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French, Italian & Swiss Alps Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

Legendary Mont Blanc, Chamonix & Lake Geneva

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

Family — Older Teens & 20s

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

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

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French, Italian & Swiss Alps Family Multi-Adventure Tour map
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France, Italy & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Hike in the foothills of iconic Mont Blanc, on a balcony trail below the Aiguille du Midi and along the Mer de Glace glacier
  • Discover alpine trails in the Aosta Valley, where a lush wooded landscape opens up to views of snowcapped mountains
  • Rush down Class IV rapids on the Dora Baltea River and paddleboard 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


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Walk hand-selected stretches of the legendary Tour du Mont Blanc trail, one of the best hikes in the world | Follow an unforgettable balcony route over Val Ferret | Pause for lunch at a postcard-perfect rifugio (mountain refuge) | Hike in the Aosta Valley, home to ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots | Grab a paddle and raft down Class IV rapids on the glacial Dora Baltea River | Immerse yourself in Courmayeur’s unique Italian mountain culture and atmosphere.

Exterior view of Auberge de la Maison
Auberge de la Maison
| Premiere Hotel

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

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 one-of-a-kind high-altitude hotel that has housed explorers since the late 19th century.

Exterior view of the Refuge du Montenvers
Refuge du Montenvers
Le Montenvers
| *Casual Hotel

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

Days 4-6

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 renowned 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 stately hotel—welcome to the so-called Swiss Riviera! | Hike amid magnificent peaks overlooking Lake Geneva | Stand-up paddleboard near Chillon Castle, an island fortress that once controlled passage between northern and southern Europe | Walk through the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux, a World Heritage landscape | Au revoir! Bid farewell to an unbelievable family journey through the Alps.

Exterior view of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

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)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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 unsupported 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). Elevation gains and losses can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 500 ft. gain
on the Dora Baltea River (half day)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Day 4
Guided Glacier Walk (5 hours) | 700 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | minimal elevation gain
Stand-Up Paddleboard on Lake Geneva (2 hours)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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.

Terrain & Trail Support

Our hikes through the Alps' captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.


Hiking in the mountains can mean quickly changing, unpredictable weather, even during the warm and sunny summer months. Careful packing is essential for your comfort and overall enjoyment. Be prepared to carry multiple layers every day on the trip—warm base layers, a windproof/rain jacket and rain pants, and even a down jacket, hat and gloves for our day hiking on the glacier.

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