Tour Du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)

Experience some of the most magnificent scenery in the Alps as you hike around Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and culturally rich hiking tours in the world, our Tour Du Mont Blanc is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland

Travel from place of origin to Geneva, Switzerland. Group transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix (please contact us to confirm shuttle time before booking flights). Meet with local guides for a welcome dinner and orientation.

Meals Included: Dinner

 
Day 2 - Col d Voza to Les Contamines

We have a short transfer to the trail head before going up to the Col de Voza (5,500) where we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Mont Blanc range. Continue hiking down below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier, and then detour for a scenic lunch at the Chalets de Miage (5,115). After lunch, a short climb takes us up to Truc (5,942), then down through the thickly wooded hillside to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829). 9.5km/6.5 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 3 - Col du Bonhomme to Les Chapieux

After a short drive, we hike up an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, then make a long ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641) and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100) for lunch. In the afternoon, we hike downhill on a grassy trail to the hamlet of Les Chapieux (5,500). Along the way we may see some chamois and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. 14km/7 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 4 - Col de la Seigne Hike into Italy

We transfer to the end of the Vallee des Glaciers, then enjoy a hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245) and down into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to the beautiful town of Courmayeur for the night. 13km/6-7 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 5 - Relax at the Pre Saint Didier Spa

Today is a day to rest and enjoy Italian culture. Courmayeur is spectacularly situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier. We will spend the afternoon soaking our muscles at the magnificent Pre Saint Didier Spa. The evening is yours to enjoy at you wish, and dinner is on your own accord in any one of the magnificent restaurants within walking distance of our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 6 - Italian Val Ferret

Today is definitely one of the highlights of our journey around Mt Blanc! After a short transfer to Villair, we start on the beautiful trail up a larch forest leading to alpine grass and Bertone hut. Mont de la Saxe balcony trail looks over the Italian Val Ferret. Numerous great peaks of the Mont Blanc range rise straight up in front of our eyes. Tumbling glaciers and steep rocky faces are a marvel to the eyes! If the weather cooperates, you’ll have a magnificent view of the peaks on which many original legendary mountaineering adventures took place. The balcony trail of Mont de la Saxe takes us right to our chalet hotel in Arnuva (5 940’) 11.5km/6 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 7 - To Switzerland via Grand Col Ferrat

From the Italian Val Ferrer we hike up past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” to reach Grand Col Ferrat (8,300′) and enter Switzerland just at the pass. A scenic descent leads to the traditional Swill village of la Fouly (5,280′), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. 8km/6 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 8 - The Upper Rhone Valley

We hike up to Bovine and experience a very Swiss “cow day”… Down below the pastures the upper Rhone valley reveals its surrounded ranges, with the wildstrubel and further in the distance the Oberland range. 9km/6 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 9 - To France over Col de Balme

We return to France over Col de Balme, a.k.a “Smugglers pass”. At the top the view is purely outstanding: the Chamonix Aiguilles rise high above the eponymous valley, while Mont Blanc, crowns up the view magnificently! 5km/2 hours hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 10 - Return to Geneva

Travel back through Geneva, Switzerland and on to your next destination.

Meals Included: None

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Geneva, Switzerland

Finish

Geneva, Switzerland

Duration

10 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking
Wine Tasting
Cultural Touring
Cultural Homestay
Sightseeing
City Touring

Join this 170km circuit that observes the Mont Blanc massif from all sides through three countries. Mont Blanc, set in the heart of the Alps, is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as you can find. You will travel around Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland with panoramic and almost never-ending mountain views. You will visit a number of cities and villages including Geneva, Chamonix, Courmayeur and Champex just to name a few. Combined with a European guide, your Backwoods Adventures host will be with you every step of the way.

You will travel by mini bus, chair lifts, and the power of your own two legs. From the abundance of wilderness to the rich history and culture of three separate European nations, it’s easy to see why this has become a Backwoods Adventures favorite. You will spend evenings at inns and lodges along the route. You will have breakfast and dinner at local eateries. Lunches will either be in small villages that we pass through or you will picnic with the Alps as your scenery.

What's Included
  • 8 days/7 nights trekking through France, Italy, and Switzerland around Mont Blanc
  • 10-nights accommodations in hotels, B&B’s, and mountain huts along the way
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 Rest/Spa day in Courmayeur, Italy
  • Entrance to the Pre Saint Didier Thermal Spa in Courmayeur
  • Transfers to and from Geneva International Airport (2:00pm incoming transfer on Day 0, 7:30am outgoing transfer on Day 11)
  • Expert Local Mountain Guides and Backwoods Adventures Trip Host
  • Luggage transfer services
  • 3 group conference calls with BWA Trip Host to help prepare you for the trip
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Geneva
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and extra snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Extras; laundry, massage, internet, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
 

Additional Information

Meals

Backwoods Adventures knows that well-fed travelers are happy travelers. We aim to please your palate. Since we will be staying at huts or lodges on the entire trip we will have our breakfast and dinner at local restaurants or cafes. Lunches will either be in small towns or villages that we pass through or we will grab some light fare to take with us and enjoy our lunch picnic-style with the Alps to gaze at while we eat.

Accommodations

Our accommodations will vary based on our location. However, all hotels and lodges are among the highest rated in the country both for location and amenities. Most hotels will provide single rooms (double occupancy), however there is the possibility of dormitory arrangements in a couple of locations along the circuit, depending on availability.

Health

The Tour du Mont Blanc is commonly referred to as the most luxurious trek in the world, which sometimes gives people a false sense of security. While it is true that you do not have to camp in a tent and you get to have nice meals and enjoy delicious wine each evening, do not forget that this is a strenuous trek – each hiking day covers more than 10 miles. There will be long days with steep descents and ascents, so physical preparation is very important.

Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while on the Tour Du Mont Blanc are strenuous and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You will be required to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. Any medical conditions must be disclosed on your registration forms. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Passport/Visa Requirements

No Visa is required for travel while in Europe. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Patty Gerstenberger
 
Patty Gerstenberger

Patty Gerstenberger is a host for several Backwoods Adventures, including our Mount Rainier Summit and Tour du Mont Blanc. A native of Winona, Minnesota, graduate of Oral Roberts University and 10-year veteran of the outdoor industry, Patty is a wealth of camping and backpacking knowledge that she’s acquired from adventures all over the world, including every state in the US. When she’s not working in the Tulsa store or hosting adventures, she works as a life coach, drinks too much coffee, and loves spending time with her husband and three boys.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

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