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About Samoëns in the Summer

About Samoëns in the Summer

About Samoëns in the Summer About Samoëns in the Summer About Samoëns in the Summer

Dating back to the 13th Century, Samoens was once a thriving stone cutting centre and it still retains many features from this era. Here a botanical garden, gothic church, medieval squares, timber-fronted patisseries and picture-box houses make it one of the most desirable of the Alpine resorts.

It carries the designation of a “ville fleurie” distinguishing it as one of the prettiest villages in France and is, in fact, the only Alpine resort in France to be listed as a historical and artistic monument.

Sitting pretty at the bottom of the spectacular mountain background of Le Criou you can take time to enjoy the pretty shops, café’s & restaurants that make up the town center or just wander the flower-decked streets. On Wednesday mornings there is the most fantastic market, for over 500 years it has been market day in Samoens, clustered around the lime tree in the main square and through the narrow streets. Bring back hand-painted china, interior furnishings, cheese, local hams, wine or leather goods.

Centrally located in the valley Samoens provides easy access to the local chair-lifts which will whisk you up to over 2000m in less than 20mins where you can relax and admire the dramatic mountain views or opt for a bit more strenuous walk back down again through the alpine forests.

In the summer there are many special festivals and organized events to watch or even participate in, ranging from music and heritage festivals and sculpture exhibitions to town center mountain biking displays. If you want to visit with children then take a look at our Families & Children section for more of what’s on offer.

In general temperatures range from around 22-30c so it’s pleasantly warm but never too hot to bear, and the altitude means you can always seek out some fresh mountain air.

The Samoens Tourist Office has lots more information and a calendar of events for the season.

Getting here

Lying just an hour from Geneva airport Samoens is one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva airport in the French Alps. The chalet is located just 10 mins walk from the historic town centre.

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By Air

Book with any number of flight operators from many British & European airports on a direct flight to Geneva airport. Schedules are constantly changing but here are a few operators you should check out:

It may also be worth taking a look at flight consolidators too where you can get some good deals or compare airline operators

Airport transfers

Generally we book all our airport transfers for our guests with one of three operators. These are people we have worked with for a number of years who provide a comfortable, reliable and good value transfer right to the door of our chalet. We use these people because we trust our guests with them and rate each operator very highly.

Transfer rates vary depending on the size of your group so you should allow between €22 – €40 euros per person for each leg of your journey for group bookings and between €40-€90 euros per person.

For guests preferring to book a Hire car you should ideally book from the Swiss sector (not the French) as it is easier to get here and you do not have to pay the Swiss motorway tax.

By Road

Samoens is approx 8 hours drive from Calais so makes a self-drive ski holiday very possible. Allow for stops along the way and you can still be here for your sumptuous evening meal if you book an early-morning crossing. Chalet Falcon has 4 guest car-parking bays but remember you’ll need snow-chains for your journey.

You can plan your own route by using Google maps and getting directions from your departure point to Chalet Falcon.

By Train

Getting to Samoens is also possible by train. You would need to book on the TGV service via Paris and arrive at either Geneva railway station (there are two) or at Cluses, which is just 30 mins drive away. From there we can help book a transfer vehicle to pick you up.

For help and advice on any travel arrangements please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Further afield

Further afield there are some of the most famous alpine towns in France and Switzerland within easy reach of Samoens including:


Sitting underneath Mont-Blanc, bust but well worth a visit (50 mins drive)


Superb lakeside setting, historic old town…great shopping! (1hr 30mins drive)


Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in France. Sits on lake Geneva (1 hr 10mins drive)


Of Jazz festival fame. In fact why not visit it during the festival itself? (2 hr drive)



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