around the bay from Talloires (and a pedestrian zone during the summer), the property sells itself on its location.

Useful Information
Information about Lake Annecy
Resort Code FRAN
Languages spoken French
Time difference GMT +1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.8493349
Longitude 6.1106383
Travel and Transportation

Wednesday and Saturday flights to Geneva from

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Luton
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Edinburgh

Transfer Approx. 1hr by coach.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

Chamonix €54, Monday, full day
The home of Alpine tourism. Take a cable-car trip up the Aiguille du Midi or the train up to the Mer de Glace (payable locally), or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of Mont Blanc and its dramatic glaciers. Depart at 8:30am and return to Talloires by 5:30pm.

Local Area Tour €25, Tuesday, 10:30am-4pm
Join your rep for an informative and scenic tour of the local area, including a walk around the Bout du Lac Nature Reserve, a drive to visit the Col de Forclaz and Eglise Saint Germain (this tour is weather dependent).

Chateau de Menthon & Resistance Museum €32, Friday, 11am-4:30pm
Experience a guided visit of the 11th century Chateau de Menthon. Then visit the museum and learn about the French Resistance in the area including their fight for survival and the liberation of Annecy.

Book all excursions locally with your rep. Excursions are subject to minimum numbers and prices may change. Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Resort Combination

Two Centres | Many guests like to combine their stay in Lake Annecy with another resort, such as Grindelwald, Interlaken, Kandersteg, Montreux, Mürren, Saas Fee, Wengen, Wilderswil, Zermatt, Morzine or Chamonix.

Things To Do

Discover the history of the area

Visit the town of Annecy, known as the 'Venice of the Alps', its canals, the old town and historical churches. The most famous buildings are the Palais de l’Isle and the Basilique de la Visitation above Old Annecy with a free exhibition of bells (from mid-May onwards).

The area was also associated with the French Resistance, the British agent Odette operated locally and the story of the Plateau de Glières, where resistance fighters were based and there was a big battle is told in the Resistance Museum.

The village of Talliores on the Eastern side of the lake was built around an 11th century abbey. The most well known castles in the area were built by the Dukes of Savoy including Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Montrottier.

 

Great for cycling

There's a flat cycle path circumnavigating Lake Annecy and this scenic ride follows the outline of the lake with fantastic views across glistening water towards pretty villages, castles and mountain peaks. The path also goes along to Albertville on an old rail track.

 

Love nature

Visit the Bout de lac Nature reserve and follow the trail running through woodland, meadows and marshes, and there's even an old tower giving an elevated view. The paths in the hills around Talloires offer great intermediate hiking and a chance to discover Alpine nature at it's best. Visit the Cascade d’Angon waterfall (30mins walk above Talloires Village) and the Roc de Chère Nature Reserve

 

Sightseeing

It is worth going to Annecy and catching the market on Fridays. Talloires also has a local market on Thursdays (19 June to 26 Sept).

 

Festivals
  • Annecy Fête du Lac firework festival (1 Aug)
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival (8-13 Jun)
  • Talloires music festival with fireworks (late Aug)
Walking

Walking in Lake Annecy

From easy strolls along the lake to more challenging rambles in the surrounding hills, Lake Annecy offers a range of walking opportunities for all levels. There are also self-guided walked around the waterways and historic buildings of Old Annecy.

Le Semnoz | Friday | 3 hrs | Moderate
Take a walk up to 1,699m, along the Bauges Mountain Range, catch a glimpse of the famous chamois or admire the local flora and fauna, or just admire the view. You will be able to see Mont Blanc towering over the mountains and even see as far as the Chartreuse Mountains. Stop at a Reblochon cheese farm along the way.

Historical walk | Thursday & Sunday | 45 mins | Easy
Discover Talloire’s fascinating history dating back to the 9th century with this fascinating tour of the village.

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Sample the delights of the mountains along with a beautiful lakeside setting in one week! Spend four nights staying in the mountain resort of La Clusaz, in the Aravis mountains, followed by three nights alongside Lake Annecy, with its rich local history, spectacular scenery and delicious local cuisine.

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Our Peaks of Perfection Activity Week is designed to highlight all of the fantastic activities on offer in this world-renowned resort. Leave the organising to us, so you can just turn up and enjoy the thrill of white water rafting, as well as the slightly more sedate guided biking and hiking.

Good to know

  • The waters of Lake Annecy flow out through the historical city's unique canals
  • The lake is called Europe's cleanest lake due to strict environmental regulations from the 1960s
  • The village of Talloires is on the east short of Lake Annecy, best for afternoon sun and sunsets
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