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Tour du Mont Blanc Express

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  • Trek the classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif—a “must-do” for every hiker—in only 6 days!
  • Explore an earthly paradise spanning three countries, three cultures, and three cuisines
  • Enjoy mountain hospitality, hearty alpine fare, and the expertise of dedicated MTS guides

Limited in vacation time? Try our "express" version of our classic Tour du Mont Blanc! It's four fewer days of hiking, but the breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions, and outstanding cuisine (especially our popular gourmet picnic lunches!) remain unmatched. Having led trips to the Alps for over four decades has given us more than our fair share of bias, but the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of our favorite itineraries. Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest and most iconic peak, and its idyllic views can inspire even the most jaded traveler. Travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland, you’ll wander up ancient trails through tall forests and grassy meadows, past enormous waterfalls and glaciers, and through charming hamlets in the shadow of some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc never ceases to charm with days full of clinking cowbells, colorful wildflowers, mountain wildlife and genuine alpine hospitality.

Day 1: Arrive, Transfer to Chamonix, France

Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. You will be picked up promptly at 2:00 p.m. for a group transfer by private van to the mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. We suggest you arrive early enough (by 1:00 p.m.) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pickup. The transfer takes approximately 1½ hours, and once at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation. After meeting the guides and the rest of the group, we will have a delicious welcome dinner at the fine restaurant at your hotel.

NOTE—We encourage you to arrive in Geneva or Chamonix a day or so early. This allows you to begin the trek well rested and gives you a chance to do a bit of sightseeing that isn’t on the itinerary. Information about booking extra hotel nights will be sent after you sign up for the trip.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 2: Les Houches to Les Contamines (France)

Starting in nearby Les Houches, we climb in the forest, passing beautiful mountain farmhouses, and continue through the woods to the small pass of Bellevue overlooking the Chamonix Valley; in the other directions we see the hanging glaciers of the Bionnassay and Mont Blanc. Then it’s down through the thickly wooded hillside and typical alpine hamlets to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/2,800' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Chemenaz

Day 3: Hike the Roman Road to Les Chapieux (France)

Today we make a long ascent on an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, before the last 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 Les Chapieux (5,080'). Along the way we may see some recently reintroduced ibex and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 4,200' ascent/3,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Auberge de la Nova

Day 4: The Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur (Italy)

We transfer 15 minutes to the end of the “Vallée des Glaciers,” enjoying a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale, as the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We then make a descent into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where we spend the night in a hotel. Our dinner tonight is in town. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,300' ascent/2,700' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Berthod

Day 5: Courmayeur to Champex (Switzerland)

We transfer 15 minutes to where we begin our walk up a nice trail past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” with Mont Dolent above. This is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland, and descend to the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. Transfer 25 minutes by van through the Swiss Val Ferret with its forests and fields of wildflowers to Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens. (5 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 9 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/3,100' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Day 6: Champez to Col de la Forclaz (Switzerland) and Argentiere (France)

The classic route of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings us high over the Rhône Valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous view! An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'), where our van awaits to take us to Argentiere. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 2,400' ascent/2,300' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hôtel de La Couronne

Day 7: Back to Chamonix (France)

We transfer 15 minutes to our starting point to Le Col De Montets (4,800'), then we will hike to Les Cheserys (7,130'), enjoying views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, and all the Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, we descend to Chamonix (3,300'). Festive farewell dinner with the group.  (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 8 miles ~ 2,700' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 8: Return to Geneva - Fly Home!

Transfer to the Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30 a.m.* Please schedule your flight after 11:00 a.m. for inter-European destinations, after 12:00 p.m. for all transcontinental destinations. If you would like to depart earlier or later, the transfer is on your own.

*Due to Switzerland’s commercial transportation laws, we are only able to provide one group taxi service to the Geneva Airport on Day 8, included in the cost of your trip. This transfer will be at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Geneva Airport at 10:00 a.m. Private transfers can be arrange at an additional cost, and range between 43 Euros to 275 Euros (shared/solo).

  • Breakfast

Sep 06 - 13, 2015

Jun 12 - 19, 2016

Jul 10 - 17, 2016

Aug 07 - 14, 2016

Sep 04 - 11, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$4,195 (4-14 members)

2016 Prices
$4,195 (4-14 members)



 

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Auberge de la Nova — Les Chapieux, France


Hotel Berthod — Courmayeur

The ancient residence of the Berthod and De Morò families, Hotel Berthod is owned and run as a family establishment, and guests can expect a customized welcome. Just steps away from Courmayeur's main street, outfitted with indoor spa facilities and cozy, personalized rooms.

Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Today, Isabelle and Yves Biselx continue the family hotel tradition and look forward with pleasure to receiving you! The fifth generation with their three sons, Adrien, Térence et Timothée, seems well prepared to assure the future.

The Hotel du Glacier and the family Biselx a happy couple for over 100 years. Therefore, don't miss to visit us, we'll tell you a lovely story …

Hotel La Chemenaz — Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

La Chemenaz chalet hotel is located in the french alps, in the Haute-Savoie at Les Contamines-Montjoie village resort (Village 1,100m - highest skiing 2487m), very close to the Lay ski lifts, which lead to the whole of the Contamines-Hauteluce ski domain.

All the comfort, services, and the specific hotel location to spend one of the best stay at Les Contamines-Montjoie, in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif country, in wintertime or summertime as well...

Hotel Les Aiglons — Chamonix

Five minutes from the town centre, at the foot of the Midi summit, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone a full renovation.

Resolutely contemporary whilst breaking down the barriers of traditional mountain resort hotels, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone an audacious redesign and decoration, with warm and modern colours, natural materials, glass and light…

Hôtel de La Couronne — Argentiere

The Hotel Couronne is located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the alpine village of Agentière.Guestrooms come equipped with a TV and private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub, as well as splendid views.  WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.

 

  • Trek the classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif—a “must-do” for every hiker—in only 6 days!
  • Explore an earthly paradise spanning three countries, three cultures, and three cuisines
  • Enjoy mountain hospitality, hearty alpine fare, and the expertise of dedicated MTS guides

Limited in vacation time? Try our "express" version of our classic Tour du Mont Blanc! It's four fewer days of hiking, but the breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions, and outstanding cuisine (especially our popular gourmet picnic lunches!) remain unmatched. Having led trips to the Alps for over four decades has given us more than our fair share of bias, but the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of our favorite itineraries. Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest and most iconic peak, and its idyllic views can inspire even the most jaded traveler. Travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland, you’ll wander up ancient trails through tall forests and grassy meadows, past enormous waterfalls and glaciers, and through charming hamlets in the shadow of some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc never ceases to charm with days full of clinking cowbells, colorful wildflowers, mountain wildlife and genuine alpine hospitality.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, Transfer to Chamonix, France

Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. You will be picked up promptly at 2:00 p.m. for a group transfer by private van to the mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. We suggest you arrive early enough (by 1:00 p.m.) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pickup. The transfer takes approximately 1½ hours, and once at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation. After meeting the guides and the rest of the group, we will have a delicious welcome dinner at the fine restaurant at your hotel.

NOTE—We encourage you to arrive in Geneva or Chamonix a day or so early. This allows you to begin the trek well rested and gives you a chance to do a bit of sightseeing that isn’t on the itinerary. Information about booking extra hotel nights will be sent after you sign up for the trip.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 2: Les Houches to Les Contamines (France)

Starting in nearby Les Houches, we climb in the forest, passing beautiful mountain farmhouses, and continue through the woods to the small pass of Bellevue overlooking the Chamonix Valley; in the other directions we see the hanging glaciers of the Bionnassay and Mont Blanc. Then it’s down through the thickly wooded hillside and typical alpine hamlets to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/2,800' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Chemenaz

Day 3: Hike the Roman Road to Les Chapieux (France)

Today we make a long ascent on an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, before the last 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 Les Chapieux (5,080'). Along the way we may see some recently reintroduced ibex and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 4,200' ascent/3,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Auberge de la Nova

Day 4: The Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur (Italy)

We transfer 15 minutes to the end of the “Vallée des Glaciers,” enjoying a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale, as the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We then make a descent into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where we spend the night in a hotel. Our dinner tonight is in town. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,300' ascent/2,700' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Berthod

Day 5: Courmayeur to Champex (Switzerland)

We transfer 15 minutes to where we begin our walk up a nice trail past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” with Mont Dolent above. This is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland, and descend to the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. Transfer 25 minutes by van through the Swiss Val Ferret with its forests and fields of wildflowers to Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens. (5 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 9 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/3,100' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Day 6: Champez to Col de la Forclaz (Switzerland) and Argentiere (France)

The classic route of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings us high over the Rhône Valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous view! An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'), where our van awaits to take us to Argentiere. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 2,400' ascent/2,300' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hôtel de La Couronne

Day 7: Back to Chamonix (France)

We transfer 15 minutes to our starting point to Le Col De Montets (4,800'), then we will hike to Les Cheserys (7,130'), enjoying views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, and all the Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, we descend to Chamonix (3,300'). Festive farewell dinner with the group.  (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 8 miles ~ 2,700' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 8: Return to Geneva - Fly Home!

Transfer to the Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30 a.m.* Please schedule your flight after 11:00 a.m. for inter-European destinations, after 12:00 p.m. for all transcontinental destinations. If you would like to depart earlier or later, the transfer is on your own.

*Due to Switzerland’s commercial transportation laws, we are only able to provide one group taxi service to the Geneva Airport on Day 8, included in the cost of your trip. This transfer will be at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Geneva Airport at 10:00 a.m. Private transfers can be arrange at an additional cost, and range between 43 Euros to 275 Euros (shared/solo).

  • Breakfast

Auberge de la Nova — Les Chapieux, France


Hotel Berthod — Courmayeur

The ancient residence of the Berthod and De Morò families, Hotel Berthod is owned and run as a family establishment, and guests can expect a customized welcome. Just steps away from Courmayeur's main street, outfitted with indoor spa facilities and cozy, personalized rooms.

Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Today, Isabelle and Yves Biselx continue the family hotel tradition and look forward with pleasure to receiving you! The fifth generation with their three sons, Adrien, Térence et Timothée, seems well prepared to assure the future.

The Hotel du Glacier and the family Biselx a happy couple for over 100 years. Therefore, don't miss to visit us, we'll tell you a lovely story …

Hotel La Chemenaz — Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

La Chemenaz chalet hotel is located in the french alps, in the Haute-Savoie at Les Contamines-Montjoie village resort (Village 1,100m - highest skiing 2487m), very close to the Lay ski lifts, which lead to the whole of the Contamines-Hauteluce ski domain.

All the comfort, services, and the specific hotel location to spend one of the best stay at Les Contamines-Montjoie, in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif country, in wintertime or summertime as well...

Hotel Les Aiglons — Chamonix

Five minutes from the town centre, at the foot of the Midi summit, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone a full renovation.

Resolutely contemporary whilst breaking down the barriers of traditional mountain resort hotels, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone an audacious redesign and decoration, with warm and modern colours, natural materials, glass and light…

Hôtel de La Couronne — Argentiere

The Hotel Couronne is located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the alpine village of Agentière.Guestrooms come equipped with a TV and private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub, as well as splendid views.  WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.

 

Dates and Pricing

Sep 06 - 13, 2015

Jun 12 - 19, 2016

Jul 10 - 17, 2016

Aug 07 - 14, 2016

Sep 04 - 11, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$4,195 (4-14 members)

2016 Prices
$4,195 (4-14 members)



 

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