Rhône-Alpes Experience

Tour highlights

  • Guided tour of the old city of Geneva
  • A visit to CERN - European Nuclear Research Centre
  • Trips to Chamonix & Annecy
  • Train ride to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier
  • A trip to the salt mines of Bex
  • A guided visit of the Château de Chillon

Day 1 – 5: Annecy and Chamonix

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Day 1 – Arrive at Camping La Colombière

Take your time to settle into the campsite and familiarise yourself with your surroundings.

Day 2 – Free time at your leisure

In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the campsite's very own vineyard, followed by a welcome drink to meet your fellow tourers and tour hosts.

Day 3 – Excursion to Annecy

Discover the famous Pont de la Caille – one of the world’s oldest suspension bridges – followed by the chance to explore the Old Town of Annecy.  Visit the Fonderie Paccard where you will find out about the fine art of bell-making.  Enjoy a lunch and boat tour of the lake that shares the town’s name, which has the purest water in Europe.

Day 4 – Enjoy free time at your leisure

Enjoy some free time at your leisure. You can either relax on site or perhaps explore your surroundings.

Day 5 – Excursion to Chamonix

On this full day’s excursion you’ll start with a tram ride to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier, at an altitude of 1,913m. Mer de Glace translates into ‘Sea of Ice’ and really is a sight to behold with its turquoise crevasses and unusual formations.  With some free time, why not take the cable car onto the glacier and visit the Ice Grotto, which is dug out every summer.  Or simply enjoy the view from above with a drink on the terrace of the Grand Hotel de Montenvers.  Then it’s onto the vibrant alpine town of Chamonix where you can take a guided tour and enjoy the mountain views.

Day 6 – 10: CERN and Plateau des Glières

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Day 6 – Free time at your leisure

Relax at the campsite, perhaps taking advantage of the on-site Spa, or maybe venture off-site to explore more of the local scenery.

Day 7 –  Free time at your leisure

Days 8 – CERN and the Salève cable-car

Today, visit the awe-inspiring CERN (Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire).  Find out what the Higgs-Boson is and learn about the origins and mysteries of the universe with a guided tour of this fascinating institute and its exhibitions. After lunch, take a trip up the cable-car of Salève and enjoy the impressive views overlooking Geneva.

Day 9 – A free day at your leisure

Day 10 – Visit the Ecomuseum and the Plateau des Glières

Visit the Ecomusée, situated along the banks of Lake Annecy. This museum houses a surprising collection of traditional costumes and objects and really takes you on a fascinating, historic journey through the Savoyard region.

Afterwards, visit the Plateau des Glières ; an historic area, playing a significant role in the Second World War as a site for the French Resistance. You will take a walking trail to the National Monument of the Resistance which pays homage to the actions of the local ‘Maquis des Glières’ resistance fighters. Learn all about the movement that happened here as well as the subsequent Battle of Glières.

After lunch in a chalet situated up in the alpine pastures, visit a local cheese farm.

11 – 18: Château de Chillon and Geneva

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Days 11 & 12 - A couple of free days at your leisure

Day 13 – The Salt Mines of Bex and the Château de Chillon

Today, visit the fascinating salt mines of Bex. A train will take you through the labyrinth of tunnels which run for kilometers deep underground.

After free time for lunch, visit the beautiful lakeside castle of Chillon situated on the edge of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). From country home to state prison, this ancient building has changed hands and purpose numerous times. Find out all this and more with a guided tour.

Day 14 – A free day at your leisure followed by an evening meal of raclette at the campsite

Day 15 – A free day at your leisure

Day 16 - Excursion to Geneva and Yvoire

Explore part of Switzerland today with an excursion to Geneva. Enjoy a guided visit of the old town followed by a picnic lunch, provided by the campsite. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the afternoon with a visit to the beautiful village of Yvoire, on the banks of the lake, where you will have time to explore at your leisure.

Day 17 - A free day at your leisure

In the evening, enjoy a farewell meal with your fellow tourers and tour hosts.

Day 18 - Depart the campsite before midday

Please note this itinerary may be subject to change.

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