Tours in France
Known as « the Venice of the Alps » or « the Rome of the Alps », Annecy benefits from an exceptional situation, on the shores of the purest lake in Europe.
The old town has kept its medieval character. A walk throughout it will take us back in time, discovering its rich history, closely linked to Geneva.
Saint Francis of Sales was born in Thorens, a few kilometers away from Annecy.
The Bishop of Geneva with his residence in Annecy was one of the great leaders of Counter Reformation in the 17th century. With Jeanne de Chantal he founded a new women’s congregation, the Visitation of Mary. Still today, the Basilica of Visitation, in the Semnoz’ foothills, welcomes pilgrims from all over the world who come to worship the two saints’ relics.
We will follow the footsteps of the two saints walking through the old town.
On the french shore of Lac Leman, between the Jura and the Alps, is a key site in the Haute Savoie.
Fortified in the 14th century, Yvoire has kept its medieval walls, gates, castle and some old houses.
A simple fisher village at the beginning of the 20th century, Yvoire is now a member of the Association of the most beautiful french villages and floral prize-winner.
The tour leads through small streets from craftworkshops to charming floral squares with some wonderful views of the lake.
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This medieval-style garden was rebuilt in the 1980’s by the family Bouvier d’Yvoire. Every corner of this vegetal heaven is full of surprises, like plants with astonishing smells or the magical mandragora. Follow me to explore the labyrinth!
Evian-les-Bains, Belle Epoque health resort
In the north of the Haute Savoie, nestled in the foothills of the Alps and along Lac Leman, this elegant city is poetically named “perle du Léman”. Home of the world famous mineral water, Evian boasts a wonderful architectural and historical heritage.
The tour highlights not only the lakefront and his emblematic Belle Epoque buildings but also hidden places.
Meeting point of mountain lovers from all over the world, the town has much more than Mont Blanc to offer. When its first visitors arrived in the 18th century, hostelries opened and the city took on it’s heritage of tradition and modernity that we know today: churches and chapels, Belle Époque palaces, Art-deco facades, chalets… It’s also where technical wizardry such as the construction of Montenvers Railway or the Aiguille du Midi cable car has been achieved.
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To the south of Lake Bourget, the largest natural lake in France, the city is the gate to three major alpine national parks: Vanoise, Chartreuse and Bauges.
At the foot of the castle, a maze of alleys and passages take us back in time from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Around its old center, the Sardinian town boasts solemnity, while 20th century’s daring architecture brings the city into modernity.
Aix-les-Bains’ reputation for its hot springs dates back to ancient times. The city developed in the 19th century thanks to European aristocracy.
Nowadays, this small town on eastern shores of Lake Bourget is still one of France’s most important thermal towns and boasts a rich architectural testimony and a wonderful living environment.