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Absorb the vivid beauty of Mont Blanc and the French Alps on a day trip to Chamonix from Geneva by open-top bus. Enjoy unobstructed views through the retractable glass roof and arrive before the crowds to independently explore the Alpine resort town on foot. Upgrade your tour with several options that include a 3-course lunch at a Michelin-rated restaurant, the Aiguille du Midi cable car ride and the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace glacier.

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

Start your day trip at the Hotel Warwick in central Geneva and depart on a 1.5-hour drive to Chamonix, a picturesque resort town situated at the base of towering Mont Blanc (White Mountain), the highest peak in the Alps at an approximate elevation of 15,780 feet (4,810 meters).

As you journey through the Arve Valley to your destination, slip on your audio headset to hear commentary on the region. Enjoy unobstructed views of the Swiss and French Alps from the open-top bus, which uses a retractable glass roof in case of chilly weather. 

Crossing the Swiss border into France, you’ll arrive early in Chamonix before the crowds descend. Say farewell to your guide in front of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You're free to meander around Chamonix on foot to attractions such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands and Atelier Les Racines. Or upgrade for a gourmet 3-course lunch or all-inclusive experience that lets you avoid long queues with your pre-ordered cable car and railway tickets (see descriptions below). 

In the late afternoon, meet back up with your guide for the return coach ride to Geneva, this time via the north side of the valley for a different view.

Lunch Option
If you opted for the a 3-course lunch, you’ll dine at Le Bistrot, an elegant Michelin-star restaurant in Chamonix that serves refined and innovative French cuisine. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

All-Inclusive Option (with or without lunch)
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.

Later, ride the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace. Then descend by gondola onto the glacier and explore the ice caves that are carved out into the heart of the ice.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Kenzie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! Beautiful views! If I could do it again, I wouldn't do the lunch and would've sat at the top of the mountain and had a beer/lunch up there. It was an amazing day that I'll forever remember!

Martin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Was a quite bank holiday so had the tour all to ourselves! Great tour guide and really interesting to have a chat

Janet K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a brilliant day out we had. Neil the driver was good fun and also gave us great tips time wise so we wouldn't miss out on anything and still be back for the return journey-well worth the money for once in a lifetime mountain summit and glacier visit

Loreli C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour to Chamonix was great inspite of the rainy weather that day. Our driver was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We opted for the package with a lunch at the Le Bistrot....very nice and well presented lunch. Me and my husband had a great time. All the food being served were superb. Thumbs up! It was such an unforgettable experience. God job!

Annmarie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour!

Yvonne L

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.

Peter H

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.

Stephanie G

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.

gayan d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

M Esther S

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.

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