Geneva to Chamonix French Alps Full-Day Trip by Open-Top Bus

Day Trips & Excursions in Geneva
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Tour description

Soak up the beauty of the Alps on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, situated at the base of Mont Blanc. With round-trip transport in Mercedes Sprinter, enjoy unobstructed views and informative commentary as you travel. Beat the crowds with an early arrival to this famous Alpine town, and then explore by foot. Upgrade to enjoy lunch at a top Chamonix restaurant, or for a ride on Europe’s highest cable car and to take the railway to Mer de Glace glacier to explore the ice caves.

Your day trip to Chamonix departs from the Hotel Warwick in central Geneva. After boarding the open-top bus — with a retractable glass roof in case of chilly weather conditions — sit back and enjoy unobstructed views of the gorgeous Swiss and French Alps as you travel through the Arve Valley. On your 90-minute drive, enjoy an informative overview of Geneva, Chamonix, and the surrounding Alps region from your audio headset, with commentary available in eight languages. Cross the Swiss border into France and arrive in Chamonix, surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers. This picturesque Alpine town is nestled at the foot of imposing Mont Blanc, the largest peak in Europe. Thanks to your morning departure, arrive in Chamonix before the busy crowds arrive. Plus, if you have upgraded to enjoy the all-inclusive experience, your pre-ordered lift and train tickets allow you to avoid the long queues. After your guide drops you off in front of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, you're free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. With your all-inclusive upgrade, take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 12,605 feet (3,842 meters) to a landing of permanent snow and ice for stunning panoramas of Mont Blanc and the surrounding French, Swiss and Italian Alps. At the summit, experience 'Step into the Void,' an enclosed glass platform that lets you hover weightlessly above the snow-covered valley.  Then, if you have opted for the lunch you will head back in to town and escorted to our fabulous restaurant where you will receive a two course lunch.  After your lunch, take the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace, descend by gondola onto the glacier and explore the ice caves that are carved out into the heart of the ice. In the late afternoon board the open-top bus and enjoy more commentary on your scenic ride back to Geneva, this time via the north side of the valley.

What's included

  • Transport by Mercedes Sprinter
  • Audio commentary in 6 languages on board
  • Aiguille du Midi cable car ride (if option selected)
  • Montenvers railway ride (if option selected)
  • Top restaurant lunch if selcted (if option selected)
  • Pick up door to door from your hotel.
  • Entry/Admission - Montenvers - Mer de Glace train
  • Entry/Admission - Aiguille du Midi

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences