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From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix & Geneva City Tour

1. 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

2. 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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Private Trip From Geneva to Chamonix & Montreux

3. Private Trip From Geneva to Chamonix & Montreux

Begin the delightful journey from your hotel, then sit back, relax and enjoy the impressive views of 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 neighboring 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.

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

4. 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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Yvoire & Evian Private Day Trip from Geneva

5. 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 Geneva: Day Tour to Chamonix & Yvoire Medieval Village

6. From Geneva: Day Tour to Chamonix & Yvoire Medieval Village

In the morning, explore the stunning alpine scenery of Chamonix, in the French Alps. Chamonix is a picturesque town; from everywhere in the city if you look at the sky and you will see It – the roof of Europe – The Majestic Mont-Blanc. 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 lots of boutiques selling local produce as cheese, meats or fresh Savoie honey and also famous brands of mountain clothes, equipment. You have the option to take the cable car or spend your free time in the village. Cable car Aiguille du Midi : Ride up the cable car and discover a spectacular panoramic view of the Chamonix Valley and the French, Swiss and Italian Alps at 3842m! On a clear day, you may even see Mattherhorn, the famous Swiss peak and icon of Switzerland – it’s even found on packages of delicious Toblerone chocolate. After your return to Geneva, ride a mini van and take a trip to the past and appreciate the beauty of Yvoire, a city frozen by time. On a self guided tour, enjoy the littl handcrafts shops and eat a lake speciality: the perches in a pretty restaurant.   In the afternoon, come back to Geneva and take a small van for Yvoire. Built in 1036, Yvoire's castle is the target of all photography-lovers of Yvoire. The military dungeon built in the 14th century was used to control the road that linked Geneva to the high valley of the Rhône, and to Italy. Spend some free time and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place. Regarded as one of the most beautiful villages of France, medieval Yvoire is situated right beside the Leman Lake. Sample one of the local specialties - a fish dish called filet de perche - in front of the magnificent Lake. More than 700 years old, the village has miraculously preserved with invaluable testimonies of the past: the castle, ramparts, doors, and a ditch. For the return trip to Geneva, you'll cross the lake aboard the paddle steamer Belle Epoque. On this self-guided afternoon tour, you will receive a map with the highlights of the place and a meeting time before the departure.

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From Torino: Mont Blanc Private Full-Day Trip

7. 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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Geneva: Private City Center Tour

8. Geneva: Private City Center Tour

Take a walking tour of Geneva's highlights with a local guide. See the Old Town, Lake Geneva, St. Pierre Cathedral, and more. Stroll the streets of Geneva amid the spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc. Visit the highlights and learn a bit about the city from your guide. Go from the shores of Lake Geneva to the sights of the Old Town. Take a picture at the Jet d'eau, visit the Old Town, and walk through the Cemetery of Kings, where you can visit the grave of John Calvin.

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What people are saying about Haute-Savoie

If you don’t have much time, this is a great option! Chamonix is absolutely beautiful and you can also have a little taste of Geneve in the afternoon. Everything was very well organized and the staff was very nice. If you have time, I would suggest to spend the whole day at Chamonix!

Eventhough the tour detail is not so clear...but the arrangement on site is amazingly smooth! We had a great experience today...thank you! Will recommend this to our friends!

Very nice everything and well organized. We expected a little more from the city tour.