Europe is bursting with adventures to be discovered, stories to be told and priceless memories to be made. Whether you love blissful beaches, icy glaciers or quaint medieval cities, there is something for everyone. To help inspire your own escape, we’ll be sharing our favourite adventures across Europe, starting with the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.
Travelling via the Dover to Calais route, your road trip to Mont Blanc will see you pass through a number of beautiful French provinces like Champagne with its endless vines stretching across the hillside. The scenic journey past the villages of France ends with the sight of the snow-capped Mont Blanc and the warm glow of the Chamonix ski resort.
Once you’ve arrived you have some of the best ski slopes in the world at your fingertips, with a variety of off-piste options for experts and gentle slopes for beginners. With floodlit slopes, a varied ski area and a thriving mountain village full of après ski options, there are few places that offer such quality conditions so close to the UK.
Chamonix is renowned for its excellent array of après ski options. Whether you want to rest your sore legs with a spa visit, indulge yourself with a gourmet meal or party the night away, the choice is yours. The lively clubs and live bands will keep you warm and dancing even in the coldest months, while the cosy bars and chilled out lounges are perfect for those looking to wind down for the day.
Thankfully you don’t just have to be a skier to enjoy the action around Mount Blanc. The mountain landscape offers a huge variety activities that range from paragliding to canyoning and white water rafting. During the summer, the area transforms to an adventure playground with world class treks and mountaineering trails; you can even join a yoga class on top of the mountain as a daring way to find your inner zen.
The network of gondolas and ski lifts allow you to witness jaw-dropping panoramic views of Mont Blanc – a truly an unmissable thing to do while in Chamonix. For the greatest views of the mountainous terrain, catch a ride up the Vallée Blanche Cable Car and see the spectacular scenery across the Alps. More natural beauty can be found walking along the crystal clear alpine lakes and the stunning Bossons Glacier that stretches down the mountain.
For day trips, the famous little red train that runs from Le Montenvers to the Mer de Glace glacier is iconic. One of the biggest attractions in the Chamonix Valley is the man-made ice cave cut into the Mer de Glace. This breathtaking grotto comes complete with a collection of beautiful ice sculptures and dazzling crystal specimens.