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French, Italian & Swiss Alps Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s

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Ice Walk

Legendary Monte Bianco, Chamonix & Lake Geneva

From $4,899 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,020 for sgl. occ.)

Follow sections of the incomparable Tour du Mont Blanc trail. Fly over glaciers and peaks as you cross borders by gondola. Bike routes through valley forests and along the shore of Lake Geneva. Trek into the World Heritage landscape of Montreux. Glacier walks, white-water rafting and kayaking add even more thrills. Score an alpine hat trick on this family adventure in Italy, France and Switzerland.

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France, Italy & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva, Switzerland

French and Italian Alps walking tour map

Highlights

  • Hike in the foothills of iconic Mont Blanc, on a balcony trail below the Aiguille du Midi and along the Mer de Glace glacier
  • Bike on alpine trails in the Aosta Valley, where a lush wooded landscape opens up to views of snowcapped mountains
  • Rush down Class III rapids on the Dora Baltea river and glide in a kayak across glacial Lake Geneva to an ancient Swiss castle
  • Revel in an awe-inspiring landscape from Italy's irresistible Courmayeur to the famed French mountaineering center of Chamonix
France, Italy & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva, Switzerland

French and Italian Alps walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Walk hand-picked sections of the legendary Tour du Mont Blanc trail, one of the best hikes in the world | Follow a picturesque balcony route over Val Ferret | Pause for lunch at a postcard perfect rifugio (mountain refuge) | Mountain bike in the Aosta Valley, home to ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots | Grab a paddle and raft down Class III rapids on the glacial Dora Baltea river | Immerse yourself in Courmayeur's unique Italian mountain culture and atmosphere.

Day 3 Fly over glaciers and peaks as you cross the border between Italy and France by gondola | Discover the Aiguille du Midi, a lone needle of rock looming above ice fields and moraine-strewn crags, and take in breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley from its summit | Channel your inner mountaineer at Refuge du Montenvers, a unique high-altitude hotel that has housed explorers since the late 19th century.

Day 4 Embark on a hike on the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the Alps' second-largest glacier, complete with crampons and local high-mountain guides | Enjoy an unforgettable picnic lunch at the top | Explore the famed mountaineering center of Chamonix | Sparkling Lake Geneva awaits in Switzerland | Soak up the sun, splash around in the pool or unwind at the spa at our incomparable hotel.

Days 5-6 Bike along the lakefront from village to village with views of magnificent peaks at every turn | Kayak to Chillon Castle, an island fortress that once controlled passage between northern and southern Europe | Hike through the terraced vineyards of Montreux, a World Heritage landscape | Au revoir! Bid farewell to an unbelievable family journey through the Alps.

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Prices

From $4,899 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,020 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

Auberge de la Maison
Auberge de la Maison

Entrèves (2 nights)

Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Refuge du Montenvers

Le Montenvers (1 night)

* Casual Hotel
Fairmont Montreux
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Montreux (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Italian Alps

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Premiere Hotels*

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Auberge de la Maison

Auberge de la Maison

Entrèves (2 nights)

Mountain charm and warm hospitality are highlights at this hotel in the picturesque Italian Alps. (pool, spa)

Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Refuge du Montenvers

Le Montenvers (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

Wake up to a panorama of the Mer de Glace and Aiguille des Drus in this recently renovated 19th-century mountaineering landmark that once hosted Victor Hugo, George Sand, Charles Dickens and Napoleon III.

Fairmont Montreux

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Montreux (2 nights)

On the shore of dazzling Lake Geneva, this palatial hotel features top-notch service, outstanding views of the Alps and sun-filled luxurious rooms. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity 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 Walking/Hiking 6 1400
2 Biking 13 1500
Rafting on the Dora Baltea River (Half Day)
3 Walking/Hiking 4* 400 6* 1000 10 800
4 Walking/Hiking 3 1100 5 1600 8 1000
5 Biking 8 600 12 800 16 800
Kayaking on Lake Geneva (2 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 3 400 5 600
 

Note: The hiking terrain on this trip includes paved and gravel access roads, well-maintained dirt paths and rocky exposed trails. During our glacier-walking excursion, we're accompanied by expert mountain guides and we'll wear crampons to walk on snow and ice. An alternative hiking option is available if this activity is not for you. Most activities take place at elevations of 6,000–8,000 feet (and up to 12,000 feet), which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Italian Alps

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in French and Italian Alps designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

The Best Leaders in French and Italian Alps

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in French and Italian Alps, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our French and Italian Alps trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in French and Italian Alps, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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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.
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