Rhône-Alpes Experience

At a glance

  • 15 night escorted tour - tour code IAE
  • Prices start from £1,599 for 2 people plus outfit
  • Travel from 15 June 2018
  • 15 nights at Camping La Colombière
  • Excursions and meals in the itinerary included
  • Dedicated tour hosts will accompany your group

Day 1 – 6: Gruyères and Chamonix

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Day 1 – Arrive at Camping La Colombière (M08)

On arrival at Camping La Colombière settle into the campsite before meeting your tour hosts and fellow members in the evening followed by a welcome meal of ‘raclette’ – a local regional dish.

Day 2 – Vineyard tour

Most of today is at your leisure to unwind after your journey through France. Then in the late afternoon there is a tour of the campsites own vineyard.

Day 3 – Excursion to Gruyères

Visit the Vignoble de Lavaux, a Unesco Heritage Site, famed for its amazing terraces filled with grape vines. Then it’s onto the Cailler Chocolate Museum where you can learn about the history of cocoa beans and chocolate whilst taking in the tantalising aromas. Afterwards enjoy lunch at the Gruyères Cheese Factory restaurant before going on a guided tour of the factory itself.  In the afternoon, you will have free time to have a walk around the village of Gruyères before returning by coach to the campsite.

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 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 – 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 – 11: Geneva and Les Gets

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Day 7 – Excursion to Geneva

Explore part of Switzerland today with an excursion to Geneva. Take a tour through the grounds of the United Nations before enjoying a scenic boat trip on Lac Léman. After a picnic lunch on the banks of the lake, there is a guided tour of the old city of Geneva to help you discover what the city has to offer.

Days 8 & 9 – Free time at your leisure

Day 10 – Excursion to Les Gets

Head up to the pretty alpine community of Les Gets on this full day trip. Included in the day is a trip to the Museum of Mechanical Music to find out some of the history of musical instruments. You’ll also visit the lake of the Mines d’Or and can enjoy a walk through pasture lands to soak up more of the region’s scenery.

Day 11 – Free time at your leisure

A day to unwind with a rest day spent at your leisure.

Day 12 – 16: Annecy and hiking

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Day 12 – Visit 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 is said to have the purest water in Europe.

Day 13 – Free time at your leisure

Day 14 – Hike and picnic

Today features a group hike to the pilgrimage site of Saint Jacques de Compostela. Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing your walk.

Day 15 – Enjoy a farewell group meal in the site restaurant

Today is free for you to enjoy as you wish, perhaps taking the opportunity for some final sightseeing before the farewell meal this evening.

Day 16 – Depart the campsite before midday

Please note this itinerary may be subject to change and minimum numbers may apply.

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