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Chamonix: Tandem Paragliding Flight

1. Chamonix: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Meet the pilot in Chamonix at the paragliding school to begin your tandem flight adventure. The pilot will prepare the equipment and ensure everything is in order. You’ll be provided with a helmet and a harness, which is the harness in which you will be seated during the flight. Next is a briefing about what is expected of you during take-off and the flight. After ensuring you are properly equipped, staff will take you to the cable car, and with your pilot you'll continue up to the take-off site. Then, all you have to do is enjoy your flight. Take in spectacular alpine views as you fly over Le Brevent, Chamonix, and maybe even a glacier.

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

2. From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix, experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. Spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace Full-Day Trip

3. Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace Full-Day Trip

Feast your eyes on dramatic landscapes as you travel by coach through the scenic Arve Valley to Chamonix. Chamonix’s position at the foot of Europe’s highest peak, Mont-Blanc, makes it one of the most popular mountain villages in the area. On this full-day trip from Geneva, you’ll have access to Aiguille du Midi, a rocky 3,842-meter peak close to Mont Blanc. Take a ride up on the most famous cable car in the world, (please note this cable car is currently under maintenance, your tour will feature an alternative cable car or activity). This high mountain site, equipped for your comfort and safety, offers a 360-degree panorama taking in the majestic Mont-Blanc as well as the whole of its massif. In addition, you’ll also enjoy panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley and the major peaks of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. The Aiguille du Midi comprises the Piton Nord, the Piton Central with the Mont-Blanc gallery, and the Mont-Blanc terrace with its unforgettable view of Mont-Blanc. Take a charming little red train from Chamonix to the Montenvers site and the world famous Mer de Glace glacier. The Montenvers site is surrounded by the magnificent summits of les Drus, les Grandes Jorasses, and les Grands Charmoz. Learn about the largest French glacier and nature in the Alpine environment at exhibits here.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: Mountain Tandem Paragliding Flight

4. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: Mountain Tandem Paragliding Flight

Experience the adrenaline rush of soaring through the air on this paragliding tandem flight in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Fly with an instructor that has 20-years of experience. Admire stunning mountain and valley views. Meet at the lift departure station where you can purchase your ticket for the lift. Ride up on the gondolas together. Enjoy a short scenic walk to the take-off area. Listen to a safety briefing to help ensure you are confident for the flight. Take off from gentle grassy slope, after a quick run to get airborne. Relax as you drift through the air and see the peaks of the Graian Alps on a clear day. Learn what it is like to fly a paraglider with a lesson from your guide. Have the chance to perform some aerial acrobatics before landing in the vicinity of your meeting point.

Chamonix: Full-Day Cable Car and Train Tour from Geneva

5. Chamonix: Full-Day Cable Car and Train Tour from Geneva

Board a bus from Geneva to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and in 90 minutes, arrive at this Alpine village to discover the beauty of the mountains. In the morning, ride up the cable car to the summit. At more than 3842 meters, be impressed by the Majestic Mont-Blanc and all the peaks around you. If you are feeling adventurous, take a breathtaking step into the void. Three glass walls, the glass floor, and glass ceiling panels give you a unique experience enhanced by 1000 meters of free air directly under your feet, in total safety! Look around and admire the highest peaks in Western Europe, and view the Bossons Glacier, with the greatest descent in Europe, from a dramatic perspective.  Snap some incredible landscapes from one of the numerous panoramic terraces, or warm your hands around a coffee from the shop. Head back to the village, and take a freetime to put your sensations back together before you take the Mountain train Montenvers to discover the Ice Sea. This is the largest glacier of France, featured in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. If it's open ( not garanteed) Take the steps down to visit the Ice Caves. Enjoy the museum and the view from the panoramic terrace, before you head back.

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

6. From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

How does it feel to be at the foot of the highest mountain in Europe? Find out, with reliable transport from Geneva to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Board a bus and enjoy the 75-minute drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley to the typical Alpine village at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc. Enjoy your day as you stroll in the little streets full of charms of Chamonix. Enter in a local shop to discover the local flavors as Mountain Honey, cheese or charcuterie. Try a fondue or a raclette in once of the numerous restaurants of this well-known ski resort. Discover where the first Olympic Games of winter started in 1924. Situated at the border between France and Italy, this town is famous for its tunnel under the mountain, which joins the 2 countries. Enjoy the activities available in this little town before you head back to Geneva. If you choose the cable car option you can enjoy the ride up to the Aiguille du Midi and be amazed by the view. In the afternoon, take advantage of the mountain train and discover the Ice Sea. If you choose the all inclusive option you will have lunch in a nice brasserie in Chamonix.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc Day Trip from Geneva

7. Chamonix Mont-Blanc Day Trip from Geneva

Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Chamonix Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. After a scenic drive through the Arve valley, see Mont-Blanc on the horizon after the short 1 hour 20 minute journey.  At the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, Chamonix’s alpine town atmosphere and spectacular scenery attract people from all over the globe. This picturesque year-round village offers a great range of attractions, monuments, shops, bars and restaurants. Chamonix's charming cobbled streets invite everyone to explore, we are sure it will leave a lasting impression.

From Geneva: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Excursion

8. From Geneva: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Excursion

Travel through the picturesque Arve Valley from Geneva to Chamonix, explore the famous village of Chamonix, and marvel at the alpine views. The resort experienced its first growth spurt in the Victorian era, hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and has emerged as the capital of all-mountain skiing. The steep-sided valley, with its glaciers and rocky spires, is where snow-sports and mountaineering meet. The busy town is a popular destination for day trippers. Find shopping designer brands and fashionable mountain brands in the many boutiques. Sample local products such as cheese, meats and fresh honey.

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

9. Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

Explore Evian and stunning lake Geneva on this excursion by boat. Begin your self-guided tour from Lausanne and cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva towards the little town of Evian.  Reach this gem on the shore of the lake in about 35 minutes. Once the boat docks, hop off and start exploring at your own pace. Walk through the small streets and little allies of the quiet town, stop at a cafe or visit some of the local shops. Discover the beautiful lake promenade and marvel at the breathtaking views of this stunning landscape. You can also take the historic funicular to enjoy a beautiful view on the shores of the lake. If you visit between May and September, you can see the art nouveau Source Cachat, the first Evian water source, and enjoy a free glass of the world-famous Evian water. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming place.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Annecy Sightseeing Trip

10. Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Annecy Sightseeing Trip

Combine 2 days in one, and enjoy the little time you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. Only 90 minutes away from Geneva, take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy its little streets full of charm, and admire Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. You will take delight in seeing all the beautiful mountains that surround you. After that, go back to Geneva on a bus through the French countryside, and get a walking guided tour of 45 minutes in Annecy. Called the "Venice of the Alps", the town offers harmonious and romantic landscapes. See the famous markets of Annecy with your guide, and spend some free time in the picturesque small streets with endless flower-filled balconies.

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What people are saying about Haute-Savoie

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It was an amazing experience, The pilot was really nice. I would recommend it. You can ask for videos and pictures for 30 Euros, they give you the SD card with all the pictures and videos.

The trip is too notch. Both the guide and the driver are happy individuals. The guide will give detailed instructions and answer all questions one may have. I recommend this trip.

Had a great time, definitely the highlight of our trip. Alex was the best driver!

Had no expectations but was blown away by the experience. Absolutely fantastic.

Absolutely stunning experience. I would do it thousand times more if I could.