Chamonix, far from being just a ski resort, has attracted tourists to wonder at Mont Blanc and its tumbling glaciers long before skiing came to the alps. With its beatiful town, awe inspiring views and pristine mountain environment there is plenty which Chamonix offers to let you unwind, relax and reinvigorate yourself in the crisp Alpine air.
The Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you from 1035M on the valley floor to a dizzying 3842m on the Aiguille du Midi where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alps, and in summer the Helbronner lift, suspended high above the glacier, will take you across to the Italian side where you can enjoy a real Italian hot chocolate or a slap up lunch.
Over on the opposite side of the valley you can take the lft up to the top of Le Brevent for the best panoramic view of the Mont Blanc Massif and enjoy a slap up meal at either Le Panoramic or Le Begerie. If heights aren't your thing then there's always the more relaxing option of taking the Montenvers funicular railway to the impressive Mer de Glace glacier and its ice caves.
Another option is to take Tramway du Mont Blanc which winds its way up from Le Fayet to the top of Les Houches through a winter wonderland in season and alpine pastures in summer.
Chamonix is situated on the borders of both Switzerland and Italy making it ideal for you to make day trips to both. Just a short drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and you arrive in Courmayeur with its many great shops, restaurants and regional specialities. A short drive in the opposite direction takes you over the Col du Montets and into Switzerland where a steep funicular will take you up to the spectacular Emosson dam and lake.
Annecy has to be one of the most beautiful towns in France. Only an 1hr away from Chamonix the old town has preserved its medieval architecture with quaint canals and tiny bridges.
Nestling on the shore of the beautiful Lac d'Annecy, this historic town has lots to offer you. Stroll through the Old Town with its castle and museum; meander around the canals, shops and cafes; take a boat tour around the lake and finish the day with a lakeside stroll.