The idyllic setting of the Lake Annecy region is a perfect place to get together as a group and by bike. Whether it is with family, friends or for corporate seminars, the area around the lake is full of unique activities and experiences. To share these moments, the bicycle will be a good ally since the lake is almost entirely surrounded by bicycle paths. In this article, we will give you some ideas for group outings by bicycle that will allow you to make the most of what the region has to offer.
Ideas for multi-activity outings
First of all, our packs will make you discover several outdoor activities between lake and mountains. Include in your day of cycling paddle, via ferrata or even canyoning. These outings allow you to discover different landscapes and sensations, while being easy to access thanks to the bikes. For the Via-tyro, it is better to rent electric bikes because the departure is more in the mountains.
Not far from our rental point, the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard promises you a beautiful cultural moment during your bike ride. Indeed, prestigious visits of this castle are proposed to groups under reservation. A wine tasting is even offered at the end of this visit!
Unusual excursions for EVG & EVJF
An EVG & EVJF is a once in a lifetime event, so it's a day to mark with a white stone. The setting of the lake of Annecy will help you to make your day unforgettable.
If you're ready to pedal a little further, try the bungee jump in Saint Jean de Sixt. Alone, in pairs, by bike or even by sledge, this jump will make you feel a maximum of sensations!
Or, closer to our rental center, the Acro'aventures park offers special EVG and EVJF programs with free space for the bride or groom. Different courses are available as well as an aperitif party for your whole group of friends. Our electric bikes will help you climb the required altitude to enjoy this beautiful place in the heights of Talloires.
To end your day in beauty, Water Taxi offers aperitif or fondue formulas to be enjoyed on board their lounge boats, real floating lounges...
Sporty bike tours
For a sportive escapade, the mountainous setting of the region is totally adequate. From Talloires-Angon, there are different passes that you can climb in groups, with a well-deserved panorama for everyone at the end.
The Col de la Forclaz, one of the most famous passes around the lake, offers an incredible view of Annecy and its lake and once there, it is possible to eat local specialties on the panoramic terrace of Chalet La Pricaz.
The Col de Leschaux route is wilder and takes you straight into the regional natural park of the Massif des Bauges. It is a mountain nature which will wait for you with the insurance of a calm frame and space if you have other activities in group.
The tour of the Mont Veyrier by the Bluffy pass, makes you visit different types of landscapes. Once you have passed the coast of Talloires, the ascent of the pass of Bluffy promises you a splendid view on the surrounding mountains. You can make a detour to the Fier river to refresh yourself and go back to Annecy by going around the Mont Veyrier. At the end, you will be able to enjoy the banks of the lake while returning in direction of Talloires to our rental agency.
In the family
To make the most of the lake with your family, we recommend several suitable outings, most of which are easily accessible from the greenway.
Between handlebars and lake
First of all, the tour of the lake can be reached from our site in Angon to Annecy. The green way ensures a safe section between lake and mountain. In order to avoid the climb from Menthon-Saint-Bernard, it is possible to take a navibus from Annecy which allows you to take your bikes and come back to Angon.
While riding the bike path in Saint-Jorioz, be sure to stop at the Criq'parc. This is one of the first eco-responsible parks in the region that promises a beautiful playground in the trees. On the edge of the lake, it's also a great stop for a swim in the creek.
If you just want to take an hour of your time to sail on the clear waters of the lake, different companies exist. In Annecy, the pedal boat slides of the company Arc en ciel will delight your children! Otherwise, a cruise on one of their wooden boats will ensure a unique moment with your family.
The equipment of the company Arc en ciel in Annecy (the wooden boat and the pedal boats)
Museums and farms to visit
With a classic or electric bike, you can stop in the different museums, cheese dairies or farms of the area. On the greenway, the Paccard museum in Sevrier lets you discover the history of the most famous bell manufacturer (120 000 bells worldwide!) In Faverges, not far from the greenway, the butterfly museum also ensures a nice family visit. The Lake Annecy Ecomuseum in Sévrier, as well as the Maison de Pays du Laudon in Saint Jorioz will immerse you in a visit that presents the culture and traditions of the Savoyard region as well as the habits of life in the past. Finally, in Annecy, the animation film museum, the Palais de l'Isle or the castle museum are visits accessible to the whole family.
At the end of the lake, still not far from the greenway, the Hudry farm welcomes you to buy Savoyard cheese but also to visit the farm.
Different farms are accessible around the lake but a little higher up. The Charbonnière farm is a restaurant that promises you an unusual experience by offering a table just above the stable. The goat farm of Vesonne as well as the GAEC les noisetiers give you an appointment in the Alpages, close to nature and with a splendid view on the end of the lake.
Electric bike and tree climbing trip
For a day in the heights of Talloires-Montmin, take the direction of the chalet of Aulp. Once passed the Forclaz pass, continue towards the Pré-Vérel refuge, then continue on the wide path. Once there, several possibilities are offered to you. The chalet offers a menu with a multitude of Savoyard specialties (tartiflette, fondue, reblochonade...) and also a generous drinks menu. If you have prepared a picnic, it is also possible to attach your bikes and walk 30 minutes to the col des Nantets to eat with a beautiful view on the surrounding mountains.
In the afternoon, you can go back down with your bikes and go in the direction of the Acro'aventures tree park, still in the heights of Talloires. There are courses for young and old. A perfect outing to burn off the calories from lunch!
The Nantets pass, 30 minutes away from the chalet de l'Aulp and the view from the paragliding launch, near Acro' aventures
Lake Annecy also stands out as a leading destination for business tourism in France. Its infrastructures, its accessibility and of course its magnificent setting make it the ideal place to organize a seminar.
A seminar close to nature
You can book our electric bikes in Talloires-Angon with a 10% discount for groups. This allows the discovery of one of the most beautiful villages of the lake. Once on the bikes, you can join and discover the green way then go up to Annecy to make the tour of the lake. On the way back to Angon, go through the domain of the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard and book a "greening" workshop organized by the head gardener. Their natural domain has a vegetable garden as well as biodynamic vineyards planted on the hillside. You will discover through different workshops the principle of permaculture, transposable to all human organizations, and in particular to companies.
Our guided bike tour "The unusual lake" can also be booked during your day. This tour accompanied by a local guide will make you discover all the secrets and unusual places of the lake.
Finally, to finish your day always under the sign of nature, it is possible to plan with Annecy Aventure an evening in an eco-bivouac in the mountains, at the top of the Semnoz. After dropping off your bikes, you just have to go to this atypical place by car or by bus. An aperitif around the fire is served, then a typical Savoyard meal awaits you in a giant Alti-Dome.
Unusual team-building activities
There is nothing better than being on a bike to move between your different team building workshops. Annecy and its lake are full of this type of activities which will create strong links with the members of your team.
Annecy Aventure proposes an original team building day under the sign of ecology at La Crique. Nature activities such as raft building or a nautical challenge on a paddle are proposed. You can also opt for an eco-challenge day which combines biathlon, blindfold course, memory game, mountain quiz, and mini orienteering race!
Acro'aventures, mentioned earlier, offers a group activity called "kohlan'talloires", a confrontation by team on 5 events that reproduce the same atmosphere as the famous reality show.
It is also possible, once arrived in Annecy, to do an escape game. There are several of them with different themes, but one of the most recognized is "Celestia, the forgotten city" of the workshop of enigmas. In addition to the game, it is possible to enlarge the offer with a breakfast, lunch or even cocktail menu.
A city game also exists and is ideal to immerse yourself in the old town of Annecy. The company Mystère du lac invites you to do this outdoor and unique activity in teams of 2 to 10 people. Treasure hunt, challenges against the clock or riddles to solve await you in this city game in the heart of the Venice of the Alps.
As you can see, the surroundings of the lake offer you infinite possibilities. They are just waiting for your group to offer you a moment out of time. So when will you come?
Raft race on the lake after their construction