Funivia del Monte Bianco
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One of the most exciting things to do in Valle d'Aosta is take a cable car ride. From Courmayeur, take a bus or taxi about 4 miles north to La Palud. From there the Funivia del Monte Bianco takes an hour and a half (in good weather) to cover the three stages all the way to Chamonix, in France. The first part is basically up and takes about 20 minutes to reach 10,000-foot high Punta Helbronner on the French border. Hang onto your seats! The next stage soars for almost an hour and more than a mile above the Giant Glacier. If your legs will hold you, walk through the gallery to catch the last cable car, which travels through the very heart of the mountain down to Chamonix. You'll probably want to take a bus back through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur, but be prepared to stay overnight in Chamonix if the weather turns and you arrive too late for the busses.

If all this sounds like a lot of soaring and hanging in mid-air, then please do consider just taking the first quick trip with a stop halfway at Pavillon. Here, beside a small alpine lake, you will be able to walk along paths of varying difficulty to take countless pictures of the breathtaking views. Get acquainted with more than 900 species of alpine flora in the Saussurea Gardens. Then ride on up to Punta Helbronner and have lunch amongst some of this planet's most unforgettable scenery. The most convenient place to use as a base for your Mont Blanc adventure is the resort town of Courmayeur. Our favorite hotel is Pilier D'Angle, an enchanting alpine chalet with a wonderful restaurant. Click here for some more suggestions. Many package prices for the funivia are available for individuals and families so be sure to ask your hotel about them first.


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