Hopping on a Sleigh Ride from Lyon to Geneva
By TOI Staff October 29, 2023 Update on : November 18, 2023
As we are already going through autumn and the first snowflakes have fallen on the most renowned European peaks, it makes no surprise to start planning a winter getaway, to indulge in the majesty that the snowy picturesque landscapes offer in combination with practising some outdoor ski activities. Hopefully, the French Alps provide multiple opportunities, with a variety of resorts being easily approached through Italy, Switzerland, or France. This article extends an invitation to embark on a sleigh ride from Lyon to Geneva (also can be executed backwards), delving into not only the exhilarating slopes but also the delightful towns, ski resorts, and the captivating narratives they possess.
Lyon and its Enchanted Neighbours
Our tour’s commencing point and first stop, is the distinguished city of Lyon, a celebrated for its splendid gourmet legacy and lively cultural ambiance. Its allure, surpasses urban attractions and wandering through the cobblestone streets and the profound sense of cosiness they create. A cluster of petite towns and villages are nestled amidst the majestic snow-capped slopes in close proximity. The most famous of all, is no other than the “Venice of the Alps”, thus Annecy. Picturesque canals, old-world architecture, and stunning lake make it a perfect destination for a short excursion.
A Winter Wonderland Adventure at the Border
Later on, we depart from Annecy, and our journey leads us to the French Alps, which boasts some of the most breathtaking ski resorts in the world. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, a series of resorts are observed, offering a playground for winter sports enthusiasts, and promising a unique experience, from challenging slopes to cosy mountain chalets. Which is the one aligning more with your personal preferences? Is it Chamonix, Courchevel, or maybe Megève? Different types of accommodation are available by Erna Low , and we suggest making your investigation and book as soon as possible, as the demand is great during high-season. Being surrounded by snow-covered peaks is an exhilarating feeling that only the Alps can provide,
Whether you go skiing down these slopes or prefer relaxing in one of the high-end après-ski.
The Tranquil Winter Oasis of Yvoire
We now traverse the French-Swiss boarder, and drive a bit up to the north from Geneva, in order to reach a picturesque village on the shores of Lake Geneva,Yvoire. It is a medieval gem boasting cobblestone streets, colourful flowers, and a beautifully preserved castle. The winter season does not stand capable of depriving its undeniable charm. Stroll along the lakefront promenade, and if weather condition allow so, visit the Garden of Five Senses, and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa at a local café. The peacefulness of Yvoire contrasts nicely with the busy cityscapes, providing a pleasant pause in your icy excursion and invites you to unwind and savour a bit more of winter’s magic before continuing your adventure to Geneva, the last stop on your sleigh ride.
A Blend of History, Modernity, and International Charm – Geneva
Our sleigh journey crosses the finishing line in Geneva, a city that seamlessly blends history, modernity, and worldwide attraction, with the glittering waters of Lake Geneva framing and creating a stunning background. Take advantage of the city’s warmer climate in comparison to the mountains, and stroll among the city’s illuminated streets and lively atmosphere, creating an enchanting ambiance. If it’s your first time visiting, you should not neglect to witness the famous Jet d’Eau, and navigate aimlessly through the charming alleys of Old Town. This, will help you discover the impressive collections of museums such as the Red Cross Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Numerous dining establishments, offering a wide range of flavours, are also reflecting Geneva’s cultural diversity.Read more: Hopping on a Sleigh Ride from Lyon to Geneva