Geneva is a fine base to explore the nearby Alps, whether they're in Switzerland, France or even Italy. There's public transport access by train and bus to nearby mountain destinations where the hiking in summer is as tantalizing as the skiing in winter. Snow-topped mountains and glaciers are even accessible as day trips from the city.
Spend the day in the Swiss mountains on a day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, one of Switzerland's most famous villages. Just 90 minutes' drive through the picturesque Arve Valley from Geneva, Chamonix is at the foot of majestic Mont-Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. After lunch, take a trip in a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi, with snow year-round, for breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc and the surrounding Alps. Then board the charming red 1908 train to Montenvers, a vantage point with fine views of the magnificent Mer de Glace glacier.
Another glacier within day trip distance of Geneva is Glacier 3000. Drive along Lake Geneva you to the Col du Pillon and hop aboard the Cable Car Glacier 3000 for a flight over the snow-capped summits. This is a rare and unusual opportunity to walk over a glacier. Enjoy a coffee break at the state-of-the-art panoramic restaurant. Stop in the worldwide known village of Gstaad on your return through the charming Saanenland region.