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  • Location:Geneva, Switzerland
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

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

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.


  • 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.


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 August 2015

Wonderful tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely breathtaking. This tour was one of the top highlights of our 25 day European adventure. The bus driver was knowledgeable and provided a great impromptu narrative during our drive to Chamonix when the recording was not working. The tour was very well-organized and the sites themselves gondola to mountaintop and ice caves were fabulous. As an aside, we used Viator for several Europe tours and each one was of great quality. Viator will remain on our favorites for future travels.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Neil the driver was the perfect host. His knowledge of the area was fascinating and could not have done more to have made the day special was our Wedding Anniversary. Nothing was any trouble for him and he would go that extra mile to make the day memorable. Aiguille du Midi was, literally, breath taking and well worth the price. One of these 'must do's'. As for Chamonix simply delightful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

There are a few options to visit Chamonix but the benefit to this one is definitely the lunch, do NOT skip the lunch option. Not only is it about 1/2 price of what a meal out in Geneva will cost you, but it was the best meal of my entire trip through Switzerland. I was treated like royalty at a Michelin star restaurant and if I was eating some of the dishes in the privacy of my own home, I would have licked the plate.
This tour offers the open top bus which is, I believe, the only tour company that does from Geneva. The bus wasn't really the highlight of my trip and I recommend a hat or sunglasses because the sun does beat down on you in the morning through the glass.
The only real downside to this tour was there just wasn't a lot of time. I booked it up to the mountain by speaking to the guide while everyone was in the bathroom and was able to get a jump start on the line up to Mont Blanc, which helped moved the day along faster, but time really flew all day. Between waiting in lines and the transportation time for the round trip cable cars and trains don't expect to get much shopping in. In order to fully appreciated the village of Chamonix you have to cruise through the mountain and the ice cave. If you prefer a day of shopping in Chamonix, you can skip the ice cave. It's quite a hike to get down and back up to it. But I will say, my photos from the cave got the biggest reaction from my friends. It really was a unique experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Worth every penny. The views are spectacular and the pace of everything is very nicely planned -- you're free to wander or request the assistance of your guide from place to place. Additionally, the lunch is well worth it. It's an incredible nice restaurant and pleasantly breaks up the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing trip - definitely would recommend the full tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved this tour. We went for the complete tour including lunch. So happy we did, the food was amazing. The Alps are breathtaking and so worth the money. Only complaint was the bus was open glass and the air conditioning was not working. Hot on the way home.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very good day. Only problem was lack of legroom on the bus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Unbelievable, fantastic, a must do. Would recommend to everyone

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