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Savoie by rail
Our Savoie by rail tour, travelling by Eurostar and TGV, also includes the highlights of the town of Chambéry, Annecy and its lake, the mountain town of Grenoble, and historic Lyon. We also visit the lakeside spa town of Aix-les-Bains and the nearby Benedictine monastery, the Abbaye d'Hautecombe.
- Return Eurostar and TGV trains from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lyon via Lille
- Six nights accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the three star
- Chateau des Comtes de Challes, based on shared occupancy of twin room
- Transfers and full touring itinerary
- Tour manager throughout
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Lyon by TGV. On arrival transfer by coach (approximately one and a half hours) to Challes les Eaux under tour manager’s direction to check in for a six night stay on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Full day tour to Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains and Abbaye d’Hautecombe. Chambéry has guarded the mountain passes that lead to Italy for centuries. Originally just a château built by the Count of Savoie in 1232, the town grew around it and becoming an important commercial and cultural centre – there is plenty of Italianate architecture from this golden age. Just 13 kilometres away is Aix-les-Bains, whose waters have been renowned for their healing qualities since the Romans. The Belle-Époque buildings, that sprung up in the late 1800s, can be enjoyed at a relaxed pace whilst the Faure museum houses a collection of Impressionist works and Rodin statues. The nearby Abbaye d’Hautecombe, a former Cistercian then Benedictine monastery and burial place of the House of Savoy.
Full day tour to the Chartreuse and Grenoble. Travelling into the Chartreuse massif you will find a landscape of peaks, valleys, pine forests and pastures. The name is perhaps best known from the Carthusian monastery named from the mountains, as well as the liqueur that was produced by the monks and is still produced in Voiron today. Grenoble is nestled amongst the peaks of the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountains, and is, surprisingly, France’s lowest city. Being a university city it is cosmopolitan with a buzzing arts scene whilst at its centre you’ll find a tightly packed maze of modern and medieval buildings.
Full day to relax and explore Challes-les-Eaux at your leisure. A spa and resort town close to Chambéry, Challes-les-Eaux sits in a picturesque spot on the edge of the Bauges and Chartreuse mountains. The town promotes well-being and so outdoor activities such as hiking are a big attraction, and there is also the spa built around a source of sulphur-rich water.
Full day tour to Annecy and Lake Annecy. One of the most attractive and popular towns in the French Alps, the town of Annecy sits on the banks of the lake of the same name surrounded by alpine scenery. The imposing château on the hill and the Palais de l’Ile provide much historical interest, as do the canals and narrow passages of the 16th century old town, especially if the town’s many flowers are in bloom. One of the largest lakes in France, Lake Annecy is surrounded by mountain scenery.
Full day tour to Lyon. Rich from industry that spans back to the 16th century, Lyon is particularly known for its gastronomy – it is said that the old town has the largest concentration of restaurants in the world. There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit including a textile museum, a Gallo-Roman museum and the Basilica Notre Dame and there is much enjoyment to be had wandering the atmospheric warren of streets in the older quarters of the city, where you’ll find lots of Renaissance buildings and a multitude of restaurants to choose from.
Transfer back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
This tour is based at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes, located in the village of Challes-les-Eaux about six km from Chambéry. Dating from the 15th century this atmospheric hotel was converted from a fortified house and offers a high level of comfort and service. Facilities at this friendly, family-owned hotel include restaurant, bar, delightful grounds, outdoor pool and charming, well-appointed rooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and minibar. There is even a private chapel.
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Wonderful hotel, superb food. Tour manager went out of her way to ensure everyone had a great holiday. Pleasant and informative - no one could have done more. Only downside was dreadful scramble to get onto the train at Lyon, on our return, despite being there in plenty of time
Hotel rooms and evening meals were very good; breakfast eventually got sorted out. Places visited were beautiful; some deserve a return visit, with more time to explore. Beautiful area and enjoyable holiday.
Miss W Moore
We had a fantastic holiday and we all found the the whole experience very good. The scenery was absolutely stunning. Thank you for a great holiday.
Mrs J Smythe