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French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids

Mont Blanc Adventure from Hut to Mountain Lodges

From $3,999 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$920 for sgl. occ.)

It's a hiking family's dream. The dazzling peak of iconic Mont Blanc. A once-in-a-lifetime trek through three of Europe's most beautiful countries. Legendary Chamonix. Classic Swiss chalets. Spectacular Courmayeur. 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

Start/End Geneva

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Highlights

  • Trek through the picturesque Alps and between three cultures in France, Switzerland and Italy
  • Learn the basics of archery as sport and the secret to alpine cuisine in a cooking class (just for kids!)
  • Gaze over the dramatic escarpments and snowfields of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain
  • Hike on France's exquisite Mer de Glace and then explore the charms of elegant Chamonix
Italy, France & Switzerland

Start/End Geneva

Alps walking tour map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Welcome to the Alps! Gaze up at majestic Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak | Discover alpine wildlife, including marmot, chamois and ibex, in a nature reserve | Sip an aperitif at a café in the charming mountaineering center of Chamonix | Ride the historic Mont Blanc Express train | Follow a trail past green pastures and picturesque mountain huts | Sample delicious Swiss cheese at a traditional family farm | Admire the quintessentially Swiss landscape | Kids zip down the mountainside on push-scooter hybrid bikes known as trottinettes.

Days 3-4 Hop aboard the Montenvers cog-wheel train to reach the extraordinary Mer de Glace Glacier | Take an unforgettable glacier hike with crampons and an expert guide | Feel as though you have the Alps to yourself as you watch the sun rise and fall from our secluded mountain oasis | Kids engage in a fun glacier-themed scavenger hut | Discover the Aiguille du Midi, a needle of rock looming at 12,777 feet | Say au revoir to France and buongiorno to Italy as you fly over glaciers and across the border by gondola | The younger set enjoys a fun pizza-making class and dinner while grown-ups dine Italian-style with aperitivi at Courmayeur's most historic café.

Days 5-6 Continue your hiking journey with a trek over Val Ferret, a lush valley on the Italian side of Monte Bianco (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 | Visit lively Courmayeur and relax at an elegant alpine hotel | Dine on hearty Northern Italian alpine cuisine | Kids channel their inner Robin Hoods during an archery course | Walk through quiet woods to a meadow that perfectly frames beloved Mont Blanc | Feel at home in the region's unique and irresistible mountain culture.

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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2019 August

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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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,999 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,599 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,999 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$920 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Grand Hotel des Alpes

Chamonix (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Refuge du Montenvers

Le Montenvers (1 night)

Grand Hotel Royal e Golf
Grand Hotel Royal e Golf

Courmayeur (2 nights)

* Casual Plus

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Alps

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Casual & Casual Plus 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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Grand Hotel des Alpes

Chamonix (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

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

Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

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 Royal e Golf

Grand Hotel Royal e Golf

Courmayeur (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

Ideally located in the historic city center and featuring stylish common areas and charming rooms with all the amenities you'd expect from a five-star hotel. (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 4* 1100 5* 1500 8 2500
2 4 900 6 700 8 1700
Kids: Trottibike Adventure (2 Hours)
3 3 1000 5 1600
3 2800
Kids: Mountaineering School (2 Hours)
4 3 1000 4 1600 6 1800
Kids: Cooking Class (2 Hours)
5 2* 1000 7* 1800 8 2100
Kids: Archery Lesson (2 Hours)
6 2 200 3 1100 6 1300
 

Note: Day 2: Trotinettes https://www.telemarecottes.ch/fr/trottinettesDay 3: Scavenger hunt on the site of the MontenversDay 4 Pizza making class + kids dinner.Day 5: Robin wood's archery. 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 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.

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Alps

The Best Leaders in Alps

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Alps, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids
French, Swiss & Italian Alps Family Walking & Hiking Tour—Teens & Kids

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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.

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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