The Lure of the Hills -- The Office de Tourisme distributes free pamphlets that describe about a dozen easy, family-oriented hiking and biking excursions in the forests around Annecy. More experienced hikers may wish to pick up a free map with a detailed set of challenging walks.

Walks in both categories last 2 to 6 hours. Some begin in the center of Annecy; others require a trip by car or bus from one of several towns in the area -- such as Saint-Jorioz or Sevrier, to the west, or Talloires, to the east -- to the excursion's origination point. A travel agency in Annecy, Agence Crolard, place de la Gare (tel. 04-50-51-74-62), sells bus tickets to the destinations around Annecy and Lac d'Annecy and Lac Léman. It also arranges excursions by minibus to sites of panoramic interest in July and August (tel. 04-50-45-00-56 for information about these excursions).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.