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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 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 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 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.

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 buon giorno to Monte Bianco, the Italian side of Mont Blanc
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Premiere & Casual Inns

Le Lodge Park  (1 night): Situated in the heart of Megève, this eclectic and refined retreat combines alpine charm with luxurious amenities. (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 elegantly appointed 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
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 3.9* 1000 6.4* 2000
2 3.9* 800 5.0* 1900 7.5* 2500
3 1.0 0 5.1* 1000 9.9 2000
4 Guided Glacier Walk - 4 Hours with Shuttle (700` elevation gain)
5 7.5* 4000 9.0* 4000 12.0* 5600
6 5.5 800

* Includes a shuttle

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 7/6-11 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/3-8 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/5 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $540 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

  • 2 - 3 guests $6,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.

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