Needle-sharp peaks soaring above flower-filled meadows. Storybook villages, forested foothills, pure blue lakes 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.
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 to Mont d'Arbois for a warm-up hike that offers lovely views of the town from above Savor a lunch of regional specialties, including homemade cheeses, at a high-mountain farm.
2 Take in spectacular views of Mont Blanc while hiking on mountain trails to the town of Chamonix From the base of Mont Blanc, a cable car whisks us to 5,175 feet to start our trek—don't worry, there's plenty of climbing left for your legs! Camera handy? Jaw-dropping vistas of the majestic mountain steal the show Learn about the area's fascinating history from a local alpinist after a dinner of hearty highland fare.
3 Ascend by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi for breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley After a balcony hike along a stunning ridge trail to Montenvers, relax over a traditional mountain lunch Amble to the Signal de Forbes viewpoint and gaze down over the Alps' second-largest glacier, the Mer de Glace (the Sea of Ice).
4-6 Get your adrenaline fix as you trek with expert haute montagne guides across the Glacier du Géant Let's go to Italy, or shall we say, andiamo in Italia! Dive into a new language and cuisine—perhaps starting with a cappuccino?—and explore the gorgeous Val Ferret on the Italian side of Monte Bianco Marvel at peaks that seem to stretch forever above the valley and beautiful river below Discover the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur and enjoy a festive feast of regional specialties.