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French & Italian Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

Majestic Views & Alpine Luxury

From $4,398 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$960 for sgl. occ.)

Needle-sharp peaks soaring above flower-filled meadows. Bustling storybook villages, forested foothills, grandiose glaciers and welcoming rifugi. A pleasing mélange of rustic and chic. And majestic Mont Blanc, towering above it all. Join us to experience mountain life from two perspectives: français and italiano. Doubly sublime.

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France & Italy

Start/End Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights

  • Stroll through the streets and among the boutiques of Chamonix and glamorous Megève, tucked in the Mont Blanc foothills
  • Savor glorious views during high-altitude randonnées (hikes) from forested valleys to dazzling meadows thick with wildflowers
  • Observe alpine views from above on a fascinating glacier walk with expert haute montagne guides
  • Journey to the Italian side of Mont Blanc and say buongiorno to Monte Bianco, above beautiful Val Ferret
France & Italy

Start/End Geneva, Switzerland

French and Italian Alps walking tour map

Itinerary

Day 1 Meander in glamorous Megève, tucked in the Mont Blanc foothills | Once a simple farming village, Megève now brims with luxury boutiques and is a delight to explore on foot | Journey up a mountain trail for a hike that offers lovely views of the town from above | Savor a lunch of regional specialties, including homemade cheeses, at a high-mountain farm.

Days 2-3 Hop aboard a historic cog wheel train from St-Gervais-les-Bains | Jaw-dropping vistas of majestic Mont Blanc steal the show | At Aiguille du Midi, amble to the Signal de Forbes viewpoint and gaze down over the Alps' second-largest glacier, the Mer de Glace (the Sea of Ice) | After a balcony hike along a stunning ridge trail to Montenvers, relax over a traditional mountain lunch | Take in spectacular views of Mont Blanc while hiking to the famed mountaineering town of Chamonix | Learn about the area's fascinating history from a local alpinist after a dinner of hearty highland fare.

Days 4-6 Let's go to Italy, or shall we say, andiamo in Italia! | Walk with expert haute montagne guides across the Glacier du Géant and enjoy a picnic lunch at 11,000 feet | Discover the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur and enjoy a festive feast of regional specialties | Sip a delicious cappuccino before exploring the gorgeous Val Ferret on the Italian side of Monte Bianco | Follow a portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc trail | Marvel at peaks that seem to stretch forever above the valley and beautiful river below.

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 $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,398 - $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$960 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

La Fer a Cheval
Fer à Cheval

Megève (1 night)

Hotel Mont-Blanc
Hôtel Mont-Blanc

Chamonix (2 nights)

Auberge de la Maison
Auberge de la Maison

Entrèves (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Italian Alps

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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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

La Fer a Cheval

Fer à Cheval

Megève (1 night)

A rustically elegant alpine abode nestled just steps from the heart of town. (pool, spa)

Hotel Mont-Blanc

Hôtel Mont-Blanc

Chamonix (2 nights)

Luxurious and stylishly renovated, this historic alpine hotel provides ideal access to the charms of Chamonix's village center. (pool, spa)

Auberge de la Maison

Auberge de la Maison

Entrèves (2 nights)

Authentic mountain charm and warm hospitality are highlights at this hotel in the picturesque Italian Alps. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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* 100 5* 1200 7* 1900
2 4* 1100 5* 1500 8 2500
3 1* 100 4* 600 6* 900 9 400
4 Guided Glacier Walk (4 Hours; 500-1,000' elevation gain)
5 2* 1000 7* 1800 8* 2100
6 2* 1000 5* 1300
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes paved and gravel access roads, well-maintained dirt paths and rocky exposed trails. During our glacier-walking excursion, we're accompanied by expert mountain guides and we'll wear crampons to walk on snow and ice. An alternative hiking option is available if this activity is not for you. Most activities take place at elevations of 6,000–8,000 feet (and up to 12,000 feet), which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* 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, 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.

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Italian Alps

Two Great Cultures, One Big Glacier

After your ideal breakfast croissant in Chamonix, cross the mountains into Italy to enjoy a perfect cappuccino in the Aosta Valley. And en route, hike with our expert guides – part of an elite company founded in 1821 – as you ascend a 7,600 ft glacier for spectacular views of Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc, witness to centuries of history on both sides of the invisible border.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In French and Italian Alps you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings French and Italian Alps has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in French and Italian Alps live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our French and Italian Alps trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in French and Italian Alps that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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.
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