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 includes rafting, parapenting, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and summer toboganning. 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.
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.
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- see our Inghams Plus tab.
Two Centres | Experience one of our inspiring Mont Blanc Tours for a 14 night holiday combining France with either Italy or Switzerland.
Resort Code: FRCH
Languages spoken: French, but English widely spoken
Time difference: GMT+1
Located in the heart of Chamonix, this recently renovated 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.
Spend an unforgettable night in the newly renovated Refuge du Montenvers.
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Transfer Approx. 1hr 15mins by coach.
Supplements are based on 7 night departures
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services: <p>Yes</p>
Nearest Rail Station:
Parking available: Yes
Resort Ski bus available: No
Chamonix Valley Card which includes:
FREE bus and train travel between Servoz and Vallorcine plus discounted entry to:
Annecy £49, full day, Friday
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 £62, 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!
We have new and exciting pre-bookable activity packages now available in Chamonix for summer 17 & 18. Applicable for Wednesday arrivals only, guests can now book the following:
A great introduction to some of the exciting activities Chamonix has to offer including white water rafting, guided biking and gentle hiking.
Rafting – Chamonix
Starts and finishes in Chamonix on the river l’Arve, which runs through the centre of Chamonix – 45 minutes long.
This is cross-country through forests and rivers, not going on chair lifts, part of a group and bike included.
Half day hike with a guide around the Chamonix valley. It will be a gentle walk, nothing too strenuous.
All ½ days
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.
Rafting in Italy
Dora Baltea ½ day – 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.
Parapenting - Brevent
You land in front of the Sapinière! Guests will fly in tandem with a qualified parapent pilot.
Lift pass to start point 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 alpes. Guests will be equipped with crampons, a harness and ice axes. The guide will lead them.
All 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
Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.
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 (Summer 18 TBC):
Brévent & Flégère - 10th June to 17th September 2017
Grands Montets - 24th June to 24th September 2017
Aiguille du Midi - open year-round
Les Houches - 10th June to 24th September 2017
Montenvers Mer de Glace train - 1st May to 24th September 2017
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.
Other things to do in and around Chamonix
Mont Blanc Multipass | from £57 (1 day) | £105 (5 days)
Mont Blanc Multipass available locally with a choice of durations, includes Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace
Sample Walking Programme
Day 1 | To top of Brévent then walking the Grand Balcon Sud to Flégère
Day 2 | Take the charlift from the top of the Bossons village to 1,425m and join the La Jonction hike up to 2,589m where you can enjoy stunning views of both the Bosson and Taconnaz glacier
Day 3 | Up the Flégère lift in Les Praz and walk to Lac Blanc
Day 4 | From the top of the Grand Montets cable-car, walk to the Glacier d'Argentière and return via the Refuge Chalet de Lognan.
Day 5 | Up the Le Tour gondola then chairlift for walk to Col de Balme for breathtaking views over Switzerland. Lots of Marmottes!
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.