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Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)
Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)

Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)

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174 Reviews
Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes

The Basics

During spring and summer, Lake Annecy draws swimmers and boaters to its pristine beaches— its considered the cleanest lake in Europe. Adventure seekers can opt for speedboating or waterskiing, or go biking on a 25-mile (40-kilometer) lakeside trail. Plus, parasailing above the lake offers unrivaled alpine views.

Day trips from nearby Geneva in Switzerland typically include a stop at Lake Annecy, and tend to include free time to soak up the scenery and wander Annecy’s colorful cobblestoned streets. Full-day tours often visit both Geneva and Annecy, and include a narrated sightseeing cruise on the lake.

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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva

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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
$78.55 per adult
Excellent Customer Service
Amazing service excellent driver and trip was good I would recommend this company for tours they are efficient and reliable.
Helen_O, Jul 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Annecy

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Annecy - A must see!
Jennifer, Mar 2020
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Maria did a great job with sharing information about Geneva- switzerland and annecy. Was very helpful answering any questions. Would recommend it !
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Like being Belle in Beauty and the Beast
JayG, Feb 2020
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
The trip was perfectly timed, the guide was fun and engaging and the town was as lovely as portrayed. An added bonus was a spectacular day and a local market!
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Good Trip
Shailendra S, Nov 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
Well organised and followed as described. We started in Annecy as the first part. The Geneva Tour was actually a separate tour which was done after our Annecy tour. Enough time was spent in Annecy. Always plan ahead with the weather :)
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Good value
shestillwonders, Oct 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
The trip covered everything announced, with announcements in 3 languages (provided consecutively by one guide). Good value for your money.
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Good—-
Flyer35944200825, Nov 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
The trio was good even though it is little expensive.Our guide Mr.Gabriel was very good; He was explaining each and every details through our the trip.
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Great Trip
Myzteri, Jul 2019
Annecy Half-Day Independent Tour from Geneva
This is an independent tour so you are free to explore the town at your leisure. Annecy is a quaint city with lots of charm and plenty to see.
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Canyoning What A Great Time
mattclaire212019, Jul 2019
Canyoning on Lake Annecy
We were a party of 10 (4 Adults, 4 x 15yrs and 2x 11yrs) we had such a good time & properly laughed. To start with you do have a 20 minute uphill walk, which is testing in the heat but it is absolutely worth it for the experience that you then get. Our guide Kevin was brilliant & spoke very good English. He also didn't allow us to have any kind of wobbles when we looked down what he wanted us to slide down, jump off & abseil down, he basically told us to get on with it, which was just perfect & well and truly needed. None of us had ever canyoned before & we absolutely loved every minute of it & have promised to go back again when we visit Annecy.
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Gorgeous
Julie G, Sep 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
This adorable little town is one of the highlights of our whole European trip, definitely worth making time for!
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Very pretty town
James F, Aug 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
Annecy is a very pretty old town and well worth the visit. The day we were there there was an interesting street market for local produce. The afternoon tour of Geneva and the lake cruise made for a long day, but we enjoyed it very much. Guide very talkative.
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Annecy half-day trip.
Mobile580767, Sep 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Loved the town! Tour guide was great. Well worth the money. We were on a tour of Switzerland, but were looking for a way to see Annecy. This worked out perfect.y for us.
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Lovely and Enjoyable
BeTrueAlways, Jul 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
Lovely breathtaking views of Annecy and the lake. Gabriel our guide was a charming host and very helpful! Loved meeting new people and making friends. The boat ride was a wonderful end to my first full day in Geneva!
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A Beautiful Town
Lorraine K, Aug 2019
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Annecy is a picturesque town sometimes referred to as a French Venice! It is a photogtapher’s dream! There is a picture around every corner! An opportunity for some great crepe choices and a great opportunity to get lost...intended or not! It would have been helpful to have been given maps!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Swimming is restricted in some areas, but the small beach at Sévrier is a favorite from which to take a dip.

  • Travelers with some boating skills can hire a boat by the hour or for a full day.

  • Public transit around the lake itself is limited, so it's easiest to get different perspectives by walking, driving, or biking.

  • While it’s possible to get to Lake Annecy from a dozen different villages, the best viewpoint is from Annecy.

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How to Get There

Lake Annecy is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France, just a few minutes from the Swiss border; it extends from the eponymous city all the way to Verthier. From Lyon, drive along A43 and A41; from Geneva, opt for the A41. A large underground car park is located near Annecy’s waterfront on Quai Eustache Chappuis. Regular train services run to Annecy from Lyon, Chambéry, and Geneva.

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When to Get There

Hang-gliding and parasailing tours are generally available April through October, while the lake’s temperature is ideal for swimming in July and August.

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Exploring the Venice of the Alps

A medieval time capsule of half-timbered pastel houses, cobblestone lanes, and Venetian-style canals, Annecy is among the most photogenic cities in southeastern France. Don’t miss the Old Town (Vieille Ville) where you can wander among flower-filled squares and savor regional cuisine served in traditional French boulangeries. Major sights include the 12th-century Palais de l’Île and art-filled churches, but the prime pleasure here is the charming ambience.

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