Village Height 860/2350m
Mountaineering, Glacier trekking, Rock climbing
Via ferrata, Mountain biking
Paragliding. Canyoning, Rafting, Canoraft, Kayak
Hydrospeed, Rodeo surf.
180kms of signposted tracks for a family walk to an escorted mountain hike, Glacier hiking, Mont-Blanc tours
Driving distance from Calais to Saint-Gervais 545 miles or 7hrs30
Situated at the foot of Mont-Blanc and 20 minutes from bustling Chamonix, the spa resort of Saint-Gervais with its Baroque church and pedestrian areas has attracted tourists since 1806. Set in a narrow river gorge halfway between Megève and Chamonix, the landscape is impressive wherever you look. This small Savoyard market town offers an excellent selection of interesting food shops, cosy bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Every Thursday morning in Saint-Gervais there is a superb genuine market.
Among Saint Gervais’ attractions are thermal baths with spa treatments, a cinema, casino, and many outdoor activities available such as an Olympic skating rink or unforgettable walks and rambles with over 180km of marked paths and trails, including a Baroque footpath. There is also a great children’s club (4-13yrs olds) offering plenty of games and activities and you can visit a traditional old farmhouse with a trip to the Ecomuseum. Finally, an excursion up the mountain on the Mont-Blanc Tramway is not to be missed.
The Mont Blanc Tramway is one of the last rack & pinion trains in France although the locomotives are no longer steam powered. In summer, the Tramway takes you to the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier, the Nid d'Aigle, at an altitude of 2372 metres. From here experienced mountaineers can climb to the Tête Rousse and Goûter mountain huts, and the Mont Blanc.
View here for Chamonix Valley cable car opening dates
Places of interest around Saint-Gervais
· Chamonix: The world capital of mountaineering is only a short drive away. Very cosmopolitan it boasts first-rate leisure facilities and a huge range of shops and restaurants.
· L’Aiguille du Midi is reached by cable car from Chamonix. The views from Europe’s highest cable car station (3842m) are literally breathtaking. From there you can walk back to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ with ease and catch Montenvers train back to town.
· During the course of you stay, discover the benefits of health and beauty spa treatments at the hot springs. Saint-Gervais is the only ‘Alti Forme’ resort in the Alps
· Tramway du Mont Blanc
St Gervais is open from middle of June to end of August. Exact dates to be confirmed in 2012.
· Swimming pools
· Miniature Golf
· Ice rink
· Tennis courts
· Tree adventure park
Centre de loisirs
111, avenue de Miage - 74170 SAINT-GERVAIS
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 47 73 40
Open to children aged 4 to 12 years old, from 8.30 am to 6 pm.
From 4th July to 2nd September 2011. Monday – Friday. Closed bank holidays.
Varied activities include: manual activities, games, walks, swimming-pool, mini-golf, ice skating, camping and picnics. Medical document necessary.
Centre de loisirs du Fayet
La Planète des Mômes
191, allee Gontard - 74190 LE FAYET
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 65 38
Situated in the heart of the magnificent park in Le Fayet, the activity centre is open every Wednesday and during the shorter school holiday periods. From 8am-6pm. Full day or half day with or without lunch. Open in July and August (full days only). Children from 3-13 are supervised by qualified staff during activities.
Garderie des Croes
90 chemin des Tennis, Saint Gervais
0033 450 47 72 12.
Pass enables you to enjoy various activities within the resort: outdoor swimming pool, mini golf, ice skating, cable cars in St Gervais, Megeve, Les Contamines. Weekly pass for adult is €45 and children €35.
Tree top adventure
Allee de l'escalade - Parc T hermal - 74190 LE FAYET
Tél. +33 (0)6 61 84 39 09
Open from 1st July to 15th September 2011.
Discover a tree top adventure course in the shade and tranquillity of the
Park in Le Fayet. Rope ladders, monkey bridges, footbridges, nets, Tyroliennes of 180 m long...
Prices per Person
Baby course 5 €
Adult 12 €
Family of 3 11 €
Sensational course 15 €
Spring mounted stilts, from 8yrs €10
180km of footpaths
A2L - Parapente - Ecole label FFVL et DDJS
Triball'Shop - 74170 SAINT- GERVAIS
In front of the cable car)
Tél. +33 (0)6 85 52 13 03
Open throughout the year.
For a tandem aerial ride or a piloting training course,A2L-parapente is the only FFVL professional school run by Second Degree State Licensed trainers. Aerial-tourism trip to Guadeloupe for pilots and non-flyers.
Sam Sperber has been a monitor since 1988 and has more than 16,000 flights under his belt.
Tandem starting at €60
Day training course – from €110
Hot Air Balloon
Alpes Montgolfière - Gerard Issartel
673, route du Val d’Arly - 74120 PRAZ-SUR-ARLY
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 55 50 60
Open 7 days a week throughout the year.
Minimum height required: 1.30m (4 ft. 3 in.)
1 pers - €260
1 child - €180
An hour of pure happiness passing among the highest Alpine massif summits, as well as the entire Aravis chain and the Beaufortain massif.
Experience a moment of fulfillment at 1,500 to 2,500 m (4,900 to
8,200 feet), any time of the year.
Les Écuries du Mont-Blanc
329, rue du Stade - 74190 LE FAYET
Information: Jean-Marie Torneri
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 13 10
Riding School for beginners to advanced riders. The poney club welcomes children from 5 to 7 years old.
Horse riding from Le Bettex during July and August.
Prices per Person
Accompanied ride - 1 hour 20 €
Pony ride - 30 mn 5 €
Indoor swimming pool
Parc Thermal - 74190 LE FAYET
Tél.+33 (0)4 50 78 06 97
Open from 1st July 2011 – 31st August 2011, daily excp. Sundays and bank holidays from 3-7pm.
€3 for adults and €2 for children.
Outdoor swimming pool
Avenue de Miage - 74170 SAINT-GERVAIS
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 42 87
Open daily from 4th June 2011 to 11th September 2011
From 4th June – 30th June open from 10h-19h. Late night on Tues 10h-22h. From 1st July – 31st August open from 10h-19h30. Tues 10h-22h. From 1st – 11th September from 10h-19h.
Adults €4.30, children €3.30.
"Sporting Club" - Avenue de Miage - 74170 SAINT-GERVAIS
Open from May to September 2011.
June and Sept – 9h-12h and 14h-19h
July and August – 9h-22h
Adult round 4,30 €
Child (-16s) 3,30 €
Tennis – Sporting Club, Tel. +33 (0) 4 50 93 41 83. 8 open air courts (4 clay and 4 hard).
Hourly rental - €12/hard court; €18/clay court. Courses and private lessons available - qualified instructor in July and August. All levels, 5 days, Monday to Friday. 1h30 per day.
Open May-September 2011. 6 outdoor courts (3 clay, 3 quick)
Tennis courts in Le Fayet and Le Bettex free of charge.
Accrobike – 0033 608 47 17 34
Offer descents, tours and mountain bike and sports bike training courses, from beginners to advanced, family outings to freeride sessions.
Mountain bike hire ½ day - €18
Mountain bike hire full day - €24
Mountain bike hire week - €120
Other options available.
Rafting, Kayak, Canoraft, Hydrospeed, Canyoning
0033 450 93 63 63
Open from 15th April to 30th September 2011.
Prices per Person Starting at... 25 €
Rafting for children - €25 per pers
Rafting for adults - €35 per pers
Kayak-Raft - €35 per pers
Hydro speed - €40 per pers
Canoraft - €35 per pers
Full day rafting in Italy level 4 (inc. transport) - €115 per pers
Canyoning - €60 per pers
Hike with a donkey
Les Ânes Montagnards
55, chemin du Creux - 74170 SAINT-GERVAIS
Tél. +33 (0)6 63 97 88 46
Open from June – September 2011. Min age 2yrs.
Alone or in groups discover the joys of hiking with a donkey accompanied by a mountain professional. In the summer our base camp is located in Bionnassay, a typical mountain village and the starting point for many hikes.
1 hour 10 € (15 € Accompanied )
Half-Day 30 €
Day 50 €
Indoor ice skating.
77, impasse Cascade - 74170 SAINT-GERVAIS
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 50 02
Public Opening Times:
From 19th June 2011 – 28th August 2011, Open daily.
19th June – 9th July open from 10h-12h and 17h-19h
From 10th July – 30th July open from 17h-19h ad 21h-23hr
Open on Sundays from 16h-18h and 21h-23h
From 31st July – 28th August 2011 from 10h-12h, 17h-19h, 21h-23h
Adult - €4.30, child €3.30.
Les Thermes de Saint Gervais (Spa) – (Le Fayet), hydrotherapy and beauty treatments, medical spa treatments.
Hours, Rates, and Locations: the Wellness Center is open every day from 8.30 am to noon and from 2 pm to 7 pm. Monday through Saturday and from 9.00 am to noon on Sunday (extended hours during high season).
The St Gervais spa is rated the 2nd best medical spa in France for both dermatological and respiratory tract complaints.
For beauty spa treatments: young mums, slimming, beauty therapy, under water massages, relaxing baths.
Asymptotes - Sylvain Clevy
Tél. +33 (0)6 85 22 48 07
Treasure hunts with a GPS. A mixture high-tech treasure hunt and orienteering. €25 per GPS - One GPS is enough for the entire family - Available at the "Vertical Services" shop.
Tramway du Mont Blanc
The highest train in France awaits you for a magnificent trip to the foot of Mont-Blanc. The ride takes you to "Nid d'Aigle", the Eagle's Nest, at the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier. Open from 13th June – 20th September 2009.
L'Esprit du Corps
229, avenue du Mont Paccard - 74170 Saint-Gervais
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 93 79 98
Traditional Thaï Massage: Thaï massage adapted to your sensitivity will release your bodily tension, relaxing you, and helping find serenity.
60 minutes 50 € 90 minutes 70 €
Companie des Guides et des Accompagnateurs
Arrange local mountain guides to offer courses in self reliant climbing, snow and ice techniques, glacier treks (Chamonix-Zermat, Mont-Rose 4000m and Tré la Tete) hiking (Tour du Mont Blanc, Grand Paradis…) rock climbing and group mountaineering.
Le Bettex cable car
Take the cable car from St Gervais (next to Grand Panorama residence) to Le Bettex and Mont Arbois to discover a unique view of the Mont Blanc. Open from 24th June – 4th September 2011.
Saint Gervais – Le Bettex runs every 30 mins from 9h-12h30 and 14h-18h. Le Bettex - Mont Arbois runs every 30 mins from 9h15-12h45 and 14h-17h45.
St Gervais/Le Bettex. Return adult €9.20, child €7.10
Le Bettex/Mont Arbois. Return adult €9.20, child €7.10
St Gervais/Mont Arbois. Return adult €14.20, child €10.20
10 rides pass (valid on lifts in St Gervais, Megeve, Combloux and La Giettaz) - €45.
Evasion summer pass
St Gervais, Megeve, Combloux, La Giettaz, Les Contamines Montjoie
Lifts: Telepheriques de St Gervais, Rochebrune, telecabines du Bettex, Mont d’Arbois, Jaillet, La Gorge et Signal, telesieges de l’Alpette, Torraz, Prés and Pertuis.
Daily pass is €15 adult and child €12.70.
Open all year, 7 days a week from 11h to 2h Sunday-Thursdays ad from 11h-3h on Fri and Sats.
All the above information is for information only. For up-to-date info please visit the resort tourist office website.
Saint-Gervais Tourist Office
Opening time: Monday-Friday: 9.00am-12.30pm and 2.30pm -7.00pm Sunday: 9.00am - 12.00pm and 4.00pm-7.00pm.
Tourist Office Tel. 00 33 450 47 76 08, Fax. 00 33 4 50 47 75 69
9 Bars with one specially dedicated to nocturnal activities ‘Le Nulle Part Ailleurs’ which has a friendly and entertaining pub atmosphere with karaoke, concerts and a big screen and video.
20 restaurants (St Gervais and surrounding areas), shops, a cinema with 2 screens, casino, and a youth club.
There is also a nightclub in the centre of the village, right below the Tourist board office: ‘Le Duplex’.
By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Saint Gervais 545 miles or 7hrs30
By Rail: Direct TGV from Paris to Saint-Gervais
Saint-Gervais/Le Fayet railway station Tel. +33 836 35 35 35
Connecting TGV trains to Annecy and Geneva.
More information at any train station in France, by phone (from France): 0891 67 68 00 or Internet
Geneva Airport is 86km from Saint Gervais (1 hour)
Chambery Airport 124km (1 ¼ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 206km from Saint Gervais (2 hours)
Grenoble Airport is 214km from St Gervais (2 hours)
Regular bus transfers from GVA to Le Fayet (nr St Gervais) via SAT bus,
40, place de la gare
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tel : +33(0)450530115
Getting around the area
The Mont Blanc Express train line makes travelling between Saint-Gervais les Bains le Fayet and Vallorcine very easy, via the villages of Les Houches, Chamonix and Argentière. It extends into Switzerland to the city of Martigny.
With an average of a train per hour and 18 stops, take a nice and easy ride along this beautiful valley. (Journeys between Servoz and Vallorcine are free with the guest card).
The resort offers a shuttle bus service between villages and around Saint Gervais town centre. Prices from €1/day, €5/week and €20/season.
Need an Airport Transfer? Prices from £89 per person based on 4 sharing a private return taxi from Geneva Airport to St Gervais. Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4 banks, 3 mini supermarkets, Doctor, Chemist, Physiotherapist, Dentist, cyber café, laundrette, petrol station