a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles asked on Apr 23, 2016
MY husband and I are currently in Provence, near Avignon, and we would love to drive up to Switzerland for a day. It looks like Geneva is about 3.5 hours away. We are wondering if it is worth the drive to spend about 6 hours wandering around, and what area would be good to go. We will also have our small dog with us. Thanks!
Granted that 3.5 hours drive is a long drive to see Switzerland (and Geneva is not the most typical Swiss city) - why not? It's you who'll be doing the driving...
Six hours is plenty of time to take in the old town (2 to 3 hours), walk around the lake promenades (1-1.30) and stop for a drink and a meal...
If you are in Avignon for a long period of time, then I would agree with the previous answer: Why not? If, however you are in Avignon for a short period, then I would ask: Why? There is so much to see in and around Avignon, that to spend a day mainly driving and then exploring a city that compared to closer towns like Toulouse, Carcassonne, Nice and Nimes is, well, a bit boring. The drive would be interesting, but Geneva is a city that did not inspire Mrs Flying.Scotsman and I. If you are determined to go, then hopefully someone will give an answer that contradicts our view of Geneva. A marginally shorter drive would be to Annecy - a stunning town that can be explored in a day, although we spent 5 nights there and found plenty to do. Hope this helps. Bruce
Provence has so much to offer that it seems silly to spend hours in the car to visit Geneva which is not a particularly exciting Swiss city. I love Annecy and wouldn't even do that trip although it makes much more sense. Why not take your time in Provence to really enjoy it. You have a car so can get way off the beaten track and see things many people never see. We spend a month at a time there and have never run out of things to do. If you need some ideas, check this link. [original VT link]
Whatever you decide, have a great trip.
I agree with the opinions above. Geneva is a nice enough city, but I'd personally save my time and gasoline, and spend the extra day in Provence.