COMPETITION: Win a day trip for 2 to Turin (valued at CHF98) on 7th April 2018. Details at the end of the article.
Fancy a cheap city break from Geneva without baggage restrictions, queues and airport delays?
How about spending a leisurely day shopping, sightseeing or skiing in a nearby city or ski-resort without the hassles of finding parking and driving? You could even enjoy a few glasses of local vino before heading home.
MODERN WAY TO TRAVEL
The idea of taking a city break by bus has not occurred to me, mainly because I fear being trapped in a group of loud tourists, forced to listen to longwinded speeches about historical buildings, when all I really want to do is shop or watch people in a local café.
So, I’m very excited to find out about swisstours-voyages.ch. The company, which falls under the bigger Swisstours brand, want locals, their families and visitors to consider buses as the “young, dynamic modern way to travel”.
This new funky way of travelling is especially popular with young couples and families, says swisstours-voyages.ch marketing manager, Kim-May.
One of their most popular tours, for example, is the Europa Park tour for young couples.
Cheap and cheerful
You can travel to Turin for CHF49, Milan CHF78 or Cannes CHF128. This is cheaper than some budget airlines without any of the hassle. Sounds good to us!
The 50-seater Mercedes buses offer comfortable seats, air-conditioning, on-board toilets and there are no baggage restrictions. No queuing, no parking, no driving. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
For city breaks, you’ll receive a map and brochures of the city you’re visiting. On the Turin trip, which also stops at a factory designer outlet on the way (click here), the driver will agree a meeting point for shoppers during the day to allow them to deposit their shopping bags!
Unlike trains or some other bus lines, swisstour-voyages.ch will take you straight to your destination.
Forget big groups and boring guides. The bus is only a way to get you there. Once you’re there you’re totally on your own and free to do your own thing – until the agreed meeting time to start the journey home. For the longer trips – you book your own hotels, although the company is happy to recommend hotels.
CITY BREAK DESTINATIONS
Turin – the Italian city nestled between the Po river and the Alps offers endless cultural, shopping, pasta, wine, ice cream and hot chocolate possibilities. We will shortly be testing this route, so watch out for our review of this trip!
Other destinations include:
Marseille – 2 days (or 4 days)
Milan – 2 days
Cannes – Nice –Monaco – 4 day-trip to the French Riviera
Lourdes – the centre of Catholic pilgrimage
Annecy – 1 day
Ski-buses to Les Houches, Chamonix (half-day or full day)
Christmas markets – Strasbourg and Colmar (1 day)
Departures every weekend from the Geneva bus station near Cornavin.