Chamonix And Mont Blanc Day Trip From Geneva

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Overview

Cross the Switzerland-France border with an informative guide and marvel at the majesty of the European Alps on this Chamonix and Mont Blanc day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the Arve Valley to the pretty Alpine town of Chamonix. Ride the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi peak and enjoy breathtaking views over the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Take the scenic cog railway to Montenvers and see the spectacular Mer de Glace, widely considered the most famous glacier in France.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Lunch included

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Book your tour to include the services of an expert guide to enjoy your trip to the full, then hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Geneva and enjoy an unforgettable 90-minute drive through the picturesque Arve Valley to Chamonix. Situated at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc the highest peak in both the Alps and Western Europe at 15,780 feet (4,800 meters) Chamonix is widely considered Frances most iconic Alpine town. For your Chamonix and Mont Blanc day trip, choose from the tour options below.

Inclusions for Chamonix And Mont Blanc Day Trip From Geneva

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Cable car ride to summit of Aiguille du Midi (if option selected)
  • Train ride to Montenvers (if option selected)
  • 3-course lunch (if option selected)

Exclusions for Chamonix And Mont Blanc Day Trip From Geneva

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for children aged 2 and under

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Not wheelchair accessible

Please dress appropriately for a day in the mountains; even if it is warm and sunny in Geneva, it can be cold and wet in Chamonix or at the top of the Aiguille du Midi and on the Mer de Glace

The operation of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and Mer de Glace train are both subject to local weather conditions on the day

Please note that the official currency of France is the EURO. Swiss francs are unlikely to be accepted in Chamonix

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel, as you will be travelling from Geneva (Switzerland) to Chamonix (France)

Please note: guide will be present with you on the bus and the village. You will have free time in the cable car or train and the guide will meet you after.

Due to renovations the train is closed during two weeks from 2nd to 20th of Octobe 2018 ; the cable car is closed from November 2 to December 16 2017 and 2018).

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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656 reviews by the users

  • Good value for money- although the operator was not very helpful when it came to giving directions- hence on star less.
    Tip: Stay with the group to avoid getting lost.

  • It was a nice tour, but having done Jungfrau and Matterhorn, i wasn't so blown away. The cable car wasn't operational, perhaps this would have added to the charm, seeing the view from up there. Chamonix at the time i visited Wk3 November was quiet, there weren't a lot interesting places to eat at. The highlight i would say was the visit to the lake, the view was amazing, albeit really cold. The van was comfortable, but the tour guide pleasant and knowledgeable didn't use a mic not sure one was even available in the van, so i had to strain my ears to be able to hear what she was saying, especially as i was seated at the back.

  • It was a beautiful sight. The travel guide Neil was very informative about the history of Mont Blanc and Chamonix. We were late for the scheduled train due to going through customs since we were coming from Geneva to France. While waiting, we went into the town for souvenirs which was great. We were initially concerned about overcast that day. But thankfully, the sun came out as soon as we got there. It was a beautiful sight! Incredible views. The temperature was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to dress very warm. Dress as if you are going skiing. I wore a heavy coat and hat, ski pants, and UGG butte boots and was very comfortable.

  • This tour was extremely disappointing! It is basically a bus trip to Chamonix.
    I realise the company can't control the weather..
    But there should be communication when the train and cable cars are not operating. When i asked the guide about what to do in Chamonix he said walk around (for 7hours?)

  • The best trip ever. We super love this trip the most. We manage to play with snow at the top of the Alps. Catch good photos.

  • Chamonix was stupid. This is not a guided tour. Seems like i paid so much was just for transportation. Suggest spwnd most of your time on Mont Blanc!

  • The trip up to Mer de Glace on the little mountain train was lovely and the glacier quite breathtaking, but once up there there was nothing to do. Nowhere to walk or explore, no ice cave. No gondola. Looking at a mountain for an hour is boring. I think the answer is not to go in November because that is when they do all the maintenance on the lifts, so we couldn't use the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, which we were told in advance and given a refund for. Five and a half hours in Chamonix is too long, a half day tour would have been better. Our guide told us she would take us for a walk round Chamonix, but all that happened was we were bussed to a lake and spent an hour or so there. Not much to do as it took 15 minutes to walk round the lake. Beautiful views and a great place for photo buffs.
    The microphone in the bus didn't work, which was hard on our guide, who was already talking in three languages. Once again the guides were lovely people. I wouldn't do this again. I had been so excited at the thought of the tour and it was so disappointing.

  • The place itself if breathtaking. I took the train up cable car was not an option in November and it did not disappoint. The town is charming too. But I think you can organise this trip by yourself. It didn't make ANY difference having a guide. Patricia was with us just in the morning on the bus telling us some facts about the tour and once we got there we never saw her again. I thought she would explain more things, but no. So I basically paid for transport only, which I bet I could've got a better price going on my own. Disappointing tour.

  • Definitely worthwhile. Breath-taking gondola up to Mont Blanc and snowing when we went up in early Nov.
    The train to Merc de Glace was beautiful though a pity we couldn't see the glacier valley. Managed to see them in Jungfrau a few days later.The hotel meeting place serves good hot soup free flow

  • Do not recommend the tour! The guide Neil did explain about the area and the sights on the bus, but did not accompany us on the various trips on the cable car and the train. He was rude to some other passengers as well. Save some money and choose the independent journey.

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