On our recent trip to the stunning Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, we followed this 3-day itinerary. You could easily spend weeks exploring the expansive Chamonix Valley region and still not have seen everything; however, this 3-day itinerary will allow you to view the classic attractions and some not-as-famous spots.
If you’re looking for a fun and exciting summer getaway, Chamonix, France, is the perfect place. Nestled in the French Alps, Chamonix offers excellent outdoor activities, picturesque views, and plenty of opportunities for adventure and relaxation. If you’re planning a 3-day trip to Chamonix, you’ll be spoiled for choice regarding activities and places to see. Here is the best three-day itinerary for summer to help you make the most of your time in Chamonix.
Start your day by taking the cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi. This is one of the most popular attractions in Chamonix and offers stunning views of the valley and Mont Blanc. Spend some time exploring the observation decks and take some photos. However, check the weather before you go. If clouds cover a large part of the sky, don’t go. Visibility is essential for the whole experience.
For lunch, head to the lovely village of Les Houches. Here you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving up delicious local dishes. Make sure to try some of the local specialties, such as tartiflette and fondue.
In the afternoon, explore the vibrant streets of Chamonix town. Here you’ll find an array of shops, bars, and restaurants. Make sure to take the time to explore the local boutiques and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
At night, head to one of the many bars in Chamonix. Here you’ll be able to experience the vibrant nightlife that Chamonix is famous for.
The second day of your Chamonix itinerary should be spent on a hike up to Lac Blanc. Start your journey in Les Praz de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and ascend to the summit of the mountain on the La Flégère gondola. Take the chairlift to L’Index from there. At this point, you are ready to start your hike up to Lac Blanc.
The trail gains elevation quickly and is pretty steep in places. However, the rewards come soon enough with stunning views of the Mont Blanc mountain range and the valley below. Despite the difficulty, the trail is well-marked and easy to follow.
After a few hours of hiking, you’ll come to the base of Lac Blanc. The lake is surrounded by jagged peaks, and the reflection of the mountains in the lake is simply stunning. Take a break here, have a picnic lunch, and enjoy the beauty of the landscape before continuing on the hike.
The hike to Lac Blanc is a challenging but rewarding experience. The views and wildlife make it an unforgettable experience and a must-see destination in the French Alps.
At night, take a stroll through the charming streets of Chamonix town. Enjoy the old-world atmosphere and sample some of the local food. Relax in one of the many cafes and pubs before heading back to your accommodation for the night.
We stayed at Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons. This hotel is conveniently located in Chamonix Sud, right next to the bus stop. The hotel has a huge heated outdoor pool and a charming restaurant.
On the final day, visit Mer de Glace, or “Sea of Ice,” one of the largest glaciers in Europe.
The Mer de Glace is an incredible sight, stretching for 7 kilometers and up to 200 meters in depth. The glacier moves approximately 70 meters a year and constantly changes with the seasons.
Mer de Glace can be accessed by the Montenvers train leaving Chamonix town center.
There are several tourist attractions at the Mer de Glace, including the Glaciorium, an interactive museum about the glacier, and the ice cave, carved into the glacier itself. The ice cave offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the glacier up close and personal. The Glaciorium can only be visited during the summer months.
Always wear sturdy shoes, and be sure to bring warm layers, as the temperature can drop quickly during the summer months.
At the end of the day, take a short drive to the nearby town of Argentière for a delicious dinner. This charming town is full of character and is a great place to end your Chamonix trip.
So there you have it – a 3-day Chamonix itinerary that will make your summer getaway one to remember!
Are three days in Chamonix enough?
Three days in Chamonix is ideal for an introduction to the area. You will see a lot and still want to return to experience more.