Day Tours in Geneva
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|This is the trip that I took to Mont Blanc/Charmonix |
as described in the tour guide...
Duration: 9.5 hours
Commences: Geneva, Switzerland
This tour will take you on an unforgettable
90 minute drive through the picturesque
Arve Valley from Geneva to Chamonix, one
of the most famous mountain villages at
the foot of the remarkable and majestic
Mont-Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps
and Western Europe.
Continue to Aiguille du Midi, a rocky 3842 m./12,604 ft. peak close to Mont Blanc. Reach the summit in 20 minutes by a two-stage cable car where the panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps are spectacular! It's also possible to see the famous Tobblerone chocolate's trademark mountain in the direction of the Swiss alps (weather permitting!). It is called “Cervine” in French and “Matterhorn” in German. There are many terraces and balconies up at the Aiguille du Midi where you can enjoy views of the magnificent mountain ranges and watch skiers going down towards the Glacier. There's a cafe up at the summit where you can retreat to somewhere warmer, have a hot chocolate and perhaps enjoy a light snack (at own expense). Enjoy lunch in the village of Chamonix.
Next take the comfortable electric railway from Chamonix to Montenvers (1913m / 6276 ft), a vantage point with fine views of the Mer de Glace. This magnificent glacier is 7 km (4 miles) long and averages 1200m (3/4 mile) in width. This charming little red train has been transferring passengers to the Montenvers site and the world famous Mer de Glace glacier since 1908. Surrounded by prestigious summits, les Drus (3754 m), les Grandes Jorasses (4205 m) and les Grands Charmoz (3842 m); the Montenvers site offers numerous exhibitions to enable everyone to know more about the life of the largest French glacier (7 km long!) and about nature in the Alps.You must bring your passport on this tour for the border crossing into France!