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  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Soak up the beauty of the Alps on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, situated at the base of Mont Blanc. With round-trip transport on an open-top bus with a retractable glass roof, enjoy unobstructed views and informative commentary as you travel. Beat the crowds with early arrival to this famous Alpine town, and then explore by foot. Upgrade to enjoy lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant, or for a ride on Europe’s highest cable car and to take the railway to Mer de Glace glacier to explore the ice caves.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, a French town at the foot of Mont Blanc
  • Travel through the Alps by open-top bus for unobstructed views
  • Spend the day as you please in the picturesque resort town
  • Ride the spectacular Aiguille du Midi cable car ride and take the Mer de Glace glacier railway tour, if option selected
  • Enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bistrot, if option selected
  • Enjoy onboard audio commentary about Geneva, Chamonix and surrounding Alps region on both legs of the bus trip

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What You Can Expect

Chamonix French Alps Day Tour from Geneva by Open-Top Bus

Take the train to the Mer de Glace

Your day trip to Chamonix departs from the Hotel Warwick in central Geneva. After boarding the open-top bus — with a retractable glass roof in case of chilly weather conditions — sit back and enjoy unobstructed views of the gorgeous Swiss and French Alps as you travel through the Arve Valley.

On your 90-minute drive, enjoy an informative overview of Geneva, Chamonix and the surrounding Alps region from your audio headset, with commentary available in eight languages. Cross the Swiss border into France and arrive in Chamonix, surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers. This picturesque Alpine town is nestled at the foot of imposing Mont Blanc, the largest peak in Europe.

Thanks to your morning departure, arrive in Chamonix before the busy crowds arrive. Plus, if you have upgraded to enjoy the all-inclusive experience, your pre-ordered lift and train tickets allow you to avoid the long queues. After your guide drops you off in front of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, you're free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines.

With your all-inclusive upgrade, take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 12,605 feet (3,842 meters) to a landing of permanent snow and ice for stunning panoramas of Mont Blanc and the surrounding French, Swiss and Italian Alps. At the summit, experience 'Step into the Void,' an enclosed glass platform that lets you hover weightlessly above the snow-covered valley.

Then, if you have opted for the gourmet lunch, head back to town to Le Bistrot, an elegant Michelin-star restaurant. Here, dine on three courses of refined, innovative local French cuisine. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

After your lunch, take the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace, descend by gondola onto the glacier and explore the ice caves that are carved out into the heart of the ice.

In the late afternoon board the open-top bus and enjoy more commentary on your scenic ride back to Geneva, this time via the north side of the valley.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Appetizer of the day
Second course (choice of one):
  • Brandade of pollock rolled in zucchini with a sweet pepper coulis
  • Spicy sausage with rouille sauce, and fish soup
  • Slow-cooked fillet of fera (white Alpine lake fish) with crusty bread, mashed creamed Jerusalem artichoke and a licorice-flavored sauce
  • Line-caught sea bass with roasted salsify root, bacon, mushrooms and a balsamic sauce
  • Roasted pigeon thigh rillettes with truffle, duck liver and corn cream
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Rhubarb tart with yogurt sorbet
  • Raspberry pannacotta
  • Cinnamon-infused tarte tatin

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We wandered around the village and relaxed.....the views were amazing. Absolutely loved Chaminex. Enjoyed the trip back with the top of the bus open.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The trip was excellent. Fortunate that the weather was good and the views from the top of the mountain were amazing.

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