If you can tear yourself away from this stunning valley and it’s dramatic mountain range, you may be interested in day trips to other areas that are less than an hour’s drive away.
This pretty, flower-filled small medieval village next to lake Geneva is a lovely day trip from our valley. It is a 45 minute drive through mountain roads and then along lake Geneva to the village. There are beautiful buildings, quaint shops, great restaurants and flower boxes everywhere. In the summer the water temperature in lake Geneva is over 26 degrees celsius.
Known as the French Venice this lakeside medieval town with mountain backdrops has a network of canals and lively streets, plenty of shops selling traditional products, and beautiful architecture. Annecy is set around a large lake which has pedal and motor boats to hire and a large park area to relax in. There is a cycle path all around the lake which takes approx. 2.5 hours to cycle. Annecy is an hour’s drive from Rêves de Montagne.
45 minutes drive from our valley is Chamonix, home to northern Europe’s highest mountain peak Mont Blanc – the world’s third-ranking most visited natural area continues to attract millions of visitors and thousands of mountaineers every year. An amazing experience is to ride up the Aiguille du Midi cablecar which lifts you over 2,743 vertical metres (9,000 vertical feet) in under 20 minutes. The views from up top, especially on a clear day, are unquestionably breathtaking. At 3842m you will almost feel as if you are in an aeroplane when looking down on Chamonix town. There are many places where the rocky, sheer cliffs drop down hundreds of feet below you…spectacular!
At 7km long and with a surface area of 40km², Mer de Glace in Chamonix is France’s largest glacier, extending from an altitude of 3900m to 1400m. The width of the glacier varies between 700m to 1950m and the depth of the ice averages around 200m but is as much as 400m thick in places! You can take the Montenvers train to the glacier and then descend approx. 300 steps to access the ice grotto – an impressive cave that is carved out of the ice enabling you to pass right into the heart of the glacier. For more than 50 years the grotto has been meticulously sculpted each year, shaping the ice into scenes depicting mountain life from the early 19th century. Inside, the light reflects off the beautiful blue ice to create a wonderfully eerie, sub-glacial atmosphere.
Pré St Didier, Italy
The Pré-Saint-Didier thermal springs flow out from the heart of the mountain at 37 degrees and are chemical and chlorine free, just as they were in Roman times. The building of the spa dates back to 1834 and has been recently restored. There are open air thermal swimming pools, hydro massage and waterfalls, sauna, Turkish baths and steam rooms. Whilst enjoying the thermal swimming pools you have breathtaking views all around of the Italian side of Mont Blanc and its mountain range.
Pré-Saint-Didier is just outside the ski resort of Courmayeur and is 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Rêves de Montange, through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
Packed with swish shops, chocolate shops, and of course the ubiquitous watch shops plus over 40 museums! Geneva also has Old Town, a picturesque area characterized by cobblestone streets, old buildings, cafes and restaurants as well as the Cathedrale St-Pierre. The wonderful Geneva Festival is held every August – 200 free concerts, 180 food stalls with cuisine from all around the world, a funfair and handicraft stalls. It’s Switzerland’s biggest annual public event and it culminates in a hour-long spectacular firework display. Geneva is only an hour’s drive away and during the festival you can park on the outskirts of the town and get a tram to the centre.