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a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles asked on Apr 23, 2016


Is a Day Trip from Provence feasible?

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!

4 Answers

answered on 4/23/16 by
a VT member from Europe

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...

answered on 4/23/16 by
a VT member from Balloch

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

answered on 4/23/16 by
a VT member from Sacramento

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.

answered on 4/24/16 by
a VT member from Boston

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.

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