10:00 - Meeting with the guide in Annecy
Sightseeing tour of the Annecy historic center
Annecy is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy), 35 kilometres south of Geneva.
Annecy bas been called the Alpine Venetia since a long time, with its canals crossing the historic town.
You will travel through the centuries of the medieval history of this city, starting from the earldom of Geneva and ending with the time when these lands became a part of the Savoy Duchy in the early 15th century. You will realize the important role of the city during the Middle Ages thanks to the Castle and the well-fortified walls which have been preserved.
The St. Peter's Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis would be a clear illustration of the history of Annecy in the 16-17th centuries which was called during those times as "Alpine Rome".
In the late 18th century the city goes through the ups and downs of the French revolutionary occupation, the active growth of the textile industry and finally becomes the part of France.
Despite all this, Annecy managed to preserve not only the historic center but also to fill it with the spirit of "The Venice of the Alps". This is how Annecy is called today - «"he Venice of the Alps". And you will make sure that there is no any exaggeration in it. The picturesque landscapes of the Alpine lake surrounded by the mountains' peaks, with cozy streets and bridges over the canals – all these create fabulous view one can't stop admiring.
12:30 - Lunch at the restaurant with a panoramic view over the lake
14:00 - Departure from Annecy and moving to Chambéry
15:00 - Arrival to Chambéry
Sightseeing tour of the Chambéry historic center
Chambéry – is the capital of the department of Savoie. The history of Chambéry is closely linked to the House of Savoy. Chambéry and its castle were purchased by the earls Savoy in the 13th century. At the same time Chambéry receives the official status of the capital of Savoy lands, which gives a strong push to the development of this originally small settlement.
The main witness of the glory and wealth of those times is the Chambéry Castle which looks like a majestic, unscalable medieval fortress. But in 1536 under the pressure of Francis the Ist and the French occupation the earls Savoy had to leave Chambéry and settle in Piedmont.
In the middle of the 16th century Turin becomes the capital of Savoie while Chambéry supposed to be an administrative appendage, where the Senate and Chamber of Accounts were established.
In the early 19th century after the French revolutionary occupation the vast reconstructions of the city take place. The money for this purpose were allocated by the local patron general de Boigne, who was famous for making his solid fortune during his military service for Indians rulers. The memory of this generous benefactor, and just, uncommon resident of Chambéry, was immortalized in 1831 in the form of the famous Elephants Fountain, which is now one of the main attractions of the city.
Chambéry became the part of France in 1860 together with the other lands of the Duchy Savoy and the Nice County.
Today Chambéry is a huge administrative and university center.
17:00 - Departure from Chambéry
• Duration: 8-9 hours
• Price: EUR 465.00
(Car rental - at extra charge. Car category - on request)
Maximum commission to agencies - 15%