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Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

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Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

We are booked for 3 nights in Annecy and 3 nights in Charmonix. Is there enough to do in both areas combined for that length of time if we are not hikers? We will have a car so traveling around to other areas is not a problem.

We will be driving from Charmonix to Nice.

Please advise.

Thank you,

Sue

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1. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Not sure about Annecy but in Chamonix for 4 days there is loads to do.

Best bet would be to contact the Tourist Office www.chamonix.com or try a commercial website www.chamonix.net.

Sports wise there is golf, tennis, swimming, fishing, paraponting (jumping off a mountain with a parachute type glider), rafting etc.

Sight seeing there are the lifts to high altitude open. Aguille du Midi, Brevente and Les Grands Montets. All worth a visit for the views.

Great market on Saturday mornings and nice shops although they are more geared to sports clothing and equipment.

Good resteraunts, well it is France.

Plenty of other towns within an hours drive. Martigny, Megeve, St Gervais are all worth a look.

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2. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

My wife and I just spent 4 nights in Chamonix on our honeymoon (amongst other places). We travelled all the way from Australia. We got the end of the ski season, so that took up one day.

The 'must see', though, is the Aguille du Midi, the cable car that goes all the way up from Chamonix to a point at 3800m near the summit of Mont Blanc. It is a scary ride but the views from the top are incredible. You can buy a ticket from the base of the cable car when you arrive and then wait for a clear day. The eather can be a bit cloudy up so high, so you need a day or two to wait for a break in the weather.

The town is in a valley and the busses between the towns near by are free. You could plan a day trip to go hiking in the ski resorts that are closed over summer, although there is still a lot of snow around.

The village itself is quite nice and there are literally scores of restaurants and bars if you dont plan to leave the town. It is quite basy at most times so it certainly doesn't feel 'dead' at any time.

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3. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Thank you for the update. We spend 2 months last summer in Australia and New Zealand. Had a great trip!! Looking forward to returning.

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4. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Hi, Does anyone know how cold does it get in the summer in Mont Blanc. My daughter is going to go in July and I wonder if she needs a winter jacket and boots. Also what's the price of the cable car that goes to the top of Mont Blanc. Thanks.

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5. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Gichelle, there are other threads here about the summer weather in Chamonix for more info. You ask about how cold it gets at Mont Blanc. Unless you are a climber you won't be going to the Mont Blanc. In the town of Chamonix at about 1000 meters elevation it is usually shorts and t-shirt weather in the summer. Maybe a sweater or sweatshirt on cool days or in the evenings. Winter coats, like you would wear in Calgary in the winter, are definitely not needed in the winter.

You ask about the cable car to the Mont Blanc. There is no such thing. There IS one to the Aiguille du Midi at about 3800 meters elevation, about 1000 meters lower than the Mont Blanc. It is usually below freezing there, even when it is nice in the valley. Normally expect to wear a sweater and a shell if you go up there.

As for prices, here's the rate sheet

compagniedumontblanc.fr/en/…forfaits_ete.htm

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6. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Thanks Des Alpes, Yes, I meant the Aiguille du Midi. My daughter asked her French friend if she needed a winter jacket and she said she needed a "pull fourrure polaire" and we weren't quite sure what that was. Her friend did not say how cold it was up there, so we weren't sure if she needed a fleece sweater or a winter coat. Thank you again you have been very helpful.

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7. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Please tell me about your plans for the drive from Chamonix to Nice, we are planning the opposite in January. ie Nice to Chamonix, ski then drive to Paris. My concern is the roads may be closed that time of year. Are there other means of travel?

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8. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

pull fourrure polaire - fleece sweater.

Your wardrobe needs depends on the activities planned. If you daughter is planning to camp overnight at elevation and/or do the Haute Route, you'll need gear for below freezing weather. But if just staying in town with the occassional cable car ride up the Auigille or similiar, you might not even need a sweater. We're orignally from Toronto (now live in upstate, NY), and we skied in shorts or light shell pants in March. Your family being from Calgary, where it's far colder than Chamonix, might not need much in July for Chamonix. There's tons of clothing stores in Chamonix, including a Patagonia dealer, so if you really had to - just buy something. Note that Patagonia and other imported brands are MUCH more expensive in France than here in the Americas.

Chamonix is awesome, you'll have a great time.

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9. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Hi, I am taking a trip to Chamonix the first week of February. I will be there with my new bride as it is our honeymoon. First we will be in Paris for three days then take the train to Chamonix for another three there. What are some of the good destinations and attractions to see/visit? We will be checking in on Thursday, ski Friday and Saturday, then head back to Paris on Sunday. We will not have a car to visit any nearby towns, so I am looking for things to do in the city on Thursday, and in the evening after we ski. Thanks!

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10. Re: Is there enough to do for 3 nights/4 days in Charmonix ??

Loads to do after skiing. Bars, restaurants, ten pin bowling (although not to my taste) ice skating, swimming and browsing the shops. Quite a few that specialise in chocolate , I am told this is an aphrodisiac.

It is a party town so enjoy it.

Skiing there are 3 main areas, not including the Mer de Glace, it depends how accomplished your are but the Flegere/brevent is great and the closest to Chamonix.

La Tour is nice and relexing it is the easiest skiing and dead pretty.

But the best is Les Grands Montet this is the dream. it is chalenging but it blows my mind everytime.

All the areas are linked by a free ski bus service.