Chambery enjoys a warm to hot summer with temperatures reaching the high 20s. The winter months of November through January see temperatures cool to around -1 to 7 degrees Celsius and this is a great time for travellers on a budget to bag cheap flights to Chambery. For skiers, October to late May is the best time to book flights to Chambery, whereas if you want to enjoy exploring the area and visiting vineyards then July through to September will be more appropriate. The Tour de France always comes through the town in July when thousands of spectators line the route. During the tour there is an influx of tourists arriving on flights to Chambery to be part of the lively and energetic atmosphere. If you enjoy food and want to sample the local cuisines visit in October for the Savoy Fair, where over 400 exhibitors have stands displaying local produce and regional specialities.
Chambery is an attractive town in the Rhone-Alpes region of south east France and is a popular skiing destination. It sits in a valley surrounded by the Alps and bordered to the north by Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. Throughout its history, Chambery has been both a French and an Italian possession and evidence of both is visible. As you wander through the narrow streets of the old city you will come across striking examples of trompe-l’oeil and the Fountain of Elephants. This has striking sculptures of four life-size elephants and was built to honour historic events in India, it is now one of the city’s symbols. Dominating the town is the Chateau of Chambery, originally built as a fortress in the 13th century. Although home to government departments, it is open for public tours and regular concerts are held there. In the surrounding countryside there are several vineyards where you can enjoy wine tasting during the warmer months and a pleasant way to spend a sunny day is by hiring a paddle boat on the lake. Three natural regional parks, the Chartreuse, Bauges and La Vanoise, are an easy drive away. The area has a rich culinary culture and is known for its meats, cheeses and other products from the Alps, such as savoyarde, crepes and tartiflette. There are plenty of fine restaurants both in Chambery and in the ski resorts. Apart from skiing, visitors can also enjoy rock climbing and horse riding, as well as hiking and cycling.
The well-preserved medieval heart of Chambery is compact enough to explore on foot in a few hours. Some areas around the town can be reached by local bus services but renting a car will give more freedom and flexibility. Bicycles can be hired for full or half days. The tourist information centre will have leaflets on walks and cycle routes and there is also a two hour walking tour available which takes visitors through the historic centre of the town.
Flights to Chambery are serviced by Chambery-Savoie (CMF), which is a small international airport close to the town where seasonal flights bring in skiers. Regular bus services run both into the town of Chambery and to local ski resorts. Taxis are also available at the arrivals terminal or can be pre-booked and all of the major car rental companies have desks at the airport.