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Chamonix, Mont-Blanc
Village Height 1035/3864m
 
Activities
Mountaineering & Mont-Blanc ascent, Glacier trekking
Rock climbing, Via ferrata
Mountain biking, Paragliding .
Rafting, Hydrospeed, Canoraft, Kayak, White Water Rafting. 350km of marked path for walks, Glacier hiking, Mont-Blanc tours. Golf (18 hole)...

 
Driving distance from Calais to Chamonix 518 miles or 8hrs

Resort Info

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain at 16,000 feet, Chamonix has been a major alpine centre since the 19th century and is one of the most visited natural sites in the world. It hasn't changed so much since Charles Dickens said, "Mont-Blanc and the valley of Chamonix, and sea of ice, and all the wonders place are above and beyond one's wildest expectation. I cannot imagine anything in nature more stupendous or sublime".

 

Chamonix is a fascinating traditional resort with a bustling atmosphere and is excellent for activities of all kinds. The picturesque town of Chamonix offers a good range of attractions, over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, a casino, as well as an Olympic ice rink, a sports complex with swimming pool, water slides & fitness centre (saunas, Turkish baths, solarium), 19 tennis courts, climbing wall, a bowling, 3 cinemas.

 

Describing all the activities that are available in Chamonix area would be long but with more than 46 different sports activities you will be spoilt for choice. There is even an incredibly scenic 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones senior. With 350km of signposted walking area and many lifts operating throughout the summer the choice for hiking and rambling is endless. Sunday is market day in Chamonix.

 

Chamonix is the 3rd most visited natural site in the world.

 

MULTIPASS MONT BLANC CARD

The Multipass Mont-Blanc chip card is the best way to enjoy many of the world renowned facilities in the Chamonix Valley. It gives you free access to all the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc facilities and will save you valuable time by avoiding ticket queues and extra reservation fees (eg for Aiguille du Midi). Facilities include the Aiguille du Midi (inc. booking fee of €2 + Free  access to the top lift of Aiguille du Midi -instead of €3), Montenvers train to the Sea of Ice, Mont-Blanc Tramway, Flégère, Brévent, Balme, Grands Montets, Bossons lift and Prarion gondola in les Houches. You will also get discounts on the Chamonix tourist train and Courmayeur lifts in Italy.

   

Places of interest in Chamonix Valley

·          Europe's highest cable car in Chamonix will take you to the fascinating Aiguille du Midi. The views from Europe’s highest cable car station (3842m) are literally breathtaking. It is the closest you can get to the Mont-Blanc without climbing training! From there you can walk back to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ with ease and catch Montenvers train back to town.

·          The Montenvers romantic red train journey to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ or ‘Sea of Ice’ is also captivating. Discover what a real glacier is: 7km long, 40 sq km in area, 200 metres thick. Also available on site is a crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition and the famous ice grotto.

·          Argentieres’s cable car to Les Grands Montets glacier also offers the starting point for superb walking itineraries. Reach Italy by cable car with the Helbronner cable car, which flies over the glaciers for more than 5km from the Aiguille du Midi. The Mont-Blanc tramway is the highest rack & pinion train in France and takes you from Saint-Gervais to the Eagle’s Nest (‘Nid d’Aigle’) at 2372m.

 

Virtual Visits

Hold down the left click of your mouse and drag left right up and down whilst still holding on the left click button to move 360 degree.

 

360 degree view of Chamonix towns in Summer

360 degree view of Gite du Col de Balme, Chamonix

360 degree view of Refuge Belachat, Chamonix Valley

 

View here for Chamonix Valley 360 virtual tours

 

View here to watch a mini-film of Chamonix’s Aiguille du Midi.

 


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  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Eating
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Opening Dates

 

Chamonix is open all year round, however some lifts may be open at different times during the year.

 

View here for Chamonix lift opening times

 

Child Care

 

Le petit VIP

111 Promenade Marie Paradis
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33(0)6 78 22 59 35

heather@lepetitvip.com
Reservation is strongly advised. Open 10:00-18:00 in the Summer

 

Arts, crafts and face painting for children aged 3 years and over. Activity sessions are available all year round at Le petit vip in both English and French.
Booking in advance, by email or by phone, is essential.

Le petit vip work closely with Oui-Care, a professional baby sitting service, enabling the younger ones to join in with sessions designed for the under 3’s. 
Max children: 8 - 20 for craft sessions
Age: 3 years and over for Drop & Go!

 

Cap Loisirs - Maison pour Tous

A weekly programme is established and adapted to children's ages. Different themes are developed each week and include: arts, sciences, sports and nature activities...
Daily inscriptions are possible subject to availability.

Please book at the welcome desk of the MJC from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 6pm.

 

Beginners’ course from 3 years old:

In the summer, Cham “Piou Piou” helps you to discover the mountains with your children, from 3 to 7 years old. Everyone will experience the mountains in their own way, with a different adventure every day...

 

A list of baby sitters is available from Chamonix and Argentiere Tourist offices.

 

Tour du Mont Blanc for kids

The Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix is offering the legendary Tour du Mont Blanc to children from 9 to 11 years old. The tour is adapted with shorter stages and includes other activities such as white water rafting, shopping in Courmayeur and entertainment at night. It costs €660 per child.

Activities

 

Mountaineering, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, and lots more. Chamonix’s reputation in terms of outdoor pursuits is far-reaching.

Chamonix is also an exceptional nature park to discover and enjoy: the summit of Mont-Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi, and the Mer de Glace glacier.

The chair lifts and footpaths take you to admire one of the most famous landscapes in the Alps. Discover, too, a rich and protected animal and plant wildlife (Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve).

 

VIEW HERE FOR CHAMONIX VALLEY LIFT OPENING DATES & PRICES 2014 PLUS MULTI PASS MONT BLANC INFO

 

NEW 2014
Step into the Void
Testing the brave to “step into the void” in a glass room on the mountaintop terrace of the Aiguille du Midi summit above, a drop to a huge 1,000 m below. Step into the Void virutal view form the glass platform

   

Chamonix Valley Hiking

The valley offers 350 km of superbly maintained hiking trails, with 160 different itineraries offering walks adapted to all.
Choose the lower valley trails for the wonderful forest scents or gain altitude and taste the blueberries, admire the fantastic panoramas and test your stamina.

 
Yoga and Hiking

New this summer, yoga hiking: Combine the practice of yoga and hiking for a complete job of body and spirit with Yoga Rando.

 

The Mont Blanc Tour is a round tour hike of 200 km in medium-altitude mountains in France, Italy and Switzerland. It is suitable for all trained hill-walkers who are used to hiking on varied terrain, carrying a heavy back-pack.



This major hike can be completed in an average of eight to ten days with six hours of walking every day. Everybody makes stops according to their physical abilities, their training, their loads (particularly campers) and the weather.

 

The Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, the Trail Running Valley

In just a few years, Chamonix Valley-Mont Blanc has become a favourite trail running destination.

Routes

18 waymarked routes between Servoz and Vallorcine
Far away from the standard hiking trails, 18 routes of varying lengths are reserved only for trail runners:
S route lasting between 1 and 2 hours
M route lasting between 2 and 4 hours
L route lasting between 4 and 8 hours

Each numbered waymaker fixed to a trailside post (and marked in the route guide) indicates the direction of travel.
The route guides can be downloaded from:

> www.valleedutrail.com

 

Chamonix Valley Mountain biking

Finally, marked trails and arranged routes where mountain bikers can practice their activities to the full and in total safety.

Two sites are dedicated to downhill mountain-biking in the Chamonix Valley.

 

The Balme site with its two traced and marked tracks is located at the bottom of the valley and borders Switzerland:
LES MARMOTTES: Length 2,450 m (1.5 mile) Elevation 363 m (1,107 ft, Green Track)

LES CHEVREUIL: Length 2,540 m (1.6 mile) Elevation 348 m (1,061 ft, Blue Track)

 

The Houches site with its brand-new blue downhill track, which at 4km connects to Prarion in Maisonneuve offering a return route to the departure point by gondola lift. Expert mountain bikers will also be able to take the alternatives to this track…

 

Downhill itinerary to the Brévent and Lognan areas

 

About twenty marked-out tracks make it possible to cycle through hamlets and villages such as Servoz, Houches, Chamonix-Mont Blanc and Vallorcine.

 

In July and August, enjoy the new bike transportations services.

 

Mountain bike trail map

   

Chamonix Climbing

Chamonix's ' granite attracts climbers from the world over. Superb mountain routes, prestigious north faces or more accessible rock faces and boulders for amateur climbers and beginners.

The Gaillands rocks: located just 2km south of Chamonix, next to the Gaillands lake offer a wide variety of easy to more difficult routes.

Bouldering at the Col des Montets: 10 km from Chamonix, just before Vallorcine and the Swiss, the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve offers ideal bouldering terrain with different sized granite blocs for climbing with and without ropes.

Indoor climbing wall at the Richard Bozon sports centre: 180 m2 climbing surface, 800 holds, height 3,60 m.

 

Chamonix Paragliding

Prestige Outdoor Specialists

328 chem. de Saint Roch
Les Tines
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33(0)6 80 20 83 70
Guides and instructors are qualified to the highest level, speak fluent English and have honed their skills over many years in the mountains around Chamonix. 

Half day prices:

Brévent Planpraz: 120 € per person

Les Grands Montets: 190 € per person

Aiguille du Midi: 265 € per person

 

Chamonix White Water sports

Canyoning

Leaping into mountain torrents, abseiling down waterfalls or whooshing along water slides appeals...

 

Hydrospeed

Ride the waves of the river Arve on an unforgettable trip down the Chamonix valley.
Hydroglisse entails swimming in the current of the river, with helmet, flippers and a plastic float to keep one buoyant

 

Rafting

A team sport that can be enjoyed by all. The raft is a large inflatable dinghy which is guided down river by an experienced water sports professional and you his crew. The Arve is a tremendous river for first timers wishing to experience the joys of rafting.

 

 

Prestige outdoor specialists

Tel : +33(0)6 80 20 83 70

  

OXO Mont Blanc

Natural toboggan slides, abseiling, deep river pool jumps.

44 chemin de l'Ordon
Les Praz
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel : +33(0)6 77 88 24 50
Email: info@canyoning-chamonix.com
Web: www.canyoning-chamonix.com 

 

Chamonix Golf

35 route du golf Les Praz
74401 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33(0)4 50 53 06 28
Course access: july and august not included, without booking: 13€ - july and august with booking: 26€
Prepaid Green-fees High season: 5 Green-Fees: 288€ - 10 Green-Fees: 536€
Prepaid Green-fees Very High season: 5 Green-Fees: 329€ - 10 Green-Fees: 618€


24/04 to 16/11/14

The 18 hole golf course was designed by the world famous Robert Trent Jones Senior in setting between the Mont-Blanc range and the massif of the Aiguille Rouges.

The first three holes of the Chamonix golf club were built in 1934. It was soon extended to a nine hole golf course, and in 1982 Chamonix invited world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent-Jones to design the last nine holes.

18 hole golf course - 6076m long course - Par 72

 

Chamonix Richard Bozon Swimming pool

25m swimming pool, amusement pool with waterfall, river rapids, water jets and massages, 130m covered toboggan, solarium, solarium, jacuzzi, hamman, sauna.

Outdoor area: park, refreshment and snack bar

Rates 2014:

During summer from June 21st:
Adult: from 5,40 to 6,70 €
Child: from 4,30 to 5,30 € (From 6 to 17yrs old.)


Closed on May 1st and between May 12th and 25th.
From 05/26 to 2014/06/20 between 12 PM and 7.30 PM.
From 06/21 to 2014/07/04 between 12 PM and 7.30 PM.
From 07/05 to 2014/08/31 between 10 AM and 7 PM.
From 09/01 to 2014/09/07 between 10 AM and 7.30 PM.

 

214, avenue de la Plage
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
0033 4 50 53 23 70

 

Chamonix Richard Bozon Indoor ice rink
Olympic rink that is covered 60 x 30 m

165, route de la Patinoire
0033 4 50 53 12 36

 

Climbing wall

180 m hallhall. Climbing chalk is not permitted.

No admittance to children aged under 6 & 6 to 14-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

 Price: 1 admission 4.80

214, avenue de la Plage
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
0033 4 50 53 23 70
OPENING HOURS
(may be subject to change)
22 June-5 July - Daily, 12pm-7.30pm.
6 July-1 September - Daily, 10am-7pm. 

 

Chamonix Skate park
More than 800 m2, with a bowl, slope, various features, table top and ramps. Also includes a beginners’ area. Free admission. Located at the Bois du Bouchet, near the paragliding area.

 

Chamonix Tennis Richard Bozon

Contact
214 av. de la Plage
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Adult: 17,40 € (For 2 persons)


From 07/04 to 15/11/2014

2 covered tennis courts, 2 squash courts, 8 hard courts, 5 quick courts

 

Chamonix Leisure Park

The Chamonix Leisure Park is an ideal place to spend a great day out with a family. More than 15 activities and games await you with an unlimited access! There is the panoramic tower, slides, toboggans, trampolines, summer sled...Not forgetting the electric motorcycles, indoor and outdoor play areas, giant swing, flying boat, loop-the-loop,Tyrolean rope adventure, water pistols... There are games and activities for children aged from just 3 year old.

Lunch and snacks at our bar-restaurant or bring your own and relax at one of the picnic spots.

 

351 chemin du pied du Grépon
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

 

From 06/21 to 2014/06/30 between 2 PM and 6 PM.

From 07/01 to 2014/07/06 between 11 AM and 6.30 PM.

From 07/07 to 2014/08/29 between 10 AM and 7 PM.

From 08/30 to 2014/08/31 between 11 AM and 6 PM.

From 09/01 to 2014/09/14 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed the 8th and 9th.

From 09/20 to 2014/10/12, every saturdays and sundays between 2 PM and 5.30 PM.

 

The Aiguille Rouges nature reserve

Free admission. Open from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

Adapted services for children.

Trainee facilitators provide tours of the reception chalet and the discovery trail. Microscopes and videodisks provide in-depth knowledge of discoveries

made on the trail. Theme walks (registration necessary).

    

Arbre Aventure - "La forêt du Mont-Blanc" (Les Houches)

2185 route de Coupeau
74310 Les Houches

Tel : +33(0)6 62 67 28 51
 - "Indiana'Park" circuit: 23€ per person.
 - "Indiana'Kid"circuit (height 105 to 135 cm - 3 ft 5 to 4 ft 5): 17€ per child.
 - "Little Kid" circuit (for children from 2 years old - maximum height 105 cm / 3 ft 5): 11€ per child.

 

COUPEAU PARK:
From May the 1st to June the 30th: From 2pm to 6pm on week-ends or public holidays.
July and August: Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
From September the 1st to September the 15th: From 2pm to 6 pm only in week-ends.

 

CHAVANTS PARK :

July and August: Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Arbre Aventure -

Travel from tree to tree, in a magnificent forest situated in front of the Mont Blanc massif. Sky-high thrills in complete safety : take zip-wires, rope brodges, tunnels, rope ladders and sky walks...

- For adults, 7 circuits of various levels :
 75 aerial challenges from tree to tree on a trail covering 3 hectares.
 Introduction and accompaniment by a professional instructor for the 5 first activities. Technical equipment provided.
 Minimum height 1m35 (4 ft 5).

 

 Different circuits for children only:

 Two beginner circuits exist in Coupeau and near Lake Chavants.

 - Indiana Park : 75 obstacles from tree to tree on a golf 3 hectares: from 1.35m.
 - Indiana Kid : Secure in a splendid forest facing the Mont-Blanc child route (from 105 cm to 135 cm).
 - Small Kid : From 105 cm. Route is completely secure.

 

Chamonix Bowling

www.bowling-chamonix.com

Avenue de Courmayeur (Chamonix-Sud). Open every day from 5pm to 2am (open at 2pm if weather is poor). 8 bowling lanes, video games, 18 billiard tables and 1 mini-golf.

 

Markets
Monday: Les Houches (school holidays only), Cluses.
Tuesday: Aosta (Italy), Annecy Vieille Ville.
Wednesday: Courmayeur (Italy), Combloux, Praz-sur-Arly.
Thursday: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, La Rochesur-Foron.
Friday: Megève, Annecy Vieille Ville.
Saturday: Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Sallanches.
Sunday: Annecy Vieille Ville.

  

Merlot Wildlife Park (Les Houches)

Occupying a former Alpine meadow with an amazing balcony view of the Mont Blanc massif, this park is home to 8 species of Alpine animals that roam in semi-freedom. Visitor events: 2pm: A Mountain of Secrets - 3pm: Antlers and Horns - And in the late afternoon:
Marmots’ Feeding Time. 2495, chemin de Merlet 0033 4 50 53 47 89 - www.parcdemerlet.com

Opening hours
• May, June and September: 10am-6pm daily except Monday.
• July and August: daily from 9.30am-7.30pm.
Prices: adults €6 - children (4-14 years) €4

 

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
               

Chamonix Tourist Office  

85, place du Triangle de l’Amitié & 0033 4 50 53 00 24
info@chamonix.com

www.chamonix.com.

Free WiFi, gift shop at the tourist office

Chamonix, the app: weather, webcams and more… Free, for iPhone, iPad and Android.
www.chamonix.com

 

Opening hours:
Mid-April to end of June 2014
Every day from 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-6pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons


July to mid-September 2014
Every day from 9am-7pm non-stop Open until 9pm on Saturdays from 12 July to 30 August

 

Office de haute montagne – 00 33 450 53 22 08. Compagnie du Mont Blanc www.compagniedumontblanc.fr

 

Eating

Chamonix hosts a wide selection of typical cafes and tempting pastry shops along with 18 bars, 80 restaurants, 100 shops and 7 discotheques. The world famous casino in the centre of town will tempt the gambler in you with black jack, roulette and slot machines of the purest tradition. 

 

In Chamonix centre, the restaurant of the five-star hotel, L’Hôtel du Mont-Blanc, is opening in the summer 2014 for the first time. The chef Guy Martin, a Savoyard who use to be the chef of the famous Grand Véfour in Paris, offers a delicious cuisine combining French and Italian flavours.

For a really unique and unforgettable lunch in Chamonix, head to the top of the Aiguille du Midi. Le 3842, one of Europe’s highest restaurants, is now open all year round. It is accessible from Chamonix centre by cable-car and offers a breath taking 360 degrees view.
www.aiguilledumidi-restaurant.com

 

The Vox cinema delights moviegoers with all the latest films.

3 screens with digital technology and 3D. French films and films in English with French subtitles.
Extra film showings in the event of bad weather.
22, cour du Bartavel.
Recorded message with film times:
0033 4 50 53 03 39
www.cinemavox-chamonix.com
Prices
• Normal €9
• Reduced-rate €7.50
• Child €6.50
• 3D supplement €2

 

Bowling centre

196, avenue de Courmayeur - Chamonix Sud.

0033 4 50 53 74 37

n Opening hours

Daily 5pm-2am, and from 2pm in bad weather

 

Post office

89, place Balmat & 04 50 53 15 90
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8.45am- 12.15pm and 1.30pm-6pm.
Saturday: 8.45am-12.15pm.
 

Casino

Open every day from 11am (free coffee & croissants).

64 slot machines, from 1 cent to €5

Table games (English roulette, French roulette and black jack) from 8pm (from 5pm on Sunday). Restaurant open in evening only from Friday to

Sunday (à la carte) and at lunchtime every day with €9.90.

Entertainment and shows all year. ID required for entry to the casino.

 

Bars and clubs

L’Amnesia
200, av de l’Aiguille du Midi

 

Bar du Moulin
80, rue des Moulins 

 

Bar Savoia

31, rue du Lyret

 

Les Caves du Pèle

74, rue des Moulins

www.caphorn-chamonix.com

 

Elevation 1904

259, av Michel Croz

 

Le Mix Bar

90, rue des Moulins

 

O’Byrne’s Pub

Hôtel Vallée Blanche - 36, rue du Lyret

 

Le Privilege

52, rue des Moulins

 

QuartzBar - Hameau Albert 1er

38, rte du Bouchet

www.hameaualbert.fr

 

La Terrasse

43, pl Balmat

 

Vertical Café and Shop

100, pl de l’Aiguille du Midi

 

White Hub

1, place du Mont-Blanc

www.white-hub.com

 

Access

By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Chamonix 518 miles (8hrs)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Chamonix.

 

By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais (35km transfer or regional train).

 

The Mont Blanc Express train line makes travelling between Saint-Gervais les Bains le Fayet and Vallorcine very easy, via the villages of Les Houches, Chamonix and Argentière. It extends into Switzerland to the city of Martigny.
With an average of a train per hour and 18 stops, take a nice and easy ride along this beautiful valley. (Journeys between Servoz and Vallorcine are free with the guest card).


Connecting TGV trains to Annecy and Geneva.
More information at any train station in France, by phone (from France): 0891 67 68 00 or Internet

 

Airports:

Geneva Airport is 82km from Chamonix (1 hour)

www.gva.ch/en  

Chambery Airport is 132km from Chamonix (1 ½ hours)

www.chambery-airport.com

Grenoble Airport is 219km from Chamonix (2 hours)

www.grenoble-airport.com

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 220km from Chamonix (2 ½ hours)

www.lyonairport.com

 

Regular bus transfers from GVA to Chamonix via SAT bus,

40, place de la gare
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tel : +33(0)450530115
http://www.sat-montblanc.com

 

Bus timetable from Geneva - Chamonix Summer 2014

 

Getting around Chamonix

 

NEW 2014

Whether you are staying in Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière or Vallorcine, the Chamonix Valley tourist offices have an electric mountain bike hire service.

 

PARKING

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Argentière
SHORT-STAY CAR PARKS
First 2 hours: €3 (up to 30 min. free of charge)
Enclosed car park at the railway station (16 spaces)
Outa enclosed car park (60 spaces)
MEDIUM-STAY CAR PARKS
First 2 hours: €2.50 (up to 1 hour free of charge)
Allobroges enclosed car park (72 spaces)
Media library enclosed car park (48 spaces)
LONG-STAY CAR PARKS
Saint Michel covered car park (310 spaces)
Mont Blanc covered car park (238 spaces)
Entrèves covered car park (150 spaces)
First 2 hours:€2.50 (up to 1 hour free of charge)
One-week parking permit with carte d’hôte: €38
Other parking permits are available. Ask for details at car park pay stations.
Grépon car park (690 spaces): €1 / hour (up to
1 hour free of charge) - Access to Aiguille du Midi cable car, access to town centre with free shuttle bus (Mulet), motorhome park.
ROADSIDE PARKING - SHORT-STAY
30 min: €1 (minimum payment)
1 hr: €2
1 hr 30 min: €3 

 

CHAMONIX BUS
The scheduled bus services operated by Chamonix Bus serve the entire valley between Servoz and Le Tour. Use of these buses is free for carte d’hôte
holders.
Single journey €1.50 (may be subject to change)
Timetables are available at www.chamonix-bus.com and from the tourist offices in the valley.

THE MULETS
In Chamonix, these little buses operate a free shuttle service between the town centre and the main car parks. They connect with the main Chamonix Bus service. A plan of the bus routes is available at www.chamonix-bus.com
Until 19 April and from 22 June to 6 September. Buses run every 10 minutes from 8.30am to 6.30pm.
Outside these periods - Buses run every 20 minutes from 8.30am to 6.30pm. 

 

CHAMONIX LITTLE SIGHTSEEING TRAIN
A tour of Chamonix town with commentary. A relaxing way to see the cultural sights!
0033 4 50 53 11 24
www.traincham.com
Times from 1 May to 6 October, Daily, 10am-7pm (departures every 40 minutes).
Prices
Adults €6
Children (under 12 years) €4

 

‘Mont-Blanc Express’ Train. The SNCF-CFF Saint Gervais-Chamonix-Martigny line serves all the villages from Saint Gervais/Le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland), via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine. Use of the rail network between Servoz and Vallorcine is free of charge on presentation of a carte d’hôte.
Free travel on trains applies only to journeys starting and ending at stations between Servoz and Vallorcine.
Trains run hourly every day from 7am to 9pm. In France, no more than 5 bicycles may be taken on board a train.
During peak times, SNCF staff reserve the right to refuse to allow bicycles on trains.
In Switzerland, a fee is charged for carrying bicycles on trains.
ENGINEERING WORK 2013
Engineering work on the Saint Gervais-Le Fayet / Vallorcine / Martigny (CH) TER line. Trains will be replaced by a bus service (same timetable, bicycles not permitted):
From 2 April to 28 June, between Vallorcine and Saint Gervais-Le Fayet (or between Le Châtelard Frontière and Saint Gervais- Le Fayet).
From 29 June to 15 September, between Argentière and Le Châtelard Frontière.
 

 

Need an Airport Transfer? Prices from £86 per person based on 4 sharing a private return taxi from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email reservations@peakretreats.co.uk

 

Resort News

 

 

Events in Chamonix and Chamonix Valley 2014

 

Date(s)

 

 

 

 

The GRAND PARCOURS ALPINISME OF CHAMONIX-MONT BLANC
Organized by the French Alpine Club 74 with the support of Chamonix Mont Blanc Town Hall, this event is opened to everyone who is interested in alpinism from 12 years old.


The objective is to propose a friendly gathering where participants can improve their technique or just get initiated to the practice of the alpinism. And this of course, under the supervision of instructors (members of the CAF74) and advised by high mountain guides. For 2014 two novelties: a section for the teenagers and an itinerary including La Mer de Glace
http://www.cafgpchamonix.fr/

2nd edition from 18th to 22nd June 2014

FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE (MUSIC FESTIVAL) - CHAMONIX VALLEY

21st June 2014

 

SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MARATHON DU MONT BLANC 2014 - 27th/29th June 2014
Chamonix Mont Blanc

For 2014, the federation Skyrunning has included three races of the Marathon du Mont-Blanc in its upcoming World Championships. The 2014 Skyrunning World Championships will include the ultra distance for the first time.

 

Three distances will be disputed:

The short, steep Vertical KM

1,000 metres skywards – by night

A timed race, it will test your VO2 max to the limit.

 

The Mont-Blanc Marathon – the 42 km course starts in Chamonix and finishes at 2,016m altitude, gathering 2,511m elevation gain and 1,490m on the downhill, this beautiful trail offers some of the best scenery of the Mont Blanc massif.

 

The Mont-Blanc 80KM – an exclusive, new course to be inaugurated this year, it features a challenging 6,000 metres of vertical climb along ridges, over snow fields, crossing into Swiss territory and traversing glaciers in a point to point loop from the town of Chamonix.

www.montblancmarathon.fr

 

27th June - 29th June 2014

THE MONT-BLANC CROSS, THE MONT-BLANC 10KM AND THE MONT-BLANC MINI CROSS - CHAMONIX

28th June 2014

CHAMONIX MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Mountaineering races, films and conferences

29th June - 6th July 2014
OPEN-AIR OPERA
Le Comte Ory by Rossini - Chamonix
5th July 2014
CHAMONIX ADVENTURE FESTIVAL 6th - 10th July 2014
CLIMBING WORLD CUP - CHAMONIX 9th - 12th July 2014
BASTILLE DAY, FIREWORK DISPLAY - CHAMONIX VALLEY 13th - 14th July 2014
LE TOUR DU MONT BLANC CYCLO BY ODLO
A race for the toughest cyclists. Starting and finishing in Les Saises riders to 300km and 8000m of height in one day! An extraordinary course which passes through France, Switzerland and Italy. The routes passes through the following towns and villages:
Megève, Saint Gervais, Chamonix, Col de Montets, Martigny, le Col du Grand Saint Bernard, Aosta, le Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, le Cormet de Roselend, Beaufort and finish le Col des Saisies.
20th July 2014
COSMOJAZZ FESTIVAL - CHAMONIX VALLEY 26th July - 3rd August 2014
FÊTE DES GUIDES (MOUNTAIN GUIDE FESTIVAL) - CHAMONIX VALLEY 12th - 15th August 2014

THE NORTH FACE® ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT-BLANC® CHAMONIX VALLEY

25th - 31st August 2014

 

 

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Other Amenities

Taxis, doctors, pharmacy, dentist, bank, alpine museum, library, ice garden, ice grotto, bowling

 

Launch of "ITINERIO" - May 2014
Chamonix launches an interactive downloadable application for smartphones and tablets to better discover the natural heritage and secrets of the Chamonix Valley.

Itinerio will also be available through the rental of tablets in all the tourist offices of the valley, from 30th May 2014.

Accessible to all, Itinerio takes you on geo-guided journeys where you will be able to discover a "living" heritage, rich in natural and cultural resources.

Itinerio includes also a section dedicated to families and children with a program of fun activities designed especially for them.

 


Chamonix

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Les Balcons du Savoy
4* Apartments. Sleeps 2-6
Indoor pool
Les Balcons du Savoy luxury residence is ideally located only a 5 minute walk from Chamonix’ centre.


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Hotel RichemondNew to our programme
Sleeps up to 3
The very popular Hotel Richemond is the Grand Old Dame of Chamonix hotels. The location is unique – right in the heart of Chamonix – although quiet, due to the hotel being set back from the street.


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Hotel GustaviaNew to our programme
Hotel. Sleeps up to 3
This very popular hotel enjoys an ideal central location, very practical for local transport, and provides a good standard of accommodation and food, based on a varied, international cuisine.
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