When I told my mum I’d booked us on a day trip to France to see Mont-Blanc – she was excited, when I told her we were taking a cable car up to the top of Aiguille du Midi, then stepping into a glass void off the edge – she said “can we change the trip?” haha.
The bus left Geneva bus station at 8.30 am where we took the ninety minute drive to Chamonix, France.
Our first stop was the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Mum still wasn’t sure up until this moment if she was joining on this part of the tour, but she was feeling brave and got on. The first cable car took us on a ten minute journey up the mountain, where we transferred to a second cable car for another ten minute journey.
On this floor you can get off and have a look around the guest shop or have some hot chocolate or lunch in the restaurant. But this wasn’t our stop. We took the elevator to the 3842 metres for “Step into the Void”.
The “Step into the Void” is a glass room with a glass floor, situated off the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi at an altitude of 3842 metres. It claims to be “the highest attraction in Europe”.
Three glass walls, the glass floor and glass ceiling panels, allow the visitor a unique experience enhanced by 1000 meters of free air directly under their feet, in total safety! Look around and admire the highest peaks in Western Europe, and view the Bossons Glacier – with the greatest descent in Europe (4810m – 1440m), from a dramatic perspective!
There was around a twenty minute queue but this didn’t matter when you had such a beautiful view.
The reason for the queue is for your safety. When you get through you are advised that you cannot take any lose belongings; cameras, phones, bags etc into the box. You are also given a giant pair of slippers to wear over your shoes as to not cause any damage to the glass.
When it’s your turn a member of staff will take photos of you using your own camera or phone at no cost. You don’t feel rushed at all. I spent some time on my own, then my mum who was scared of the cable car decided she was going to step in as well. So proud of her.
When we left we signed the guest book then headed back down to Chamonix for the day. The weather was beautiful and we spent some time looking around the shops and stopped for lunch (bad experience which you can read here).
After a few hours of relaxing and enjoying some waffles and ice cream it was time to return to Geneva for the evening.
If you are visiting Geneva you can book your day trip to Chamonix and “Step into the Void” over at Viator.com.
You can add an additional part onto your tour also:
Meet your guide at the train station then board one of the charming red carriages of the scenic cog railway. Take the steep, picturesque journey up the mountainside to Montenvers and the Mer de Glace glacier, and listen as your knowledgeable guide points out the soaring summits of Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses and Les Grands Charmoz. Visit the ice caves and museums, then return via the cog railway to Chamonix
Read more about Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva – Geneva | Viator at: http://www.viator.com/tours/Geneva/Chamonix-and-Mont-Blanc/d578-2510KT001?aid=vcps
*This experience was provided by Viator.com but as always all thoughts an opinions are my own*