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Activities in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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Chalet Chamonix Nr. 2195139

12 Persons / 6 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms Chalet 180 m2 - Beautiful traditional chalet, recently renovated. Fantastic view of Mont Blanc.

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Chalet Chamonix Nr. 2234888

10 Persons / 5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms Chalet 250 m2 - Superbly appointed and well decorated. Mountain views, outdoor sauna and jacuzzi. Home cinema, five ensuite bedrooms.

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Holiday House L’Piri

12 Persons / 6 Rooms / 4 Bedrooms Chalet 140 m2 - on 2 levels. Wooden furniture furnishings. Beautiful view of the mountains.

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Apartment Le Sommet du Bourg

5 Persons / 3 Rooms / 2 Bedrooms / Apartment 100 m2 - Living/dining room with panoramic window with 1 sleeping facility, Scandinavian wood stove, Large terrace, south-west facing position. Beautiful view of the mountains.

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Tours

Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva

Take a day tour from Geneva to visit the popular mountain resort of Chamonix, at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc. You’ll see the highest mountain peak in Europe and ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi for spectacular panoramic views.

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Things to Do

Montenvers – Mer de Glace


Mer de Glace

Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.

ICE CAVE
The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. Re-sculpted every year, it describes the life of mountain people in the early 19th century. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are more than 400 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.

THE GLACIORIUM
A world of discovery awaits you at the new exhibition centre at the Montenvers Mer de Glace. Here the creation and evolution of the glaciers over the centuries is explained in detail.

THE TEMPLE OF NATURE
The Temple has now reopened to the public and an innovative optical theatre takes visitors on a trip into the past where they will meet the likes of Forbes (the Scottish geologist), Chateaubriand, Louis Pasteur and Agutte the artist.

The complete tour (including the cave and travelling time) takes an average of 2 to 3 hours. The time required for the tour may be doubled during peak periods.

HIKING
Hill-walks include the hike from Montenvers to Plan de l’Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord hill-walking trail, and also the return descent down to Chamonix via Les Planards or Les Bois village.

RESTAURANT
There are three choices for eating : either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, or a lunch in the bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace or finally a quick snack at the Glacier Bar.


Altitude: 1’913 m
Accessibility: by Train.
Timetable: Operates year-round


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  • From 01/05 to 07/07/2017, daily between 8.30 AM and 5 PM.
  • From From 08/07 to 27/08/2017, daily between 8 AM and 6.30 PM.
  • From 28/08 to 10/09/2017, daily between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 11/09 to 01/10/2017, daily between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 21/10 to 22/12/2017, daily between 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
  • From 23/12/2017 to 16/03/2018, daily between 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
  • From 17/03 to 30/03/2018, daily between 10 AM and 5 PM.


Closed exceptionally on 23/05.
EXCEPTIONALY CLOSED ON THE 23rd OF MAY.
ICE-CAVE AND CABLE-CAR CLOSED FROM THE 8TH OF MAY TO 26TH OF MAY INCLUDED.

  • Adult: 31.50 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
  • Child (5-14 years): 26.80 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
  • Family pass: 97.70 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free).
  • Free entry for children < 5 years.

information sources: Chamonix


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Aiguille du Midi (Mont-Blanc Summit)


Aiguille du Midi

For more than 50 years, the most famous and highest of the Aiguilles de Chamonix has been an essential world attraction. From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes ride in the Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you to the gateway to the high Alps at a height of 3,842 m.
From its height of 3,777m, the Aiguille du Midi and its laid-out terraces offer a 360° view of all the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. A lift brings you to the summit terrace at 3,842m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc.

LE PAS DANS LE VIDE !
Since December 21st 2013, the more fearless will take A STEP INTO THE VOID, onto a 2.50 m glass cage out over a 1000 m precipice. A product of modern architectural and technical prowess and a sensation packed experience.

NEW in 2016 : THE PIPE
A long steel gallery of 32m to make the full rotation of the central peak of the Aiguille du Midi.

RESTAURANTS
A cafeteria and a souvenir shop are open all year round. In the summer, the “3842m” restaurant invites you to taste Savoie culinary specialities in a unique setting.

PANORAMIC MONT BLANC GONDOLA
Once at the top, do not miss the gondola lift ride over the Glacier du Géant to the Pointe Helbronner in Italy. It is open from June to September.

PLAN DE L’AIGUILLE
The cable car ride between Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi is in two stages. At the intermediate stop, at a height of 2,310m, the Plan de l’Aiguille is the departure point for the Balcon Nord hike to the Montenvers site. Food and refreshments are available at lunch-time at the Refuge du Plan, 5 minutes’ walk away. A very pleasant break in the mountains !


Altitude: 3’842 m
Accessibility: by car or Train.
Timetable: Operates year-round


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  • Provide warm clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Tour forbidden for children under 3 years, and not recommended under 5 years old.
  • Time of outward journey: 20 mn in 2 cable cars climbing 2700 m, with a stop on the way at the Plan de l’Aiguille.
  • Duration of visit: including the journey, allow an average of 2 to 3 hrs.
  • Timetables and frequency of departure vary according to the time of year and according to demand.

  • From 27/03 to 24/05/2017, daily between 8.10 AM and 5 PM.
  • From 25/05 to 31/05/2017, daily between 8.10 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 01/06 to 16/06/2017, daily between 8.10 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 17/06 to 02/07/2017, daily between 7.10 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 03/07 to 25/08/2017, daily between 6.30 AM and 6 PM.
  • From 26/08 to 03/09/2017, daily between 7.10 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 04/09 to 24/09/2017, daily between 8.10 AM and 5.30 PM.
  • From 25/09 to 05/11/2017, daily between 8.10 AM and 4.30 PM.
  • From 16/12/2017 to 23/03/2018, daily between 8.10 AM and 4.30 PM.
  • From 24/03 to 25/05/2018, daily between 8.10 AM and 5 PM.
  • March and April week-ends 2018 : from 7.30am to 4.30 pm.
  • From 26/05 to 31/05/2018, daily between 8.10 AM and 5.30 PM.

  • Family pass: 186 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free)
  • One way ticket for adult: 49 €
  • Round-trip ticket for adult: 60 €
  • One way ticket for a child (5-14 years): 41.70 €
  • Round-trip ticket for a child (5-14 years): 51 €.
  • Free entry for children < 5 years.

information sources: Chamonix


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