Designed to make the most of the beautiful scenery and wonderful
mountain vistas, the superb Mont Blanc
Express offers one of the best railway journeys on offer
in the Alps. Our journey on the tourist line begins in the small
Swiss town of Martigny. On departure, the line begins a gentle
ascent, passing through the neat rows of vineyards which line the
fields running down to the tracks.
We continue into France through the charming landscape of the
pretty Rhône Valley, and then our train begins to ascend in earnest
- here it makes use of the rack-and-pinion mechanism to climb
higher into the mountains. The views in this section are
outstanding with snow-capped mountains towering over the sloping
valley below. Our electric train then reaches the dramatic Trient
Gorge, crossing the wild rocky canyon using a series of bridges.
Soon we catch our first glimpse of the mighty Mont Blanc - France's
highest mountain - as we approach the Chamonix Valley.
After a final climb along one of the line's steepest sections,
the Mont Blanc Express arrives in the resort
town on Chamonix, a wonderfully popular holiday destination due to
its amazing mountain panoramas and picturesque location.