Chamonix, France
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Overview

Discover the allure of the European Alps on a full-day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from Geneva. With a guide, travel through the splendor of the countryside to Chamonix, a picturesque Alpine town, and ascend to the Aiguille de Midi peak in a modern cable car. Capture sweeping vistas of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps on camera and the take a scenic railway ride to Montenvers, home to Mer de Glace, the most famous glacier in France. Opt to include a 3-course lunch in Chamonix to enjoy an appetizing addition to the tour.
  • Full-day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc in France from Geneva, led by a professional guide
  • Take a 90-minute drive through the Arve Valley to Chamonix
  • Choose from different tour options to suit your preferences
  • Ride the cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi
  • Marvel at spectacular views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn
  • Hop aboard the cog railway to Montenvers and enjoy a 3-course lunch in Chamonix (if option selected)
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Geneva

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour offers both independent sightseeing and a guide on the coach to give you the scoop on Mont Blanc.
Select from a variety of options and customize your tour according to your preferences. The guide will comment along the road for more historical insight on the region, and then climb aboard a comfortable coach in central Geneva to begin your journey. Admire stunning scenery as you drive to the Alpine village of Chamonix and marvel at the village’s majestic location at the foot of Mont Blanc on arrival.
Select from the tours listed in the Itinerary section to determine the schedule and price of your day in Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Please note from November 6th to December 15th, 2017 included it is the annual closure of the Aiguille du Midi.

Itinerary

Chamonix Village
Chamonix is a picturesque alpine town dominated by the Alps mountains and glaciers rising majestically upwards to Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain of Europe. A 90-minute drive by bus through the picturesque Arve Valley takes you from Geneva to Chamonix. Enjoy free day in the famous village of Chamonix with its little streets full of charm and admire the Alps. Chamonix Mont Blanc has been at the sharp end of Alpine adventure since 1760, when a Genevois scientist offered a prize for the first ascent of the highest Alp. It had its first growth spurt in the Victorian era, hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and has re-emerged on the freeride wave as the capital of all-mountain skiing. This steep-sided valley, draped with tumbling glaciers beneath a crown of rocky spires, is where snowsports and mountaineering meet. With Chamonix being renowned as the world capital of alpinism, freeride skiing, ice climbing and ultra-trail running, this busy little town is a popular place for day trippers. Lots of boutiques sell local product such as cheese, meats, or fresh savoie honey.

Chamonix including Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
Ride up the cable car and discover a spectacular panoramic view of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. On a clear day, you may even see Mattherhorn, the famous Swiss peak and icon of Switzerland – it’s even found on packages of delicious Toblerone chocolate.
Enjoy free time at the top to soak up the views on the different terraces.From its height of 3,777m, the Aiguille du Midi and its laid-out terraces offer a 360° view of all the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. A lift brings you to the summit terrace at 3,842m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc.

Discover the pipe: a long steel gallery of 32m to make the full rotation of the central peak of the Aiguille du Midi.

If it’s open, you can try the "Step into the Void" adventure, a glass room built around a metal frame. Three glass walls, floor and ceiling panels, allow visitors to experience 1035 meters of space under their feet.

 Afterward, meet your guide at a pre-arranged time and travel back down into the heart of Chamonix town center. Browse the shops at your leisure, perhaps enjoy a refreshing drink on a sun-drenched terrace in town (own expense) and admire the many chocolate-box chalets and boutiques you find.

 

Chamonix with Cable Car and mountain train to Glacier Mer de Glace
Hop aboard the scenic cable car and travel to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and enjoy free time at the top. Discover a spectacular panoramic view of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. In the afternoon, board the charming red cog railway up to Montenvers, where you’ll enjoy fabulous views of Mer de Glace. This magnificent glacier is 4 miles (7km) long and averages just under a mile wide. Surrounded by the impressive summits of Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses, and Les Grands Charmoz, The Montenvers site is a natural living witness of climate change of our era. It offers several visits including the crystal gallery or the Glaciorium, a new space entirely dedicated to the glaciers from their birth, to present, and to the future. Depending on the period, it is also possible to visit the ice caves carved into the Glacier.

Full-Day Chamonix village including cable car, mountain train and lunch
Travel up by cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and enjoy free time at the summit to admire the views over the peaks beyond. Afterward, meet your guide at a pre-arranged time and head to a local restaurant in the village for a 3-course lunch. After lunch, hop aboard the cog-wheel train and ascend the mountainside to Montenvers and the Mer de Glace glacier. Take in beautiful views over the mighty glacier, and explore the ice caves and museums at your leisure. Take the cog railway back down the mountainside to Chamonix and, if time allows, browse the shops and boutiques at your leisure. When it’s time to leave the soaring Alpine peaks of Chamonix behind, travel back to central Geneva where your tour will come to an end.

Chamonix village Trip Plus Train to glacier Mer de Glace
Chamonix is a picturesque alpine town dominated by the Alps mountains and glaciers rising majestically upwards to Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain of Europe. A 90-minute drive by bus through the picturesque Arve Valley takes you from Geneva to Chamonix. Enjoy the famous village of Chamonix with its little streets full of charm and admire the Alps.

Board the charming red cog railway up to Montenvers, where you’ll enjoy fabulous views of Mer de Glace. This magnificent glacier is four miles (7km) long and averages just under a mile wide. Surrounded by the impressive summits of Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses, and Les Grands Charmoz, the Montenvers site is a natural living witness of climate change of this era. Visit the crystal gallery or the Glaciorium, a new space entirely dedicated to the glaciers. Depending on the period, it is also possible to visit the ice caves carved into the Glacier.


Chamonix Mont Blanc day Trip including Cable Car and Lunch
Chamonix is a picturesque alpine town dominated by the Alps mountains and glaciers rising majestically upwards to Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain of Europe. A 90-minute drive by bus through the picturesque Arve Valley takes you from Geneva to Chamonix. Enjoy the famous village of Chamonix with its little streets full of charm and admire the Alps.

Ride up the cable car and discover a spectacular panoramic view of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. On a clear day, you may even see Mattherhorn, the famous Swiss peak and icon of Switzerland – it’s even found on packages of delicious Toblerone chocolate. Enjoy free time at the top to soak up the views on the different terraces. If it’s open, you can try the "Step into the Void" adventure, a glass room built around a metal frame. Three glass walls, floor and ceiling panels, allow visitors to experience 1035 meters of space under their feet.

Afterward, meet your guide at a pre-arranged time and travel back down into the heart of Chamonix town center. Browse the shops at your leisure, perhaps enjoy a refreshing drink on a sun-drenched terrace in town (own expense) and admire the many chocolate-box chalets and boutiques you find.

Then enjoy a meal at a typical mountain restaurant in the village, including a buffet of salads and soups; a main course of chicken, fish or vegetarian; and dessert. Spend your afternoon wandering the streets of Chamonix.

Reviews

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M
, Jan 2019

We were left there at the bottom of a mountain with a map and barely directions to how to get to the train, the cave and the glacier.We were not told that the glacier, and the cave closed at 3 pm. We were not able to go down to the glacier or the cave because of this.We missed two of the things we paid for. Why pay for a tour when you have to figure out everything yourself.

B
, Jan 2019

The tour guide didn’t guide at all. We would have been better off going on our own while reading along with google.

T
, Jan 2019

I had an Amazing time, all was well organised and explained. I would recommend this to my friends and family thanks....

R
, Jan 2019

This was something we had never seen before. The day started by taking the cable car up and then standing slack-jawed for an extended period of time. We then went on the train ride to the glacier and ice caves which also left us amazed (not having seen anything like this in our lives). The walk up (a bit tiring) was well-worth it for the sight of the caves.

J
, Dec 2018

Great tour! Nigel was informative and very helpful. Provided everyone with info on deals and ways to save money.

S
, Oct 2018

The best experience ever! Highly recommend this. Thinking of going back this year as we are off to Europe again.

J
, Aug 2018
k
, Jul 2018

What a great trip!! Departure point was easy to find and we left on time. Our guide Maria was very informative and quite friendly. En route, we were given good direction on where to go and when to meet for our return. If you are looking for a heavily guided tour, this isn’t for you. Besides the ride there and ride back, we were fully on our own. However, Maria let us know she’d be at certain spots at certain times if needed. That was a nice insurance policy if we got turned around or just plain lost. But we managed to do just fine on our own. I can’t even begin to describe the beauty of Mont Blanc!! You will not be disappointed with it. Make sure to purchase the cable car (can’t go up the mountain without it!). We did not purchase the lunch (seemed a bit steep for such a small meal) and we did purchase the train. But a couple of tips: In the summer, the glacier is a path of dirt and rocks. No snow of course so if you’re expecting a traditional glacier, you won’t get it. The ice cave you are also taking the train for is 450 steps down and then 450 steps back up. We saw quite fit people coming up looking like they were about to die. So we skipped the cave. The train is great for breathtaking views but the glacier-less glacier and staircase of death was a bit of a snooze fest. Departure back to Geneva was on time. All in all, we had about 6-7 hours on our own. Plenty of time to do everything. I would definitely recommend this tour (no way you’d figure transport and locations of those events on your own if you’re a tourist) and would pay again to have all of the plans arranged for me!

L
, Jul 2018

We purchased just the transportation to Chamonix on line and purchased the excursion to Mont Blac and the glaciers on the bus because we had read you may not want to to go up the mountain if the weather was not clear. Turns out we had a gorgeous day. It was much cheaper. Both were well worth the money and we saved by doing it this way.

r
, May 2018

Good pace, well planned out. It caters very well for travelers who want different options within the same tour. We selected the one with lunch provided. Managed to cover all our selected sights at a good pace.


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