Just one hour from Geneva and set amidst stunning scenery the medieval town of Annecy provides the setting for our alpine studies. Located at the head of the glacial Lac d’Annecy the town has a quaint pedestrian centre and yet is a busy industrial and administrative centre for the region.
Within easy reach of our base in Sevrier, locations such as Chamonix, La Clusaz and Albertville are all possible destinations for our study units. There are a wide range of investigations that are possible in the region, together with leisure activities that ensures a happy balance between work and play. We would recommend that groups travel between May and October.
Day 1: Arrive in Sevrier. According to time it may be possible to do a local study activity. Settle in and dinner.
Day 2: Visit Annecy. Shopping hierarchy study, tourism questionnaire - in French of course! Possible boat trip on the Lake and/or a trip to the Gorges du Fier. Eve: Bowling
Day 3: This is it! Chamonix - glaciers and tourism inextricably mixed. About 1-2 hours from base there is plenty to see and do. Aguille du Midi and Mont Blanc, Mer de Glace. Sphere of influence study. Honey-pot site. A long day but a memorable one! Eve: Quiz
Day 4: Slope studies or settlement studies in Les Saisies and Hauteluce - two traditional Alpine villages. Eve: Pizza night.
Day 5: A local morning study, relaxation or shopping before lunch. Depart for the UK.
While popular, this itinerary is indicative and entirely flexible; any programme will reflect the group leader's preference and can be of any duration and emphasis.
Les Balcons du Lac
Comfortable accommodation for groups that is a popular destination.
- Located in an elevated position overlooking Lake Annecy
- Ideal group accommodation in rooms for 2-4 persons with private facilities
- Meals are full board with a packed lunch for days out.
- Facilities include swimming pool (not lifeguarded), games room, TV/DVD lounge, bar, restaurant, volleyball and boules.
- Capacity 120 rooms in three buildings.
- Easily accessible to a variety of study venues.