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Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)
Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)

Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy)

Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes

The Basics

During spring and summer, Lake Annecy draws swimmers and boaters to its pristine beaches— its considered the cleanest lake in Europe. Adventure seekers can opt for speedboating or waterskiing, or go biking on a 25-mile (40-kilometer) lakeside trail. Plus, parasailing above the lake offers unrivaled alpine views.

Day trips from nearby Geneva in Switzerland typically include a stop at Lake Annecy, and tend to include free time to soak up the scenery and wander Annecy’s colorful cobblestoned streets. Full-day tours often visit both Geneva and Annecy, and include a narrated sightseeing cruise on the lake.

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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
$76.38 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful & historic Annecy
Annecy is a very beautiful place. It's quite a compact & historical little town which makes it very easy to get round and the weather was great which made it even better. Would have been good to have had a few more hours there, but a good trip nonetheless if you're pressed for time. Gabriel was a very polite and professional tour guide who answered all of our questions
Matthew_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Annecy

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All day tour was great!
Karla_B, Sep 2021
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
A great tour! Gabriel was amazing with all his knowledge about Annecy and Geneva. Really enjoyed learning so much. Tip: bring Euros for Annecy or credit card. I was also asked to show my COVID vaccine card when I ordered at a restaurant in Annecy.
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Beautiful little village
Venita_S, Sep 2021
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Beautiful little village z we had a great time in Annecy.. the weather was great and village is beautiful..
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Would do it again.
Happytraveler, Sep 2021
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Charming village. The guide was informative and pleasant. Of course a little more time would have been nice. Very enjoyable day.
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Good Trip
Shailendra S, Nov 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
Well organised and followed as described. We started in Annecy as the first part. The Geneva Tour was actually a separate tour which was done after our Annecy tour. Enough time was spent in Annecy. Always plan ahead with the weather :)
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Great day In Beautiful and Charming Annecy!
Dana_w, Jul 2021
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Excellent half day trip to Annecy. What a charming little village just an hours drive from Geneva. Lots of great little shios on the Wyaer with some wonderful French goodies. Driver, Neil was great, friendly and informative, loved him
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Amazing birthday surprise
r0bgriffin, Aug 2019
Discover the paragliding flight (15 min) Annecy
Alex takes great care of you - the best way to experience paragliding - fantastic fun. Monica was also charming and looked after the rest of my family while I was flying high. Thank you.
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Great Trip
Myzteri, Jul 2019
Annecy Half-Day Independent Tour from Geneva
This is an independent tour so you are free to explore the town at your leisure. Annecy is a quaint city with lots of charm and plenty to see.
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Beautiful Annecy
NormaAdriana_D, Jun 2021
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Gabriel was an excellent guide! His knowledge of the area is impressive. We enjoyed our tour of Annecy. We only wish we had spent more time in the area. This day trip is well worth your time while in Geneva.
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Lovely little city in a gorgeous...
dmarie0806, Oct 2015
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Lovely little city in a gorgeous setting by the lake with mountains all around. The old town was quaint, clean and had great ambiance. The hike up to the castle was a good workout, but worth it. The lakeside amenities were abundant and great for just relaxing and enjoying the view. Due to time, I couldn't do the boat ride on the lake...would have liked more time. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
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Good value
shestillwonders, Oct 2019
Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise
The trip covered everything announced, with announcements in 3 languages (provided consecutively by one guide). Good value for your money.
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Excellent Customer Service
Helen_O, Jul 2020
Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva
Amazing service excellent driver and trip was good I would recommend this company for tours they are efficient and reliable.
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Amazing tour!!! Great guide. We...
karadunn11, Jun 2017
Pérouges & Annecy Private Day Trip with Food Tasting from Lyon
Amazing tour!!! Great guide. We rented a boat in Annecy and toured the lake looking up at the Swiss Alps. I'm so glad we did this. Our teenagers loved it!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Swimming is restricted in some areas, but the small beach at Sévrier is a favorite from which to take a dip.

  • Travelers with some boating skills can hire a boat by the hour or for a full day.

  • Public transit around the lake itself is limited, so it's easiest to get different perspectives by walking, driving, or biking.

  • While it’s possible to get to Lake Annecy from a dozen different villages, the best viewpoint is from Annecy.

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How to Get There

Lake Annecy is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France, just a few minutes from the Swiss border; it extends from the eponymous city all the way to Verthier. From Lyon, drive along A43 and A41; from Geneva, opt for the A41. A large underground car park is located near Annecy’s waterfront on Quai Eustache Chappuis. Regular train services run to Annecy from Lyon, Chambéry, and Geneva.

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When to Get There

Hang-gliding and parasailing tours are generally available April through October, while the lake’s temperature is ideal for swimming in July and August.

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Exploring the Venice of the Alps

A medieval time capsule of half-timbered pastel houses, cobblestone lanes, and Venetian-style canals, Annecy is among the most photogenic cities in southeastern France. Don’t miss the Old Town (Vieille Ville) where you can wander among flower-filled squares and savor regional cuisine served in traditional French boulangeries. Major sights include the 12th-century Palais de l’Île and art-filled churches, but the prime pleasure here is the charming ambience.

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