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Driving Paris to Annecy, staying in Annecy

Driving Paris to Annecy, staying in Annecy

Sep 18th, 2003, 10:01 AM
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Driving Paris to Annecy, staying in Annecy


After leaving Paris, we're driving to Annecy and staying there for two nights (on our way to Venice).

According to Michelin, it'll take about 5 hours to get to Annecy. Is there a particular route that you would suggest, instead of the most direct?

Do you have any highlights to see in this area (2nd week of October)?

Thanks for any info that you may have.

PS: Is it crazy to consider picking up our rental car in Paris, driving to/seeing Versailles and THEN driving to Annecy in the same day? We'll be staying two nights in Annecy, so a later arrival may not matter too much. (This will be the only way to see Versailles for us, at least on this trip).
rippowam is offline  
Sep 18th, 2003, 11:02 AM
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If you insist on seeing Versailles (it takes at least half a day in my opinion) on your way down, the autoroute is the only way to get to Annecy at any decent hour.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 11:07 AM
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There's no way I'd enjoy Versailles, knowing I had that drive to do and chomping at the bit to get going. I think you need to do that another time. I'd stick to the most direct route and just get there. Five hours sounds about right to me.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 08:25 PM
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If you want to see a chateau on the way to Annecy, go see Vaux-le-Vicomte, which is Versailles percursor. After jailing its owner, Louis XIV appropriated the staff to build Versailles.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 11:11 PM
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Note that Michelin gives the best possible driving time - not factoring in slow traffic, weather conditions, or the fact that you may not want to drive at 80mph down the motorway the whole time. Plus you'll need to factor in time for stops (refuelling car and passengers!!). I would tend to agree that driving to Versailles on the way is probably not the best idea. I'd want a full day there to really enjoy it at a leisurely pace.
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Sep 19th, 2003, 05:53 AM
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If you don't want to drive, there's a TGV from Paris to Annecy, which arrives in just under four hours. You don't really need a car in Annecy itself since you can take a boat to tour the towns along the lake, but you might want a car for a day to tour Geneva and environs. Anyway, just a thought...

Good luck and have a great trip!
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