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

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Legendary Mont Blanc, Chamonix & Lake Geneva

From $5,149 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. Hike routes through valley forests and above 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

  • Trek 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
  • Paddle Class III rapids on the Dora Baltea river and glide in a kayak across glacial Lake Geneva to an ancient Swiss castle
  • Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring landscape from Italy's Courmayeur to the French mountaineering center of Chamonix
France, Italy & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva, Switzerland

French and Italian Alps walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Journey through a mountain wonderland in the Italian Alps | Hike hand-picked sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, considered one of the best hikes in the world | Follow a picturesque balcony trail over Val Ferret, taking in scenes of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and the wondrously green valley below | Stop for lunch at a postcard perfect rifugio (mountain refuge) | Trek in the Aosta Valley, home to ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots | Raft down class III rapids on the glacial Dora Baltea river | Dive into 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 | Gaze up at the Aiguille du Midi, a lone needle of rock looming above ice fields and moraine-strewn crags | Admire breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley from the 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 Hike with crampons and local high-mountain guides on the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the Alps' second-largest glacier | Enjoy an unforgettable picnic lunch at the top | Wander through the famed mountaineering center of Chamonix | In Switzerland, sparkling Lake Geneva awaits | Splash around in the pool, soak up the sun or unwind at the spa at the incomparable Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.

Days 5-6 Head into Vaud and follow trails amid lush vineyards and magnificent peaks with beautiful views of Lake Geneva | Kayak to Chillon Castle, an island fortress that once controlled passage between northern and southern Europe | Trek through the terraced vineyards of World Heritage landscape Montreux | Au revoir! Bid farewell to an incredible family journey through the Alps.

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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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.

Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $4,899 pp dbl occ
    • 9 Guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
      • 8 Guests: from $5,599 pp dbl occ
      • 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!

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Prices

From $5,149 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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

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.

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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 Walking/Hiking 5 1100 7 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 Walking/Hiking 5 1100 7 1500
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

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

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.

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.

Weather

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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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.

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.

Weather

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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