Destination guide

Come walk the winter wonderland of Haute-Savoie

Ski boots at the ready! This beautiful region of eastern France is famous for its Alpine scenery—come wintertime, people from across the globe make their way here to enjoy dramatic mountain views and world-class skiing and snowboarding in sprawling resorts, including glamorous Chamonix. Summer in Haute-Savoie isn't exactly a drag either, and skiing is replaced by hiking, climbing, swimming in pristine lakes, and enjoying the good life in beguiling Annecy, nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps." Meanwhile, foodies are well served by rich Savoie cuisine, which always involves a hearty amount of melted cheese!

Things to do

The hills are alive with the sound of apres-ski

Haute-Savoie is home to the highest point in Europe, the majestic Mont Blanc, which stands at almost 16,000 ft and is a magnet for fans of climbing, skiing, and breathtaking landscapes. Chamonix is a legendary wintertime playground for everyone, from experienced skiers to families to the apres-ski party crowd. The ski resort of Flaine, meanwhile, divides opinion with its 1960s brutalist architecture and modern outdoor sculpture displays. For a break from the slopes, head to Annecy. Set on the shores of a beautiful, mountain-ringed lake, this city has a charming old town, a cluster of canals, and excellent restaurants.


Whatever the weather, outdoors is better

Staying in Haute-Savoie vacation rentals is all about access to the great outdoors, and you won't tire of the myriad activities on offer here. The biggest draw around these parts is the array of winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The area's many ski resorts offer slopes and tracks to suit all ages and abilities, as well as a good range of apres-ski action, from fine dining to raucous club nights. Come summertime, the mountains are still the main focus. There are hiking and climbing opportunities aplenty, as well as beautiful lakes in which you can swim, water ski, or sail.


Ace conditions for both winter and summer fun

For snowshoeing and skiing, the Alps tend to be covered in a white blanket of snow from December to March, but this is often accompanied by freezing temperatures. For walking in the mountains, the best time is between June and September, though it can get crowded during the European school vacation in late July and August. In September it's a good deal quieter, but still warm and sunny. If you want to get the best deal on Haute-Savoie vacation rentals, then stick to the shoulder seasons of late April to May, and September to November.

Natural features

Ain't no mountain high enough... except Mont Blanc

Haute-Savoie rises from the southern shores of Lake Geneva and culminates at the roof of Europe, the soaring 15,780-foot-high Mont Blanc. It's part of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region and borders France's Ain and Savoie departments, as well as both Switzerland and Italy. The region is characterized by the Mont Blanc mountain range, and you're sure to have views of snow-capped peaks from Haute-Savoie vacation rentals. If mountains aren't your thing, the region is also home to gorges, rivers, and lakes, including Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy, one of the purest lakes in Europe.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Haute-Savoie

Fly into Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), the closest airport, located 19.8 mi (31.9 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Bonneville Station, St-Pierre-en-Faucigny Station and Thyez Marignier Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Haute-Savoie?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 12,509 vacation rentals near Haute-Savoie. From 2,550 Chalets to 855 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Haute-Savoie for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Haute-Savoie?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haute-Savoie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: 4,052 vacation rentals
  • Annecy: 1,465 vacation rentals
  • Morzine: 3,524 vacation rentals
  • Megève: 4,403 vacation rentals
  • Annecy Old Town: 497 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Haute-Savoie! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Haute-Savoie?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haute-Savoie:

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: 4,052 rentals
  • Annecy: 1,465 rentals
  • Morzine: 3,524 rentals
  • Megève: 4,403 rentals
  • St-Gervais-les-Bains: 5,173 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Haute-Savoie?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Haute-Savoie are:

  • Annemasse Airport (QNJ): 1,313 vacation rentals
  • Meythet Airport (NCY): 3,119 vacation rentals
  • Megeve Airport (MVV): 9,800 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Haute-Savoie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Haute-Savoie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mont Blanc: 2,894 rentals
  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (XCF-Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Train Station): 6,194 rentals
  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Argentiere Station: 6,409 rentals
  • Megeve Ski Resort: 7,806 rentals
  • Chamonix - Planpraz Ski Lift: 6,473 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Haute-Savoie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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