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Restful town of Talloires, France, on the lake Annecy. Water sports, calm and peaceful bays and coves, swimming and relaxing. ©Steve Scribner/iStock

Lakeside at Talloires

France, Savoie (73), Aix-les-Bains, Place Carnot ©F. Guiziou/hemis.fr

France, Savoie (73), Aix-les-Bains, Place Carnot

France, Haute-Savoie (74), Le Chablais, Evian-les-Bains, l'hôtel de ville et le Palais Lumière, centre de congrès situé dans les anciens thermes de 1902 ©P. Jacques/hemis.fr

The harbour in the medieval town of Yvoire situated on the southern bank of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie region of France ©clubfoto/iStock

Yvoire on the bank of Lake Geneva, France

Boats along the shore of Lake Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France. ©J. Knott/age fotostock

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Col de la Colombière, pass of the Route des Grandes Alpes, Haute-Savoie, French Alps, France. ©J. Feuerer/age fotostock

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The French alpine village of Samoens in summer.  In winter a ski resort, but colourful, bright and warm in high summer. ©Richard-E/iStock

Samoens village centre

Sixt Fer A Cheval, France - July 17, 2012: Hiking family walking through meadow at Sixt Fer A Cheval National Park with view of Tete A L'Ane Mountain in the French Alps ©pius99/iStock

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The great lakes of Savoy

Roadtrip around Alpine lakes : Le Bourget, Léman, Annecy, Montriond

  • Nature & Discovery
  • Mountains

Enshrined in sublime mountainous reliefs, the lakes of Savoy are sometimes pleasant, sometimes majestic, often imposing, and always magnificent. This route includes four that offer their shores to walkers, boaters, bathers and the sporty crowd: Bourget, Annecy, Léman and Montriond, the smallest and least known. Pass from one to the next through winding roads, high mountain passes, sumptuous panoramas and grandiose cirques. The show depends on the sky!

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Day 1 - Annecy - Thonon-les-Bains

Annecy and its lake deserve a good look before you set-off. You then head off to your next stage from the north, located at the mouth of the Vallée de la Fillière in Thorens-Glières. Next, follow the ridge of Mount Salève, which offers magnificent views over the Route des Crêtes. From Annemasse, Geneva, and the tip of Lake Geneva, is within easy reach. After this beautiful discovery, drive to Yvoire, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France before going on to Thonon-les-Bains (15km) for the night.

MyTripTailor Tip: This circuit takes in numerous passes and follows mountain roads that may be closed in winter due to snow. Remember to check first.

  • Distance : 94 km
  • Duration : 2h13

Day 2 - Thonon-les-Bains - Talloire

After the elegant villas of Thonon-les-Bains, explore ‘the pearl of Lake Geneva’, Evian-les-Bains, at the base of the foothills of the Chablais Pre-Alps. Offering some perspective from up high: at 980m, Morzine is a beautiful a mid-sized mountain. In the immediate vicinity is the small Lake Montriond. Don’t miss Samoëns, listed as a historical monument. After the Fer-à-Cheval cirque (in the Sixt nature reserve, 9,200ha of alpine landscapes between 900 and 3,096m), drive to Talloires.

  • Distance : 175 km
  • Duration : 3h47

Day 3 - Talloire - Aix les Bains

Talloires, on the edge of the small Lake Annecy is a popular holiday destination. The road pulls away from its shores to the Forclaz pass. Follow your route to Faverges, which stretches between the Aravis mountain range and the Bauges massif. Drive to the pretty village of Duingt, a testimony to Savoyard hardiness. The road then passes through the Col de Leschaux and follows the Bellecombe Gorge to the Pont du Diable, where a torrent rages. Finally, you reach Lake Bourget in Aix-les-Bains.

MyTripTailor Advice: The lakes offer the option of some very nice boat trips. So, plan a little extra time for these opportunities to explore the lakes.

  • Distance : 81 km
  • Duration : 1h48

Day 4 - Aix les Bains - Annecy

A seaside and spa resort, Aix-les-Bains shines under the golds of its Belle Epoque facades. Return to Annecy after a romantic visit to Hautecombe Abbey on the shore of the lake. On the docks, in the large parks bordering the lake and in the lanes of the old town crisscrossed by canals, history is everywhere. Stroll along the small bridges, including the famous Pont des Amours, walk along the arches of rue Ste-Claire and visit the Palais de l’Île to soak up the atmosphere.

  • Distance : 35 km
  • Duration : 0h45

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