Optional Annecy, France Extension, Feb. 10-13
Trip Coordinator: Sandy Strippoli 404-376-9491, Sandy.Strippoli@gmail.com
At the crossroads of France, Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix sits at the base of the 15,767 foot Mont Blanc. The power and beauty of the legendary Chamonix area is unmatched. This “bucket list” destination is the oldest ski resort area in France. There are four different ski areas (two of them with new Gondolas) with a total of 170 km of ski runs to satisfy all levels of skiers, each easily accessed from Chamonix as explained in this video guide to skiing at Chamonix -
There are also Ski touring routes including the famous Vallee Blanche, a lift-served, off-piste 20 km long ski route with a vertical descent of 2700m. In addition to downhill skiing, outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy an extensive Nordic Trail system, Snowshoeing, and Dog-Sledding.
Skiers and non-skiers alike will be able to ride the two-stage cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and witness the breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Masiff. The Aiguille du Midi holds the record for the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, and in summer you can ride the lift system all the way to Courmayeur, Italy. Since the middle piece will not be operational in winter, our group will be doing a day trip by motor coach to Courmayeur, for a day of skiing and exploring the town. Besides skiing, high-ranking things to do in Courmayeur include taking the Skyway Monte Bianco (opened in 2015 with the latest in cable car technology – the cable cars rotate 360 degrees) for an amazing view of Mont Blanc from the Italian side, and visiting the Museo Alpino Duca degli Abruzzi and the Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison. The motor coach and Skyway Monte Bianco are included in the trip price.
We will also make time for the Train du Montenvers, a 25 minute train ride that will take us to the bottom of Mer du Glace or “Sea of Ice,” France’s largest glacier. And then we can take the tour of the Grotte de Glace to see the ever-changing ice caves and go into the heart of the glacier.
And after the lifts close, hit the town - Chamonix’s village is brimming with nightlife including bars with live music, a casino, designer boutiques and high performance outdoor gear shops. And let’s not forget the French food (including a restaurant with two Michelin stars)! As a bonus, there is an Italian influence on some of the cuisine, since Chamonix borders both Italy and Switzerland.
LODGING: Chamonix- Chalet Hotel Le Prieure, 7 nights
Double occupancy lodging in newly remodeled, superior rooms with a balcony view of the Mont Blanc Range, a great spot to have a glass of wine and watch the sun set over a picture perfect vista
Breakfast & Dinner are included daily, Wifi
Located in the City Center of Chamonix - a five minute walk to the Aiguille du Midi lift and a three minute walk to a shuttle stop
So come join us for some incredible skiing, fantastic scenery, great food, and all the old world ambience of a renowned European destination!
DESTINATION: Chamonix, France
EXTENSION: Annecy, France
DATES: February 2 – 10, 2018
EXTENSION DATES: February 10 -13, 2018
TRIP COORDINATOR: Sandy Strippoli
MAIN TRIP PRICE: COMPLETE: $2695 (after 9/18) GROUND ONLY: $1750
OPTIONAL EXTENSION PRICE: $330
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT MAIN TRIP- CHAMONIX: $409
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ANNECY EXTENSION: $73
INITIAL DEPOSIT: $500
SIGN UP DEADLINE & FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2017
DL9667 Feb 2 ATL-AMS 4:00pm-6:00am(2/3)
DL9615 Feb 3 AMS-GVA 7:00am-8:20am
DL8525 Feb13 GVA-CDG 10:30am-11:45am
DL8606 Feb13 CDG-ATL 2:00pm-5:50pm
Flight to return to Atlanta if not doing the Extension: To Be Determined
** Flight information is subject to change at any time. This generally happens multiple times before we leave at the whim of the airline beyond our control or occasionally we find a much better flight for the group. If you do not use the club's airfare and want to use the club's bus transportation it's your responsibility to ensure you update your flights to make it there before the group.
EXTENSION: Annecy, France
Dubbed “Venice of the Alps,” the French alpine town of Annecy is a feast for the eyes. There is a medieval castle to be explored, as well as the 12th century Palais de I’sle which sits right in the middle of a canal. We will be in Annecy 3 nights, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore this small French town, with its scenic canals, cobbled streets jam-packed with charming shops, ancient Châteaus and beautiful lake. Annecy also has great French restaurants, including two with a Michelin star.
Here are two videos to give you a feel for lovely Annecy
EXTENSION LODGING: Annecy - Hotel Splendid – double occupancy - breakfast included, wifi, well-located by Lake Annecy and a park and around the corner from the canal-laden, old town area
So let’s go to Chamonix, and then take in the sights and ambience of Annecy for a perfect end to an incredible trip!