Geneva to Chamonix
Some airport transfers provide the opportunity to take in some breath-taking scenery en-route. Geneva to Chamonixis the type of and it'll whet your appetite to your holiday ahead.
Be considered one of the best-known ski and Alpine leisure resorts. It's famous as the site of the first ever winter Olympics and is also surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Europe. One of them is the legendary Mont Blanc, which are often stated as being in Chamonix but which, in fact, actually sits partly within an adjacent commune and partly in Italy.
The location is surrounded by excellent winter and summer sporting and holiday facilities.
It is usually known for its nightlife and après-ski, which begins around 4pm and continues on until 4am - for the people with the stamina! It is also close to the equally famous Mont Blanc tunnel linking France and Italy - in the case of the latter to Courmayeur. Connection with Italy's Aosta valley resorts and people in Switzerland, is thus easy.
The nearest airport of size is Geneva at around 90kms and Geneva to Chamonix transfers are fast and frequent. In case you automatically associate the very idea of airport transfers with rather tedious journeys on motorways through industrial suburbs, then plan for a surprise!
The drive up is spectacularly beautiful and provides some unparalleled scenic views across the mountains and along the surrounding valleys. In fact, some could possibly claim that the Geneva to Chamonix transfer is a great part of the holiday itself.
It's also perfectly possible to drive to Chamonix from eastern channel ports including Calais, Boulogne, Dunkirk and Zeebrugge. You'll need to allow about nine hours, based upon your own driving techniques and traffic. You can also get there by train as well as the line has the distinction to become one of the steepest gradients on a standard railway from any location.
In the event you either get fed up with the slopes and mountains or simply just would like to combine an altitude holiday along with other forms of pastime, Chamonix is in a position to deliver. The relative proximity to Geneva ensures that you would have the opportunity to explore this interesting and ancient city. Montreux and Lausanne will also be within a relatively easy reach in the wider Swiss arena.
If you'd prefer sophistication and ancient history, Lyon is an easy 150-kilometre drive to the west. This is a beautiful city and well worth going out of your way to visit. Once through the Mont Blanc tunnel, much of northern and sout eastern Italy is also within not too difficult reach, including the great cities of Turin and Milan. It's really a great chance to try many of the incomparable northern Italian cuisine.