Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Geneva to Chamonix - A Top Journey

Some airport transfers offer the opportunity to take in some breath-taking scenery en-route. Geneva to Chamonixis one such and it'll whet your appetite for your holiday ahead.

Chamonix

This is perhaps one of the best-known ski and Alpine leisure resorts. It is famous as the site of the first ever winter Olympics and is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Europe. One of these is the legendary Mont Blanc, which is often stated as being in Chamonix but which, in reality, actually sits partly in an adjacent commune and partly in Italy.

The town is surrounded by excellent winter and summer sporting and holiday facilities.

It's also known for its nightlife and apr├Ęs-ski, which kicks off around 4pm and goes on until 4am - for those with the stamina! It's 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 those in Switzerland, is therefore easy.

Getting there

The nearest airport of size is Geneva at around 90kms and Geneva to Chamonix transfers are fast and frequent. If you automatically associate the concept of airport transfers with rather tedious journeys on motorways through industrial suburbs, then prepare for a surprise!

The drive up is spectacularly beautiful and offers some unparalleled scenic views across the mountains and down the surrounding valleys. In fact, some might actually claim that the Geneva to Chamonix transfer is a great part of the holiday itself.

It is also perfectly possible to drive to Chamonix from eastern channel ports such as Calais, Boulogne, Dunkirk and Zeebrugge. You'll need to allow about nine hours, depending upon your own driving techniques and traffic. You can also get there by train and the line has the distinction of being one of the steepest gradients on a standard railway anywhere in the world.

Wider attractions

If you either get tired of the slopes and mountains or simply would like to combine an altitude holiday with other forms of pastime, Chamonix is well placed to deliver. The relative proximity to Geneva means that you would have the opportunity to explore this interesting and ancient city. Montreux and Lausanne are also within a relatively easy reach in the wider Swiss arena.

If you like 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 north western Italy is also within relatively easy reach, including the great cities of Turin and Milan. It's a great chance to try some of the incomparable northern Italian cuisine.

All of this starts with a simple Geneva to Chamonix transfer. Who would have thought?

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you're looking for a transfer from Geneva to Chamonix, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don't miss your car on your holiday abroad.

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