We loved our day trip from Geneva to the village of Yvoire. We would’ve loved to take the boat from Geneva but we didn’t have enough time. The boat ride takes about two hours because it has to stop in a few places before reaching Yvoire. The boat ride looks very appealing especially on a clear day and I am sure that the views from the boat are just amazing. However, because we didn’t have enough time, we decided to drive instead and it took us about 30 minutes from Geneva. Join me as we take a walking tour of medieval Yvoire.
Yvoire is a delightful medieval town
Yvoire comes fourth on my list of favorite day trips from Geneva. This medieval village is very touristy indeed but if you’re coming during the week it will not be crowded at all. You’ll find everything for tourists: souvenirs, antique shops and restaurants. We had some delicious crepes that turned out a lot larger than what we expected. Usually, in Europe the food portions are about half (ok, maybe 3/4) of the portions in the US. However, we were surprised by a little local restaurant when they served us some large and delicious crepes. And yes, it was still expensive, but at least we got enough to eat.
My favorite tourist attractions in Yvoire, France
- See my pictures from Yvoire, France.
- Get there by boat from Geneva if you have time and it’s sunny
- Visit the medieval town
- Walk down to the marina
- Eat in a local restaurant
Take a walk to the small harbor in Yvoire and admire Lake Geneva
Yvoire is a very small village and as such, it is very easy to walk through. I believe that there are no more than eight or nine streets that essentially cross each other. You can easily zig-zag through the whole village in a couple of hours taking your time to look at the old stone houses and inviting restaurants.
We especially liked walking down to the marina and admiring Lake Geneva on a clear and sunny day. We could see Geneva and Lausanne across the lake and the few small boats anchored there made for a very pretty picture.
How to get to Yvoire, France
Yvoire is a “touristy” village, but unless you ask around you won’t find out about it. Yvoire is a great day trip if you are in Geneva, Switzerland or in Chamonix, France. Yvoire can be reached by boat across the Lac Leman from Geneva in about one and a half hours. However, the easiest way to reach Yvoire is by car. Yvoire is about 40 minutes driving from Geneva on a very scenic route on the edge of Lac Leman. Look for Route du Thonon as you drive into France from Geneva. This road will keep you close to the beautiful lake.
Map of Yvoire, France and surrounding areas.
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Is it worth visiting Yvoire, France?
I believe visiting Yvoire makes a delightful day trip from Geneva. The relaxing atmosphere of this little village can be a great change from Geneva’s busy streets. A stroll through the narrow streets and the views of Lake Geneva make Yvoire a must see destination for the traveler visiting the area.
If you have visited this little village and have an experience or an advice to share, please feel free to add a comment to this article.
Tourist resources for visiting Yvoire, France
- For planning your next trip to Yvoire find great prices for hotels in and around Geneva, Switzerland
- Book a beautiful day tour to Yvoire from Geneva.
- If you are looking for the boat schedule for trips from Geneva, Montreaux or Lausanne to Yvoire, here is the website with the boat schedule for Lake Geneva.