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Italian, French & Swiss Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond

Mont Blanc Adventure from Huts to Mountain Lodges

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.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels

FROM: $4,099 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

Italy, France & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva

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

Highlights
  • Toast the sunset over the mountains from our historic alpine lodge—a truly unique experience
  • Hike through the picturesque Alps and between three cultures in Italy, France and Switzerland
  • Wonder at the dramatic escarpments and snowfields of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain
  • Explore the charms of elegant Chamonix and ice-walk on France's exquisite Mer de Glace glacier
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6 Days Casual Hotels
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Days 1-2

Start your hiking journey in the Alps with a trail through quiet woods to a meadow that perfectly frames beloved Mont Blanc | Trek to the Italian side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and over the lush Val Ferret | Savor a cappuccino at a friendly rifugio (mountain hut) | Hike a hand-picked portion of the Mont Blanc ridge trail, considered one of the best in the world | Enjoy a dinner of hearty Northern Italian alpine cuisine | The region’s one-of-a-kind and welcoming culture makes you feel right at home | Discover lively Courmayeur and relax at a captivating alpine hotel.

Gran Baita Hotel
Gran Baita Hotel
Courmayeur
| Casual Hotel

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

Day 3

Say ciao to Italy and bonjour to France as you fly over glaciers and across the border by gondola | Admire the Aiguille du Midi, a needle of rock looming at 12,777 feet | Gaze up at snow-capped Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak | Walk on a balcony trail to reach the extraordinary Mer de Glace Glacier | Our trails leads directly to the legendary Refuge du Montenvers | Feel as though you have the Alps to yourself as you watch the sun rise and fall from our secluded high-elevation oasis.

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

Join expert guides for a glacier hike complete with crampons | In the famed resort town of Chamonix, sip an aperitif at a cheery café | Ride the historic Mont Blanc Express train from the mountaineering center of Chamonix | Hike a trail past lovely Swiss villages and high-elevation pastures | Take in the quintessentially Swiss landscape | Enjoy a last walk to La Floria, a postcard-perfect geranium-filled châlet.

Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Grand Hôtel des Alpes
Chamonix
| Casual Plus Hotel

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

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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: 2-5

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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles* | 3000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 9 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 10 miles | 3100 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Level 5 | 6 miles | 3200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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 rocks, 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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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.

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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