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.
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.
- 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
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|4||Guided Glacier Walk - 4 Hours (700` elevation gain)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 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: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/16-21 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/4 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|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.|
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!- New York, NY