Day 1 – Dallas > Geneva > Chamonix
The first day of the Tour Du Mont Blanc is all about getting to your starting point, which is most likely Chamonix, France. If you’re coming from the U.S., or somewhere else that requires you to fly, Geneva has the closest airport which is about 60 miles from Chamonix. Luckily for us, we found super cheap flights (about $560 per person, round trip) from Dallas to Geneva using the app “Hopper”.
Once you’ve got your flight to Geneva, the next question that most people have is how to get to Chamonix from the airport. There are several options for this, but we found that the Oui Bus was an easy and affordable choice. We didn’t plan the transportation in advance, so when we landed and got our luggage we just walked up to the transportation counter at the airport and booked a ticket on Oui Bus for the next ride out. It cost us 21 euro’s per person. The bus was pretty comfortable and had big windows to enjoy the views on the way to Chamonix.
Once we arrived in Chamonix we had some time to kill before we were able to check into our hotel so we decided to walk around and explore the town. Chamonix is an incredibly charming mountain town. There are TONS of delicious looking restaurants beckoning you to come in, as well as lots of shops to buy clothes and gear. And, of course, the scenery is incredible. We had so much fun just admiring the adorable streets set perfectly in front of their mountainous backdrop.
At some point during the day, we got smart and decided to drop our backpacks off at our hotel to hold for us until check in. We stayed at the Le Refuge Des Aiglons but I believe that most hotels in the area offer the same service. Once we were free of our bags, we walked around more and looked for a place to eat. It ended up being somewhat difficult because most places don’t serve a full menu if it’s not lunch or dinner time. By the time we were ready to eat, it was between lunch and dinner so we had some bread and jelly at one place while we waited for all the restaurants to open for dinner. Once all the restaurants were serving their full menus we found another cute spot to relax and enjoy some pizza and beer.
After our early dinner we went back to our hotel to check in and got a head start on resting up for the first day of hiking.
Read about about Day 2: Chamonix > Les Houches > Les Contamines > Refuge de Tré la Tête here. This is when the real journey begins!