As well as being a fascinating holiday destination in itself, the city of Geneva is also ideally situated as a base from which to take a day trip in your Geneva Airport car rental, and further explore the beauty of the surrounding region. This is a region rich in history and culture, where the Alps meet meadows and lakes and ancient castles, and the next exciting leisure activity or experience is never far away.
At a distance of only 90 minutes by road in your Geneva car hire, the popular ski resort of Chamonix offers world class pistes and a host of other sporting activities. The area’s two-stage cable car, which travels to the top of Aiguille du Midi, offers breathtaking views of the Alps on a clear day.
Just 55km away from Geneva is the port of Lausanne, known for its beauty, vibrancy and charming promenades along the banks of Lake Geneva. The old town dates back to the fourteenth century, but it is also home to the super-modern Olympic museum.
Also close at hand, Montreux is certainly work checking out if you happen to coincide with the eponymous jazz festival in July but it is worth a day visit at any time of year as it is picturesque and offers impressive Alpine panoramas.
Chillon Castle is another popular day outing from the city. Probably one of Switzerland’s most well known attractions, this stunning castle stands on a rocky promontory on Lake Geneva and has been lovingly preserved and restored. There are a number of interesting historical artifacts within and guided tours are available to make the most of a day visit.
The quaint village of Gruyere is the place to spend a day getting the classic Swiss experience. Mountain views, a world-famous cheese, top-notch chocolate and a host of wonderful places to dine with a view are what have earned this place its reputation of being well worth a visit.
The experience of a whole other culture is just a short distance away. Just over the border in France are the towns of Annemasse and the truly beautiful and historical Annecy, both worth spending a day exploring. Indeed Annecy is considered by some to be the most beautiful town in the whole of France.
Anyone spending some time in Geneva would be well advised to tear themselves away from the city’s many incredible attractions for at least a day, in order to venture out into this fascinating region. The ideas here are just a small selection of the possible day trips available to a tourist who feels like venturing a little without covering enormous distances. Transport options are many and taking away the need to relocate completely and find new accommodation takes a lot of the hassle out of exploring and makes day-tripping an attractive option.