Sitting in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Alps. While it might be most famous as a winter sports resort, this picturesque mountain domain has so much more to offer than the thrills and spills of the slopes.
Unlike many modern, purpose-built resorts, the towns of the Chamonix valley retain their rustic alpine charm. There are plenty of cultural and relaxing leisure activities on offer for those whoâ€™d rather leave skiing to the professionals. So ditch the ski boots, wrap up warm, and prepare for a truly rejuvenating winter break.
Discovery and Photo Walks
Touring the hamlets of Chamonix with a professional photographer is the perfect way to discover the hidden side of the mountains. Youâ€™ll have the chance to see beyond the camera lens as you meet local artisans and find out about their craft. You might also be lucky enough to sample some delicious regional produce: think cheese, wine and charcuterie. This leisurely activity will give you a unique perspective on life in the rural region of Haute-Savoie.
A trip to France wouldnâ€™t be complete without a dÃ©gustation – or tasting â€“ of French wine.
Youâ€™ll put your taste buds to the test under the guidance of a professional sommelier, who will provide you with all the information you need to become a true connoisseur. Impress your friends back in the UK with knowledge of what to look for in different grape varieties or even how to negotiate wine pairings with certain kinds of food. Donâ€™t forget to try the local offerings â€“ bottles will be labelled Vin de Savoie.
If thereâ€™s one thing the French know how to do well, itâ€™s food. Chamonix is host to a number of high-quality restaurants, with a few even boasting the coveted Michelin star. Dining out in the evenings can soon become quite pricey, so itâ€™s a good idea to take advantage of set menu deals at lunchtimes. Lunch Ã la franÃ§aise is a leisurely affair, so take your time to enjoy a starter, main and dessert with wine and coffee. Finish up with a digestif and youâ€™ll be ready for the bracing walk home in the cold.
A Moment of Calm
If youâ€™re looking for a truly restful way to spend the day, there are plenty of spas in Chamonix where you can expect some seriously good pampering. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub, sweat it out in the sauna or de-stress with a massage treatment, all the while soaking up those spectacular mountain views. Itâ€™s the perfect way to relax and recharge.
How to Get There
Getting to Chamonix couldnâ€™t be simpler with Shuttle Directâ€™s ski transfers. Geneva airport is only a 90-minute drive from the resort. So sit back, enjoy the view and let our friendly local driver transport you up into your very own winter wonderland.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for affordable ski transfers, Geneva Airport serves as a hub for the French and Swiss Alps. Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from your chosen resort and the airport swiftly and safely.
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