Circuit découverte : Le Genevois et le Vuache (passage par la Suisse)

Road in Annemasse
112.3 km
  • Difference in height
    1960 m
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
  • Accepted customers
    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 The Salève cable car
After several years of renovation, the Salève cable car, a flagship attraction in the region, will reopen on September 12, 2023!
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2 Maison du Salève
Maison du Salève is a lively, friendly place where you can explore the history and heritage of the Salève mountain through exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, discovery trails, lectures, and even birthday parties.<br/>Located in the countryside at Présilly, Maison du Salève offers unusual activities connected to its exhibitions, including guided tours, workshops, lectures and nature trails. Walks suitable for people of all ages start from the Maison, including the ‘In the footsteps of the Carthusians’ discovery trail, the pilgrim route to Santiago da Compostela, and the Chemin des Convers, which takes you to summit of the Salève.

The Maison du Salève’s eco-boutique features local artisans, food producers and writers.
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3 Le Hameau du Père Noël
Explore the home of Father Christmas and his elves, Mother Christmas, Father Whipper and the Attic of Dummies all year round! There is lots to do in this magical world at any time of year, but the magic of Christmas is always at the heart of everything.<br/>Father Christmas has chosen to live in Savoie and has opened his home to you. Find out about his daily life by visiting his workshop, kitchen and bedroom... Places that have until now been kept secret, but which are now unveiled before your very eyes...
A bit further on you enter another world, that of his twin brother, Father Whipper! Much nicer than he seems, he will also show you his clean and tidy home.
Finally, to complete the family, one of the Mother Christmases has opened the doors to her cottage to show you a third, feminine, world of Christmas.
Finally, the latest arrival, the Sandman has arranged an Attic of Dummies for Father Christmas which is completely dedicated to this childhood object.
To complete the magic, there is a crêperie and souvenir shop.
Open all year, don’t hesitate to check the opening times and seasonal events. Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and the Sandman appear regularly to meet you and tell plenty of stories.
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4 Le Grand Parc d'Andilly
It is in the middle of a magnificent forest that you will meet the scarecrows. These strange characters stay there all summer and invite us to discover their mysterious and entertaining world.<br/>Start by discovering a multitude of these chaps who share their daily life with us. Then, in the middle of hundreds of colourful flowers, all ages can have fun and a great laugh with a life-size game of snakes and ladders. Beware - the children are champions at this game. But revenge is possible with the giant Mikado! The day continues with lots of other discoveries: the giant and his rocking horses, the maze, a musical village…
A day out in a dreamy setting...
- 8 hectares of lush, green forest with a stream ""Le Nant Trouble""
- here and there shaded clearings and ponds
- home to some one hundred animals: pigs, sheep, donkeys, goats, reindeer, geese, ducks...
Then it’s time for a show, with the owl contest or Amadeus, a musical show...
Snacks served in the tavern on-site or bring a picnic.
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5 Chosal Farm
Farm visit and discovery of food produced by Mother Nature. Horticultural and kitchen garden greenhouses. Meet donkeys and other farm animals.<br/>Mini-courses on the farm are offered for children on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays, booking required (20 € / child)

Other activities are available on request (donkey rental, Art and Nature trail, birthdays ...)
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6 Eco-shop at the 'Ferme de Chosal'
The eco-shop is a sales and information point where you can find out all about our skills and expertise. Here, you can find produce which has been grown on the farm. The shop also works with other producers.
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7 Pedestrian hike - The Chaumont Tour
This easy walk will allow you to discover the southern area of Chaumont where natural outstanding elements (the Chaumont Castle, lapiaz, Bataillard Rock...) are present.<br/>This loop goes to the Vuache foot, will make you discover the natural (Bataillard rock, lapiaz, cliff) and historical heritage around Chaumont.
You can do a round trip until the ruins of the Chaumont Castle and enjoy the breathtaking view.
8 Sainte Victoire oratory Viewing point
200m from the oratory, discover a beautiful view over Jura Montains and Rhone river<br/>According to the legend it was built by a peasant girl after she saw her barn miraculously filled with hay.
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9 Atout Pom'74
Atout Pom has 75 acres of orchards on the slopes of the Vuache mountain and benefits from a specific microclimate. We favour natural protection for our crops, which are organic and are produced using integrated fruit production methods.<br/>We grow more than 15 varieties of apples and 5 varieties of pear, chosen for their eating quality. Each year we harvest 1,000 tonnes of apples and 200 tonnes of pears.
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10 Fort l'Écluse
At the Pays de Gex gateway, Fort l'Ecluse, a formerly military site, is one of three examples of mountain fortifications in France during the first half of the XIXth century.
The fort now welcomes the public and offers a rich and varied cultural season from June to September.<br/>At the gateway to the Pays de Gex, Fort l'Ecluse is one of three examples of mountain fortifications in France during the first half of the XIXth century. A staircase hewn into the rock (1,165 steps) links the lower and upper forts. Interactive multimedia stations and historical and art exhibitions during the summer. A unique and unforgettable site!
During the summer season, this historical and cultural site is open for visits, exhibits and animations. Built on a hillside, the lower fort was equipped in the 17th and 18th centuries with an enclosure, reinforced by a round tower (the Porte de France) and a parade ground leading to another gate (the Porte de Genève).

At the top of the Porte de France, the terrace overlooks the Rhone Valley from an exceptional viewpoint. The the upper fort buildings were erected in the middle of the 19th century, high up, in order to protect the fort from an attack from the mountains and to increase its housing capacity. 1165 steps carved into the rock form the underground staircase linking the two forts. Several artillery casemates and battery terraces supplement the fortifications.

Classified site, Fort l'Ecluse presents today the remains of several centuries of military architecture: towers, watchtowers, loopholes, watchtowers, casemates, ammunition chambers.
Visiting Fort l'Ecluse is the opportunity to discover the way of life of the 150 men who composed the garrison, and also the importance and diversity of the defence and troop withdrawal system.

Fast food on site with regional products. Refreshment bar.
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11 Geneva Hills Tourist Office - Information
We welcome you within Vitam in a bright and spacious place where you will find a lot of flyers on our territory of Saint Julien, the Genevois and all the department Haute-Savoie. You can also find all the events in the territory on our schedule!<br/>We propose various services like:

- A trilingual reception service
- Topographic guides for sale
- Available documents from 8 am to 10pm even if the reception is closed
- Wifi access
- Local events' tickets on sale

You want to prepare an unforgettable stay? Come to meet us, we will you suggest activities during a personalized interview! To make an appointment with a tourist office advisor, wirte us to

To send us a mail, please address to our adminsitrative service:
Office de Tourisme des Monts de Genève, 8 rue du Petit Malbrande 74100 Annemasse.
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12 Vitam
A unique leisure centre, 30 minutes from Annecy and 15 minutes from Geneva. It brings together many leisure options within one space (Aquatic, Vitam'Ludic, Wellbeing & Spa, Fitness, racket sports and climbing), a shopping gallery and restaurants<br/>The region's largest aqua centre offers you fun, multi-track slides (4 indoor, 5 outdoor) a fun paddling pool, a swimming pool, and a balneotherapy area heated to 33°, for all the family, with a torrent river and bubble beds to delight everybody. During the summer, bring the family to take advantage of outdoor leisure activities: grassy beaches and the beach volleyball court! Family rate 15% off (minimum 4 paid entries including one adult and one child).
The latest generation Fitness area gives you an opportunity to vary your pleasures with a climbing hall with natural light, 8 squash and badminton courts, and a set of 110 fitness machines to keep you in trim.
The Well-being & Spa area is a place apart, entirely dedicated to well-being and escape. From the moment you enter this haven of peace, everything invites you to let go of your tension. Relax completely as you pass through the hydro-jets of a vast balneotherapy pool that opens onto a beautiful Mediterranean garden. Around you is a peaceful environment of saunas, hammams, pools heated to different temperature, a rest room and a tea room... Access to the pool area is included in your entry to the well-being area.
To continue your de-stress, Vitam's shopping galley offers retail therapy. Come and discover 20 chill-out shops (home décor, fashion, beauty and well-being), a variety of restaurants, an Ibis Styles hotel that will prolong your well-being through to the early hours, and also the new Migros supermarket where you'll find all our regional products.
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1960 meters of difference in height