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New! Italian, French & Swiss Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

A Quintessential Alps Adventure

  • 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

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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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.

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. Read the Straight Talk

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.
$3,898
pp dbl. occ.
(+$880 for sgl. occ.)

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6 days, 5 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Geneva, Switzerland

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Casual & 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 Dates & Prices tab.

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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

* Premiere Hotel
Chamonix (2 nights)

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

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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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.

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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.

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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 1100 5 1900
2 2 1100 8 2700 10 2900 11 3800
3 5 600 6 1800 10 2100
4 3 500 5 1100 6 1800 11 2000
5 4 1000 5 2000 6 3200 11 3700
6 3 500 5 1000
 

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.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 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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