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  • Discover lakes and mountains in the Haute-Savoie

    High in France’s Rhone-Alpes region, the Haute-Savoie department is a world of lakes, waterfalls, caves, gorges, glaciers, nature reserves, perfect ski slopes and, of course, majestic mountains. Back in the 18th century, the English came to Haute-Savoie to admire the glaciers. Now, this beautiful natural landscape is a top destination for tourists.

    The town of Chamonix is probably one of the most popular Alpine ski resorts, having played host to the first Winter Olympics in 1924.  Nestling in a valley, it is surrounded by stunning mountains – including the famous Mont Blanc - with nine ski areas that offer some of the best skiing in Europe.

    The capital of Haute-Savoie is Annecy, an elegant, fashionable city with a friendly ambience. Annecy’s network of canals make it a truly romantic setting – think Venice plus crisp mountain air and snow-capped Alpine peaks! A 15km long lake adds to the romance and is a great setting for hiking, gliding or cycling.

    In the north of the Haute-Savoie lies Evian-les-Bains, close to Lake Geneva. Yes, this is the Evian famed for its springs, where water is bottled and sent around the world. A visit to the factory is a must as you can sample the famous water at its source. Also on the lake is the enticing medieval stone village of Thonon-Les-Bains.

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  • French Connections ski chalet in Your Luxury Lodge magazine

    Your Luxury Lodge is a new magazine devoted to holidays in timber lodges with all mod cons in both the UK and Europe. Issue three, on sale now, features our Chalet Morion, a traditional ski chalet located in the gorgeous, unspoilt village of Ste Foy, set high in the French Alps.

  • Let it Snow! - Photo Friday 24 December 2010

    A Christmassy picture of snow in the French Alps.

  • Still time to grab a ski holiday in France


    France is deservedly the world’s premier ski destination - and there’s still time to book a ski holiday this winter. The French Alps are spectacular, with truly majestic and unforgettable scenery. They also boast  Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, which overlooks Chamonix - one of the best ski resorts in the world.

    Our owners offer a cosy home from home for your skiing holiday, whether as a couple, family or group. They include self-catering chalets, farmhouses and apartments conveniently located for the slopes and often in charming villages where mountain traditions have been maintained.

    The Haute-Savoie is a favourite skiing area and its capital, Annecy, is a fashionable town with a friendly ambience. The town’s canals give it a sense of romance and is often compared with Venice - but of course Venice does not have the magnificent French Alps bearing down upon it! Also in the north lies the Chablais area, situated along the French/Swiss border. This is known as 'Portes du Soleil' and in the centre is the village of Morzine, France’s largest ski area.

    Chamonix is probably one of the most popular Alpine ski resorts and is rooted in skiing history as the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. It is situated in a valley and surrounded by some of the most stunning mountains you will ever see. The nine skiing areas undoubtedly make for some of the best skiing in Europe.

    For those who prefer to look from a distance, take the train from the Gare du Montenvers to the enormous Mer de Glace glacier. On a day off from the slopes, you can also explore glaciers in the Alps, take a cable car at Le Brevant to the highest peak to gaze on the awesome Mont Blanc or relax in Evian-les-Bains, strolling along the shores of Lake Geneva or enjoying one of the many cutting-edge spa treatments offered here.

    There are plenty of options for flights to this region, with budget airlines flying from many regional airports to Lyon and also to Geneva or Chambery. Find ski accommodation in the Haute-Savoie and Savoie and book your travel to France.

  • We're excited about the Tour de France!

    The 2012 Tour de France rolls into action on 30th June. We always love this dramatic cycling event, with its opportunity to see regions of France and their varied landscapes – but this year there’s a bigger buzz than ever in the UK as British star Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky are going into the race as favourites. Could Britain win its first ever Tour de France? The team also includes sprinter Mark Cavendish, who we'll be seeing in the London Olympics Road Race.

    Liège in Belgium is the starting point on Saturday 30th and this leads into a series of very accessible stages in Northern France, taking in Boulogne, Abbeville, Normandy’s cathedral city of Rouen and then down to Epernay in champagne country. The route then dives through eastern France and through the Alps, before going across to the Pyrenees, along the Mediterranean coast and returning through the centre of the country to the grand finale in Paris on Sunday 22nd July.

    You can follow the race live on the ITV4 channel – but why not hop across and take in all the excitement for real? We’ve put together a comprehensive mini-guide to the Tour with links to accommodation in all the crucial areas, making it really easy for you to plan your getaway, even at the last minute. Stay in a B&B or your own holiday home, watch the race, get inspired, go cycling yourself at a gentler pace and take in some of the beauty of the French countryside and coast in early summer. Keen cyclist but can't make the Tour? Browse our selection of cycling holidays in France.


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