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Italian, French & Swiss Alps Lodge-to-Lodge Hiking Tour - For Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond

Epic Alpine Adventure from Chamonix to Mont Blanc

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

Family — 20s & Beyond

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 3-5

Casual & Premiere Hotels

From: $4,499 - $4,649 pp dbl occ

($900 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.

Italian, French & Swiss Alps Family Lodge-to-Lodge Hiking Tour map
Italian, French & Swiss Alps Family Lodge-to-Lodge Hiking Tour map

Italy, France & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva

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


  • 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


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Arrive in Chamonix with your family and enjoy a beautiful hike overlooking the Chamonix valley | In the evening, explore the town—known for mountaineering and steeped in history | Ride the Mont Blanc Express train to the French and Swiss border | Take a gondola above the tree line | Spend a pleasurable day hiking with incredible views of the mountains in all directions | Walk through fields of wildflowers and past small alpine lakes | Cross the border by foot—welcome to the Swiss Alps!

Exterior view of Grand Hotel des Alpes
Grand Hôtel des Alpes
| Casual Plus Hotel

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

Day 3

Head out with your mountaineering boots and crampons for an exciting exploration of the awe-inspiring landscape on a glacier walk led by expert guides | Alternatively, hike beautiful mountain paths and drink an aperitif in charming Chamonix | Feel as though you have the Alps to yourself as you watch the sun rise and fall from our secluded high-elevation oasis.


Exterior view of the Refuge du Montenvers
Refuge du Montenvers
Le Montenvers
| Casual Hotel

Wake up to a panorama of the Mer de Glace and Aiguille des Drus in this 19th-century mountaineering landmark that once hosted Victor Hugo, George Sand, Charles Dickens and Napoleon III.

Days 4-6

Discover the Aiguille du Midi, a needle of rock looming at 12,777 feet | Pause to take in vistas of majestic Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest peak | Hike on a balcony trail with views of the Chamonix valley | Trek over Val Ferret, a lush valley on the Italian side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) | Fly over glaciers and peaks as you cross the border between Italy and France by gondola | Take in the scene over a cappuccino at a friendly rifugio (high-elevation hut) | Hike a portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc, considered one of the best in the world | Dine on hearty Northern Italian cuisine | Feel at home in the region’s unique and irresistible mountain culture | Visit lively Courmayeur and relax at an atmospheric alpine hotel.

Exterior view of Le Massif
Le Massif
| *Premiere Hotel

Sophisticated style with a warm yet minimalist aesthetic is paired with spectacular views of the Mont Blanc massif and a rugged mountain landscape. (pool, spa)

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: 3-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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 unsupported 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 hiking poles, which are very helpful.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Day 3
Guided Glacier Walk (5 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 4 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 7 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 5 | 9 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain

What's Included

  • 5 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
  • 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 not readily accessible by van. 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.


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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