Tips and ad­vice

NZ4WD - - ADVENTURE -

Air­ports

The best en­try and exit air­ports are Geneva and Nice. Whilst Geneva is in Switzer­land, it is only sev­eral kilo­me­tres from the French bor­der and the air­port is much bet­ter served than French regional air­ports. Nice is France’s sec­ond busiest air­port with reg­u­lar flights to many global des­ti­na­tions.

Trans­port

Both air­ports have all the ma­jor car rental com­pa­nies and be­cause of Geneva’s prox­im­ity to the French ski re­sorts, SUVs are avail­able for hire. Most of the routes driven in this ar­ti­cle are sim­i­lar to our back­coun­try gravel roads and can be driven in a hire car. Two strong pieces of ad­vice would be to buy an aerosol t ype punc­ture re­pair kit from a ser­vice sta­tion and drive slowly. I had one punc­ture on this trip and most hire cars only come with an “emer­gency” spare.

Tim­ing

The Alps hold a lot of snow and you want great sun­shine days for your trip. The best months for this trip are Au­gust and Septem­ber. Any ear­lier and there is the risk that the sad­dles/ passes won’t yet be clear and any later, the weather will be un­sta­ble.

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