Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Express
Today we enjoy one of the Alps' most exciting and rewarding
railway journeys as we travel on the fabulous Mont Blanc Express -
a tourist train from its inception over 100 years ago, designed
purely to exploit the region's stunning views and mountain scenery.
We begin our day with a short journey around Lake Geneva to the
small, pretty town of Martigny. Here we board the Mont Blanc
Express train to begin the journey to Chamonix. The line from
Martigny climbs gently and serenely as we pass through the pretty
vineyards which cover the hillsides throughout much of the Rhône
Valley. Before long, the train begins its ascent into the
mountains, climbing steeply and quickly towards the snow-capped
Alpine peaks. The small electric train makes its way effortlessly
upwards through the forest as the views across the valley becoming
increasingly impressive with every passing minute. The route takes
us across the wild, rugged Trient Gorge as the train clings to the
mountainside, crossing over countless bridges and through dozens of
tunnels and avalanche shelters. In winter, the Trient Gorge is a
snow-bound landscape with frozen waterfalls and cosy villages
encased by deep snowdrifts. In spring, the gorge transforms as the
thaw begins; melting water cascades over waterfalls and new flowers
emerge on the slopes. As we approach Chamonix, the mighty Mont
Blanc towers above the train and dominates the skyline of the
entire Chamonix Valley. We finally reach Chamonix, a bustling town
and major winter sports resort that rose in prominence with the
opening of the Mont Blanc Express and cemented its place in history
by becoming the host of the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924.
Chamonix is one of the most picturesque locations in Europe;
majestic rock spires and snow-laden peaks tower above the town.
Chamonix's pedestrianised centre has a wide selection of attractive
boutiques and cafés.
- Breakfast, Dinner
- Mont Blanc Express