Welcome to French Alps & the Jura Mountains


Rumbling across seven European countries, the Alps reach their maximum height in France, at Mont Blanc (4810m). Buckling northwest along the Swiss border are the less mighty Jura Mountains, where life unfolds along slower rhythms: winemaking, cross-country skiing and tinkling cow bells.

Routes into the Alps’ otherworldly realms are many: aboard cable cars that fly to knee-trembling heights, or in the company of mountain guides who set out into wintry oblivion. Europe's biggest, and arguably most prestigious, ski resorts are here, melting into meadow-draped hiking country each summer. Winter or summer, this forbidding terrain commands respect: the French Alps’ mirror lakes, ice-cold rivers and crevasse-scarred glaciers form one of Europe’s true epics.


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$126.16 Outdoor Activities

Paragliding Tandem Flight over the Alps in Chamonix

Meet your professional pilot either in the morning or in the afternoon in Chamonix. Then, board the minivan that will take you to the cable car (ticket not included), which will lift you up to 2100m/3900ft where the takeoff spot is located. (for discovery flight: Brevent Plan Praz or Plan de l'Aiguille).You will have a very short walk (around 5 minutes) to reach the takeoff place. Once arrived, your pilot instructor will prepare the paragliding equipment, and set up your harness. Just before takeoff, he will give you a short briefing including important information regarding safety for takeoff and flight. Now it is time to fly...  Ready ? One ... Two .... Three ... Go go go!Run few meters and you will be in the air, for a 20 to 30 min ride over the Chamonix valley. Observe the Alps mountain range and its most famous summit: the Mont Blanc.While in the air, you can ask your pilot to let you fly, to make some acrobatics tricks, or just to enjoy a peaceful flight to gaze at the breathtaking views.  Do not worry, landing will be very soft. In order to immortalize this unique experience, you can get a video recording of your flight (not included). The total time for the activity should be around 1h20.

$99.28 Walking & Biking Tours

3 -Hour Electric Bicycle Tour of Annecy

Meet your local guide at the SNCF train station.  Immerse yourself in this town of charm with an electric bicycle transport of the future.   Follow your guide and cycle through the gardens.  Head up hill to  visit Annecy Castle and Basilique and enjoy views of Annecy. Pass through the beautiful countryside and forests and visit the conservatory and History Museum. Descend to the Old Town, Prison, Cathedral and visit some of the lovely cobbled streets and alleys near the river.  Complete your pelerinage   with a visit to the town hall, Notre Dame, gardens, river and admire the beautiful lake before return to meeting place.  An interesting visit of a beautiful town steeped in History.

$160.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Montreux Chillon Day Trip from Chamonix

Meet your driver at 7:30am in central Chamonix and board the air-conditioned coach for the rip to Geneva, just over one hour away. Admire breathtaking views of Switzerland, the Alps, and the crescent-shaped Lake Geneva. On arrival in Geneva, meet your guide and set off through the beautiful Vaud countryside. Continue to Corsier-sur-Vevey and enjoy some free time to explore the village around Chaplin’s World – a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin.Jump on the open trolley tour through Lavaux, a UNESCO-protected site also known as "The Wine Road". Enjoy spectacular views of the terraced vineyards before hopping off the trolley to sample local products such as cheese, wine or grape juice.The trolley continues to the town of Vevey, where you can stroll around the Nestlé headquarters and browse stalls of local food and crafts at the covered market. After lunch at a restaurant or cafe of your choice (own expense), board the trolley again and travel alongside the lake to Montreux-Vevey, which features a promenade several miles long lined with palm trees and tropical flowers.Arrive at Chillon Castle, an island castle located on Lake Geneva, and explore this medieval fortress before continuing on to Montreux. This glamorous resort has enjoyed the company of many great soul legends, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, and Ray Charles. Snap a photo next to the statue of Freddie Mercury, who lived in the city for several years and recorded Queen's last album "Made in Heaven" at the Mountain Studio in the Montreux Casino. Do some window shopping in the boutique shops or perhaps relax in one of the cafés (own cost) before boarding the coach back to Chamonix, where the tour ends.

$89.22 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Geneva from Chamonix

Board your coach in central Chamonix to start your day tour to Geneva, where you'll be welcomed by the tour staff when you arrive. If you select the 10:30am departure when booking, you'll receive recommendations for lunch when you arrive and then have free time to eat in the city center (own expense) before your 2-hour city tour by bus begins. Alternatively, on the 12:30pm departure, you'll start your guided city tour immediately after arrival in Geneva.On the guided tour, visit the international section of the city to see organizations such as the United Nations Office and the Red Cross. Continue to top attractions like the Jet d'Eau (water fountain) and the Flower Clock (L'Horloge Fleurie), and then get a taste of Geneva history with a mini-train ride (aka tramway tour) or a walking tour in Old Town with your guide (depending on the season). You also have the chance to admire the Cathedrale de St-Pierre.At the end of the tour, you have about 45 minutes of shopping time if you wish to browse for gifts and souvenirs before making the return trip to Chamonix.

$59.64 Tours & Sightseeing

Annecy Segway Tour

Meet your guide at central Annecy at 9:45am. You will start at 10:00am with an introduction to riding the Segway gyropod and a presentation of the safety rules for 10-15 minutes. Begin the experience by cruising along the clear waters of Annecy Lake. Your guide will introduce you to the intuitive riding of the Segway gyropod. Let yourself be seduced by the various gardens bordering the lake. Continue your trip by admiring the magnificent Imperial Palace, which has welcomed personalities such as Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin, and Winston Churchill. Carry on with your getaway in the medieval Old Town and discover its canals, tiny streets, and churches. Finish the experience by getting off the beaten tracks along the Thiou river. Follow your guide in this calm way; it's nature in town!The tour covers 10km (6,21 miles) and finishes at 12:00pm back at Mobiliboard.

$126.16 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Paragliding tandem flight in Chamonix and around

Most of the time we will meet at the bottom of the cable car. The most use cable cars are Planpraz and Aiguille du Midi, both of them with accessible parking or just 5 minutes walk from the chamonix town center. We will take the gondola together, walk for 5 minutes to the takeoff. We will prepare you harness, helmet, paraglider, etc. Once every thing is ready, we will give you a small count down and in few steps you will be airborne for one of the best experiences of you life! The fight will last around 20 minutes and the whole experience is between 1 and 1.5 hours, depending of the takeoff that is use.