Chamonix Holidays

The original home of Alpine tourism

The dazzling snow cap of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, is a magnificent backdrop to the colourful resort of Chamonix and its smaller, but very attractive neighbour, Les Houches. From relaxing strolls to challenging hikes, this ideal walking country offers something for everyone.

The huge choice of outdoor activities (see our excursions tab) includes rafting, parapenting, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and summer tobogganing. In Chamonix, there is also a superb adventure park, a sports centre and a wonderful 18 hole golf course in Le Praz and mini-golf. Why not try our fantastic new Peaks of Perfection Activity Week in Chamonix, a perfect holiday if you love an active break, leave the organising to us!

Offering a wide range of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, Chamonix also has a cinema, casino and nightclubs. Take a trip up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi, one of Europe’s highest cable-cars, or a ride on the famous rack railway to 6,200ft to admire the stunning Mer de Glace glacier. For those looking to beat the crowds, spend an unforgettable night in the Refuge du Montenvers, sitting on the top of the Mer de Glace.

The Chamonix Valley Card is provided by your hotel upon arrival and offers FREE bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services. The Mont Blanc Multipass is also available locally through our in resort Rep and provides a great value option for those wanting to explore numerous peaks using the in resort lift system - see our Inghams Plus tab.

Added value

Free Chamonix Valley card giving free travel on local trains and buses and discounted entry to some resort facilities

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Chamonix, France - 26/07/2019
  • from£854pp
  • 102 rooms
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We are delighted to feature this state of the art, chic, yet comfortable hotel at the foot of the Aiguille de Midi cable car.

  • from£574pp
  • 60 rooms
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The Cristal de Jade opened in 2016 and is an impressive residence with fantastic facilities. It offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation for those keen to have the flexibility of a self-catered property.

  • from£599pp
  • 107 rooms
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This contemporary and stylish hotel offers very high standards of comfort and fantastic facilities. The hotel is a firm favourite with our guests and offers a warm and friendly welcome.

  • from£539pp
  • 250 rooms
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The Savoy Palace has been transformed into the Hotel La Folie Douce, bringing its eclectic mix of hospitality and entertainment to Chamonix. The location beats many in Chamonix, sitting on the edge of the Savoy meadow, with fabulous views.

  • from£479pp
  • 49 rooms
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Located in the heart of Chamonix, this informal, friendly hotel is perfect for enjoying the bustling resort.

  • from£744pp
  • 56 rooms
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A elegant and contemporary hotel serving excellent cuisine in the heart of Chamonix. The hotel offers picturesque views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains. Along with the rooftop terrace, all hotel rooms have a balcony or terrace to make the most of these breathtaking views. 

  • from£599pp
  • 97 rooms
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The Hotel Prieuré is an exciting new addition to our programme for Summer 2020. Situated in the heart of Chamonix and recently refurbished, it provides the ideal base for exploring the surrounding area or simply enjoying the stunning views only minutes away from the ski lift! With south facing rooms and some facing Mont Blanc, guests can relax on the balcony and enjoy the picturesque mountain views.

  • 79 rooms
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This lovely hotel provides a traditional, yet stylish atmosphere with great facilities. It boasts a fantastic spa with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as an outdoor pool.

  • from£559pp
  • 148 rooms
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Retro hotel with an exciting retro style and room layouts to suit all!

  • from£769pp
  • 71 rooms
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Located in the heart of Chamonix, this hotel has plenty of history behind it. The hotel is named after a British lady, Isabella Straton, who broke boundaries exploring the Alps in the Victorian era with her husband who was a local guide.

  • 20 rooms
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Spend an unforgettable night in the newly renovated Refuge du Montenvers.

Useful Information
Information about Chamonix
Resort Code FRCH
Languages spoken French, but English widely spoken
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.924870
Longitude 6.871930
Travel and Transportation
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Geneva Gatwick
Heathrow
London City
Luton
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 15mins by coach.

Supplements may apply on some flights and up-to-date prices can be given when using our booking system.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services: <p>Yes</p>

Nearest Rail Station:

Chamonix

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

Pre-bookable Excursions

Annecy £55, full day

The Venice of the Alps. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Annecy (pay locally €15), then browse through the colourful market, relax on a café terrace and visit the fascinating château.

Three Countries Tour £97, full day, Monday

Begin with a scenic drive up-valley to the Col de Forclaz for a superb view of the Rhone valley, then through Swiss vineyards, before arriving at the Grand St. Bernard Pass on the Swiss-Italian border. Time for a stroll around the lake, then to Aosta - 'Rome of the Alps'. An unforgettable day of varied landscapes, cultures and architecture!

Peaks of Perfection - £132

A great introduction to some of the exciting activities Chamonix has to offer including white water rafting, guided biking and gentle hiking.

  • River Rafting which starts and finishes in Chamonix on the river l’Arve, which runs through the centre of Chamonix – 45 minutes long.
  • Guided biking, a is cross-country through forests and rivers, not going on chair lifts, part of a group and bike included.
  • Guided Hike which is a half day hike with a guide around the Chamonix valley. It will be a gentle walk, not too strenuous.

All ½ days

Ice, Air & Rapids - £286

For the adrenaline seekers, experience big thrills white water rafting in Italy, land in front of the Chalet Hotel Sapinière as part of a tandem paraglide and take on the Mer de Glace glacier with a guide and all equipment included.

  • White Water Rafting in Italy at Dora Baltea. Guests are collected and taken to the start point, follow a 30km stretch of the Dora river. Active adrenaline adventure and intense thrills on big waves - You MUST be able to swim well. Half day adventure.
  • Parapenting from the Brevent. Take off from the top of the Brévent and enjoy fantastic views. You land in front of the Sapinière! Guests will fly in tandem with a qualified parapent pilot. Please note that a lift pass to start point is not included.
  • Full day glacier hike on the Mer de Glace (great day out for a taster of a glacier/ice walking). The Mer de Glace is one of the most well know glaciers in the Alps. Guests will be equipped with crampons, a harness and ice axes. The guide will lead you.

Peaks of Perfection & Ice,Air & Rapids are bookable for ages 12 and over. Date and times of each activity will be advised on arrival as the itinerary will be dictated by weather and groupings.

All excursions above will also be available to book locally, depending on availability. All excursions are subject to minimum numbers.

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Two Centres | Experience one of our inspiring Mont Blanc Tours for a 14 night holiday combining France with either Italy or Switzerland.

 

Things To Do
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Paragliding
  • Walking

From relaxing strolls to challenging hikes, holidays in Chamonix offer something for everyone. The huge choice of outdoor activities includes rafting, parapenting, mountain biking, climbing and summer tobogganing. There is also a superb adventure park, a sports centre and a wonderful 18 hole golf course and mini-golf; be as relaxed or active as you like. Ride one of Europe's highest cable cars to the spectacular Aiguille du Midi overlooking Mont Blanc, the famous rack railway to 6,200ft to admire the stunning Mer de Glace glacier, or take a trip to Les Houches, Chamonix's quieter village neighbour, 6km down the valley.

 

The lifts are open on the following dates:

  • Brévent - 6th June to 13th September 2020
  • Flégère - 6th June to 13th or 20th September 2020 (closing date to be confirmed)
  • Grands Montets - dates to be confirmed
  • Aiguille du Midi - open year round (weather dependent) 
  • Montenvers Mer de Glace train - open year round (weather dependent) NB. The ice cave and gondola is open from 11th July to 13th September 2020
  • Les Houches - 6th June to 20th September 2020
Festivals

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - During the last week in August each year (24th-30th August 2020), this ultra trail run featuring three countries takes over Chamonix with its energetic atmosphere!

Activity Information

Resort Card - Free to all guests

The free "Chamonix Valley Card" is provided by your hotel/apartment upon arrival and offers free bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services.

Sample itinerary:

  • Day 1 | Bus to Argentiere and brisk walk back on the Petit Balcon Sud via Chalet la Floria for tea.
  • Day 2 | Train to leBuet or Vallorcine for walk to Refuge du Bérard or the Aiguille Rouge Nature Reserve.
  • Day 3 | Train towards Servoz, admiring the Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers. Visit the spectacular Gorges de la Diosaz (entrance €6.50, payable locally).
  • Day 4 | From Chamonix, bus to les Houches then the cable-car (pay locally) to the Col de Voza and the train to Eagle's Nest.

 

Other things to do in and around Chamonix

  • Excellent walking and climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Glacier walks
  • E-Bikes (book locally)
  • Mountain biking
  • Hydrospeed
  • Canyoning
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountaineering - Via ferrata
  • Merlet wildlife park
  • Adventure park
  • Sports centre
  • Golf course
  • Wide range of shops
  • Superb choice of restaurants
  • Cinema
  • Summer tobogganing
  • White-water rafting
  • Bowling
  • Crazy golf
  • Alpine Museum
  • Casino
  • Numerous festivals including Cosmo Jazz Festival and Fête des Guides with a sound and music show
  • Climbing World Cup and fireworks, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
Walking

Mont Blanc Multipass | from £60 (1 day) | £110 (5 days) during Summer 2020 available locally with a choice of durations, includes Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace. Reductions available for children aged 5-14, families and seniors 65 yrs and above.

Here is a selection of suggested walks

Route 1 | To top of Brévent then walking the Grand Balcon Sud to Flégère

The Grand Balcon Sud path is on the sunnier side of the Chamonix valley and this walk is above the tree line so perfect for admiring some of the most spectacular views in Europe. You look across to the Mont Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges peaks and this walk can be done in both directions with lifts at either end, helping your calves on the way up and your knees on the way down.

Take the Brévent-Planpraz lift up to the mid-station at 2000 metres. Directly ahead is a restaurant but follow the path to the left and you will pick up signs for the Grand Balcon Sud and La Flégère.

The trail drops downwards to start with, twisting through boulders covered in thick bracken and wildflowers and whilst there’s a bit of up and down to contend with, this hike ambles fairly gently along a path that once passed through old grazing pastures.

Small streams run alongside the path and there are many places where you can stop to admire the views, take the perfect photo or stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Listen out for the whistling marmots, they’re well camouflaged but you’re never far away from them up here.

The actual walk itself probably only takes a couple of hours but you can walk down to Chamonix from Flégère through the trees and maybe stop at the Chalet de Floria. This walk is perfect if you want high mountain views but don’t want too much climbing

You can of course do the walk in reverse from Flégère to Planpraz and fly down instead of taking the lifts as Planpraz is a popular take-off zone for parapents and paragliding. It’s worth sitting down and watching the take-offs even if you chose not to fly.

  

Route 2 | La Jonction hike for stunning views of the Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers

This is a day walk but hugely rewarding as you walk on the path overlooking the searcs, ice pinnacles and crevasses of the glaciers on either side.

Take the chairlift from the top of the Bossons village to 1,425m and stop at the terrace of the café at the Chalet de Glacier des Bossons for an impressive view over the glacier.

Just before you reach the chalet you will see La Jonction path on the right which winds its way up through the woods. After about 40 minutes the trees open up to reveal some wonderful mountain scenery.

The hiking trail is fairly clear and just below the Chalet des Pyramids, you can look down through the larch trees into the actual crevasses of the glacier.

As you continue hiking up the forest gradually thins out and the path is more of a zig zag with Mont Blanc and the Taconnaz glacier on one side the Aiguille de Midi and Bossons glacier on the other. After about an hour you are above the trees and you reach a large grassy ridge, perfect for a rest and maybe a picnic. When you are ready, return the way you came.

You can go on another hour up to La Jonction at 2,589 metres but recommended for experienced hikers only and if you are acclimatised to the altitude, the weather is good and you have plenty of water as the altitude is very dehydrating.

 

Route 3 | Up the Flégère lift in Les Praz and walk to Lac Blanc

This is one of the most famous walks in Chamonix and is one of the hiking highlights of the Tour de Mont Blanc. The beautiful mountain peaks are reflected in the clear waters of the lake and the surrounding nature reserve means that you are likely to see marmots and ibex.

Set in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges, this beautiful lake offers an extraordinary vantage point over the Chamonix Aiguilles, Les Drus and the Verte.

The Lac Blanc path ascends from the Flégère cable car and climbs in zig zags up to the lake. There is often snow in to July on the surrounding ground and it will feel very high Alpine adventure.  

You emerge at the lake and can stop at the Refuge du Lac Blanc where you can enjoy something to eat or drink. The mountain refuge was destroyed by an avalanche and re-built in the 1990’s and is a popular stop over with walkers on the Tour de Mont Blanc

Take the walk around Lac Blanc to appreciate the many different perspectives of the Mont Blanc Massif and some of the most beautiful alpine colours which change as the summer goes in to autumn.

This hike is not particularly long or technical and can be done by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness but there is no shade so sun glasses and a sun hat are recommended if it is sunny.

 

Day 4 | Grand Balcon Nord hike walking from the Mer de Glace with views of Mont Blanc

First take the train from Chamonix to the Mer de Glace at Montenvers and enjoy the views of the glacier and the south west face of the Dru.

Leave the station with the Grand Hotel de Montenvers on your right, following signs pointing out the trail to Le Signal. This route is a variant to the Grand Balcon Nord and takes you to the wonderful Forbes Signal viewpoint and worth the extra effort.

You follow a zig zag path behind the station, with views over the Mer de Glace and towards the Grands Jorasses. The sharp spike of the Aiguille de la Republique, famous in many mountaineering photos is clearly visible above you and the path heads steadily up for around 45 minutes.

At the top, Forbes Signal is marked by a signpost and many cairns. This point is named after the Dr Forbes from Scotland, who discovered many of the principles of the movement of glaciers by placing rocks on the ice and measuring them. To this day it is one of the finest viewpoints over the Mer de Glace.

The hike then takes you along a path past the old stone avalanche barriers above you which then dips down with some steep bends to re-join the main Grand Balcon Nord hiking trail.

Continue heading towards Mont Blanc, following signs for Plan de L’Aiguille on a gentle undulating path. The final stretch is uphill to the Plan de l’Aiguille and the mid station of the Aquille du Midi lift. If it’s a clear day and you have time, head up to the top of the Aiguille du Midi.

Finally, to get back to Chamonix just take the lift down.

 

Route 5 | Up the Le Tour gondola then chairlift for walk to Col de Balme for breathtaking views over Switzerland. Lots of Marmots!

This is a gentle and pleasing walk offering spectacular views down the Chamonix valley. Walking to the Col de Balme is considered a Chamonix Classic walk and a good one at the start of the week.

Take the bus from Chamonix up to Le Tour and take the gondola up for the start of the walk.  This hike starts by walking along an easy, wide track through high flower meadows and cows and the gentle sound of their cow bells. You’ll have iconic views of the entire Chamonix valley and Mont Blanc at all times.

This track follows the gentle slopes of the mountain and showcases the amazing view of Mont Blanc straight down the valley. From here you really appreciate the magnitude and size of Mont Blanc, something not always seen from Chamonix itself. The area is full of flowers from early summer well into August with many wild orchids and late blooming gentians in autumn.

Continue hiking and following the signs to the Col De Balme and the stone built Refuge du Col de Balme. Near the refuge is the stone on the border, with the Swiss and French sides marked, good for photos and wonderful on hot days and the col catches all breezes.

Continue up behind the hut on a smooth and easy path and after about 20 minutes descend to your left, following signs to Charamillon. Open meadows continue to offer spectacular views and you can stop at Les Ecuries de Charamillon for drinks or lunch.

Continue down to the Charamillon mid-station and then down on the lift to Le Tour and the bus back to Chamonix.

 

Walks are subject to lift opening/closing dates and weather conditions. There are a wide range of walks in the valley, mid and high mountain.

Local Walking Maps are available locally.

 

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Explore two or three famous resorts in awe-inspiring settings linked by one of the most spectacular rail journeys across the Alps. Start your stay in the infamous resort of Chamonix, moving on to Zermatt, via the picturesque Mont Blanc Express railway journey. For an extended stay, continue on to Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland.

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Our Peaks of Perfection Activity Week is designed to highlight all of the fantastic activities on offer in this world-renowned resort. Leave the organising to us, so you can just turn up and enjoy the thrill of white water rafting, as well as the slightly more sedate guided biking and hiking.

Good to know

  • Your free Chamonix Valley Card gives you free travel on the local trains and buses
  • The Aiguille du Midi is the highest vertical-ascent cable car in the world
  • Stop for refreshments at the flower-covered Chalet de la Floria with its splendid views of Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace
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