A cheese maturing cellar in Savoie

At 1786, we offer you the chance to experience unique, sometimes unconventional, but always immersive encounters with local culture. This culture revolves around the history of Savoy, ancestral traditions and craftsmanship, as well as the breathtaking landscapes of the Alps, and the people who help you explore them off the beaten path... In other words, with 1786, discover the Alps in an original and authentic way! Check out our top 10 (or more...) activities in the Alps for unforgettable moments!

1 - Farm visit with cheese-making workshop: an unusual experience in the heart of the Alps

If there's one thing the Alps are famous for, it's cheese! So, what could be better than going straight to the source at one of the many local farms to meet the key players? The farmer, and of course, the cows! Enjoy a special moment of sharing and exchange with the producer to learn more about the intricacies of his profession. Then, it's time to get hands-on with a unique experience: making your own cheese! After your hard work, it's time to indulge: taste the delicious Tomme de Savoie to conclude this fascinating immersion.

2 - Wine and cheese tasting: a dive into savoyard gastronomy

Wine enthusiasts will be delighted to know that Savoy is a region renowned for its viticulture. For a first introduction to the great wines of Savoy, we offer the perfect pairing of wine and cheese. Whether in the chalet you’ve rented, with a cheesemaker awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France, or even in an ancient abbey, our sommelier will unveil wine and cheese combinations that will take your taste buds on a journey. He will also share fascinating insights into the origins and production of our flagship products. Experience a convivial, delicious, and captivating moment!

3 - Savoyard vineyard tour: immersion in Savoy's culture

Do you want to delve deeper into the world of Savoy wines? Your private chauffeur will guide you through vineyard landscapes, dotted with renowned estates that contribute to the richness of our wine-growing heritage! Over a half-day or a full day, meet several winemakers who will show you their vineyard plots and share their production secrets. You will then have an exclusive tasting session in the property's cellar or wine room with the winemaker. Explore the aromas and hues of a Roussette, a Chignin Bergeron, or a Mondeuse...

This original and authentic activity in the Alps allows you to experience a true 'vine to glass' journey!

4 - The Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace: top places to visit in the Alps in summer

The Aiguille du Midi, a peak rising 3,842 meters above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and the Mer de Glace, the largest glacier in the French Alps, are must-see attractions in the Alps. By choosing to explore with 1786, you’ll get the added benefit of a local guide who is passionate about his region and its mountains!

At the Aiguille du Midi, your guide will share their knowledge to help you identify the surrounding Alpine peaks in a 360° view and learn more about the expeditions and adventurers who have contributed to the legend of the Alps. In front of the Mer de Glace, delve into the glacier's history, discover its evolution over time, the challenges it faces, and enjoy an exceptional panorama.

You can even visit both the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace in a single day by linking them with a stunning balcony hike! The itinerary includes breathtaking landscapes, a typical Savoyard picnic, and fascinating, memorable moments... In other words, an extraordinary experience!

5 - Food Tour in Annecy and Chamonix: let your taste buds explore local flavors

Discover the beautiful cities of Annecy and Chamonix like never before! While admiring the most remarkable sites of these towns—Annecy, which played a major role in the history of Savoy, and Chamonix, renowned in the history of mountaineering—you'll meet their culinary artisans and introduce your taste buds to new flavors! As the culture of a place is also reflected in its gastronomy, immerse yourself in the signature products of the Alps, including pastries, beers, cured meats, cheeses, and more!

Want to learn more? Choose our Food Tour in Annecy and our Food Tour in Chamonix among all our activities in the Alps!

6 - Excursion to the heart of the Bauges: admire the unspoiled and wild landscapes of the Alps

The Alps are home to numerous mountain ranges such as the Aravis, Chartreuse, and Bauges, which are less frequented than the Mont-Blanc massif. Discover the environment of the Bauges and its iconic peaks, and meet the producers who contribute to the Alps' renown. Immerse yourself in the daily life and work of a farm before tasting some typical regional cheeses like Margériaz, Reblochon, or Tome des Bauges! Continue your sensory journey in a cozy inn for a lunch featuring local dishes, accompanied by a fine Savoy wine. To conclude this unique exploration of the Alpine landscapes, enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Annecy, the Venice of the Alps!

7 - Guided tour of Annecy, Chambéry, Aix-les-Bains... for a dive into the history of Savoy

For an authentically Alpine experience, delve into the history and culture of the region with a guided tour of Annecy, Chamonix, Chambéry, or Aix-les-Bains, as well as Yvoire, Geneva, and Gruyère in Switzerland. Each of these charming cities holds its own secrets, notable facts, and influential personalities! Wander through picturesque streets, admire the iconic Alpine landmarks like the Château and Palais de l'Isle in Annecy, the Fontaine des Éléphants in Chambéry, the ancient thermal baths of Aix-les-Bains, the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, and the Montenvers train in Chamonix. Discover the fascinating stories shared by your guide for a captivating cultural experience!

8 - Unique evening ideas for your alpine vacation

We make your evenings in the Alps magical! For unusual, convivial, and memorable moments with friends or family, opt for a Trapper's Evening on the heights of Chamonix, available year-round. Hike with a guide on snowshoes or on foot for an easy approach walk, then enjoy a delicious dinner in a cozy setting before descending under the hopefully starry sky. From Megève, a charming mountain resort, experience a secluded break with a fondue under an igloo or an aperitif in a traditional Alpine hut once used by shepherds. If you're vacationing in Annecy and looking for activities in the Alps, don’t miss a cruise and fondue on Lake Annecy: admire the splendid and peaceful landscape while savoring a Savoyard fondue! What could be better?

9 - Guided hiking: a must-do summer activity in the Alps

What could be more authentic than exploring the trails that traverse the most beautiful panoramas of the Alps? With one of our guides, embark on day hikes in the Mont-Blanc and Aravis massifs, as well as in the Vanoise National Park, among others, or walk the legendary Tour du Mont-Blanc trail over several days! Wherever you go, keep an eye out for the mountain wildlife, including ibex, chamois, mouflons, and marmots! In any case, enjoy stunning views of the iconic Alpine peaks amidst majestic and unspoiled nature!

10 - Our winter activities in the Alps: discovering the resorts in a different way

Ski enthusiasts and non-skiers looking to explore the Alpine resorts in an original manner will be delighted with some of our most unusual experiences! Conquer a massive ice waterfall with your ice axes and crampons, or engage in a lively igloo-building challenge with your family! Traverse wild trails on a fatbike or refine your skiing technique with an alpine champion! Finally, why not combine the pleasures of downhill skiing with discovering local gastronomy? That's what awaits you on our Ski Food Tour: an off-the-beaten-path experience to taste some Savoyard specialties in mountain restaurants while exploring the slopes with a guide!

So, for your next vacation in the Alps, why not opt for original and authentic experiences? Our team is here to answer your questions and tailor your stay in the Alps, just for you! To delve deeper, explore all the services offered by Agency 1786, as well as our full range of activities in the Alps!