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    One Alien, Two Genius, Three Lakes and Many Paradises

    One Alien, Two Genius, Three Lakes and Many Paradises
    Starts from

    Dijon

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    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    69

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    558 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Dijon

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    558 mi

    History and CultureNatural AttractionsUnusual LocationsCross-border
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    Virna de Bonis Loureiro

    Virna de Bonis Loureiro

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    Highlights

    • Drink a beer with Aliens.
    • Let yourself be kissed on the Love bridge.
    • Take a refreshing swim in the Bourget lake.
    An extraordinary trip to appreciate history and nature in equal parts. immerse yourself in the history of two emblematic characters, learn about fabulous cities, appreciate ancient constructions and dreamed landscapes. You´ll follow in the footsteps of Pasteur and Einstein. To finde Einstein´s trace you´ll cross border to get to Bern, where you´ll find out so much more than just what´s related to this genius.
    Inside Switzerland you will visit incredible landscapes and get a terrifying surprise, right in the middle of a small medieval village. Then Annecy will show you its two faces, nothing will remain hidden.
    You´ll visit a 17th century house that holds a passionate love story within its walls and then take a hot bathe in the open air of the evening and sleep under the stars in the paradise of Virignin, right beside the Rhone waters. Two small unknown "little Venices" will be waiting for you and a fascinating castle, with vineyards and the most extensive collection of extraordinary objects you can imagine, will leave you breathless...
    Welcome to a very exciting trip full of flavors, unforgettable landscapes, hidden havens and secrets of the past.
    Important: Please note that, although this trip can be made all year round, it is recommended to avoid the coldest months since many of the suggested attractions are closed during this period.

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    An extraordinary trip to appreciate history and nature in equal parts. immerse yourself in the history of two emblematic characters, learn about fabulous cities, appreciate ancient constructions and dreamed landscapes. You´ll follow in the footsteps of Pasteur and Einstein. To finde Einstein´s trace you´ll cross border to get to Bern, where you´ll find out so much more than just what´s related to this genius.
    Inside Switzerland you will visit incredible landscapes and get a terrifying surprise, right in the middle of a small medieval village. Then Annecy will show you its two faces, nothing will remain hidden.
    You´ll visit a 17th century house that holds a passionate love story within its walls and then take a hot bathe in the open air of the evening and sleep under the stars in the paradise of Virignin, right beside the Rhone waters. Two small unknown "little Venices" will be waiting for you and a fascinating castle, with vineyards and the most extensive collection of extraordinary objects you can imagine, will leave you breathless...
    Welcome to a very exciting trip full of flavors, unforgettable landscapes, hidden havens and secrets of the past.
    Important: Please note that, although this trip can be made all year round, it is recommended to avoid the coldest months since many of the suggested attractions are closed during this period.
    Virna de Bonis Loureiro

    Virna de Bonis Loureiro

    Travel Expert

    • Drink a beer with Aliens.
    • Let yourself be kissed on the Love bridge.
    • Take a refreshing swim in the Bourget lake.

    Travel itinerary

    From Pasteur to Einstein, From One Genius to Another
    15 Activities

    Day 1

    166 mi3 mi

    From Pasteur to Einstein, From One Genius to Another

    Today you will enjoy a bath of history by the hands of two geniuses: Louis Pasteur and Albert Einstein. Both have something in common: they have revolutionized their fields of research with their discoveries. You will be in their homes, you´ll know how they lived, and see many curiosities that belonged to them. You´ll wander through landscapes and gardens with beautiful views in France, then you´ll cross the border to Switzerland to reach Bern and discover that this amazing city hides many curiosities worthy of being discovered.
    22:00
    Picturesque Landscapes, Delicious Cheeses And... Aliens
    23 Activities

    Day 2

    150 mi4 mi

    Picturesque Landscapes, Delicious Cheeses And... Aliens

    Today will be a day full of surprises, flavors and movie landscapes. Starting in Fribourg, a medieval city founded in 1157. From the tower of its cathedral you will see the whole area of the Swiss pre-Alps and you will be amazed by the landscapes. Then you´ll go to the medieval village of Gruyere... yes... cheese... mmmm. You may never imagine the surprises that await you there, literally, from another world. Later, you´ll stroll through Nyon, which will fill our eyes with the infinite blue of Lake Geneva and surprise you with its Roman ruins dating from the first century BC. Today's trip will reach its end at sunset in Annecy. This beautiful Venice of the Alps, will invite you to get lost in its narrow streets and illuminated canals. It will be like a dream, but very real and never to be forgotten.
    22:00
    Crystal-Clear Lakes, Echoes From the Past and a Peaceful Refuge
    19 Activities

    Day 3

    64 mi3 mi

    Crystal-Clear Lakes, Echoes From the Past and a Peaceful Refuge

    Get your eyes filled with landscapes and lakes of extraordinary beauty. First, you will visit Annecy during the daylight to be enchanted with its colors and scents. The life of its narrow streets and the charm of the activity around its canals will charge you with so much energy! After that, you´ll be delighted in the vast and pure blue of the Du Bourget lake in Aix-les-Bains, surrounded by mountains and green spaces. For a picnic, nothing better than a sand beach next to this paradise. History will claim you again in Chambery, where you´ll stroll through the old town and travel back in time, entering an intact house of the 18th century surronded by a lovely garden that hides a story of love and passion within its walls. Back in the 21st century, you´ll visit another paradise, one of the Rhône's slopes where swans and other birds will welcome you. The blue of the sky merges with the blue of the water at the Virignin port, a little-known enclave, but beautiful and magical like no other.
    21:20
    Beautiful Unknown Villages and a Castle Full of Surprises
    12 Activities

    Day 4

    177 mi3 mi

    Beautiful Unknown Villages and a Castle Full of Surprises

    Chanaz … have you heard of it? Well, as of today, it will be etched in your memory as one of the most beautiful “Venice” style villas you have ever seen. There, you will see a 19th century water mill in full operation, go to a bar in the middle of the woods and cross very high bridges, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Then you´ll go to Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. Another little Venice hidden and not much mentioned, it used to be a fortified village and there is still a gate from the 1300's that was part of the wall. Here you´ll stroll and fall in love with its atmosphere and its friendly inhabitants. To finish the day, you´ll visit an incredible castle, not only for its beauty but for everything that is exhibited there. The most extraordinary collections you can imagine await you there: from fighter planes, racing cars and motorcycles to aerospace ships. All this accompanied by excellent wine. Can you imagine?

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