driving from Geneva to Nice

Old May 20th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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driving from Geneva to Nice

We have a day and a half to drive from Geneva airport to a family occasion in Nice in September. Any suggestions of the nicest route or interesting things to see on the way?
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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:42 PM
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just to continue this...after Nice we will have another 4 full days to get back to Geneva airport. SO what I really need are ideas for a round-trip route to get the best out of the area. thanks.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 02:07 AM
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You can drive the Route des Grandes Alpes - a gorgeous mountain round with spectacular scenery. It takes at least two full days.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:40 PM
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Thanks traveller 1959. I just looked at the Route des Grandes Alpes web site and it appears that 2 days will be very tight. I could do it on the way back over 3-4 days. Has anyone done this route and can recommend a minimum for a comfortable drive?
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I've driven most of this route and, until now, didn't know there is a formal name to it. Yes, two days would be right if you stuck to the route shown on the website.

However, there are a number of side trips as options on your 3-4 day return.

St-Véran (Queyras) - the highest village in the Alps.

Lake Annecy and the scenic town of Annecy.

The lakeside town of Yvoire.

And of course, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.
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thanks for the replies. Regarding accommodation...we will be doing the route from 21-24 SEPTEMEBER and have been told it is still advisable to prebook accommodation. I amm not sure I want to tie myself down to exactly how much we will drive each day. Do others also think I must pre-book on this alpine route?
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>> I amm not sure I want to tie myself down to exactly how much we will drive each day. <<

I agree - stay loose. I don't think you'll have a problem finding a place to spend the night...
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