Based in Geneva, 1 day to explore, but where?

Based in Geneva, 1 day to explore, but where?

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rachelm7
rachelm7
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Sep 13, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Hello! My husband and I will be arriving in Geneva around 5:45pm on a Tuesday, so we decided best to stay the night there. The next day, we'd like to explore and see some quaint mountain villages and get the real mountain experience. Do you have any ideas where we could go, and not spend a ton of time traveling? We were thinking Gruyeres? Also, how hard would it be to rent a car for just one day? We like the freedom of exploring wherever and getting out in various towns/stores along the way. What about any castles? Thanks for your advice! Can't wait!!!

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 13, 2017 - 10:00 PM in reply to rachelm7

Hi rachelm7,

Are you leaving Switzerland after you this one day of exploring? Do you have to return to Geneva after you explore nearby on the Wednesday?

I typically wouldn't recommend renting a car at all but if your aim is to get to multiple, smaller villages during the day then perhaps you could do it.

Gruyeres is an option, as is Montreux as you can visit nearby Chillon Castle and Rochers De Naye to get your mountain and castle fix.

Lucas

rachelm7
rachelm7
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Sep 15, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Hello Lucas,

Thanks for your reply! We arrive in Geneva on a Tuesday around 5:45, and we fly out of Geneva on Thursday around 4pm. We only have Tuesday evening to travel somewhere/stay the night, then Wednesday to explore, stay the night, and head back to Geneva on Thursday. We are trying to measure the pros/cons of train vs. car since it's such a quick trip. Is it possible to use the Super Saver train tickets straight to Interlaken on Tuesday night, then back to Geneva on Thursday? That way, we can spend 2 nights in Interlaken and travel to Lauterbrunnen on Wednesday.

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 15, 2017 - 4:12 PM in reply to rachelm7

The Supersaver tickets are great when you can find them - they come and go depending on the route and $ of days before travel that you are booking (if the route is really empty they add more to try and increase passengers etc.).

The Swiss railways timetable will note if they are available (with a % sign on the train schedule).
Even if a Supersaver isn't available if you are going straight to one town and then return I would still go with the train unless you find a great car deal.

Be careful with Supersaver tickets as they are only valid for the train time you book - so if your plane is late for example you have to buy another ticket for the next train if you miss it. Regular tickets are valid on any train that day on that route.

Lucas

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