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Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

Hi all, hoping for some advice and input. My husband and I recently moved to Switzerland and have spent the last two months settling into our new home in Geneva. Unfortunately we'll both be working all the way up 'til Christmas, but we're able to take a couple of days off around New Year's (and, incidentally, my birthday) to get away. I'd love to get some recommendations for long weekend trips from Geneva, taking into consideration the following:

-price is definitely a factor, as upfront moving costs have been rough
-neither of us has much/any experience with skiing or other winter sports
-we're not huge party-goers, but something fun to do on New Year's Eve would be nice!

Personal recommendations and anecdotes welcome, thanks in advance!
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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

You really do not have to go far, really. Just go down to Annecy for a few days, and then go around the lake stopping in Talloire - great restaurants but perhaps a bit pricey (like Marc Veyrat's and the Père Bise, both Michelin starred- but lots of others in the area too.

You could also go to the lovely lake village of Yvoire, on French south side of Lake Geneva, and then on to Evian- could even take the boat across to Montreux and back again.

Would be helpful to know if you will go by car or public transport.

Could go to one of the many spa resorts on or off the Rhône Valley, Lavey, Saillon, Ovronnaz or Loèche-les-Bains (aka Leukerbad) - or even for a long week-end do 2.
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You really do not have to go far, really. Just go down to Annecy for a few days, and then go around the lake stopping in Talloire - great restaurants but perhaps a bit pricey (like Marc Veyrat's and the Père Bise, both Michelin starred- but lots of others in the area too.

You could also go to the lovely lake village of Yvoire, on French south side of Lake Geneva, and then on to Evian- could even take the boat across to Montreux and back again.

Would be helpful to know if you will go by car or public transport.

Could go to one of the many spa resorts on or off the Rhône Valley, Lavey, Saillon, Ovronnaz or Loèche-les-Bains (aka Leukerbad) - or even for a long week-end do 2.
Thanks very much for the tips! I should have mentioned that we don't have a car, and will be traveling by public transportation - though we're not opposed to Blablacar/ride sharing.

I was particularly interested in going to Montreux, as I've heard they have a lovely Christmas market, but I imagine all of that will be over and done with by January. Any good spots for celebrating the new year?
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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

I would suggest you buy a day ticket and take the golden line to visit montrex, interlaken, lucern and zurich.
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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

Air Malta now flies from Geneva to Malta and also does a weekend special for around 200 E's
http://www.airmalta.com/ziele/andere...E/geneva-de-DE
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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

I would stick the to the swiss side of the lake, I found the french side depressing and quite boring when I looped around. The x-mas market in montreux is cute (but crowded), Lausanne is a nice day out.

Then I'd get on the train and go east and explore the other side of the country where they *gaps* speak german

Otherwise if you only want to stick to French cities you can go to the south in 3.5 hours and enjoy some winter sun.
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Air Malta now flies from Geneva to Malta and also does a weekend special for around 200 E's
http://www.airmalta.com/ziele/andere...E/geneva-de-DE
I don't think there are any direct flights before 2 April, they run till end October.

OK there are flights on 13 & 16 December as well, after double checking they are not direct, so you need to wait till April!

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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

Ah- it would have been helpful to know you'd be relying on public transport. Good news is, all the spa resorts along the Rhône Valley are served by train + postal bus (the postal buses always leave just outside the train station and times tally). Montreux is of course really easy- and as said to the mountain train one day and perhaps stay up in the mountain to see all the fireworks from above. Annecy would also be really nice.

Or you could take the train to warmer climes in Ticino- Tom will be around and tell you all about it in a giffy.

If you have not had time to visit Switzerland- I wouldn't fly anywhere- really and make the best of what you've got under your feet.

You could join lots of other Brits in the great Hôtel du Lac at Bretaye Villars- it is a ski resort, but you don't have to ski, just enjoy the atmosphere, good food and wine- go for walks and snow shoes, etc.

Not cheap, but then you would be saving on travel... can get there by train, and then take the little mountain train up to Bretaye The owner is British from my home town (friend of friends).

www.bretaye.ch

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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

Avoriaz is a very large ski resort which can be accessed by bus and ski lift, then on foot. Morziine is the large village below Avoriaz, from here there is a cable car up to Avoriaz.

http://www.avoriaz.com/en

Once you are there you can on a fine day enjoy the sun, the mountain atmosphere and the beautiful views.

The town Avoriaz is quite modern, and is essentially concrete buildings disguised under wooden tiles. It is unique, as at most ski resorts near to Geneva the pedestrian cannot access the top of the mountain easily, and when up there, not much to do. Avoriaz has horse drawn sleighs and there used to be dog sledges too. There is an open air ice skating rink too, even a cinema showing French films!

https://www.google.ch/maps/place/741...8d3af9eb72d401

https://www.google.ch/#q=bus+geneve+morzine+avoriaz
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Ouch Sbrinz, and I am so sorry, but I really don't like Avoriaz, concrete and wood that has aged so badly
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Or you could take the train to warmer climes in Ticino- Tom will be around and tell you all about it in a giffy.
I want to know! seems a year on the train when I look it up though!
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I don't think there are any direct flights before 2 April, they run till end October.

OK there are flights on 13 & 16 December as well, after double checking they are not direct, so you need to wait till April!
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I want to know! seems a year on the train when I look it up though!
Wow - so its about 3 hrs by train to Paris- and 5 hrs to Lugano- but a very pretty journey!
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Wow - so its about 3 hrs by train to Paris- and 5 hrs to Lugano- but a very pretty journey!
yeah 3 hours is more bearable than 5 with kids, although did Paris to Nice in a go for work, wasn't the best day out
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Train with kids is great - our kids loved long train jounrey from the Midlands in the UK to Switzerland and we love to go to the Midlands by train from here, TGV to Paris, then Eurostar and then on from St Pancras to our destination- a perfect. Much easier than faffing around with going to Geneva airport, spending a fortune on car-parking, allowing plenty of time to get there, and blabla. Then we can get very cheap car hire locally if we need a car- but mostly use train and bus. such fun.
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Train with kids is great - our kids loved long train jounrey from the Midlands in the UK to Switzerland and we love to go to the Midlands by train from here, TGV to Paris, then Eurostar and then on from St Pancras to our destination- a perfect. Much easier than faffing around with going to Geneva airport, spending a fortune on car-parking, allowing plenty of time to get there, and blabla. Then we can get very cheap car hire locally if we need a car- but mostly use train and bus. such fun.
yeah I'm a train if possible girl, hate to fly. We've been on so many trains the last year I think SNCF should give me a gold ticket But yeah it gets tiresome after a will and the "when will we ever be there" gets more frequent.

But I'm itching to go somewhere so maybe I will try Lugano vs the original idea of Cannes (which is further maybe).
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Anyone from Geneva area who can tell OP how to get to Annecy by public transport these days?
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Anyone from Geneva area who can tell OP how to get to Annecy by public transport these days?
I'm sure there is a bus, otherwise it's by car. Oddly there isn't a link between the 2 that is easy that I know of
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Hi all, hoping for some advice and input. My husband and I recently moved to Switzerland and have spent the last two months settling into our new home in Geneva. Unfortunately we'll both be working all the way up 'til Christmas, but we're able to take a couple of days off around New Year's (and, incidentally, my birthday) to get away. I'd love to get some recommendations for long weekend trips from Geneva, taking into consideration the following:

-price is definitely a factor, as upfront moving costs have been rough
-neither of us has much/any experience with skiing or other winter sports
-we're not huge party-goers, but something fun to do on New Year's Eve would be nice!

Personal recommendations and anecdotes welcome, thanks in advance!
Hello,

Two options that come to mind, that are also good for the date you're planing for:
  1. GoldenPass Panorama
  2. Gornergrat Train to see the Matterhorn

Cheers!
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Re: Recommendations for Trips from Geneva

If OP wants really cute Swiss traditional alpine village and cheap- why not go by train and bus up to the lovely village of Evolène in the Val d'Hérens. Rooms at the old traditional Hôtel L'Hermitage are really cheap, especially if you choose those with a sink/basin but shared bathroom in the corridor- but there are some en-suite.

Or the great B&B run by Patrick and Madeleine at the hamlet of La Tour, within one bus stop, or walking distance from from Evolène and Les Haudères- with lots of traditional Swis restaurants. B&B is called 'La Grande Peur dans la montagne' - you can use their kitchen if you want to cook- really fun and friendly and they speak good English- lovely people (in their late 30s).(Hôtel 100CHF for double room with breakfast, B&B 90CHF for double, with breakfast).
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