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Italian, French & Swiss Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

A Quintessential Mont Blanc Adventure from Hut to Mountain Lodges

From $3,898 - $4,198 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$880 for sgl. occ.)

It's a hiker's dream. The dazzling peak of iconic Mont Blanc. A once-in-a-lifetime trek through three of Europe's most beautiful countries. Spectacular Courmayeur. Legendary Chamonix. Classic Swiss chalets. Mountain culture at its finest. It's a world ignited by a pink alpenglow. Or perhaps it's la vie en rose.

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Italy, France & Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights

  • Trek through the picturesque Alps and between three cultures in Italy, France and Switzerland
  • Wonder over the dramatic escarpments and snowfields of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain
  • Explore the charms of elegant Chamonix after a fascinating glacier hike on France's exquisite Mer de Glace
  • Watch the sunset over the mountains with a delicious aperitif from our historic alpine lodge
Italy, France & Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Alps walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Welcome to the Alps! Start your hiking journey with a trek over Val Ferret, a lush valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc | Take in the scene over a cappuccino at a friendly rifugio (mountain hut) | Hike a portion of the Mont Blanc ridge trail, considered one of the best in the world | Dine on hearty Northern Italian alpine cuisine | Feel at home in the region's unique and irresistible mountain culture | Visit lively Courmayeur and relax at an elegant alpine resort.

Days 3-4 Say ciao to Italy and bonjour to France as you fly over glaciers and across the border by gondola | Discover the Aiguille du Midi, a needle of rock looming at 12,777 feet | Walk through quiet woods to a meadow that perfectly frames beloved Mont Blanc | Discover the extraordinary Mer de Glace Glacier | Take a glacier walk complete with crampons and led by expert guides | Sip an aperitif at a café in the charming resort town of Chamonix | Feel as though you have the Alps to yourself as you watch the sun rise and fall from our secluded mountain oasis.

Days 5-6 Gaze up at majestic Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak | Follow a trail past alpine pastures and picturesque mountain huts | Ride the historic Mont Blanc Express train from the mountaineering center of Chamonix | Walk across the border from France into Switzerland | Sample delicious Swiss cheese at a traditional family farm | Admire the quintessentially Swiss landscape.

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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,898 - $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$880 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Gran Baita Hotel
Gran Baita Hotel

Courmayeur (2 nights)

Hotel du Montenvers
Refuge du Montenvers

Le Montenvers (1 night)

Grand Hotel des Alpes
Grand Hôtel des Alpes

Chamonix (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

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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.

Gran Baita Hotel

Gran Baita Hotel

Courmayeur (2 nights)

An elegant family-run mountain lodge with a pleasing design and expansive views of the Mont Blanc range. (pool, spa)

Hotel du Montenvers

Refuge du Montenvers

Le Montenvers (1 night)

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.

Grand Hotel des Alpes

Grand Hôtel des Alpes

Chamonix (2 nights)

Built in 1840 and exuding mountain charm, this gorgeous property was the first grand hotel in Chamonix. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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 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 3 1600 4 1600
2 2* 1100 7* 1800 8* 2100 9 3400
11 3600
3 4 400 6 400 10 1700
4 3 1000 5 1600 7 1000
5 4 2400 4 2500 6 3200
6 4 1000 6 1300
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes access roads, mountain hiking paths and rocky exposed single-track trails. There is also a day of glacier-walking with mountain guides where we wear crampons and walk on snow and ice. (There is a separate hiking option if this activity is not for you.)

While we offer daily hiking options on this trip, you should be aware that most hikes include steep ascents and descents as well as hiking at elevation, which is typically between 6,000 and 8,000 feet—and one day at 12,000 feet. While you're free to take your time navigating the sometimes rocky and uneven terrain, you should feel comfortable carrying your daypack (with plenty of water) while tackling the daily ascents and descents.

Backroads provides walking sticks, which are very helpful.

* 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 (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 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.

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.

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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