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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Feast your eyes on the medieval monuments and colorful, half-timbered houses of Annecy on a half-day tour from Geneva. Admire the stunning Swiss countryside as you travel by air-conditioned coach to the French town considered by many to be the "Venice of the Alps." Take a guided tour of the quaint cobbled streets of Annecy and delve into the town’s rich history as you visit interesting landmarks like Palais de l’Isle and Château Annecy. Take a stroll on the shores of Lake Annecy and then spend the remaining tour time exploring the Alpine gem at your own leisure.
  • Explore Annecy Old Town’s colorful pedestrian lanes on a narrated walking tour
  • Snap photos of Palais de l'Isle, the town’s most iconic landmark
  • Browse exhibits in Château d’Annecy and stroll along the beautiful boat-filled lake
  • Peruse the markets of Le Thiou
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Bus ride
Walking tour in the old town
Guide for more than 10 people or driver guide for small groups
Free time for shopping
Food and drinks
Entrance fees (Chateau d'Annecy: 12 euros)
Optional activities such as bike rental

Departure Point

Geneva Bus Station, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from a centrally located Geneva pickup point in an air-conditioned coach and embark on a scenic journey across the Switzerland-France border. Gaze at the snow-capped spires of the Alps as your guide sets the historical scene of Annecy, a medieval town shrouded in legend. 

As you approach, marvel at the emerald waterways that weave their way around the town hailed as the "Venice of the Alps;" appreciate the picturesque tableau of colorful houses decorated with flower-filled balconies and enjoy some leisurely free time to eat lunch in the town. 

Revitalized, set out on a short orientation tour of the town, exploring the Old Town and its charming collection of monuments. Capture photographs beside the renowned Palais de l’Isle, a 12th-century island fortress, and absorb sweeping city vistas from its vertiginous vantage point.  

Venture to Château d’Annecy, a grand castle whose hilltop perch affords more impressive panoramas, and peruse the interesting exhibits housed in its museum. See models of Alpine chalets and informative panels on the history of Lake Annecy, and then explore the town independently for the remainder of your tour perhaps strolling down Le Thiou.

After thoroughly exploring Annecy, reconvene with your guide and group and relax during the journey back to Geneva.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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Meet your guide in our office
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Annecy
Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", Annecy offers a harmonious and romantic atmosphere. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers amazing views of the purest lake of Europe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Palais de l'Ile
Enjoy the landscape of French countryside during your drive in a comfortable bus. 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 12thcentury castle that's a symbol of the town, and the dominating castle of Annecy, once the residence of the Bishop of Geneva.
Stop At:  
Chateau d'Annecy
Later, enjoy 2 hours of free time, walk along the lake a long side local jogging, walking, or roller-blading in the fresh mountain air. Stroll in the lovely little streets with its 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.
Duration: 20 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Thiou
Annecy has one of the highest quality markets on Sundays offering various goods: Clothes, Chocolate, cheese, local products and much more. Rich in cultural activities, including museums, castles and exhibitions, Annecy is labeled "Art and History" town, which is so dear to the hearts of the inhabitants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is operated in English and French unless otherwise specified
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Important: in July and August for the 2:15pm option, there is not guide but audio guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Keytours (Switzerland)

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The short half day trip from Geneva is worth the money as you can imagine how was life in medieval ages." See review
  • "The city is very nice and worth a visit, specially in a good sunny day." See review

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Excellent Customer Service
Helen_O
, Jul 2020
Amazing service excellent driver and trip was good I would recommend this company for tours they are efficient and reliable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Good morning, We would like to thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the trip and your day, especially in this post covid circumstances. We wish you a nice holiday and maybe see you another time.
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Annecy - A must see!
Jennifer
, Mar 2020
Maria did a great job with sharing information about Geneva- switzerland and annecy. Was very helpful answering any questions. Would recommend it !
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Good Afternoon, Thank you for your comment. We are so glad to read this review. The opinion of our clients is very important to us, and that what's make us became better every day. We hope see you again same day. Have a nice day
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star-4
Like being Belle in Beauty and the Beast
JayG
, Feb 2020
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—-
Flyer35944200825
, Nov 2019
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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Annecy
Jessica R
, Oct 2019
The town of Annecy was nice but you can do much better getting a local bus without a tour. The tour guide, although friendly, gave too much useless information and was not particularly organized.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, we are delighted that you enjoyed the city of Annecy however if we offered guides for the excursions it is for the purpose of informing visitors. As you say there are independent towers if you prefer not to have to deal with a guide. Have a nice day!
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Gorgeous
Julie G
, Sep 2019
This adorable little town is one of the highlights of our whole European trip, definitely worth making time for!
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Quick Trip
rhisamuse
, Sep 2019
This is a quick and easy trip from Geneva and I highly recommend it if you have time. Although be prepared that you really only get 2.5 hours in the city as it takes about 45 mins to get there by bus. As long as that timing works for you, then you are good to go.
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Annecy half-day trip.
Mobile580767
, Sep 2019
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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A Beautiful Town
Lorraine K
, Aug 2019
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!
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Annecy half day tour
wmlaffan
, Jul 2019
Staff did not check for passports before tour departed and used the customers time to take a lady back to her motel to get her passport. They also returned home too early. Poor value for money.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Good morning, the tour is from Switzerland to France, you need a passport to get through a boarder. Moreover in Switzerland, when you travel, you have to carry your passports all the time. It's also mentionned on the important information. The tour is 5 hours, we are sorry if you think it wasn't enough time for you, the duration of our tour is mentionned before you book. We hope you enjoyed the town anyway. Best regards
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