French & Italian Alps Walking & Hiking
- Meander in glamorous Megève, tucked in the Mont Blanc foothills
- Savor glorious views during high-altitude randonnées from forested valleys to dazzling meadows thick with wildflowers
- Soak up the scene in the famed alpine center of Chamonix, amid rock spires, glaciers and saw-edged peaks
- Get your adrenaline fix on a glacier walk with expert haute montagne guides
- Say buon giorno to Monte Bianco, the Italian side of Mont Blanc
Call 800-462-2848, Every day 6am-6pm,PST
Mont Blanc, Megève to Chamonix & Courmayeur
The setting is captivating: needle-sharp peaks soaring above flower-filled meadows. Storybook villages and forested foothills mirrored in pure blue lakes. And majestic Mont Blanc, towering above it all. Warmhearted people with a knack for enjoying the finer things in life - like climbing mountains and relishing views of their glorious "backyard." And a pleasing mélange of rustic and chic, where cozy alpine chalets rub elbows with posh boutiques and restaurants. Join us to experience mountain life from two perspectives: français and italiano. Doubly sublime.
Day 1 Meander in glamorous Megève, tucked in the Mont Blanc foothills Once a simple farming village, Megève now brims with luxury boutiques and is a delight to explore on foot Warm up with a hike in the hills above town Indulge in a lunch of regional specialties, including homemade cheeses, at a high-mountain farm.
Day 2 Take in spectacular views of Mont Blanc while hiking on mountain trails across the Chamonix Valley From the town of Chamonix, at the base of Mont Blanc, a cable car whisks us to 5,175 feet to start our trek - don't worry, there's plenty of climbing left for your legs! Camera handy? Jaw-dropping vistas of Mont Blanc steal the show.
Day 3 Ascend by cable car to the Aiguille de Midi for breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley and famed peaks After a hike along a spectacular ridge trail to Montenvers, relax over a tasty traditional mountain lunch Amble to the Signal de Forbes viewpoint and gaze down over the Alps' second-largest glacier.
Days 4-6 Welcome to Italy! Get your adrenaline fix as you trek with expert haute montagne guides across the Glacier du Géant Dive into a new language and cuisine - perhaps starting with a cappuccino? - and hike the gorgeous Val Ferret Stroll the pedestrian-friendly streets of Courmayeur, or if tired muscles protest, indulge in a massage at the hotel spa beneath the shadow of Mont Blanc.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
This trip highlights some of our all-time favorite places in the French Alps along with a wonderful addition: a foray into Italy! So not only will you enjoy classic moments like exploring the alpine villages of Megève and Chamonix and hiking to incredible Lac Blanc, you'll also join a thrilling trek with expert high mountain guides across the Glacier du Géant and over the Italian border. And we've fallen in love with the charming Italian resort town of Courmayeur. We're pretty sure you will too!- Trip Development Coordinator, Europe
Premiere & Casual Inns
Megève, France (1 night) An elegantly cozy alpine abode - one of the oldest in Megève - just steps from the Place de l'Eglise in the heart of town. (pool, spa)
Grand Hôtel des Alpes
Chamonix, France (2 nights) This gorgeous grande dame was built in 1840 as the first luxury hotel in Chamonix. (pool, spa)
Grand Hôtel Royal e Golf
Courmayeur, Italy (2 nights) Ideally located in the historic city center, this property features elegantly appointed common areas and charming rooms with all the amenities you'd expect from a five-star hotel. (pool, spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $6,398 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|4||Guided Glacier Walk - 4 Hours with shuttle (5,000` elevation gain)|
The terrain on this trip includes alpine trails, mountain footpaths, dirt roads and glacial passes.
* Includes a shuttle