Geneva (winter only)
Bienvenue to Geneva, the chic city with two sides - one French and one Swiss. Sleek enough for a weekend break, Geneva is big for business and perfect for its proximity to some seriously good skiing in the nearby Alps. Breeze through Southampton airport and fly to Geneva in less than two hours - and enjoy this little city with a big personality.
First time visitors will love the elegance of Lake Geneva and its fountain, and there’s plenty to explore in the Old Town too, with its winding back streets and medieval architecture. Take a river taxi, tuck into the chocolate shops, gaze at the luxury jewellery and watch emporiums or simply head straight to the slopes.
Winter is big business in Geneva. With so many world class resorts to choose from, fly in from Southampton and the Alps are at your feet. From the beautiful Portes du Soleil to Chamonix, Val d’Isere to Verbier, Zermatt to Gstaad, there’s so much Alps to whizz down.
In winter, fly to Geneva airport from Southampton in just under two hours with Flybe. Esprit Ski, Inghams and Ski Total have lots of ski packages you can book.
The terminal has a French and a Swiss side, so when it comes to picking up a hire car, make sure you’ve done your homework and know which way you’re headed. Some travellers swear it’s easier to negotiate the roads from the French side, and others disagree, but however you arrive there are plenty of ways to get around.
The airport is served by both the TPG (Geneva public transport) and the CFF (Federal Railways) trains. Taxis are available and there are plenty of ranks across the city but beware, you’ll need very deep pockets.
Heading for the white stuff and want to minimise your driving time and maximise your mountain time? You’ll need this useful distance calculator.
Top things to see and do
Mont Blanc sparkles in the background whilst the Jet d’Eau on Lake Geneva reaches a height of 140 metres.
With the mountain resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Avoriaz, La Clusaz and Chamonix Mont-Blanc easily reachable by car or coach - the only problem is deciding which one to go to.
Geneva has a plethora of luxury watch factories you can tour, but to really get into the history behind these great timepieces, pay a visit to The Patek Philippe Museum.
Off the beaten track
Take a trip to one of the best addresses outside the city and treat someone you really, really love to immaculate 2-star dining at Domaine de Chateauvieux.
Take a tour of the UN headquarters but don’t forget your passport – you’ll need it to join the queue.
Set amongst the luxury, bookworms must head to the Martin Bodmer museum which houses a collection of literary treasures - including the Egyptian Book of the Dead.