France and Switzerland are, in my opinion, two of the best countries for a Europe road trip. That’s if you’re a mountain lover like I am. In fact, I think the Swiss Alps takes the top spot for the most breathtaking mountain views I’ve ever witnessed. Road tripping through France and Switzerland is also a vanlife dream. Opening up your doors to enjoy your coffee with a view of the mountains? Yes please.
There’s something about the fresh mountain air, turquoise lakes and layers of foliage that surround you on a road trip in the Alps that captures a little more of my heart every time I visit.. The trails in Chamonix and Evolène are some of the best I’ve ever experienced, and the Via Ferrata I completed in Nax was one of the most surreal mountain experiences of mine to date. And then there is the magic of Annecy, where you can meander around the streets of the old town and enjoy the epitome of the lake life too.
I’ve put together this France and Switzerland road trip itinerary, starting and finishing in Geneva, so that you can enjoy all of these beautiful places too. I designed it as a road trip, but it is doable on public transport (travelling just takes longer, so you may want to extend your stay to account for this).
An eight-day road trip itinerary for the French & Swiss Alps 2022
We’re going to start this France and Switzerland road trip itinerary in Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland. Known for its good chocolate, cheese fondue, beautiful watches and diversity and creativity, this cultural playground is the perfect place to start your itinerary.
Getting to Geneva…
With hundreds of international flights per day, it’s pretty easy to fly into Geneva Airport (GVA). From there you can pick up your rental car and get behind the wheel ready to start this Switzerland road trip! Check out flights to Geneva on Skyscanner here.
If you’re doing this itinerary with public transport, or not picking up your car until you need to leave Geneva, then it’s still easy to get from Geneva Airport to the city centre. The airport is only 4km outside of the city, and there are several public transport links (bus, train) in and out.
If you’re driving to Geneva from the UK, don’t feel the need to do the drive all at once. Consider stopping in…
- Reims: the champagne region
- Lyon: foody central!
- Dijon: part of the wine region of Burgundy
You can also save on tolls by taking a longer route through Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
Where to stay in Geneva…
When I visited Geneva, I got the opportunity to stay at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre, right on the waterfront.
The best things to do in Geneva…
Don’t worry if you can’t fit everything in on day 1; this road trip itinerary also ends in Geneva, so you can keep exploring then!
Day 2: Lausanne
Geneva to Lausanne
Yes, you read that correctly; if you fancy a more unique form of transport, you can get a boat across Lake Geneva to Lausanne in just under 4 hours! Check out tickets here.
Lausanne is famous for its postcard-perfect views of mountains, green trees and the beautiful lake. It’s also globally famous for its food: chocolate, wine, and cheese!
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Where to stay in Lausanne…
The best things to do in Lausanne…
• Enjoy Lac Léman, either on the lake boat or on a pedalo
• Experience the unique summer Festival de la Cité
• Meader around the old town. Don’t miss the cathdral!
• Take a helicopter ride over Lausanne
• Try a chocolate making workshop, or just indulge in the chocolate anyway!
• Visit a local vineyard.