The Best of the Alps, from Lyon to Chamonix

Old town of Lyon

This tour, “through the lakes and mountains”, starts in the regional capital, Lyon, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and lets you discover such gems as Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva, climbing through the mountain landscapes to the roof of Europe.


For the day of your arrival, you will take a tour of the Capital of Gaul by coach and visit a workshop explaining the history of Lyon’s silkworks.
In the evening you will have dinner at a “Bouchon”, a typical Lyonnais restaurant that only serves local specialities.


You will set out on foot with your guide to explore the Renaissance district of Vieux Lyon (designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will discover the traboules (narrow passageways through buildings leading from one street to another), the narrow cobblestone streets and the churches.
Free time for lunch.

The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring the Pierres Dorées (“Golden Stone”) area of the Beaujolais region and its remarkable yellow ochre stone villages.
You will participate in an oenology initiation workshop and then have dinner in a gourmet restaurant.


Early departure to visit the little mediaeval town of Pérouges and discover its speciality: the “galette au sucre” (sugar cake).
Then on to Annecy, the little Venice of the Alps, where you will arrive for lunch.
You will take a cruise to discover the purest lake in Europe.
If you want, you can take time for a ride on the bike trail along the lake (optional).
Night-time guided tour, an original way to discover the city and its secrets.


After a short visit to the market in the old town (Tues., Fri. or Sun.) or a walk through the pedestrian streets, you will leave for Megève via the Col des Aravis.
The stop for lunch on the road through the mountain pass is not to be missed for the breath-taking view.
Then you will head down to Megève. Depending on the weather, you can take a tour by plane and fly over the roof of Europe – Mont Blanc – and view the magical mountain landscapes.
Optionnal :  a horse-drawn carriage tour


Take the time to stroll around the typical streets of Megève with their charming luxury boutiques.
Then it’s off to Chamonix, a mountain city surrounded by remarkable glaciers.
Take one of the highest aerial tramways in the world to the top of the Aiguille du Midi and have lunch at the summit, at an altitude of 3,842 m (12,605 feet).
Take the Montenvers rack railway and have lunch at one of the first hotel-restaurants with a view over the Mer de Glace.


Off to Lake Geneva, a veritable inland sea.
On the way, you will stop at the mediaeval village of Yvoire.
For lunch in this old fishing village, try THE local speciality: perch fillets.
Then on to Evian.
Guided tour of the town, world famous for its mineral water. The tour will take you through the town from the Middle Ages to the present, and along the way you can drink “the water of the fountains”, the real Evian®
or (optional)
Spend a half-day enjoying the benefits of the thermal spring waters for a wellness break.
And at the evening,  why not try your luck at the Casino?