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

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

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics! In Chamonix you’ll experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This full-day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix you’ll 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. You're free to 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 activites: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

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Chamonix: Tandem Paragliding Flight

2. 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.

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From Geneva: Chamonix Full-Day Ski Trip

3. From Geneva: Chamonix Full-Day Ski Trip

Enjoy the slopes with enviable views on the Mont Blanc! As well as offering a hugely diverse and amazing range of skiing and boarding, on and off piste, Chamonix is a fabulous destination. The valley floor is low and the ski areas, of which there are 6 separate ones in the Valley, start at approx 2000 meters with lifts reaching over 3000 meters. From stunning glacial peaks, to gentle rolling slopes, each ski area has something different to offer all levels. There are 3 dedicated beginner slopes, Le Tour has the largest beginner's area, perfect for first timers. There is a vast array of intermediate levels, challenging and difficult runs throughout the whole valley. And for the advanced, slopes on the Grand Montets is the favorite to many locals, due to the sheer steepness and difficulty.

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From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix & Geneva City Tour

4. From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix & Geneva City Tour

Combine 2-days in one and enjoy the little time that 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 the little streets of Chamonix full of charm and admire Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Admire all of the beautiful mountains that surround you. Afterwards, go back to Geneva and do the city tour of Geneva that will bring you to visit the international part through the center of the world’s peacemaking organizations, followed by a tour of the main tourist attractions of the city such as Jet d'eau (Fountain) and the wonderful Flower Clock. Moreover, get a taste of Genevan history with the mini train Tramway Tour and dig even deeper into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour.

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From Geneva: Private Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Day Trip

5. 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.

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Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

6. Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

Combine 2 days in one, and enjoy the little time that you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. At only 90 minutes away from Geneva, you can take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy the little Chamonix streets full of charm, and admire the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Admire all the beautiful mountains that surround you. After that go back to Geneva and do the city tour of Geneva that will bring you to visit the international part around The World Organization for Peace, followed by a tour of the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the Jet d'eau (Fountain) and the wonderful flower clock. Moreover, get a taste of Geneva History with the mini-train Tramway Tour, and dig even deeper into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour. In addition to the Geneva city tour, this 1 hour guided tour will allow you to discover the major attractions of the Leman Lake: The Stone of Niton, The Water Fountain, The Black Harbor, The Diodati House, The UN Building, The Castle of Bellerive, The Mermaid, and many more interesting sites.

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Chamonix and Paragliding Tour

7. Chamonix and Paragliding Tour

The view of the surrounding mountains and the Chamonix Valley offers a breathtaking spectacle. In 90 minutes by bus, you will follow the picturesque valley of the river Arve to Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of the exceptional and majestic massif of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, 4,807 meters (15,770 feet). Take a breath of fresh air and stroll on the little streets full of charm. Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and has re-emerged on the free-ride wave as the capital of all mountain skiing. This busy little town is a popular place for day trippers; you will find many boutiques selling local produce such as cheese, meats, fresh Savoie honey, and famous brands of mountain clothes and equipment.  You can also try a  paragliding jump from Plan Praz in The Chamonix valley, since the stunning views are breathtaking.  You will be accompanied by one of the instructors for this magical 30 minutes. The total ascent is 1,100 meters, 11,840 feet.

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Yvoire & Evian Private Day Trip from Geneva

8. Yvoire & Evian Private Day Trip from Geneva

Yvoire Medieval Village Yvoire is a medieval village built in the early 14th century. Located on the French shore of Lake Geneva, between Geneva and Evian, the village of Yvoire is nicknamed the “gem of the lake”. Visiting Yvoire is like stepping back in time. Wonderful floral displays and excellent ‘olde’ restaurants make this a top day trip for tourists. Chateau d'Yvoire and Saint Pancras Church See the stunning Chateau and church whilst exploring this fortified village. The Chateau dates back to the 14th century, nestled on the harbour its turrets dominate the Yvoire skyline. The stunning Saint Pancras Church is hard to miss in this quaint village, the sparkling metallic dome catches the sun and its gold leaf weather vain draws the eye, easily found when wandering the cobbled streets littered with local artisans of all sorts.  The Garden of the Five Senses... A maze of vegetation inspired by the walled gardens of the Middle Ages and classified a “Remarkable Garden” by the Ministry of Culture. Visitors are invited to discover the universe of color, taste, scent, texture and sound which changes with the hours and the seasons. Antique roses, fruit trees, medicinal and aromatic plants, aviaries and fountains make an enchanting stroll during which time seems to stand still. Evian Evian is a beautiful town which first became known to visitors with the discovery of its famous mineral water and natural springs. The town boasts incredible views of the Alps with the lakes crystal clear waters providing a stunning backdrop. The walk along the lakeside is particularly nice with views across to Switzerland on one side and some fabulous buildings including the Palais Lumiere, the famous Casino and Theatre on the other.

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From Milan: Monte Bianco and Courmayeur Day Trip

9. From Milan: Monte Bianco and Courmayeur Day Trip

After leaving Milan early in the morning on an air-conditioned coach, you will reach the Alpine town of Courmayeur. You can 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. On a clear day, you may even see Mattherhorn, considered to be the icon of Switzerland and shared with Italy. The first stop on the way up is at Mont-Frety Pavillion. Here you can visit the "Botanic Garden Saussurea", one of the highest in Europe which offers a rich variety of incredible, rare and beautiful alpine plants from worldwide mountain areas. You can also enjoy a typical lunch (not included) at the restaurant Bellevue, the local dishes retrace the Aosta Valley tradition with polenta and meat but international cuisine is also available. Whilst up at the pavilion, you visit the Cave Mont Blanc and the experimental high altitude winery. In the afternoon, you will take the last leg of the skyway to reach Helbronner peak. Here you can 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 offers a 360° view of all the Italian, Swiss and French Alps. After you are full of fresh alpine air and loaded with pictures, you can regroup with your guide and travel back down into the heart of the Courmayeur town center. Once there you can browse the shops at your leisure, enjoy a refreshing drink on a sun-drenched terrace (own expense), or admire the many chocolate-box chalets and boutiques you find.

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Geneva: Private Chamonix Mont Blanc Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Haute-Savoie

It was truly an amazing and magnificent tour to the beautiful village of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc. After a smooth pick up and ride by Sky Tours from Geneva at 08.30 in the morning we arrived approximately 1 hr later at Chamonix. The tour was lead by Kim and Marie who were the hosts. I forgot the name of the driver but he was an excellent driver who brought us smoothly to Chamonix and back to Geneva. The view from Aiguille du Midi at the Mont Blanc and the Swiss, French and Italian Alps was stunning and breathtaking due to the clear and beautiful weather conditions. In the afternoon we went up Montenvers with the famous red train. At the top we had a stunning view of Mer de Glace. I want to end with a big hail to the hosts Kim and Marie and the driver. They made the trip worthwhile and fun. We recommend the 2 hosts Kim and Marie of Sky Tours to everyone who want to visit Chamonix and the Mont Blanc. A job well done!

Everything was amazing! The whole trip was as described, very friendly and knowledgeable guide ..the only downside is that we only got to half way to mon blanc bcz it was closed for maintenance. But the agency explained that very well and we were given the choice to take it or get refunded. Highly recommended

Fantastic flight with my instructor Clement, great flight time of at least 20 minutes. Flew over the bottom of the Bossons glacier and I had five minutes of controlling the parachute myself. All in all a great experience.

Guide was amazing! So many in our group not paying attention or listening to her meeting times or locations. She did a great job trying to babysit those that needed it.

A well planned trip, the timing for every activity was perfect. The guide was really nice and helpful.