Travel - How to get to Résidence les Gentianes ...

Résidence les Gentianes is easy to reach, whether you travel by air via Geneva, Chambéry, Grenoble or Lyon, or by car via the Channel ports. Wherever you plan to make landfall in France, we'll send you directions when we send you the key.

See below for useful travel and other tourism links ...

Here are some travel links that might be helpful as you investigate the various options for travelling to Résidence les Gentianes, including flights, ferries and car rental; and some links to the many activities around the lake.


Getting There by Air ...

The easiest route by air is via Geneva, now less than an hour north of Annecy since the new Autoroute opened a few years ago. Geneva Airport has many flights that operate throughout the year, and from many British airports. Chambéry Airport (to the south-west) is slightly nearer but has fewer flights and mainly in winter.

Other options throughout the year are from Stansted to Lyon and Grenoble. (For Lyon, see www.easyjet.com and for Grenoble see www.ryanair.com). During the ski season, Easyjet typically fly also to Grenoble from Luton, Gatwick, Birmingham, Bournemouth and Bristol; and Ryanair to Grenoble from Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow (Prestwick) and Liverpool (but see below about checking for up-to-date info).

The airlines whose web-links are listed below all fly to Geneva (and some to Chambéry as indicated). Many flights to Geneva operate throughout the year, most fequently from Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. Easyjet has most "all year" direct flights from regional airports including Nottingham/East Midlands, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and Belfast; and BA and KLM fly from regional airports via Heathrow, Gatwick and Amsterdam.

During the ski season there have been many direct services from regional airports, including those listed above and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newquay, Norwich and Southampton. Other airlines that are not linked below but might be worth investigating are Thomsonfly from Doncaster Robin Hood, Aer Lingus from Dublin, Air France from London City and Brussels Airlines from London Gatwick.

Schedules change from season to season, so don't just take our word for it. See www.flightmapping.com for full details about who flies where, and check the options from your nearest airport - you might be pleasantly surprised! Also, see our note later on this page about Travel Insurance, including comments published in The Guardian several years ago about insuring against the possibility of airline or other supplier failure.


Car Hire ...

If you plan to rent a car, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz and Alamo all have desks beside the Arrivals Hall at Geneva Airport and Hertz and Europcar have offices by Annecy railway station. We suggest checking www.holidayautos.co.uk and www.arguscarhire.com to compare their prices, as their cars are always provided by one of the major rental companies (but usually at more competitive rates). We have booked cars with Holiday Autos that have been provided by Alamo and sometimes Hertz or Europcar; and with Argus Car Hire that have been supplied by Budget (for Geneva search for Switzerland - Geneva Airport)

If you want to insure against your car rental company's insurance "excess", Holiday Autos offer that option when you book for a daily fee that in our experience is less expensive than buying it at the car rental desk, but check in case windscreen and tyre damage are still listed as exclusions. It has become possible quite recently to insure against the "excess" separately to the car rental itself, for example with two companies whose web sites at the time of writing this indicate that their cover does include windscreen and tyre damage. They are www.insurance4carhire.com and www.carhireexcess.com.  Both offer single-trip or annual cover.

(Please note that any links on this site to insurers or any other suppliers are provided only for information; and they are in no way a recommendation or endorsement of any of these companies. No doubt there are other insurers who supply appropriate cover; and it is possible that the details of the cover provided might have changed since this was written. It is your responsibility to check beforehand that any insurance cover you buy does meet your requirements)



Getting There by By Car ...

By road after crossing the Channel, Résidence les Gentianes is about 550 miles from Calais or Boulogne, all on Autoroutes until about 40 minutes from Annecy so it's not too difficult a drive.


It's even easier now that SANEF, that operates French Autoroutes, has made their Télépéage "Liberté" Tags available to buy in the UK - so that British motorists now can use the "automatic" lanes at tolls that previously were reserved for French residents. Sanef Tolling has a UK subsidiary where you can buy a tag for your windscreen before travelling, and avoid the hassle associated with paying each time you reach a toll-booth.  Instead, Sanef Tolling takes payment by direct debit from your UK bank account afterwards.  Find out more at www.saneftolling.co.uk.  As Sanef Tolling puts it ..."Paying toll charges in France no longer needs to be an inconvenience and our tags will save you time on your journey and enable you to avoid the queues". 


If you want to break your journey, there are hotels conveniently situated near the Autoroute at Dijon, a pretty town that is famous for its patterned tiled roofs. From Dijon, we find the best route is the A39 Autoroute through the Jura to Bourg-en-Bresse, and onto the Alpine A40 "Autoroute Blanc" before turning off at Bellegarde.

We have included links to the main ferry operators and booking agencies, and for Eurotunnel. If this will be your first time driving in France, go to the link at the end of the list or click here for the Automobile Association's "European Driving" pages. They include up-to-date information and advice, for example about the law that now requires all drivers including foreign visitors to keep a high-visibility vest inside their car, to be worn in the event of a breakdown.


Some other web sites ...

We have referred elsewhere to the web-cam, and the weather, and some things to do. Following these travel links we have added some tourism sites you might find interesting ...

Note ...

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Now the links to airlines' and other travel web sites ...

Easyjet has most flights from the UK to Geneva from Luton, Gatwick, Nottingham/East Midlands, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and Belfast, and during the ski-ing season from Gatwick, Birmingham, Bournemouth and Glasgow. (Up to 22 flights daily into Geneva from London Airports in Winter!)

British Airways fly to Geneva direct from London Heathrow, Gatwick and City, Birmingham and Manchester, and from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other regional airports via Heathrow or Gatwick

KLM fly to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London City, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Durham Tees Valley (often at very competitive fares in spite of having to change in Amsterdam)

Bmibaby flies to Geneva from December to March from Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham/East Midlands

Flybe flies to Geneva and Chambéry from late December until late March, to both destinations from Southampton, Exeter and Norwich; to Geneva also from Newquay, Isle of Man and Jersey; and to Chambéry also from Birmingham

Jet2.com fly to Geneva and Chambéry from mid-December until Easter, to Geneva from Manchester and Leeds/Bradford, and to Chambéry from Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle

It can be worth checking out www.expedia.co.uk or www.ebookers.com and other comparison websites for fares that sometimes are less than those quoted on the airlines' own sites

Travelling by car from Scotland or the North of England? For ferries from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, the service run previously by Superfast Ferries is now run by DFDS Norfolkline.  See www.dfdsseaways.com 


See www.directferries.com for ferries from the south coast to Calais, Dieppe, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Caen or St Malo and from Hull and Harwich via Belgium and the Netherlands

Also see www.franceferry.co.uk for ferries from the south coast to Calais, Dieppe, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Caen or St Malo and from Hull and Harwich via Belgium and the Netherlands

Eurotunnel, between the M20 before Folkestone and emerging into France near Boulogne is at www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

... Travel Insurance ...

There are too many providers of travel insurance to mention here, however you can request quotes at the usual comparison websites.  Before buying, we suggest checking whether your preferred policy includes cover against for example the possibility of your airline or ferry company failing. Apparently most don't, so here is an article published by the Guardian newspaper in the UK several years ago - and we have added links to the insurers mentioned. It refers for example to InsureFor whose web site seems to suggest at least some cover against supplier failure when you book different elements of your holiday independently, but you do need to check the details first to ensure the cover meets your requirements (and whether, as suggested at one time, you can increase the extent of the cover by taking out an additional policy for just a few £s.  Meantime, here is the text that followed the Guardian's headline "Can I cover myself against airlines going bust and Eurotunnel fires?" It's probably out of date now, but as I haven't seen anything better, it's a starting point:

"Contrary to most buyers' beliefs, the overwhelming majority of travel insurance policies do not cover scheduled airlines going to the wall. The Post Office, Swiftcover and the little known Karma Insurance are the only insurers picking up the pieces in Zoom-style bankruptcies.  ... However, you can buy a policy ... to add to your current one that will pay out ... if your travel firm goes bust. InsureFor, the internet insurer, offers a standalone policy covering supplier failure.  ... in the event of major travel disruption or a business failure. ... The policies should particularly appeal to independent travellers who book their own cheap flights and hotel rooms direct, as well as regular users of low-cost airlines. If you already have a standard travel policy, there's nothing to stop you buying this cover on top".

Whatever - as I have mentioned already, that article probably is out of date; and we don't recommend or endorse any particular provider.  We do recommend checking out the cover that is available in the market and to buy travel insurance that is appropriate for your needs, including healthcare, loss of personal possessions, money or travel documents, cover for supplier failure and cover if you have to cancel before travelling. Look for a policy that includes cover for your rental deposit as well as the balance paid, and look out for cancellation circumstances that are excluded from cover.



... and links to weather and tourism websites ...

This BBC Weather link lets you know the forecast for Annecy for the next five days ...

See Lac d'Annecy's weather now - with real-time views from several web-cams around the lake ...

See this link for 360 degree, panoramic views from 26 locations in Annecy and around the lake ...

If you fancy a break from driving, why not take the regular bus from Doussard into Annecy; or in the other direction to Albertville via Faverges and Ugine? There are 12 or more services to and from Annecy each day, running from early morning until late afternoon/early evening. See Philibert Transport then click Accès rapide and Ligne 51 for the timetable ...

During the summer, Compagnie des Bateaux run the Water Omnibus that stops at all the ports around the lake on its clockwise circuit, including Doussard Port that is conveniently at the half-way point in the circuit.  There are also several Cruises that start and finish at Annecy, including Lunch and Dinner Cruises on the MS Lillebule.  See details about the Water Bus by clicking "General Public" then "Discovery Cruises" on the website, and then the "Omnibus" options ...

Golf de Giez has a 9-hole course, and an 18-hole course about 10 minutes from Résidence les Gentianes, including views to Mt Blanc ...

Base Nature Aventure is an adventure playground in the trees, high above Talloires near to Les Dents de Lanfon and beside one of Lac d'Annecy's take-off points for paragliding ...

Information and Advice about Driving Requirements in France, and other useful links from the Automobile Association



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