venice of the alps

Chamonix is one of the best places to visit in the Alps, because so many places are accessible from the valley. You can book a holiday in France and end up visiting three other countries in a few days! The Chamonix valley, on the border of Italy and Switzerland, is the ideal place to base yourself if you want to explore as much of the Alps as possible.

With so many day trips available from Chamonix, it can be difficult to know where to start. There is something to suit everyone whatever your taste; so if you want a relaxing spa break or an exciting day out with the kids, it’s all possible from this fantastic French town. Here are 5 of our favourite day trips from the Chamonix valley.


Thanks to its network of canals, Annecy is often referred to as ‘the Venice of the Alps.’ This beautiful lakeside city is definitely worth a visit in the summer, as you can relax by the water or hire a pedallo with the kids. Annecy has everything from heritage to shopping. It’s only an hour and a half away from Chamonix. If visiting in August, be sure to catch the Fête du Lac, one of the country’s biggest firework displays.

Aosta Valley

Come with us on a tour of wine tasting and trying the specialities of the region. Discover the major historical sites; such as Aosta Roman and medieval, the bridge-aqueduct Pont d’Aël and the ancient via delle Gallie, the castles, the Forte di Bard. But also the less famous places, full of charm, where time seems to stand still. You will live a unique experience that will allow you to know the history and traditions of the smallest region in Italy.


Head to Switzerland for the day and indulge in Geneva’s buzzing atmosphere. There’s a lot to do in the city centre and around the beautiful lake. So it’s best to do some research beforehand and decide what you want to squeeze into your short trip. You can visit museums and art galleries. Or why not indulge in retail therapy or just relax by the lakeside.


There are many reasons to visit the Italian side of Mont Blanc. One of the most popular day trips here is a wine tour. So why not visit some of Europe’s highest vineyards. Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting session in this area. Visit a working winery and learn about the production before indulging in a delectable tipple.

If you’d like to book any day trips from Chamonix, just let us know and we can advise on the best transport or group excursion providers.

The Medieval Village of Yvoire

Situated on the French shores of Lake Geneva, Yvoire is one of France’s most beautiful villages. Locally nicknamed the “Pearl of Lake Geneva” (la Perle du Lac Léman). The preserved fortified village is well known for its floral display and has been awarded by the International Trophy for Landscape and Horticulture. Its pedestrianised narrow streets are an invitation for a historic stroll, leading to the calm and tranquil waterfront with splendid views of Lake Geneva, the Alps of Chablais and the Jura Mountains.