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Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva

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Overview

Feast your eyes on the medieval monuments and colorful, half-timbered houses of Annecy on a half-day tour from Geneva. Admire the stunning Swiss countryside as you travel by air-conditioned coach to the French town considered by many to be the "Venice of the Alps." Take a guided tour of the quaint cobbled streets of Annecy and delve into the town’s rich history as you visit interesting landmarks like Palais de l’Isle and Château Annecy. Take a stroll on the shores of Lake Annecy and then spend the remaining tour time exploring the Alpine gem at your own leisure.
  • Explore Annecy Old Town’s colorful pedestrian lanes on a narrated walking tour
  • Snap photos of Palais de l'Isle, the town’s most iconic landmark
  • Browse exhibits in Château d’Annecy and stroll along the beautiful boat-filled lake
  • Peruse the markets of Le Thiou
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Bus ride
Walking tour in the old town
Guide for more than 10 people or driver guide for small groups
Free time for shopping
Food and drinks
Entrance fees (Chateau d'Annecy: 12 euros)
Optional activities such as bike rental
Geneva Bus Station , 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Place Dorcière 1201 Geneva

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from a centrally located Geneva pickup point in an air-conditioned coach and embark on a scenic journey across the Switzerland-France border. Gaze at the snow-capped spires of the Alps as your guide sets the historical scene of Annecy, a medieval town shrouded in legend. 

As you approach, marvel at the emerald waterways that weave their way around the town hailed as the "Venice of the Alps;" appreciate the picturesque tableau of colorful houses decorated with flower-filled balconies and enjoy some leisurely free time to eat lunch in the town. 

Revitalized, set out on a short orientation tour of the town, exploring the Old Town and its charming collection of monuments. Capture photographs beside the renowned Palais de l’Isle, a 12th-century island fortress, and absorb sweeping city vistas from its vertiginous vantage point.  

Venture to Château d’Annecy, a grand castle whose hilltop perch affords more impressive panoramas, and peruse the interesting exhibits housed in its museum. See models of Alpine chalets and informative panels on the history of Lake Annecy, and then explore the town independently for the remainder of your tour perhaps strolling down Le Thiou.

After thoroughly exploring Annecy, reconvene with your guide and group and relax during the journey back to Geneva.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
KeyTours S.A.
Meet your guide in our office
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Annecy
Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", Annecy offers a harmonious and romantic atmosphere. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers amazing views of the purest lake of Europe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Palais de l'Ile
Enjoy the landscape of French countryside during your drive in a comfortable bus. Discover the picturesque and enchanting framework of the city on a walking guided tour for an hour. Take this opportunity to snap some pictures of the iconic Palais de l’Isle, a 12thcentury castle that's a symbol of the town, and the dominating castle of Annecy, once the residence of the Bishop of Geneva.
Stop At:  
Chateau d'Annecy
Later, enjoy 2 hours of free time, walk along the lake a long side local jogging, walking, or roller-blading in the fresh mountain air. Stroll in the lovely little streets with its endless flower-filled balconies, houses, antique markets and handcraft shops. There is one more reason why this town is known around the world. The shopping is simply marvelous.
Duration: 20 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Thiou
Annecy has one of the highest quality markets on Sundays offering various goods: Clothes, Chocolate, cheese, local products and much more. Rich in cultural activities, including museums, castles and exhibitions, Annecy is labeled "Art and History" town, which is so dear to the hearts of the inhabitants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is operated in English and French unless otherwise specified
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Important: in July and August for the 2:15pm option, there is not guide but audio guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Keytours (Switzerland)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "The short half day trip from Geneva is worth the money as you can imagine how was life in medieval ages." See review
  • "The city is very nice and worth a visit, specially in a good sunny day." See review

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star-4
Beautiful old Town. Good...
Paula_S
, Jul 2022
Beautiful old Town. Good history. Rolling hills of farmland. Easy to walk in tourist area. Easy to find the bus.
star-2
Could have taken a bus or driver ourselves
Stephen_C
, Jun 2022
Visit to Annecy This was not a “tour” It was a bus ride from Geneva to Annecy No information about history
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning, We are very sorry to read your review and very surprise. You have a walking tour to the Old town so we wonder why you didn't do it? We still hope you enjoyed the views and the sightseeing in Annecy
star-1
An expensive bus ride.
Sally_G
, Jun 2022
This trip is essentially a bus ride to Annecy for time on your own. The guide provided little information about the city and little if no historical information. She quickly escorted us through the town and left.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning, we are sorry you did not enjoy the tour. The tour includes a walking tour of 45 minutes and most of the time is free for shopping as Annecy is very famous for gastronomy and shops. Best regards
star-4
Nice little trip to a pleasant old town and lovely lake
Jason_N
, Jun 2022
Nice little journey to a pleasant small town with an old town side to it. Not massive and hardly comparable to Venice but does have some canals going through quaint little paths and alleyways. Area is of course full of restaurants, cafes and tourist souvenir shops. Still very nice and some nice pictures to be had. Tour has a guide tell you about the prison and castle. I personally would skip this and go off on your own so you have more time to look about. The lake area is lovely when the sun is out and you can see the mountains in the background. More time for yourselves means to be able to go in places and perhaps a boat trip. A full day here is only needed if you want to spend the day on the lake and go in museums for every detail.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I would did it again!
Daniel_O
, Apr 2022
The guide was a wonderful gentleman and quite informative and lovely. Our driver was great too. Excellent value for the price. We loved it!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Good morning Daniel, thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoy Annecy and lijed the tour. We wish you a nice holiday
star-2
Save your money,go on a regular bus.
gabriela_n
, Mar 2022
This was a waste of money. All it was a round trip to Annesy. The information given on the trip was more based on the tour guides opinión, in which I really didn't care about. I wanted to sleep.most of the trip, and I found his non stop talking annoying. When we arrived there was an issue where to park because of carnival. This is something that as tour guides should have known and organized. I found the driver incredibly irresponsible! The driver picked up two calls while driving. The phone rang non stop, and not to mention the driver kept looking at his phone.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Good morning, We are sorry to read your review. If you prefer to sleep, maybe it's better to take a public bus and not a guided tour. The guide did a history degree and the point of the tour is to have explanations. Whenever there is an event, there is special parking for the bus which is very organized. You got is much faster than on a public transport actually because there is special klines for touristic buses. The carnival is the most visited attraction in Annecy. And of course, famous event brings more people to the town. Have a nice holiday
star-5
Beautiful & historic Annecy
Matthew_M
, Oct 2021
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
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Good morning, We would like to thank you very much for your comment. We will send it to Gabriel. We decided to organise it as a half day tour but of course it's so pretty that you could stay more. The old town is very interesting and the buildings are full of charms. Thank you again and we hope you enjoyed your holidays.
star-5
Beautiful little village
Venita_S
, Sep 2021
Beautiful little village z we had a great time in Annecy.. the weather was great and village is beautiful..
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello, We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your tour in Annecy. We hope to have the pleasure to see you again soon. Regards, The Keytours Team
star-3
Annecy is really beautiful
Deaglan_O
, Sep 2021
Very short trip. Might be better off going independently. Commentary on bus is simply overwhelming and a huge turn-off despite being lovely guide. Annecy is simply gorgeous, I think much nicer than Geneva and , therefore, recommend going yourself and skipping this tour. .. essentially it's just transport with loud commentary and only 2h30 to spend in Annecy. Such shame it didn't stop in lovely places along the way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Would do it again.
Happytraveler
, Sep 2021
Charming village. The guide was informative and pleasant. Of course a little more time would have been nice. Very enjoyable day.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello! Thank you for booking with us and leaving such a nice comment. Wouldn't we all stay there for hours and hours on end if we could? We're glad you had such an enjoyable day and hope to see again soon. Regards, The Keytours Team
star-5
Great day In Beautiful and Charming Annecy!
Dana_w
, Jul 2021
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
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello! The whole Keytours team thanks you for this very good feedback that you have taken care to share. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your half day trip to Annecy. We take pride in providing our customers with the best possible service. We hope to have the pleasure to see you again soon. Regards, The Keytours Team
star-5
Beautiful Annecy
NormaAdriana_D
, Jun 2021
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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Good morning, Thank you very much for your review! We are glad you enjoy the tour, we will pass the message to Gabriel. ENjoy the rest of your holiday!
star-5
Excellent Customer Service
Helen_O
, Jul 2020
Amazing service excellent driver and trip was good I would recommend this company for tours they are efficient and reliable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Good morning, We would like to thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the trip and your day, especially in this post covid circumstances. We wish you a nice holiday and maybe see you another time.
star-5
Annecy - A must see!
Jennifer_G
, Mar 2020
Maria did a great job with sharing information about Geneva- switzerland and annecy. Was very helpful answering any questions. Would recommend it !
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Good Afternoon, Thank you for your comment. We are so glad to read this review. The opinion of our clients is very important to us, and that what's make us became better every day. We hope see you again same day. Have a nice day
star-4
Like being Belle in Beauty and the Beast
JayAnn_G
, Feb 2020
The trip was perfectly timed, the guide was fun and engaging and the town was as lovely as portrayed. An added bonus was a spectacular day and a local market!
star-4
Good—-
JamharPulavar_A
, Nov 2019
The trio was good even though it is little expensive.Our guide Mr.Gabriel was very good; He was explaining each and every details through our the trip.
star-3
Annecy
Erik_C
, Oct 2019
The town of Annecy was nice but you can do much better getting a local bus without a tour. The tour guide, although friendly, gave too much useless information and was not particularly organized.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, we are delighted that you enjoyed the city of Annecy however if we offered guides for the excursions it is for the purpose of informing visitors. As you say there are independent towers if you prefer not to have to deal with a guide. Have a nice day!
star-5
Gorgeous
Julie G
, Sep 2019
This adorable little town is one of the highlights of our whole European trip, definitely worth making time for!
star-3
Quick Trip
Rhisa_M
, Sep 2019
This is a quick and easy trip from Geneva and I highly recommend it if you have time. Although be prepared that you really only get 2.5 hours in the city as it takes about 45 mins to get there by bus. As long as that timing works for you, then you are good to go.
star-5
Annecy half-day trip.
Bette_R
, Sep 2019
Loved the town! Tour guide was great. Well worth the money. We were on a tour of Switzerland, but were looking for a way to see Annecy. This worked out perfect.y for us.

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