Lake Annecy, France, Talloires
This renowned hotel enjoys a perfect, peaceful location on beautiful Talloires bay. Originally a Benedictine abbey dating back to the 17th century, the Abbaye, although now completely renovated, retains an almost fairytale atmosphere and offers a unique blend of history, tradition and first class comfort. Guests soon discover the calm and beauty of the cloisters and secluded gardens so admired by Cézanne who lived and painted here a century ago. The fine dining cuisine and wine cellar are outstanding.
Gastronomic four course evening meal (in May, June and September, evening meals are taken in alternative local restaurants on Mondays and Tuesdays, to be organised on arrival)
Board basis options available
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.
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.
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Chamonix £50, 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 £41, 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 £24, 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.
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