Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva: Experience the 'Venice of the Alps' and Its Historical Landmarks
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Discover the enchanting town of Annecy, known as the 'Venice of the Alps,' on a half-day tour from Geneva. Explore historical landmarks, including Palais de l'Isle and Château d’Annecy, and soak in the beauty of Lake Annecy.
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • KeyTours S.A. - Meet your guide in our office
  • Lake Annecy - Pass by Lake Annecy, the purest lake of Europe.
  • Annecy - After an hour journey, you’ll arrive in Annecy, dubbed the
    ‘Venice of the Alps’. Follow your guide on a 1-hour walking tour of charming Annecy Old Town.
  • Palais de l’Ile - Take this opportunity to snap some pictures of the iconic Palais de l’Isle, a 12th century castle that’s a symbol of the town, and the dominating castle of Annecy, once the residence of the Bishop of Geneva.
  • Chateau d’Annecy - You’ll pass the 12th century castle, now a museum.
What's Included
  • Round-trip coach transport
  • Climate-controlled vehicle
  • Leisure shopping time included
  • Dedicated guide for larger groups, or driver-guide for smaller parties
  • 45-minute expertly guided walking tour
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees (Chateau d’Annecy: 12 euros)
Additional Information

Labelled as the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ the picturesque town of Annecy in France is a sensory delight. Get on a coach from Geneva for a convenient 1-hour journey to this enchanting village nestled at the foot of the snowcovered Alps. Let your guide briefly walk you through the alluring Annecy Old Town, where you’ll visit the renowned Palais de l’Isle, Château d’Annecy, and the sparkling Lake Annecy, France’s third-largest lake. Subsequently, you’ll be allotted 1.5 hours to roam as you desire in this fairy-tale Alpine town.

  • 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
Place Dorcière
Place Dorcière 1201 Geneva
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(274 Ratings)
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May 31, 2024
Lovely little place - the location is really lovely, little Venice on one side and lake and views on the other side. Perfect half a day trip.
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May 31, 2024
Great trip - Really good trip. Smooth drive, very pleasant guide who showed us the highlights of Annecy and then we had a couple of hours free time to wander about and get our pics etc. Excellent and recommended if in Geneva for a few days
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May 27, 2024
A place not to miss in Europe - Annecy was an amazing place to visit. The city is too beautiful and pristine. The guide too was very good. She explained things very well.
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May 26, 2024
Beautiful Locale. - Beautiful locale. Guide was very informative. Plenty of time to explore on own. Overall great trip !
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May 18, 2024
Annecy delivers beauty - Pleasant country road drive from Geneva to Annecy. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful old town.
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May 17, 2024
Nature, history of a medieval town, lake, great food, picturesk landscape - Annecy is a wonderful hidden gem in the Alps. You can visit the market on sundays with fresh local food, have a boat tour in the lake or swim in the water among the mountains.
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May 21, 2024
Quaint little town - Enjoyed exploring the little town of Annecy. The drive to and from the town took 2 hours and we had 2 hours to explore Annecy on our own. The guide gave us a quick tour around the area to highlight any places we wish to visit during our free time, including a French gelato and crepe restaurant to try. We went on a Sunday which was super busy with the Sunday market and there were tons of vendors in the old town so it was a little difficult to walk around and find a good spot for photos. Probably better to do the tour on another day. We got dropped off at the parking lot across the Key Tours office in Geneva which has a washroom open for visitors.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 3, 2024
Rainy Day in Annecy - It rained from the start of the tour (boarding the bus at the Geneva Bus Station) to the end of the tour at the Geneva Bus Station. Tour guide was in a hurry since she needed to to be back in Geneva at 14h00 for another tour and did not give much of a tour in Annecy. She highlighted 2 structures and then gave us free time until we had to board the bus for our return trip to Geneva.
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May 28, 2024
Annecy beautiful but trip rushed. - Overall my daughter and I enjoyed this trip as Annecy is a pretty town and the lake in particular is beautiful. The reason I have only given 3 stars is because we arrived 10 minutes before the start time and waited with another couple...we asked everyone we could and were told the coach wasn't there yet. Then we went across to the office and a woman rushed in saying we were late and lucky they waited for us! The trip felt a little rushed, with a 15 minute guided walk and 2 hours independent time in Annecy. So we felt it was not amazingly well organised and a little overpriced. Annecy worth a visit, but trip could be improved.
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May 26, 2024
Not Worth the Money - We did not get the 45 minute guided tour. This fee that you pay is basically just transportation. Call an uber or a taxi and find another way to get to Annecy. We were left for 2 hours to just enjoy the small town. You can definitely spend more! Very cute town. The tour sucked and did not offer any guidance or information. Save your money and go on your own.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024