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The French Lakes, Chamonix & Mont Blanc

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(Tour code: CAL19)

Beautiful lakes and mountain scenery by rail

Glorious lakes and mountains form the backdrop of this relaxing French retreat. We combine the picturesque scenery of Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy with the Alpine charm of bustling Chamonix, travelling into the mountains by rail and enjoying a leisurely cruise.

  • Guided tour of Annecy
  • Cruise on Lake Bourget
  • Hautecombe Abbey
  • Montenvers Mountain Railway
  • Mont Blanc Express
  • Guided tour of Vienne
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunches
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The French Lakes, Chamonix & Mont Blanc 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

London to Aix-Les-Bains

We depart our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International by Eurostar for Paris. After crossing the city by coach, we continue by TGV, travelling eastwards into the Savoy Alps. Our destination is Aix-Les-Bains, a thermal spa town nestled on the edge of scenic Lake Bourget. Here we spend three nights at the Mercure Aix-les-Bains Domaine de Marlioz.

Please note: Departure CAL1902 will travel to Chambery and transfer by coach to their hotel in Aix les Bains.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Lake Bourget
Lake Bourget

Lake Bourget lunch cruise

Today is one of the real highlights of our tour, as we take sail on the crystal clear waters of Lake Bourget. The tranquil water reflects the vistas of the surrounding mountain scenery, providing us with incredible panoramas during our relaxing cruise, which includes a three-course lunch. Along the way we make a visit to Hautecombe Abbey which juts out into the lake and dates back to the 12th century.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Vienne


Enjoy a full-day excursion to Vienne today. Known for its Roman remains, we embark on a guided tour that includes sights such as the Temple d'Auguste et Livie, the city's cathedral, the Theatre Romain and Renaissance Courtyard.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Chamonix

Annecy and Chamonix

Today we travel by coach to Annecy for a walking tour to before some free time to uncover the delightful medieval centre, criss-crossed by a network of pretty canals, cobbled bridges and winding street for ourselves. After lunch you are free to sightsee on your own, a popular option is to take a cruise on fabulous Lake Annecy. We then continue to the bustling mountain town of Chamonix- Mont-Blanc for four nights, travelling via the Col des Aravis, a mountain pass from where you can admire truly stunning views.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Montenvers Railway
Montenvers Railway

The Montenvers Mountain Railway

We depart late morning for a journey on the Montenvers Mountain Railway, which climbs from the valley floor through the pine forests above Chamonix to Montenvers at 6,275 feet (1,913m). The train arrives at Montenvers station and you have free time to look around. It may be possible to descend by cable car to the glacier itself and visit the ice grottos inside. Day 6 is at leisure.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Mont Blanc Express
Mont Blanc Express

The Mont Blanc Express and homeward bound

We leave Chamonix this morning and head to Lake Geneva in Switzerland where we begin our journey on the fabulous Mont Blanc Express- a narrowgauge railway built over 100 years ago - to Martigny and back. We transfer to Annecy on Day 8, catching the high-speed train to Paris where we connect with the Eurostar back to London.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout
  • All transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 4-Star Mercure Aix-les-Bains Domaine de Marlioz and 4 nights at the 4-Star Mercure Chamonix Centre

Delicious meals included

  • 11 meals including 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, including a farewell meal in Chamonix


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Cruise on Lake Bourget
  • Visit Hautecombe Abbey
  • Guided tours of Vienne and Annecy
  • Journey on the Montenvers Mountain Railway
  • Journey on the Mont Blanc Express
  • Free time in Martigny

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to room with Mont Blanc View in Chamonix form £45 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £85 per person each way


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
The French Lakes, Chamonix & Mont Blanc

Beautiful lakes and mountain scenery by rail


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