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Time10 hours (Approx.)
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 5 more

Overview

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 Restaurant, the Aiguille du Midi cable car ride, and the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace glacier.
  • 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 Le Bistrot, if option selected
  • Enjoy onboard audio commentary about Geneva, Chamonix and surrounding Alps region on both legs of the bus trip
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, 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

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Appetizer of the day
Second course (choice of one):
  • Brandade of pollock rolled in zucchini with a sweet pepper coulis
  • Spicy sausage with rouille sauce, and fish soup
  • Slow-cooked fillet of fera (white Alpine lake fish) with crusty bread, mashed creamed Jerusalem artichoke and a licorice-flavored sauce
  • Line-caught sea bass with roasted salsify root, bacon, mushrooms and a balsamic sauce
  • Roasted pigeon thigh rillettes with truffle, duck liver and corn cream
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Rhubarb tart with yogurt sorbet
  • Raspberry pannacotta
  • Cinnamon-infused tarte tatin

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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d
, Oct 2018

When you book this tour you are taking a chance that the spectacular French Alps will be visible from bottom to top. Depending upon the weather you may not have a view of the top or from the top - the bottom! We arrived and there was fog from the morning and we could not see the top from Chamonix! As we gazed up from within the gondola taking us up the mountain we became encased in the fog and then suddenly we broke through and saw the most spectacular view of the French Alps I have ever seen! Our photos do not do justice to the majesty of these mountains! As the fog cleared, we got to see mountains as far as the eye could see! We got to experience a paraglider taking her first sail off of the top (mid- top) of the mountain-Mt. Blanc! As we ate in the town and looked up the mountain broke through between two rooves of restaurants and it was unbelievable! Our driver was Zed and he gave us tips on how to use our time wisely for the tour! A MUST DO TOUR!!!

P
, Feb 2018

Amazing day with plenty of time to choose the exact activities that you want to do. We had a wonderful guide too. Definitely the highlight of my trip and one of the best tours I've done in my entire life.

S
, Jun 2017

Sorry, the service provider did not turn up at the hotel. The hotel person informed that this had been happening for 5 to 6 weeks, people coming, waiting and no bus turns up. SO THERE WAS NO TRIP.
Absolutely shocking,,not expected from Viator.

Dr. Shubhendu Mudgal

r
, Apr 2017

great tour

M
, Oct 2016

Disapointed of my excursion for the price we paid...The driver was gentle but all the rest was so-so. We paid for a full tour include the cable-car to aiguille du midi and the Montenvers railway to Mer de Glace. One week before the day of the tour we received a short e-mail to inform us that finally the Mer de Glace will be already close to maintenance on september 11th but we didn't have a partial refund because it suppose it's a combined ticket so no discount possible... The day of the tour we suppose to have a open tour bus with a unobscruted roof of glass with an audioguide in multi-language: the bus is broken and we did the road in an airport shuttle Vans without any audioguide available in french like we request when we reserve our tour and all the documentation they give us was only in english too I understand english but i'm not bilingual that why I booked this tour with an audiguide available in french. The Mont Blanc was very amazing but finally we paid more expensive than if we paid a shuttle to chamonix from geneva with a single ticket for the cable-car to aiguille du midi only instead the package we paid but not really have it with the maintenance of the montenvers railway and the bus broken without audioguide and no partial refund at all offer by the company for all this situation. We paid full price but we only have the half of the excursion at the end... I wrote to the company one week ago when i came back from europe to tell them how disapointed i was about my tour and they never answer us. That why i don't recommend this tour :

A
, Oct 2016

The open-top bus never happened we were taken in a comfortable mini-van instead, but there was no canned commentary as promised. The cable car rides two in all and express elevator to the top of Mont Blanc, and the views up there, were breathtaking and worth every penny spent. Lunch at the Bistro restaurant I'd opted and paid for this was nice but... different. I'll probably opt for a burger and coffee outside instead if I ever do this again - there are lots of eateries to go to, the best one in the main terminal itself. Be wary of the over-priced souvenirs on the top - they're all available down below at cheaper rates and with more variety. We had lots of time to take in the overall ambiance of the place, and Neil the driver-cum-guide was friendly, forthcoming and very informative. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone who's visiting Geneva for a couple of days or more and wants some spectacular Swiss mountain views from relative comfort.

K
, Aug 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!

N
, Jul 2016

Devastating experience. Booked this trip for an anniversary celebration with my partner, and we both flew to Geneva specially for it. Tour provider did not show up at all. Went half an hour earlier to meeting point, waited for a total 1.5 hours and countless calls being made mind you, roaming calls to the provided contact numbers of the local guide and the in case of emergency contact - to no avail. Called up Viator helpline but was put to hold citing busy influx of calls and a promise to call me back - which they never did. Only managed to call through after 4 hours - and the only response I could get was that we are sorry we can't help because there has not been any response from the local tour provider. Amazing.

Very disappointed because we had high expectations for this given the past positive reviews and the price we paid selected all the options. This ruined the entire experience because of the fact that we went to Geneva for this which means our flight tickets and accomodations are just a complete waste.

Till today, I have no response or answer from either Viator or this tour provider. Calls were never returned and answers were not received.

Very very disappointing. I'm pretty sure Chamonix itself is amazing, but do not bother with this tour unless you want a wasted air ticket, accomodations and the amount you paid for this tour.

M
, Jun 2016

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

J
, Jun 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


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