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Elegant Savoie: a nonpareil for outdoor action

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A May 2013 trip to Savoie by marif

Courmayeur: fabulous mountain views Photo, Savoie, France More Photos
Quote: The Mont Blanc tunnel is a twelve-kilometre shortcut from Italy’s remote northwest to the southeast corner of France. Amidst the spiky snowbound peaks of elegant Savoie are awesome towns that appease the feistiest of skiing, hiking and boating appetites. Annecy is a nonpareil for outdoor action; Chamonix not far behind.

Alery Hotel

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Alery Hotel Photo, Annecy, France
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Summer playground for water-related activities, winter one for mountain trekking and cycling, Annecy is one of those destinations that attracts more visitors than its places of accommodation permit. In spite of the substantial number of hotels in the city, tracking down a room here is often painful since demand is for the most part exceptionally high. Instead of hunting around (which is certainly time-consuming and at times disheartening, particularly when your initial attempts result in a no-vacancies response), it is better to go straight to the Tourist Office where practical assistance comes with quick service and an attitude of warm hospitality. The quoted tourist-office rate is what often lures v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2013

Alery Hotel
5 Av d'Alery
Annecy, Rhone-Alpes 74000
+33(4)50452475

Annecy's double appeal

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On the water's edge - Annecy Champ de Mars Photo, Savoie, France
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Straight out of the Middle Ages, Annecy’s Vieille Ville is composed of a spider’s web of cobbled-stone passageways crisscrossed by gushing canals ribboned with tiers of overhanging floral displays. A footloose ramble through Annecy’s historic core gives one the opportunity to delight in the atmosphere of a bygone age characterized by colonnaded archways, distorted laneways, tiny stone bridges, street names reminiscent of religious staunchness and rows of preserved medieval houses that still retain their seventeenth-century appearance. Fossicking amidst the displays of the three-times-weekly outdoor food market (held here uninterruptedly for more than a century) is an entertaining experience that pays ...Read More

Annecy: a true taste of Savoie

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The view over the Canal du Thiou Photo, Savoie, France
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Huddled by soaring mountains crowned with spiky snowbound peaks, Sallanches, St Gervais and Megeve are three small neighbouring ski villages snuggled halfway between Chamonix and Annecy. St Gervais and Megeve are fashionable skiing hotspots, best reserved for those who can afford paying a shilling for a penny; Sallanches is not far behind. Visiting Sallanches and Megeve is a matter of choice but St Gervais on the southwest corner of the Chamonix valley is inevitable for those who envisage touring further towns in the Savoie region. Its train station lying on a main train route is the only transit point (in the area) that affords a link between Chamonix and the western towns of France.Reach...Read More

Hotel Le Chamonix

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Hotel | "A world of friendliness added to excellent views"

Hotel Le Chamonix Photo, Chamonix, France
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Aware of the popularity of Chamonix as a holiday destination, I looked out for hotel availability much prior to my planned holiday date. In an attempt to trace a room that suited my requirements, I looked into the most popular hotel-booking websites, if only to get an idea of the level of demand and the ensuing rates requested at the end of May when I was envisaging visiting. The exorbitant prices listed and the expression ‘only two rooms left’ were enough to make me reconsider my attempt to book early. How could one accept as true the fact that all hotels were practically fully booked in the off-season month of May when Chamonix is neither favourable for skiing (most pistes would possibly have run ou...Read More

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Hotel Le Chamonix
11 Rue De L'hôtel De Ville
Chamonix
04 50 53 11 07

On the hop in the Chamonix valley

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Les Houches, Chamonix valley Photo, Savoie, France
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No visit to Chamonix comes complete unless enhanced by trips to other towns and villages that grace the fifteen-mile-long Chamonix valley. Ensnared by spectacular mountain scenery from east and west, Chamonix is the most trampled bit of this region and the most prepared to offer visitors a welcoming hand. But other towns in the valley, though not as popular are no less overrun with bags of natural splendour that can be revelled in simply by a footpath walk in pristine wilderness or a cable-car climb to a snowbound peak. A ski-run on-piste amidst snow plains or shimmering ice-fields is stuff for the daring; an off-piste run along a steep descent or a ski tour along glacial treks is best reserved for th...Read More

Is Chamonix a mountain paradise?

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Courmayeur: fabulous mountain views Photo, Savoie, France
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Aosta can be considered as Italy’s gateway to the south of France. The easiest way to reach France from Aosta is to take the Savda bus (six daily) from the Aosta bus station on Via Carrel to the mountain resort of Courmayeur from where another bus operated by SAT continues the trip to Chamonix. The convenient 9:45 am bus from Aosta reaches Courmayeur one hour later but on account of the traffic that often obstructs the Mont Blanc tunnel access or the overwhelming quantity of snow that falls on the area, the scheduled time for the Courmayeur-Chamonix part of the trip is rarely kept, at times reluctantly prolonged by as much as forty minutes. A one-way ticket that covers both sections of the trip costs ...Read More