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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.

Private Trip From Geneva to Annecy in France

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Lake Annecy Day Trip from Geneva

5. Lake Annecy Day Trip from Geneva

This day trip to Annecy lets your discover this wonderful icon French town at your leisure. Colorful buildings perched next to waterways house endless restaurants, bistros, and boutique shops. A steep walk to the top of the Old Town reveals the impressive Chateau D’Annecy. The Wonderful Lake that surrounds the town is one of the most pristine in Europe. Boat tours around the Alpine lake are highly recommended to finish off the day. Annecy Old Town  Nick-named the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ Annecy’s old town is beautifully restored and a joy to stroll through. Colorful buildings perched next to waterways house endless restaurants, bistros, and cafés with outdoor seating and incredible views. Much of the old town of Annecy has only very narrow streets and alleys that are open to pedestrians only.    Lake Annecy  A major attraction of Annecy is its beautiful location on the banks of Lac d’Annecy. Boat excursions are popular on Lake Annecy and range from lunch cruises to short round-trip cruises. It is also possible to rent boats from the park behind the Hotel de Ville – powerboats and pedal boats (pedalos) can be rented by the half-hour. Swimming is allowed in this crystal clean- lake and the alpine views are simply stunning.  Chateau d’Annecy  The Château d’Annecy (Annecy Castle) was the home of the Counts of Geneva. In the 16th century the castle entrance was fortified with a parapet walkway. The oldest part of the castle is the Tour de la Reine which was built in the 13th century. From the 17th century to the 1940s it was a barracks and today it houses a museum with exhibitions of Art and History of the area.   

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What people are saying about Palais de l'Île

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 35 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.

World City Trail helped us explore the city of Annecy in around 1,5 hours, with a dog, without needing to go in any shops or attractions. The app gives you information about the places your visiting, as well as some small puzzles that you get to solve.

A very fun and original treasure hunt, accessible even in teams of 2 and easy to use with your laptop. We loved it. And of course we recommend.

Explore places in an all new way!!! This App is easy to use.

I would do the same tour again! Highly enjoyed it...