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Day Trips and Events around the Haute Savoie and Italy

Premiere Summer Concierge service in Sainte Foy

Premiere Summer Concierge service in Sainte Foy

For those that want to travel further afield there are quite a few fabulous day trips to enjoy in the area. These trips are not exclusive to self drive or fly drive guests, as you can book one of our of minibuses with a driver. This choice allows you to simply take in the day without worrying about map reading or timings. It also allows you to enjoy a glass or two of the local tipple whilst someone else takes care of the driving.

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Annecy offers a full day out for all the family. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but there is always plenty going on. Situated a 1:30hr drive away from Sainte Foy, the town sits on the shores of a beautiful lake that encompasses sailing, fishing, water skiing and swimming. There is also a cycle path that runs around most of the lake and a variety of boat cruises available.

Shopping in Annecy is diverse, from clothing boutiques to antique shops. Meanwhile, the local markets offer all the truly french flavours of local produce from food to art. All of this is enveloped by a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants that are surrounded by waterways and quaint foot bridges.

Tour de France Cycle Routes

If you choose to base yourself at one of our chalets you will find an amazing array of day cycle routes that are varied and different. We offer a minibus service should you decide on a route that needs collection at the end of the day.

Come and stay for the few days beforehand to get acclimatised to the altitude, set up your bike and of course, pack in those all important calories beforehand.


As the crow flies, Italy is right next door to Sainte foy and during the summer months the high mountain cols open, including the Col du Petit Saint Bernard which is a 20 minute drive away via La Rosiere. One can head over the col to enjoy the delights of Italy - pasta lunches and famous home made Italian ice cream. There's also great shopping in picturesque towns like La Thuile. Pick up some Chianti, Italian cheeses and other local produce.

Thermal Baths in Italy

For those that like to indulge in pampering, you can enjoy a complete day at Pre St Didier Thermal Spa in Italy which is just a 45 minute drive over the Col du Petit Saint Bernard. These natural thermal baths include a whole variety of waterfalls, bubbling pools, saunas, hammams, mud baths and grottos. A light buffet lunch is included, as are towels, robes and footwear.

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