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French & Italian Alps Walking & Hiking Tour
French & Italian Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

The setting is captivating: needle-sharp peaks soaring above flower-filled meadows. Storybook villages, forested foothills, pure blue lakes and welcoming rifugi. 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.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it’s an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you’ll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.

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  Journey up Mont d'Arbois via cable car for a warm-up hike that offers lovely views of the town from above  Savor 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 du 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 explore the gorgeous Val Ferret  Circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif on a hike considered one of the best in the world  Indulge in a massage at the hotel spa beneath the shadow of Mont Blanc.


Trip Highlights
  • 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 buongiorno to Monte Bianco, the Italian side of Mont Blanc
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Premiere Inns

Le Fer à Cheval (1 night): A rustically elegant alpine abode nestled just steps from the heart of town. (pool, spa)

Grand Hôtel des Alpes (2 nights): This gorgeous grande dame was built in 1840 as the first luxury hotel in Chamonix. (pool, spa)

Grand Hôtel Royal e Golf (2 nights): Ideally located in the historic city center, this property features stylish common areas and charming rooms with all the amenities you'd expect from a five-star hotel. (pool, spa)


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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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
1 5* 700 8* 1100
2 4* 800 6* 1100 7* 1500
3 1 0 5* 600 5* 1200 10 1300
4 Guided Glacier Walk - 4 Hours (700` elevation gain)
5 7* 1600 9* 2900 11* 3600
6 3 1100
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 7/5-10 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/4-9 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/25-30 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/1-6 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/8-13 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. 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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.


Guest Trip Reviews

The hiking itinerary was gorgeous - it allowed us to experience the Alps and Mont Blanc from the perspective of three different villages/cultures with an overarching exposure to alpine culture and what it means to live in such an environment. My husband and I had a wonderful time! Thank you!
Rosanne Cosentino- New York, NY