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Annecy: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

1. Annecy: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Experience the beauty of the historical town of Annecy on a self-guided tour. Solve riddles and find clues in a treasure hunt game on your phone while visiting famous attractions like the Pont des Amours, Jardins de l'Europe, Hôtel de Ville, and Église Saint-François de Sales. You will receive a link for the mobile app and login credentials after booking. Log in to the app and start your adventure with the map as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to stories of this historical town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time to see the sights. Take time to see the famous Annecy Cathedral, Le Palais de I'Île, Église Notre Dame de Liesse, Old Town Hall, and more. Learn facts about the history and culture city of Annecy throughout the tour. Explore the city at your own pace while playing a fun treasure hunt game with your team.

Annecy: 1-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

2. Annecy: 1-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

Discover the pleasure of riding a Segway on a 1-hour tour of Annecy. Benefit from a 10 to 15-minute training session on how to operate the self-balancing vehicle before you set off. Journey alongside the clear waters of Annecy Lake and be seduced by the various gardens bordering the water. Marvel at the picturesque Jardins de l'Europe (Gardens of Europe) and La Pâquier. Get a stunning view of the Parc Charles-Bosson, adorned with beautiful trees and more. Listen as your guide tells the story of Annecy and lets you take photos of the amazing landscape. Feel free to ask any questions about the city and surrounding area. End by admiring the magnificent Belle Epoque façade of the Imperial Palace hotel, where notable personalities such as Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill have all been welcomed.

From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

3. From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

Annecy, located just 45-minutes from Geneva, is a town that has been awarded France’s prestigious Art and History designation. When you arrive in Annecy you’ll have a guided orientation walk and then plenty of free time to explore Annecy on your own. Please note that if you select the afternoon tour, then this will be self-guided.  As you walk through the streets of this charming town on the River Thiou you’ll come across numerous food and flea markets and historic monuments and landmarks. Browse the shops and stop to try a traditional dish at one of the many restaurants or cafés.

Annecy 2-Hour Segway Tour

4. Annecy 2-Hour Segway Tour

Meet your guide at Mobilboard. Start with an introduction to riding the Segway, and a presentation of the safety rules. Begin the experience by strolling along the clear waters of Annecy Lake.Feel intrigued by the various gardens bordering the lake. Hear the story of Annecy, take pictures on your Segway, and ask questions about the city. Continue your trip by admiring the magnificent Imperial Palace, which has welcomed personalities such as Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin or Churchill. Carry on your getaway in the medieval Old Town and discover its canals, tiny streets and churches. Finish the experience by getting of the beaten track along the Thiou river. 

Annecy: 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

5. Annecy: 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Experience the charm and beauty of the alpine town of Annecy from a different perspective on a 1.5-hour guided tour by Segway. Get a short training session on the easy-to-use personal transporters to ensure you feel confident before you set off. Make your way down to the crystal clear waters of Lake Annecy, surrounded by the mountains of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Be seduced by the various gardens bordering the lake, and hear the story of the town as you take souvenir pictures of the scenic landscapes and historic buildings. Admire the magnificent hotel of the Imperial Palace where Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and the singer Edith Piaf were all guests. Enter the medieval Old Town and discover its amazing network of canals and tiny streets. End at the Thiou River which, at just 3.5 kilometers long, is one of the smallest rivers in France.

Private Trip From Geneva to Annecy in France

6. Private Trip From Geneva to Annecy in France

If you are looking for a romantic adventure, then this excursion is the perfect match for you! This trip can be organised according to your preferences, offering a personal approach. Start the journey from any convenient location for you in Geneva. Hop into a comfortable car or minivan for a short but pleasant ride to the charming town of Annecy, situated 35 km away from Geneva and right at the base of the snow-covered Alps. Annecy is also known as the “Venice of the Alps” due to the Thiou River flowing through the town creating canals reminiscent of Venice. Located beside the clear waters of Lake Annecy, the town offers a large green park with walkways, tiny bridges, fountains, swans and options for boating activities. Wander around and explore the delightful Old town, which was built in the Middle Ages. Take a look at the central landmark of Annecy – Palais de I’lsle, a medieval castle and prison built in the 12th century that is now an art and history museum. Discover the Chateau d’Annecy – a renovated castle, dominating the town. Afterward, you will take a boat trip and sail around the lake to see the tiny villages dotted at the shores of the lake, the Menthon Saint Bernard – a castle built in the 13th century and enjoy the beautiful view.  You can have a meal by trying local dishes at one of the canal-side cafes or restaurants. Do not forget to bring your camera, as it is going to be a very picturesque journey!

Private Walking Tour of Annecy's Historical Center

7. Private Walking Tour of Annecy's Historical Center

Visit one of the loveliest cities of the Rhône-Alpes region of France: Annecy. It's situated in the Alps, so if you love skiing this is the place for you. Today, you can enjoy a private walking tour of Annecy with private guides who will take you to all the spots that interest you most! Also known as the "Second Venice," Annecy has plenty of beauty in store. See the Palais de l'Isle, which was a prison in the 12th century, and for something completely different, move on to cross the bridge of lovers. Another must-see is the gleaming lake of Annecy, inarguably a city highlight. Before you end your day in Annecy, you are also recommended to visit the Old Town, a lovely area full of quaint cafés to keep visitors well-fueled and busy. If there is any place in particular you would like to go but it is not mentioned in the tour description, just ask your guide and he or she will be happy to take you wherever you want to go.

Annecy: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

8. Annecy: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Ideal for your first visit! Choose where to focus on!Do you want to learn interesting information about 10 of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends (not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Annecy? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Annecy in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the Pont des Amours in an incredible setting. Visit Statue de Claude Louis Berthollet in this beautiful park and lose yourself in Les Jardins de l'Europe a unique place for rest and peace. Photograph the Place de l'Hôtel de ville which is one of the symbols of Annecy and admire the Église Saint-Maurice-et-Saint-François-de-Sales with its minimal architecture. Then Le Palais de I'Île will put you in a fairytale setting. Église Notre Dame de Liesse will continue your beautiful journey into the heart of the city. Photograph the much-photographed Cathédrale Saint-Pierre that will be there to add to your collection, while Pont Morens, the ultimate fairytale setting, in a unique location will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Geneva City Tour and Annecy Visit

9. Geneva City Tour and Annecy Visit

On this 7-hour combined program, you’ll head to Annecy, located just 45 minutes away by bus. Annecy is often referred to as the Venice of the Alps and draws visitors to its romantic landscapes. You’ll have a half-hour orientation to the old town and its colorful pedestrian streets. The town, crossed by the River Thiou, offers a picturesque and enchanting scene, and numerous food markets and flea markets enliven the streets. Rich in cultural activities, including museums and castles to visit, Annecy has received the coveted Art and History designation. After spending some free time in Annecy, get to know Geneva on a 2-hour guided tour that takes you to the city’s international district that’s home to the world’s peacemaking organizations, and to the city center as well. Enjoy a mini-train tramway tour and a guided walk through the historic old town area.

Annecy Private Guided Tour from Geneva

10. Annecy Private Guided Tour from Geneva

On this private tour, you will ride aboard a comfortable car/mini-van through the French countryside and enjoy a guided walking tour through Annecy. Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", Annecy offers harmonious and romantic landscapes. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers amazing views of the purest lake of Europe. Discover the picturesque and enchanting framework of the city on a walking guided tour for an hour. Take this opportunity to snap some pictures of the iconic Palais de l’Isle, a 12th-century monument that's the symbol of the town, and the dominating castle of Annecy, once the residence of the Bishop of Geneva. Take a walk along the lake and watch locals jogging, walking, or roller-blading in the fresh mountain air. Stroll through the lovely little streets with endless flower-filled balconies, houses, antique markets and handcraft shops. There is one more reason why this town is known around the world. The shopping is simply marvelous. Annecy has one of the highest quality markets on Sundays offering various goods: clothes, chocolate, cheese, local products and much more.

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What people are saying about Annecy

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4.5 / 5

based on 385 reviews

Excellent and informative walking tour of Annecy. Aude, our guide, packed a tremendous amount of history, geography, and architecture into a two-hour tour. My wife, who’s not as big a fan of walking tours as I am, thoroughly enjoyed it. Aude also offered numerous helpful suggestions for things to do on the remainder of our stay. We says parts of the old city we likely would not have encountered if we’d simply wandered the city ourselves. Highly recommended.

Had a lovely time exploring Annamasse, France! It’s a beautiful little town, very colorful, lots of cafes and stores to check out. If you’re looking for a day trip outside of Geneva, highly recommend this. Plan to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking around a lot.

Great tour, plenty time to go around on your own. The minibus was comfortable. Lovely guide. Worth it.

Great half-day trip! Beautiful little town. Zara was a fantastic guide! Highly recommend

Annesy was so cute. Our guide was friendly and kind.