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

1. 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.

from Geneva: Chamonix Mont-Blanc Private Guided Tour

2. from Geneva: Chamonix Mont-Blanc Private Guided Tour

After an early morning pick-up from your Geneva hotel by private vehicle, your day trip starts with a scenic 1.5-hour drive across the Swiss-French border and through the beautiful Arve Valley to Chamonix, located at the base of magnificent Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Western Europe at 15,780 feet (4,800 meters). You'll arrive early to beat the crowds.  Transfer to a cable car and ride to the summit of Aiguille du Midi, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif, on the world's highest vertical-ascent cable car, taking you from 3,395 feet to 12,605 feet (1,035 meters to 3,842 meters) in 20 minutes. Reach the top of the staggeringly beautiful Alpine peak and be amazed by panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. On a clear day, you may even see the Matterhorn, the iconic Swiss peak. Get cozy on a terrace or balcony at the Aiguille du Midi summit to admire the scenery and watch skiers zooming down toward the glacier. There's also a cafe, where you can have a hot chocolate or enjoy a light snack. Take the cable car back down the mountain to the gorgeous Alpine town of Chamonix, where you'll enjoy a lunch in a nice restaurant (if option selected). After lunch, board the Montenvers Railway for a scenic train ride (optional) through the mountains to Montenvers. Enjoy fantastic views of the Mer de Glace, a massive glacier surrounded by the towering summits of Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses and Les Grands Charmoz. Afterwards you'll be taken back to your Geneva hotel to conclude your private Mont Blanc and Chamonix day trip. The day trip will follow an amended itinerary. Instead of Aiguille du Midi, you will be taken to Plan de L'Aiguille (Middle stop of Aiguille du Midi) and the cable car of Brevant, which takes you up to an impressive 2,525 meters with unbeatable views out across to Mont Blanc and the valley’s mountain range.

From Geneva: Private Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Day Trip

3. From Geneva: Private Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Day Trip

On this private day trip, admire the world-famous mountain resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, its towering peaks, glaciers, and picturesque alpine town. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. During your full-day tour, you will ride the Aiguille Du Midi cable car to enjoy a 360 degree viewpoint over the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. This is the highest point accessible by cable car in Europe. At the summit, there are a number of viewing terraces, a cafeteria and a souvenir shop. Then you will ride the Montenvers railway from Chamonix to Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier. Visitors can descend into the ice cave that is sculpted into the glacier. Consider that this ticket does not include any ticket fairs with the cable car or the railway. At the foot of Mont Blanc, you will visit Chamonix town center to soak up the atmosphere of this alpine town. This picturesque place is beautiful all year round, and offers a great range of attractions, shops, and restaurants for you to enjoy. At the end of your trip, tranfer back to Geneva where your tour will end.

Private Trip From Geneva to Chamonix & Montreux

4. Private Trip From Geneva to Chamonix & Montreux

Begin the delightful journey from your hotel, then sit back, relax and enjoy the impressive views of the Swiss countryside as you cross the border to France through the Arve Valley along the River Arve. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you arrive at the remarkable Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – a well-known ski and holiday resort, where the first Winter Olympics was held in 1924. In Chamonix you will have leisure time for exploring the town on your own, gazing at the neighbouring mountains and glaciers lifting up to Mont Blanc. If you wish, you can take the highest cable car in Europe – Aiguille du Midi, and reach the kingdom of eternal snow, which will unravel a crystalline view over Mont Blanc cradled by the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. After returning back to Chamonix and having lunch at one of the local cafes, proceed with the journey to Montreux, which is firmly squeezed between Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), the vineyards of Lavaux and the Alps in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Besides gazing at the panoramic views of Lake Leman, you can also find souvenir shops, boutique stores and traditional restaurants selling local food. One of the sights is the 3-meter Memorial of the worldwide popular singer and frontman of the rock band Queen - Freddie Mercury. The main landmark of Montreux, however, is the medieval Castle Chillon - built in the 11th century, located right on the rocky island of the Lake.  Your private transfer will then return you back to your hotel in Geneva.

Geneva: Private Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour

5. Geneva: Private Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour

Explore the stunning alpine scenery of Chamonix in the French Alps. Throughout a 1.5-hour drive, be impressed with amazing views over the motorway as you travel through a valley surrounded by the Alps. Chamonix is a picturesque town, and the most famous mountain resort in France. Mon-Blanc towers above this town, and if you look to the sky from anywhere in the city you are bound to see it. From Chamonix, enjoy a bus ride to the third-most-visited mountain location in the world. You can book just transportation, or choose to include the multi-pass which works both for the cable car and the mountain train on the day: Cable car Aiguille du Midi Ride up the cable car and discover spectacular panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps at 3,842 meters. On a clear day, you may even see the Mattherhorn, the famous Swiss peak and icon of Switzerland. Mer de Glace Mountain Train Board the charming red cog railway up to Montenvers to enjoy fabulous views of Mer de Glace. This magnificent glacier is 7 kilometers 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 the climate change of this era.

From Torino: Mont Blanc Private Full-Day Trip

6. From Torino: Mont Blanc Private Full-Day Trip

Ride up the Monte Bianco Skyway cable car to discover spectacular panoramic views of the Valle d’Aosta and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Make your first stop at Mont-Frety Pavillion, where you can visit the Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden, one of the highest in Europe which offers a rich variety of incredible, rare, and beautiful alpine plants from worldwide mountain areas. Get the opportunity to enjoy a typical lunch (not included) at the restaurant Bellevue, the local dishes retrace the Aosta Valley tradition with polenta and meat. In the afternoon, take the last leg of the skyway to reach the Helbronner peak. Enjoy free time at the top to soak up the views, and from its height of 3,466 meters, the terraces of the Helbronner peak offer a 360° view of all the Italian, Swiss, and French Alps.

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What people are saying about Haute-Savoie

Spectacular! Helped by the perfect weather. I did suffer a little, with the altitude at the highest point of Aiguille du midi, making it uncomfotable and returned early, but the features and walkways at the top are breath taking. The Mer de glass was awesome seeing the path it had taken and how it had carved through the rocks, the glacier is now a fraction of it's size, so to get close you had to climb down over 500 steps and back. There were several smaller glacters to be seen.

Couldn’t recommend anymore. Fantastic day out, thoroughly enjoyed it. Tour guide was great - super friendly and helpful… surprisingly good value in my opinion when countering coach, cable carts, train ride and tour guide

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.

The tour was very well organized, great tour guide and timing was prompt. Highly recommended.

Guide was excellent and overall activity is above par. Highly recommend