- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
- You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
- Offers some solo-only/singles departures.
- Offers some women-only departures.
Day 1: Welcome in Aix-les-Bains
We will pick you up at the Aix-les Bains train station. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to sette in and relax, either by the lake just outside the hotel or in the beautiful spa town of Aix les Bains
In the evening, we will have an orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Spellbing Chartreuse Mountains
We will drive you across the Chartreuse Mountains, a land of extraordinary beauty and serenity. You will visit the Chartreuse Correrie, a museum in a monastery, and then walk in the peaceful surroundings of the Chartreuse monastery where the Chartreux monks still live today.
Afternoon: Chartreuse Liqueur Tasting
We will visit the Chartreuse cellars, the longest liqueur cellar in the world, where you will learn all about the making of this world famous beverage.
This is where, from a secret recipe guarded by the monks for centuries, the Chartreuse liqueur has been produced from over 130 plants. You will have the opportunity to taste over 10 different kinds of Chartreuse liqueurs.
Day 3: Breathtaking Mont Blanc, the Heart of the Alps
Morning: Mont Blanc Glacier
We will be heading to the highest mountain in Europe. Breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc await us at Chamonix, the capital city of the mountaineers.
The Montenvers train will take us on a journey through deep forests and splendid vistas overlooking the valley. Traveling along impressive peaks, you will arrive at the unique Mer de Glace ("Sea of Ice") glacier.
You will have the thrill of exploring the inside of this glacier through a tunnel carved in the ice and of viewing its never-to-be-forgotten exhibit of ice sculptures.
Afternoon: Visit of Chamonix
You will have time to shop or stroll through the chalet-town of Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world. The high mountains surrounded the town are beautiful.
Day 4: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'
Morning: Market in Annecy
Annecy is the French show-piece of lakes-and-mountain beauty. The Canal crossing Annecy brings Venice to mind as you stroll along its banks. We will stroll the medieval narrow streets to admire the renaissance houses along the canal as well as the famous old prison, one of the most photographed monuments in France!
We will also have the opportunity to go to the local market in the old Annecy.
Afternoon: Annecy lake
Enjoy Annecy Lake, the cleanest lake in Europe, surrounded by majestic mountains. Why not rent a motor or paddle boat? If you prefer, there are beautiful trails by the lake. You may choose to take hundreds of pictures in the old medieval part of town. Annecy is unforgettable.
Day 5: Local Market and Chocolate Tasting
Morning: Market and Berlioz museum
We will experience a little market only the locals know about; it is a 13th-century covered market where the locals meet.
After a stop at one of the cafes to savor the local ambiance, you'll be able to stroll in this authentic medieval and Renaissance town. You can also visit the home of the famous French composer, Hector Berlioz, which is now a museum dedicated to his work.
Afternoon: Chocolate tasting
We will visit a chocolate exhibit, the "Paradis du Chocolat". The history and making of chocolate will have no more secrets for you.
Tasting the delicious cakes made by Pierre Jouvenal, the famous chocolate maker of the Dauphine region will delight your palate.
Day 6: Historical Lyon
This day will be dedicated to the discovery of magical Lyon, a World Heritage city known as the Capital of Gourmet Cuisine. The Fourviere Basilica, with its breathtaking view of the city, will be our first stop.
You will also explore the superb Roman Theater built in 43 AD, and then on to the Renaissance quarter, the second biggest renaissance quarter in the world, listed World Heritage by UNESCO.
Day 7: Walnut Oil Tasting and Spa
We will drive east along the Rhone River, through beautiful vineyards and picturesque villages to the lovely village of Chanaz.
We will attend a walnut oil making demonstration in a 19th-century mill.
This is a unique opportunity that can't be missed since this mill is the only one left in France listed historical monument where the oil is still made like it was in the 19th century.
You will of course have a chance to taste the delicious and organic walnut, hazelnut and almond oils as well as the homemade jams.
Afternoon: Spa and massage
In the 19th century, princes and the European aristocracy came to Aix for its international reknowned spas. Even today, Aix is the second largest spa town in France.
We will treat you for a very relaxing afternoon in the thermal bath of Aix. You will have access to all the spa center facilities: naturally warm indoor and outdoor thermal water pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam baths, gym and relaxation areas, bar and patios. Possibilty to get a massage, mud bath, etc...
For our last evening, we will treat you for a dinner cruise on the magnificient Bourget lake. After dinner, the boat plays a sound and light show on the wild cliffs of the lake. It is truly unforgettable!
Photo credit: Compagnie des bateaux du lac
Day 8: Departure
After our last breakfast together, we'll drive you to Aix-les-Bains train station by 10am.
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