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Annecy and lake

Guided tour of Annecy


Immerse yourself in the history of the "Venice of the Alps," its charm, and its cultural treasures in this fascinating guided tour of Annecy!

From 1 to 10 people* *For more people, please contact us 2 hours Available in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter From 75 to 475 € per person * *Depending on the number of people Spoken languages: French, english, german, spanish
Accessible for people with disabilities

What awaits you during this activity : Guided tour of Annecy

Taking the time to discover the charm of Annecy is a must if you are staying in Haute-Savoie or the Alps. This characterful city boasts a rich history and a privileged location amidst the surrounding mountains, on the shores of a crystal-clear lake. You will be accompanied in the exploration of its treasures, embarking on a journey through time as historical facts and fascinating anecdotes are shared.

The guided tour of Annecy will take you to the charming "Venice of the Alps" with its unique ambiance. You will see that it lives up to its name, with its numerous canals of the Thiou River running through it. The small bridges that dot the city add to its allure. Don't hesitate to pause on one of them to enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water.
You will enter the heart of the old town to discover the pedestrian street of Sainte-Claire, still adorned with traces of its medieval past. Its colorful medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and numerous arcaded passages contribute to its picturesque beauty. During your exploration, keep an eye out for the sculpted trout, the emblem of the city. As you make your way towards the canals, you will undoubtedly catch sight of Annecy's symbolic monument: the Palais de l'Île. This medieval building served as a prison, mint, and judicial center. Your guide will not fail to reveal the secrets and anecdotes surrounding this monument during your guided tour of Annecy.

You will ascend to the esplanade of the Château d'Annecy, which overlooks and protects the town in all its grandeur. It offers a remarkable viewpoint of the city stretching out below, the turquoise lake, and the towering mountains.

You will travel back in time to the era of the House of Savoy, which saw the arrival of Amédée VIII as a true catalyst for the city's prosperity. Along your route, you will also encounter the marks of the religious life that took hold, thanks in part to the influence of François de Sales. Annecy also gained renown from the imperial visit of Napoleon III and Eugénie during the annexation of Savoy to France. There are so many fascinating facts to discover during your guided tour of Annecy!

Your exploration will continue along the shores of the iconic Lake Annecy! The sight of its turquoise waters, at the foot of the Tournette and Parmelan mountains, will offer you a captivating moment of pure contemplation... A panorama like that never grows old, believe us! Take a moment of freshness in the shade of the tall trees in the Jardin de l'Europe, just a few steps away from the famous Pont des Amours.

The culinary heritage of Savoy is also rich in essential delicacies such as cheese, wine, and chocolate. Therefore, you will conclude by tasting a local specialty produced by an Annecy artisan in a picturesque setting. A delightful awakening of the taste buds to conclude this exploration in style.

If you wish to delve deeper into the discovery of our gastronomy after this guided tour of Annecy, feel free to book a Food Tour in the city with our guide. Alternatively, opt for a cheese and wine tasting with a master cheesemaker who has been awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, accompanied by a professional sommelier.
  • Cultural specialist services
  • Happy memories
  • Private experience
Not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Chamonix Guided Visit with a private guide

Your guide for this activity in the Alps : Aude

I am lucky to have an exciting job. What I like when I guide is to be able to share what I have discovered during my research with people who are curious to know more. History will have no more secrets for you ;-)
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Our client's reviews for this activity in the Alps

5 / 5
Betty The 25.06.2023
Aude is the best tour guide ever!
5 / 5
Lewis The 14.10.2020
Pascale was really efficient in showing us the highlights of the city and making time for what we wanted to do. A great experience to discover Annecy and its history!
5 / 5
Zaynab The 20.08.2020
Nous avons passé un très moment et les différentes explications furent très intéressantes. Merci ! 😊
5 / 5
Fabienne The 08.09.2019
Le charme de cette vieille ville m’a envouté ! Petites boutiques, petits restaurants, canaux, rues étroites. Je comprends à présent pourquoi on l’appelle la Venise des Alpes !

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Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation fees apply:  :

  • From reservation to 30 days prior to the activity: 25% of the total

  • From 29 to 15 days prior to the activity: 50% of the total

  • From 14 days prior to the day of the activity: 100% of the total

Services and Overseeing

All services are subject to weather conditions and authorizations. 1786 Experiences offers its clients its knowledge of the terrain and its network of professional partners. All the activities are supervised by professionals this in order to guarantee maximum safety and pleasure of the participants.


The Client is aware of the sometimes sporty nature of some of the proposed services. He/she agrees to comply with the advice and instructions given by the professionals in charge. The Client is forbidden to take any personal initiative in the context of the services that could jeopardize his/her safety, that of the other participants or that of the supervising professionals.

It will be up to the professional supervisor to decide on any modifications for safety reasons of our services for weather or mountain conditions, participants abilities or their technical skills. Our guides will decide to change the itinerary or mountain range for security and the best experience possible.

Failure to comply with safety instructions or to participate in a service without respecting the level of requirements may justify the exclusion of the client from the service. This exclusion decided for safety reasons will not determine any right to refund of the cost of the experience.

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LThe price of the service does not include personal insurance. It is strongly recommended that the clients have a search & rescue insurance and a repatriation insurance valid for the service.

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