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Les Grillons Hotel, Talloires 
The three-star family-run Les Grillons Hotel (now in its 3rd generation of the Casali family) is located 2km south of the lakeside village of Talloires, which is 10km south of the town of Annecy. The hotel is located on the lake and facilities include extensive grounds, swimming pool (seasonal opening), bar, restaurant, lift to all floors and comfortable rooms with all modern amenities. Dinner is served each evening in the atmospheric restaurant with 100% home-made food with fresh products from the local area all cooked by the chef Sebastien. Guests will receive a friendly welcome at the hotel with a welcome drink on arrival and also a special Savoyard menu on the last evening of your stay. 

www.hotel-grillons.com

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
Many, many past clients have described Les Grillons as 'first class', 'excellent' and 'superb' - it has been receiving rave reviews for over a decade. You will receive a lovely warm welcome from the charming staff, and the hotel's position in lovely grounds is tranquil and beautiful. The hotel is just two kilometres outside the popular resort town of Talloires and offers views over the lake, surrounding mountains and meadows. 


Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £90 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their www.premierinn.com . 

Itinerary

Six Day Itinerary

Day 1:
Travel by Eurostar direct from St Pancras to Lyon. On arrival, transfer by coach to Talloires (approx. 2 hours) and the Hotel Les Grillons.

Day 2: Full day tour to Chamonix. A busy and cosmopolitan town, Chamonix sits at the foot of Mont Blanc surrounded by the best of mountain scenery – glaciers, snow-capped peaks and lush green meadows. It is the base for all mountain based activities, in summer and winter - for spectacular views take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up Mont Blanc itself, or, for those who aren’t big fans of heights, try the Montenvers rack railway which will take you to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier.

Day 3: Full day tour to Annecy. One of the most attractive and popular resorts in the French Alps, the town of Annecy sits on the banks of the lake surrounded by breath-taking alpine scenery. The imposing château on the hill and the Palais de l’Ile provide much historical interest, and you’ll find the canals and narrow passages of the 16th century old town enchanting, especially when the town’s many flowers are in bloom.

Day 4: Full day tour to Lake Geneva, Évian and Yvoire. The expanse of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman to the French) forms a natural border between France and Switzerland. The awe-inspiring scenery and fine climate made the shores of the lake popular for health resorts the most well-known being Évian-les-Bains, where you can take a lovely stroll along the tree-lined waterfront. Take a bottle along to taste the famous water from the Source Cachat on the Avenue des Sources. Picturesque Yvoire is a lovely medieval village of narrow cobbled streets and stone houses sloping down to the edge of the water. The castle and two stone gateways date from the 14th century.

Day 5: Full day tour to Geneva. In terms of being international and cosmopolitan there aren’t many cities that can compare with Geneva. Its location is fantastic, strung along the shore of mountainbacked Lake Geneva, and it is the place that many international organisations choose to base their European headquarters – you may see the UN, WHO and Red Cross. The museums here are world class and the old town is wonderfully picturesque – heading up the 16th century St Peter’s Cathedral gives great views over the city, lake and mountains beyond.

Day 6: Transfer back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras (see the More Info tab for direct/indirect train services).

Please note - There will be no option to travel to/from Ebbsfleet on the departure dates which offer the direct outbound service.

Seven Day Itinerary

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar direct from St Pancras to Lyon. On arrival, transfer by coach to Talloires (approx. 2 hours) and the Hotel Les Grillons.

Day 2: Full day tour to Chamonix. A busy and cosmopolitan town, Chamonix sits at the foot of Mont Blanc surrounded by the best of mountain scenery – glaciers, snow-capped peaks and lush green meadows. It is the base for all mountain based activities, in summer and winter - for spectacular views take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up Mont Blanc itself, or, for those who aren’t big fans of heights, try the Montenvers rack railway which will take you to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier.

Day 3: Full day tour to Annecy. One of the most attractive and popular resorts in the French Alps, the town of Annecy sits on the banks of the lake surrounded by breath-taking alpine scenery. The imposing château on the hill and the Palais de l’Ile provide much historical interest, and you’ll find the canals and narrow passages of the 16th century old town enchanting, especially when the town’s many flowers are in bloom.

Day 4: A full day free to explore or relax at your leisure.

Day 5: Full day tour to Lake Geneva, Évian and Yvoire. The expanse of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman to the French) forms a natural border between France and Switzerland. The awe-inspiring scenery and fine climate made the shores of the lake popular for health resorts the most well-known being Évian-les-Bains, where you can take a lovely stroll along the tree-lined waterfront. Take a bottle along to taste the famous water from the Source Cachat on the Avenue des Sources. Picturesque Yvoire is a lovely medieval village of narrow cobbled streets and stone houses sloping down to the edge of the water. The castle and two stone gateways date from the 14th century.

Day 6: Full day tour to Geneva. In terms of being international and cosmopolitan there aren’t many cities that can compare with Geneva. Its location is fantastic, strung along the shore of mountainbacked Lake Geneva, and it is the place that many international organisations choose to base their European headquarters – you may see the UN, WHO and Red Cross. The museums here are world class and the old town is wonderfully picturesque – heading up the 16th century St Peter’s Cathedral gives great views over the city, lake and mountains beyond.

Day 7: Transfer back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.

Please note - There will be no option to travel to/from Ebbsfleet on the departure dates which offer the direct outbound service.

Eight Day Itinerary

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar direct from St Pancras to Lyon. On arrival, transfer by coach to Talloires (approx. 2 hours) and the Hotel Les Grillons.

Day 2: Full day tour to Chamonix. A busy and cosmopolitan town, Chamonix sits at the foot of Mont Blanc surrounded by the best of mountain scenery – glaciers, snow-capped peaks and lush green meadows. It is the base for all mountain based activities, in summer and winter - for spectacular views take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up Mont Blanc itself, or, for those who aren’t big fans of heights, try the Montenvers rack railway which will take you to the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier.

Day 3: Full day tour to Annecy. One of the most attractive and popular resorts in the French Alps, the town of Annecy sits on the banks of the lake surrounded by breath-taking alpine scenery. The imposing château on the hill and the Palais de l’Ile provide much historical interest, and you’ll find the canals and narrow passages of the 16th century old town enchanting, especially when the town’s many flowers are in bloom.

Day 4: A full day free to explore or relax at your leisure.

Day 5: Full day tour to Lake Geneva, Évian and Yvoire. The expanse of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman to the French) forms a natural border between France and Switzerland. The awe-inspiring scenery and fine climate made the shores of the lake popular for health resorts the most well-known being Évian-les-Bains, where you can take a lovely stroll along the tree-lined waterfront. Take a bottle along to taste the famous water from the Source Cachat on the Avenue des Sources. Picturesque Yvoire is a lovely medieval village of narrow cobbled streets and stone houses sloping down to the edge of the water. The castle and two stone gateways date from the 14th century.

Day 6: Full day tour to Geneva. In terms of being international and cosmopolitan there aren’t many cities that can compare with Geneva. Its location is fantastic, strung along the shore of mountainbacked Lake Geneva, and it is the place that many international organisations choose to base their European headquarters – you may see the UN, WHO and Red Cross. The museums here are world class and the old town is wonderfully picturesque – heading up the 16th century St Peter’s Cathedral gives great views over the city, lake and mountains beyond.

Day 7: A varied day of contrasting themes as we head to the town of Thones for two attractions – the Resistance Museum which tells the story of the underground fighters in WWII and the superb family-run Paccard’s cheese (delicious reblochon) factory. Afternoon visit to the impressive medieval Chateau de Menthon, dating back in parts to the 12th century and lavishly updated during the Renaissance. It has been home – and remains so – to the Menthon family for centuries.

Day 8: Transfer back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.

Please note - There will be no option to travel to/from Ebbsfleet on the departure dates which offer the direct outbound service.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers. 

PLEASE NOTE: For 2017 departures we have decided to change to the direct train service on outbound journeys, travelling from St Pancras straight into Lyon, reducing the outbound journey by around an hour and a half and taking away the train change mid-way through. Inbound journeys will still be travelling via Paris/Lille. For full details of which dates will be travelling direct, please click on the www.traveleditions.co.uk tab. There will be no option to travel to/from Ebbsfleet on the tours which offer the direct outbound service.

What's Included

INCLUDED 

NOT INCLUDED

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform. 

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please  www.thebaggageman.com  for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

Places of Interest

For a personal account of this holiday please follow the link below to the Mole Valley Probus Club who recently travelled on the Lake Annecy tour (May 2011). We would like to thank them for this contribution. 

www.milesoft.org.uk - by the Mole Valley Probus Club. 

Annecy

One of the largest lakes in France, Lake Annecy is surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and attractive towns and villages, including one of our bases, the pretty village of Talloires famed for its gourmet restaurants including the Michelin-starred Père Bise. The town of Annecy is one of the most attractive and charming towns in the Alps, set at the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy and surrounded by mountains. Its small medieval quarter is laced with canals, flower-covered bridges and arcaded streets. Perfect for leisurely and relaxing browsing, there are nonetheless some major sights - the formidable 12th Century Palais de l’Isle and the turreted Chateau d’Annecy.

Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)
Stirring scenery and the gentle climate have made the shores of Lac Léman a popular resort area since the first spas were built at Evian in 1839. Highlights include the pretty medieval walled fishing port of Yvoire with its impressive 14th century castle and Evian (home to the famous mineral water) that boasts a lovely tree-lined lakeside promenade.

Chamonix and Mont Blanc

At the foot of Europe’s highest peak lies the attractive resort town of Chamonix. Wonderful alpine views are possible from the Aiguille du Midi cable car - the highest cable car in Europe - which takes you close to the peak of Mont Blanc. Please note that the Aiguille du Midi cable car is subject to seasonal opening hours and can get very busy at times. 

Geneva

Geneva is one of the most international cities in the world, being the European headquarters of the United Nations, International Red Cross and World Health Organisation. More than 200 international organisations are based here and one in three residents are non-Swiss. Sights include the world’s tallest fountain, the jet d’eau, 16th century St. Peter’s Cathedral, UN Building and excellent museums such as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Art and History, International Motor Car Museum and Voltaire Museum.

More Info

Direct/Indirect Train Journeys

5 June 2017 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
13 May 2017 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
2 September 2017 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
23 September 2017 - 
Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
5 May 2018 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
27 May 2018 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
2 June 2018 - Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras
3 September 2018 -
 Direct service from St Pancras to Lyon, travelling via Lille on the inbound journey to St Pancras


Please note: There will be no Ebbsfleet option on departures which have the direct service into Lyon.


PASSPORTS
Valid passport required by all, except:

(a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards;

(b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.

VISAS
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the French consulate (PO Box 57, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EW

Tel: (020) 7838 2000/1. Information Service: Tel: (0891) 887 733. Fax: (020) 7838 2046. Opening hours: 0900-1130 (and 1600-1630 for visa collection only) Monday to Friday (except French and British national holidays).

TRAIN
As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.  Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras.  The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat.  On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket. 

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please  www.thebaggageman.com  for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that www.ehic.org.uk only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy..
The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the www.ehic.org.uk ,  there is a section called www.nhs.uk which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions. We strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when you travel abroad.

Available Departures

Please Note, Availability and pricing correct at time of publication. All holidays subject to availability

Departure Date Duration Status Per Person Single Supplement Board Basis
05-Jun-2017 5 On Request £799 £130 Half Board    PLEASE CALL
02-Sep-2017 7 £999 £180 Half Board Book Now
23-Sep-2017 7 Available £999 £180 Half Board Book Now
05-May-2018 5 Available £829 £160 Half Board Book Now
27-May-2018 6 Available £929 £192 Half Board Book Now
02-Jun-2018 6 Available £929 £192 Half Board Book Now
03-Sep-2018 7 Available £1049 £224 Half Board Book Now




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