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Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

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Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

After we hike 1/2 of Mont Blanc this summer, would like to go south before heading north to Paris and then London. Is the French Riviera suitable for tweens and teens? If we head there, what is the best train route. If we go to Rome, what is the best train route. (Would prefer Venice, but from other threads it doesn't seem logical). Maybe I'm being too ambitious to want to do three other spots while in Europe, but it's a 'big' birthday for Dad:)

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1. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

There is a direct train to Nice (calling at Cannes and Antibes) taking 6.5 hours, and other options with a change of train. To Rome (taking from seven hours 20 minutes) you must always change trains in Milan. See http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html for trains for times in the next three months, though to Rome it is often cheaper to buy onward trains from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini from www.trenitalia.com rather than sbb

From Geneva to Nice or Rome, flying EasyJet can often be faster and is also often cheaper, though maybe not with children as depending on their ages children go half price on trains.

Venice is nearer in distance to Geneva than Rome, has one direct train a day taking seven hours and more options with a change in Milan, and has direct EasyJet flights as well.

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2. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

I can't think of any reason why the French Riviera wouldn't be suitable for teens and tweens, and it is beautiful there; however, there may be more things of unique historical nature for them in Venice or Rome.

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3. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

We will have just hiked 1/2 of Mont Blanc for 8 days, so looking for a little reward of relaxation. Rome is looking to be too far (we will ultimately fly out of London) and I'd love to do Venice but from other threads, looks like there are a lot of transfers to make it work. Do you know of train routes that would work for Venice?

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4. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

thanks! this is good information. Now I need to figure out if it's worth doing Venice or Nice for just a couple of days, or head to Paris for a longer stint. Do you happen to know anything about wine country from Geneva to Paris? I see Bordeaux is quite west...

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5. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

There is plenty of wine country between Geneva and Paris, starting in Switzerland itself, on the shores of Lake Geneva roughly between Geneva and Montreux. You might consider having your "r & r" on the Swiss Riviera, in that area, rather than heading south to the French Riviera.

Heading into France from Switzerland on your way to Paris, there are plenty of wine areas in eastern France, including Burgundy and Champagne. You might have to take a detour from whatever main Switzerland - Paris train you are on, but it would certainly be possible.

On getting from Geneva to Venice, I imagine to the route by train would be something along the lines of Geneva-Milan -Venice. However, to be sure you should check the website of the German railroad www.bahn.de, which is available in English and is particularly good for train routes involving more than one country. As other posters have mentioned a budget airline is another possibility -- Geneva has become quite a hub for them.

Plus, if you are seriously interested in going from Mt. Blanc to Venice, you might also consider routes that would take you into Italy without going to Geneva first.

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6. Re: Geneva to Rome or French Riviera?

See http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html for the direct Geneva-Venice train.

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