6 day trips from Tignes to take during the Summer

6 day trips from Tignes to take during the Summer

If you are thinking of visiting Tignes during the warmer, and less snow-covered months, you won’t find a shortage of things to do up the mountain, see here. Whether you just fancy going on vacation somewhere difference, or maybe visiting as a part of a south of France road trip, Tignes makes a wonderful place to explore.

1. Aosta (over the col du petit Saint Bernard)

Why not take a drive over the border to Italy? We actually went here for lunch one day. It takes a few hours in the car but it’s a beautiful drive so you really won’t mind.

You even go through Little Saint Bernard Pass, which is a perfect place for a quick stop off and photo shoot.

Aosta is a great spot for lunch, it’s easy to park, small enough to navigate your way around and there is a medieval city trail you can follow. Don’t forget to get an Ice Cream before you leave. Or why not stay a bit longer and rent one of these luxury Tuscan villas… I can dream can’t I haha.

2. Bonneval

A medieval town featuring Gothic architecture nicknamed the Little Venice of Beauce is about 1.5 hours from Tignes. Leave around 11 am have lunch and then spend the afternoon wandering around taking in the views.

3. Bourg Saint Maurice 

It’s only 40 minutes from Tignes and it’s the best place to do your weekly shop! So jump on the bus or drive yourself down the mountain and don’t forget to take a walk around the village before stocking up at the supermarket.

4. Annecy

If you are flying in from Geneva make sure you stop off here on the way from or to Tignes. I think this was my favorite place we went to. Lots of great places to eat and make sure to take a walk (or a boat) around the lake. Although it is huge so you probably won’t make it all the way around!

 

5. The Medieval City of Conflans

I was so sad that I didn’t get time to go here but it looks amazing! So please go and let me know what you think. It’s about 1.5 hours from Tignes.

 

6. Val d’isere 

It’s only 2o minutes down the mountain and it would be rude not to drop by! Although in the Summer there isn’t too much going on and a lot of places are closed. Do check the local events calendar though as they often have sporting events and competitions. While I was there they had a mountain bike competition.

6 day trips from Tignes to take during the Summer

 

 

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  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
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  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
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  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
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Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. So I am going to be honest and admit I had never even heard of Tignes but how beautiful is that region. I especially like your pics of the nearby Annecy. To boat around and cruise on the canal through that town looks amazing. Love that Italy is just a hop skip and jump away

    1. Claire Summers

      I’d never heard of it either until my sister moved there! It’s a beautiful place and so much to do close by.

  2. Claudia

    Didnt know all these places where so close. Annecy is at the top of my list but now I am adding Aosta too!

  3. Mindi Hirsch

    I think it’s so cool that you went to Italy for lunch! When we were in Basel, we went to France for lunch, which still makes me chuckle. All the other day trips look great, but I’d definitely go to Italy for lunch first.

  4. Danik

    I am doing a road trip into france from London. Booked up the ferry and I am undecided where I will land up for a week. Cote d’Azur or shall I check out the Annecy area. Such a hard choice. Mountains and lakes or the beaches and glamour of the south. Hmmmm….. Annecy looks like it could be a winner 😀

    1. Claire Summers

      Annecy is beautiful! That whole area is really great for a road trip. Have an amazing time!

  5. sherianne

    Oh my gosh — this area is beautiful! Thanks for putting it on my radar

  6. Peter Korchnak

    What a gorgeous piece of the Earth. My wife loves Annecy, and I’d be all over those mountains. Hiking, not mountain biking or skiing though.

  7. Jen Joslin

    These all look like beautiful spots for a day trip! I would love to check out Annecy as I love being on the water. Those wild flowers are so vibrant in your picture too! I would also totally be down with road tripping 3 hours to have lunch in Italy. What a cool thing to do!

    1. Claire Summers

      I know haha. It’s the only time I’ve ever been to Italy. Sounds great, doesn’t it. Yes we went to Italy for lunch…ha

  8. Tami

    I choose…Annecy! I ‘ve always wanted to go there. I’ve been within a few hours twice but still haven’t made it there. I love the pictures I’ve seen!

  9. Rosemary

    Oh, this is so incredibly beautiful. I have to admit I’m not familiar with Tignes, but I do love Annecy. Great shots, love the one with the St. Bernard!!

  10. Paige W

    I’ve been to Italy a couple of times and never made it to this region. It looks incredible. Stopping by to visit the St. Bernard would be one of the kitschy stops I would love to make. Annecy looks like a a perfect place to dive into relaxation. Simply beautiful.

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