About the tour: French Château & Majestic Alps

The sheer beauty of this wonderful Alpine region of France leaves you almost lost for words! The Savoie Alps are home to dramatic mountain peaks, charming towns and villages, tranquil Alpine lakes and lush, green valleys. Visits to Aix-les-Bains, Annecy and Chambery will take your breath away. Plus, of course, the gastronomic delights of the charming Château des Comtes de Challes, where we will be based throughout our tour. So let your taste buds be tingled in the Chateau's lovely restaurant whilst your eyes take in the spectacular Alpine scenery - this wonderful tour is bound to leave lasting memories all round !

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • Wine tasting session in a 15th century wine cellar
  • Convenient local joining points

9 days from $3248 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue past Troyes and Dijon, famous for its mustard of the same name. Then towards the awe-inspiring scenery of the Savoie Alps and to Challes-les-Eaux for a six-night stay. When you arrive, enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Challes-les-Eaux
    Challes-les-Eaux

    Included Highlights

    • Challes-les-Eaux

    Take the opportunity of an optional excursion to Lyon, France's second city and reputed to be the gourmet capital of France.

    Found at the meeting point of the Rhône and Saone Rivers, Lyon’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its charm as a city is undisputed among the French and the old town is a maze of cobbled streets, covered walkways and Renaissance architecture just begging to be explored.

    While you're there, don't forget to take a look at the Basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Cathédrale St. Jean.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lyon
    Lyon

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020 2021
    • Lyon
    TBC TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Our Alpine extravaganza continues today with an included excursion to the town of Annecy, placed right on the shores of its namesake, Lake Annecy.

    As well as a picturesque lakeside promenade, you can wander through the quaint old town which has an abundance of arcaded streets that are criss-crossed by canals. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the Alps', the medieval quarter is a photographer’s delight, with flower-bedecked bridges across the charming canals and the weekly market which springs into life every Tuesday. While you wander around the many attractions, be sure to take in the majestic views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Annecy
    Annecy

    Included Highlights

    • Annecy

    Enjoy an included excursion to Grenoble, otherwise known as 'the Capital of the Alps', nestled amongst the dramatic peaks of the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountains. You may wish to take the iconic cable car over the city’s rooftops to the Fort de la Bastille, a 17th century fortress that has stood the test of time to become an attraction for thousands.

    Alternatively, relax in the lively Place Saint André or stroll amongst the fountains of Place Grenette. During the day, we will also have the opportunity to see the Chartreuse massif; a stunning region of snowy mountain peaks, dense forests, deep valleys and lush green meadows.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Grenoble
    Grenoble

    Included Highlights

    • Grenoble
    • Chartreuse Valley

    Our included excursion today takes us first to Chambery, where Thursday is market day. Shop for souvenirs and local produce or explore the historical old town and admire the beautiful medieval buildings and cathedral. The town boasts many Italian influences in its architecture, having all the charm of an Italian hamlet with the dramatic background of Alpine scenery.

    The tour will continue to the well-known fashionable spa town of Aix les Bains, a Victorian-style year-round resort with a beach on Lac du Bourget; France's largest lake. If you get a chance (and have a head for heights) an aerial cableway 5,000 feet up the fir-covered Mount Revard delivers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding area. Wander around the streets lined with shops, restaurants and elegant Belle-Époque buildings. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade and admire the views of the famous Abbaye d'Hautecombe monastery. Our journey back to the hotel will take us through the picturesque Isere Valley.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Aix Les Bains
    Aix Les Bains

    Included Highlights

    • Aix Les Bains
    • Chambery

    Spend a final day in Challes-les-Eaux and find out what makes it such a special place to stay. Explore the château, which was the former home of the Dukes of Savoie, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds and wander into the local village for some last-minute shopping and to admire the wonderful views. Friday is market day in Challes-les-Eaux, so make sure to wander the stalls for trinkets and gifts if you get a chance.

    Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Chamonix. Browsing around the little shops is a pleasure and you will have a large choice of cafés and restaurants for your midday snack. The town is about 3,500 feet above sea level and sits astride the River Arve, which rises into Mer de Glace; Mont Blanc’s largest glacier and otherwise known as the 'Sea of Ice'.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Chamonix
    Chamonix

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020 2021
    • Chamonix
    TBC TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave the Alps and head through France to reach our hotel for an overnight stay in the Paris area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    French Château & Majestic Alps 9 days from $3,248pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for six nights at the 3-star Château des Comtes de Challes. Situated in two hectares of gardens, overlooking the Challes-les-Eaux Valley, this 15th century castle became a hotel in 1860. Overnight stays in northern France and Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

    Chateau des Comtes de Challes

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan