The Chalet is situated 12 minutes walk from St Gervais les Bains town centre and all its amenities. It forms a perfect base for exploring the surrounding beautiful alpine towns such as Megeve, Chamonix, Annecy and Geneva any time of year.
St Gervais les Bains:
Saint Gervais is a beautiful and friendly Savoyard village. The 19th Century architecture gives the town an original, antique-chic atmosphere! It is home to Europe’s highest mountain, and has been a popular holiday destination, renowned for its natural thermal spa, for over a hundred years.
St Gervais is popular with walkers and cyclists in the summer – it is one of the starting points for the Tour du Mont Blanc. In winter, Saint Gervais has a large ski area (over 440 km) which links to nearby Megeve.
The famous Mont Blanc Tramway can be taken from Saint Gervais to the Bellevue plateau (1800m) giving skiers access to the Les Houches ski area in winter. It can also be taken by walkers or those just wishing to see the wonderful panorama in winter or summer.
Natural spring waters have irrigated the Saint Gervais thermal spa for more than 200 years. The hydrotherapeutic properties of the water here class Saint-Gervais as the only alpine spa resort in the Alps
Megeve ( 20 minutes drive from the Chalet )
Megève is in a lovely sunny setting and has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. Visitors are mainly well-heeled French people. The top reason to visit is for the medieval architecture and the glitzy shopping experience in the alps.
Megève’s charming old town centre is car-free and comes complete with open-air ice rink, horse-drawn sleighs, cobbled streets and a fine church. Lots of smart clothing, jewellery, antique, gift and food shops add to the chic atmosphere.
In terms of skiing, the slopes are prettily wooded, but what makes Megève a cut above is the view of Mont Blanc from many of the runs – especially the red Epaule along a ridge above St-Nicolas-de-Véroce.
Chamonix (25 minutes drive from the Chalet )
Chamonix Mont Blanc has been at the sharp end of Alpine adventure since 1760. This steep-sided valley, draped with tumbling glaciers beneath a crown of rocky spires, is where snowsports and mountaineering meet.Its old buildings have kept their sedate Victorian and more fanciful Belle Epoque look and, now that the centre is traffic-free, it offers pleasant strolling.
Aiguille du Midi – From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes cable car ride takes you to the gateway to the high Alps at a height of 3,842 m. From its height of 3,777m, the Aiguille du Midi and its laid-out terraces offer a 360° view of all the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. A lift brings you to the summit terrace at 3,842m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc. the more fearless will take a Step Into The Void, onto a 2.50 m glass cage out over a 1000 m precipice. A product of modern architectural and technical prowess and a sensation packed experience
Mer de Glace – Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, Europe’s largest living glacier. The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are more than 400 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave
Annecy (50 minutes drive from the Chalet )
As Europe’s cleanest lake, Lake Annecy is a popular summer destination for families, couples and singles alike. Although the city of Annecy itself is the largest town, the villages dotted around the lake provide a much more private atmosphere. Such as Veyrier du Lac, Menthon St Bernard and Talloires.
Tours of the lake and its villages are available from the Annecy end of the lake. Tours are available on large ferries with a meal included, or faster, smaller tours are also available on small wooden motor boats where the captain might lend his hat to another passenger for a quick steer at the helm. Both feel luxurious.
For something truly local, try the water taxi – a ferry that stops in three of the most popular villages (Talloires, Menthon St Bernard and Veyrier) and leaves from Annecy three to five times a day in summer.
Most of the public beaches around the lake have an entrance fee, but the beach on the Marquisats side of Annecy, just five minutes by foot from the old town, is free.
Geneva (60 minutes drive from the Chalet )
The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia. Geneva is a multicultural city with plenty emphasis on Swiss watches and architecture.
The cheerful city of Geneva sits on the lake’s western shore, lofty snowcapped peaks creating a gorgeous backdrop on all sides. The city is perfect for exploring on foot; hire a bike to venture further. At the top of any itinerary should be visits to Geneva’s lakefront and its famous fountain, the Flower Clock in the English Garden, St Peter’s Cathedral, Reformation Wall, Place Neuve and the birthplace of the UN.
Geneva is the nearest international airport from St Gervais les Bains.On a normal day, the journey to the chalet will take 1 hour.
There are also opportunity for Wine Tasting and vineyard visits along the shores of Lake Geneva.