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Annecy or Lyon?

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Annecy or Lyon?

My mother and I are traveling to France this summer and are trying to decide between the two. We will either be taking a train to Geneva and driving to Annecy, or just a train to Lyon. It is only for one night, since we will then be traveling down to the coast.

Which do you prefer? Any pros or cons?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Annecy or Lyon?

For just one night I'd suggest Annecy, which is not far from Geneva. It is beautifully situated on the lake, and the old town would be perfect for one day and night. Lyon is a great city, too, but for the short time my vote is for Annecy.

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2. Re: Annecy or Lyon?

I agree - Lyon is a larger place, and you could spend 2 or 3 nights there.

Lyon is more urban, Roman sights, traboules, loads of restaurants. Annecy is extremely pictareque, with mountains and lake.

I suggest you book the hotel fairly soon, as the summer is very busy in Annecy.Perhaps get the bus from Geneva to Annecy ( timetable is http://www.frossard.eu/horaires.phtml?hashID=80337511f4a6d7b16baac9dea7e7a3ff) as it's quite difficult with a car, and sometimes difficult to park. Then get the car from Annecy to travel to the coast, or the TGV.

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