France, Lake Annecy
The enchanting village of Talloires, France, with its picturesque old houses and renowned hotels and restaurants, is an ideal choice for a restful holiday. Lying by Europe's cleanest lake, just 9 miles from Annecy, the "Venice of the Alps", Talloires is steeped in history. An abbey was founded here in 1016 and it used to be a Roman staging post on the Milan-Strasbourg road. The resort is sheltered by imposing mountains and offers colourful walks both by the lake and in the surrounding hills.
Resort Code: FRTA
Languages spoken: French
Time difference: GMT+1
The Pavillon des Fleurs is a perfect hotel for families and those looking for plenty of activities in a beautiful location. Perched on the side of the lake in Menthon, a quiet area around the bay from Talloires (& a pedestrian zone during the summer), the hotel sells itself on its location.
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Transfer Approx. 1hr by coach.
Supplements are based on 7 night departures
Self Drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
Chamonix £54, Tuesday, 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.
Gorge du Fier £45, Thursday, half day
The Fier river has carved out one of the most magnificent examples of erosion
by running water, the Gorges du Fier, considered to be one of the natural
wonders of the Alps. Take a walk through this natural wonder on overhanging
bridges, followed by a visit to the 13th Century Chateau Montriottier, which
has one of the most extensive collections of artefacts in all of France,
including lace, weapons, pottery and the famed Bronze Masterpieces!
Excursions subject to minimum numbers.
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Chateau de Menthon & Resistance Museum £28, Sunday, pm
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.
Les Jardins Secrets at Vaulx and Le Semnoz €40, Thursday
Visit the lovely gardens at Vaulx and walk around an oasis of flowers in a variety of unique themed settings, then visit the top of Le Semnoz, walk the ridge path to the dairy farm and see Mont Blanc and the Chartreuse mountain range. Depart 11:00am and return 5:30pm.
With its lakeside position and natural beaches, Talloires holidays are ideal for boating, water sports, tennis and golf; and for guests at most Talloires hotels, many activities are free. Explore the beautiful nature reserve of the Roc de Chère, the impressive waterfall at Angon or the lovely village of Menthon with its fairytale castle. Or just relax and discover why this perfect little village is a Mecca for devotees of fine cuisine.
Other things to do in and around Talloires
Take the train to Tallories
Travel by Eurostar from London to Paris where you cross from the Gard du Nord to the Gare de Lyon by the Express Underground (2 stops by Express Underground, tickets included). Board the high speed TGV train direct to Annecy for a relaxing journey watching the French countryside whizz by. In Annecy a taxi will be waiting to take you direct to Talloires.
From easy, lakeside strolls in the village to more challenging rambles in the surrounding hills, Talloires offers a range of walking opportunities for all levels.
Inghams Guided Wanderwalks
Exclusive to Inghams guests
The walks are guided by your rep.
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 Easy 45 mins
Discover Talloires’ fascinating history dating back to the 9th century with this guided tour of the village.