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French, Italian & Swiss Alps Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids

Legendary Mont Blanc, Chamonix & Lake Geneva

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 terraced vineyards and above the shore of Lake Geneva. Trek into the World Heritage landscape of Montreux on the French Riviera. 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.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,899 pp dbl occ
($1,000 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Ice Walk

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 III rapids on the Dora Baltea River and glide in a kayak across glacial Lake Geneva to an ancient castle
  • Revel in an awe-inspiring landscape from Italy's irresistible Courmayeur to the famed French mountaineering center of Chamonix
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Follow hand-picked portions of the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, a legendary hiking route | Walk an unforgettable balcony route over a high-elevation valley | Enjoy lunch at a postcard-perfect rifugio (mountain refuge) | Spot ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots as you hike in the Aosta Valley | Raft down Class III rapids on the glacial Dora Baltea River | Discover Courmayeur’s Italian alpine culture and atmosphere.

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

Soar over glaciers and massifs as you cross the border between France and Italy by gondola | Marvel at the Aiguille du Midi, a lone needle of rock looming above ice fields, and take in jaw-dropping views of the Chamonix Valley from its summit | Tap into your inner mountaineer at Refuge du Montenvers, a unique high-altitude hotel that has housed explorers since the late 19th century.

Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Refuge du Montenvers
Le Montenvers
| *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.

Days 4-6

Kids luge through the Chamonix Valley | Set out on a hike on the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the Alps’ second-largest glacier, complete with crampons and local climbing guides | Youngsters take part in a mountaineering course designed just for them | Explore Chamonix, a bucket-list mountain resort town | Sparkling Lake Geneva awaits in Switzerland | Splash around in the pool or unwind at the spa at our majestic hotel | Hike amid grand peaks overlooking Lake Geneva in Vaud | Kayak to Chillon Castle, a fascinating island fortress | Walk through the terraced vineyards of Montreux, a World Heritage landscape | Kids embark on a castle-themed scavenger hunt | Complete your family journey through the Alps in Geneva, our elegant gateway city.

Fairmont Montreux
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Dates & Prices

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. 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 ft. gain
on the Dora Baltea River (half day)
Just For Kids
Zip Lining & Ropes Course (1 hour)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Mountaineering School (2 hours)
Summer Luge Course (1 hour)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 1500 ft. gain
on Lake Geneva (2 hours)
Just For Kids
Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

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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