Lyon Festival of Lights and a French Chateau

From £1,299
Duration 4 Days
Departures from Dec 2020 - Dec 2020
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From £1,299
Duration 4 Days
Departures from Dec 2020 - Dec 2020
Tour Overview

​Experience the best of France's cities and countryside on this tour in the Rhône-Alpes region. You'll explore Lyon, with its UNESCO-protected Old Town, and have free time to enjoy the museums, or finish that last-minute Christmas shopping. In the evening, the city will be illuminated with light installations as part of the Festival of Lights. The next day, you'll visit the Alpine town of Annecy for some fresh air and inspiring mountain scenery.

  • Festive
  • Short Break
  • Half Board
  • All Highlights Included
  • Flight Choices

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Swiss Airlines
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel
  • 6 included meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walking tour of Lyon with a Local Guide
  • See Lyon's famous Festival of Lights
  • Dinner in a traditional brasserie in Lyon
  • Day trip to festive Annecy​ ​
  • Wine tasting experience in the 15th century chateau cellars


Day 1 UK – Challes-Les-Eaux

You'll fly from the UK to Geneva today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your 15th century château hotel in Challes-Les-Eaux. Spend some time settling in before meeting your fellow travellers for a welcome drink in the cellars of the château​.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Lyon & the Festival of Lights

In the morning, we'll travel to Lyon and get to know the city on a walking tour which will include the Old Town with its UNESCO-protected Renaissance buildings. Then, you'll have some free time, so why not try some of the local food specialities, hit the shops or visit one of the city's excellent museums?
Our visit to Lyon coincides with the annual Festival of Lights, a four night extravaganza that sees designers from around the world compete to create the most dazzling displays of light. The festival dates back to 1852, when local people lit candles to honour the statue of the Virgin Mary at the city's Basilica. Nowadays, as evening falls, the festival transforms Lyon into an amazing multi-coloured wonderland, and breathtaking displays and light shows are accompanied by music, video and sound effects.
We'll have dinner at a brasserie in Lyon before returning to the hotel.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Annecy

Today we head for the mountains, to the Alpine town of Annecy. Often called the Venice of the Alps, Annecy has canals, cafés and beautiful 16th and 17th century buildings. The town is located on the banks of Lake Annecy, said to be the cleanest lake in Europe. There will be plenty of free time, so you can visit the Christmas market, charcuteries, boulangeries and wine bars. Or, why not get some lungfuls of fresh mountain air on a walk around the lake?
Back at the hotel in the evening, we'll get together in the cellars for a tasting of wines from the hotel's collection, before enjoying our final dinner in the hotel's lovely old restaurant. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Challes-Les-Eaux – UK

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​ROOM UPGRADE Suite rooms ​are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.​


Chateau des Comtes de Challes

Your hotel is a 15th-century château set amid around five acres of grounds in quiet Challes-les-Eaux. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, coffee house, spa services and free Wi-Fi. Guest rooms feature classic décor and come with private facilities, TV and hairdryer.

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