Where to go after Chamonix w/ water?

Apr 17th, 2019, 04:43 AM
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Where to go after Chamonix w/ water?

Have a few days to spend after hiking the TMB, want to go somewhere pretty and relax by the water! Have thought about Annecy, but worried it might be too touristy. Open to lake or sea -- or even wine country, but prefer it not be too terribly far of a journey without a car (4-5 hours max). Any suggestions?
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Apr 17th, 2019, 06:33 AM
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For the same sort of experience as Annecy with fewer tourists, go to Aix-les-Bains on the Lac du Bourget which is just as nice as the Lac d'Annecy and even a bit bigger.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 09:00 AM
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Lake Geneva is gorgeous and big and just a few hours from Chamonix by car.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 10:05 AM
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...a bit more than 1 hr.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 01:20 PM
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Burgundy and its wine towns are rather close to Chamonix - drive to Beaune - commercial capital of Burgundy Wines in many ways and a sweet small city - lots of tiny wine villages with famous names from wine vintages they produce make neat stays. No water though.
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Apr 17th, 2019, 03:37 PM
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I'd head to Lac Leman... towns like Vevey, Montreux, La Tour de Peilz, Villeneuve only 2 hours drive. Spectacular scenery, lakefront promonade with the mountains in the background. You could add on "wine country" Lavaux District (canton onf Vaud) for terraced vineyards.

(if this is the end of a trip you could use the Geneva airport from there)
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Apr 17th, 2019, 09:22 PM
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Hi sarahrob130,

When are you going?

I also thought that Lake Geneva would be a good fit for you, and so easy to enjoy and get around with public transport. However if you are travelling in July or August, and you don't like crowds, it's not the place for you.

In late June and July, Montreux holds its internationally famous Jazz Festival, which draws performers and entourages and crowds from around the world.

In July, Vevey holds its wine festival (Fête des Vignerons); it only happens about once a generation (about once every 20 years), and it will be absolutely mobbed. The central square in Vevey is already being transformed with bleachers and a stage for the many activities. If you like crowds and wine, you may enjoy it, but as you want to avoid places that are too touristy, you'd probably want to avoid this.

Even if you wanted to attend one or the other event, you may not be able to get a hotel room at this late date -- folks plan to attend these events a year in advance..

Have fun as you plan!

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Apr 18th, 2019, 12:55 PM
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Excellent point above! Sorry I hadn't given any thought to the dates and YES between the Fete and Montreux Jazz Festival things are going to be hopping there this summer.
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Apr 22nd, 2019, 12:29 AM
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There are plenty of other small towns around the Léman (we do not call the lake "lake Geneva" aside from when in Geneva itself!!) which will not be impacted by the Fête des Vignerons and so will be quieter. Actual dates of the Fête des Vignerons are 18 July/11 August. Montreux Jazz Festival is 28 June/13 July so from about 27 June to 12 August - avoid Vevey and Montreux! If you want to stay in Vevey during the Jazz Festival get a hotel or a BnB away from the main square- place du Marché. The arena for the Fête is far more than just "bleachers" - it is a huge arena that seats 20'000 people, with a stage constructed on pylons out over the lake. It has literally taken over the place du marché and the couple of hotels and restaurants that border the place are really disadvantaged - imagine looking out of a hotel room onto a wall about 10m away! not to mention the noise...

Suggest IF your dates coincide with either you look at Ouchy, which is a lovely lakeside suburb of Lausanne, or further along the lake - Morges, St Prex or Rolle. Between Vevey and Lausanne there are St Saphorin, Rivaz, Cully and Lutry. (the latter has a lovely medieval centre).

Chamonix to Montreux by train - via Martigny is just over 2 hours. Add another 20mns for Lausanne and another 15mns from there to Morges.
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