Hotel Ermitage

Chamonix, 74660, France
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by peikens

I will be traveling from Florence to Chamonix in mid June and then on to Geneva. Is the trip from Florence scenic enough to be worthwhile taking a day train, or is it better to just travel overnight.
Also do you have any suggestions on good short hikes (appropriate for an 11 year old) that will be open in June.

Re: peikens

by K_V_B

There are no direct night trains from Florence to Chamonix. (It would be technically impossible to offer such a train). You can however take a night train to Martigny, and change for the train to Chamonix there.
Traveling by day is possible too, and involves changing trains in Milano and twice in Switzerland. Certainly the part once you've left the Milano urban area is quite scenic.
However, I'd opt in your case to take the night train. The most scenic part is the Martigny - Chamonix part, and you'll do that by daylight in both cases.

Travel Tips for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Multipass for all cabe cars, tramways etc.

by Martinewezel

If you plan to stay a few days you'll probably take some cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts or tramways to several sites, especially while these sites are inaccessible by car.
Depending on the moment of the day, you'll have to deal with long queues at the cash desk.

You might consider buying an all-in "Multipass Mont-Blanc", which is a badge allowing you a quick and easy access to the sites and domains from the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, with some extra advantages.

for instance: 3 consecutive days: € 71,50 /adult (price Summer 2006).
We would have paid € 111 for our excursions without multipass.

Available at any of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc cash desks.

a good company for hiking trips.

by cachaseiro

i whave worked with altitude mont blanc while organising hiking trips in the alps for danish tourists and i found the company to be reliable and hard working.
the few problems i have had during my stay there was solved quickly by altitude mont blanc and i can only recommend them as a trust worthy company if you are looking for someone to organise your intenerary in the alps.

a special thanks goes to sophie from altitude mont blanc who did an amazing job, not just transporting our lugage, but also helping people who sufferd injuries and illness during our trip.


by Helga67

Although this mountain is just off the beaten path, an insider told me that the Col du Grand St Bernard is actually on the Italian/Swiss border (near Martigny), thus in another country.
The road to the top is excellent and loved by bikers.

Good daily specials and pizza, fast service

by firechick about Le Bartavel

A smaller restaurant, in summer with outdoor seating and in winter with 'apres ski' heaters set up outside. The daily set menu specials are often very very good and unusual. Otherwise, typical savoyarde food leaning towards an Italian influence such as pizza, pasta, cheese dishes. Pizza here is very good.

Take an old time train for some ice spelunking

by iNorv9

The Montenvers Railway, first completed in 1909, takes you from Chamonix along a windy, tree lined and sometimes steep 5.1 km (20 minute) route to the Hotel de Montenvers station (6,276 ft/1 913m). From here you can take a gondola (or take the path during the summer) down to the Mer de Glace, the second largest glacier in the Alps. My favorite part of Montenvers was La Grotte de Glace, or Ice Grotto, essentially an ice cave which has been freshly carved out each year for the past 50 years. The deep blue glow of the glacial walls is remarkable, and after all, where else will you be able to step foot INSIDE of a glacier? Also, near the station there a free Alpine Museum with plenty of, well, stuffed wildlife.

Cost: about 20 euro for round trip train ticket + Grotte de Glace gondola

Time: at least 2 hours, more if you choose to hike back

Bottomline: Nice landscapes, unique experience, worthwhile if your budget allows


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