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GR Balcon du Léman : Chevrier - Saint Blaise

Walking/pedestrian at Chevrier
32.1 km
Walking/pedestrian
5h
Hard
  • As its name indicates, this Long Distance Path (Chemin de Grande Randonnée) leads all the way around Lake Geneva, the largest of the alpine lakes, along its ridges. The navigation of Le Vuache, Mont Sion, Le Salève and Les Voirons is the opportunity to discover the southern point of the lake from the Genevois Haut-Savoyard.

    Wandering from one "country" to another you will discover their diversity, wealth and symbiosis. En route: cultural visits, food stops, discovery of regional produce...
    As its name indicates, this Long Distance Path (Chemin de Grande Randonnée) leads all the way around Lake Geneva, the largest of the alpine lakes, along its ridges. The navigation of Le Vuache, Mont Sion, Le Salève and Les Voirons is the opportunity to discover the southern point of the lake from the Genevois Haut-Savoyard.

    Wandering from one "country" to another you will discover their diversity, wealth and symbiosis. En route: cultural visits, food stops, discovery of regional produce or unexpected encounters with the local flora and fauna!
  • 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 Bourg de Chaumont et ruines du château
Jadis châtellenie des comtes de Genève, venez découvrir les vestiges du château. Visites avec les Guides du Patrimoine Savoie Mont Blanc.
2 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.
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.
4 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.
5 Via P'tit Bonheur
Appartement meublé de tourisme pouvant accueillir 6 personnes<br/>2 Chambres munit de 2 lits doubles (160x200), cuisine équipée, salon avec clic-clac (convertible en lit), salle de bain, WC, chaufferie avec machine à laver.
Balcon et parking privé.
L'itinéraire de la Via Rhôna (tronçon Genève-Vulbens) passe devant le logement. L'étape idéale sur votre trajet!
6 Gite La petite fruitière
Geneviève and Michel welcome you in their renovated house with a view on the Mont-Blanc. Nearby: hiking trails, Santiago de Compostela path, climbing, castle ruins, orientation board, discovery farm, auberge du Pralet...<br/>Come and discover this sumptuous setting, at the foot of Mont Vuache. Fitted out in an old dairy (Fruitière in Savoyard) for 4 people, 1 room with a double bed, sofa bed in the living room for 2 people, cot and high chair, only animals accompanying disabled people are allowed.
7 La Chenaz
A beautiful building with swimming pool, you will appreciate the warm welcome at La Chenaz, just as you will enjoy your stay, as everything is provided in these two pleasant guest rooms.<br/>Elegant attic rooms in a beautiful villa with pool, summer kitchen and garden between Geneva and Annecy. Pleasant setting, close to the Way of St James. Evening meals on request.
‘Rose’ twin bedroom, private bathroom and toilet. ‘Jaune’ double bedroom, private bathroom and toilet. Garden, boules court, swimming pool, private parking.
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