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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, 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.

Full-Day Trip to Riviera Col du Pillon & Glacier 3000

2. Full-Day Trip to Riviera Col du Pillon & Glacier 3000

Discover the picturesque area of Les Diablerets (little devils) in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises at Col du Pillon. Made up of chalets, this village has an amazingly preserved heritage. Don't miss the majestic 3000–meter high glacier. Dominate the snowy peaks and take on the Peak Walk, the world's first suspension bridge connecting two peaks. At 108 meters long, discover more than 24 peaks over 4000 meters on the walkway. Take advantage of the fun park where sleds are waiting for you. In summer, try a descent in the Alpine Coaster, Europe's highest tracked toboggan run.  If you prefer to stay in the village of Diablerets, take a stroll along the river and explore the beautiful landscape. Around 3:00 PM, head back to the bus to return to Montreux, and enjoy some free time to explore this artistic city before returning to Geneva.

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

3. 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.

Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

4. Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

Join this delicious guided chocolate tour of Geneva to experience one-of-a-kind, award-winning chocolate creations. Visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms: from chocolate pralines to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate, and pastry. During the tour, learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate. The tour includes a visit to the old town, and you will hear anecdotes and stories about Geneva, and experience Geneva’s most important tradition – breaking the chocolate “marmite” (cauldron). There is also a fun boat ride on the tour. The best way to discover a city is through its flavors, its local artisans and its stories, so have fun with this exciting, sweet, and exhilarating sensorial experience.

Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

5. Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a unique perspective on a sightseeing cruise. Admire the beauty of the Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and other landmarks while hearing the places from the audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at the famous Jet d’Eau fountain in the city, famous for Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and famous buildings, such as the UN. Pass by elegantly manicured gardens that line the shores of the lake, as well as the stunning surrounding flora and fauna, before heading back to the dock from which you departed. Download the cruise app with all relevant information on the spot, in a free WiFi area. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them through the audioguide.

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.

Geneva: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Geneva: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

Get to know the city of Geneva on an open-top bus tour. See the stunning Lake Geneva and the famous flower clock in Jardin Anglais park. Stop at the United Nations to snap some photos.  Board your bus and take a seat to enjoy a bus tour through Geneva. During your ride understand the city's international importance as you go to the buildings dedicated to organizations that work for the betterment of safety and equality in the world.  See the United Nations offices and make a photo stop to capture what makes Geneva the capital of peace. Afterward, head to the left bank and see Lake Geneva with its striking water fountain. Make your way to Jardin Anglais park and see the colorful flower clock.   Drive by Parc de La Grange with its gorgeous gardens and visit Parc des Eaux-Vives with its historic mansion before concluding your tour. 

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

8. 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: Gruyère Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Factory

9. From Geneva: Gruyère Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Factory

Pick up in the morning to enjoy a 1 day trip, you can decide of the pick up time. Gruyères is the favourite place for tourist to see the swiss countryside. Admire its breathtaking landscapes and take a deep breath of pure mountaine air. Visit the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, the World heritage site protected by UNESCO. Go to the Chocolate Factory, the Chocolate World of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy a tasting as much as you like. Enjoy also a typical Swiss dish becoming an expert on doing the cheese fondue by yourself (if options selected). Spend some time in Gruyères, at the foot of the pre-Alps and be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town. Explore the village that has been unaffected by the passage of time and has been elected most beautiful village in 2014.

From Geneva: Chamonix Full-Day Ski Trip

10. 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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Everything about this trip was excellent. The activities and the organizing made it very enjoyable. Our guide was friendly, helpful and fun. He gave us a lot of good information throughout the whole journey and made the overall experience memorable to us. We came from United Kingdom and it’s our first time in Geneva and this trip is highly recommended.

We had perfect weather for our day in Chamonix, the guide was great and gave us clear instructions for what to do, where to meet, and how to make the most of the day! Recommend this trip for the great views of Mont Blanc.

Brilliant trip to Annecy. Perfect from start to finish. Annecy is well worth a visit, it’s beautiful. Would love to return one day! Would recommend this trip.

Really enjoyed this and so did our 9 and 11 year old. Got some history, lots of of chocolates. We had fun, learned a lot and now have new favorite chocolates.

We made use of the Swiss Travel Pass. It was amazing. The ticket arrived right and fast. And great value. I recommend