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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.

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  Partake in a classic Italian tradition, the passeggiata - a custom throughout Italy, but something truly special in pedestrian-friendly 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 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 stylishly 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
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 4* 1000 6* 2000
2 4* 800 5* 1900 8* 2500
3 1 0 5* 1000 10 2000
4 Guided Glacier Walk - 4 Hours with shuttle (700` elevation gain)
5 8* 4000 9* 4000 12* 5600
6 6 800
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 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: $4698 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.


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: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1010 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 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: $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)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,798 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.

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.


Guest Trip Reviews

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!
Annie Rosenberg - Trip Development Coordinator, Europe