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Alps Mont Blanc Family Adventure

Thrilling Hikes in France, Italy & Switzerland

 

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world's most iconic loop trails and what better way to experience it than with your family! Follow ancient paths - once trodden by the Celts and Romans - through France, Switzerland and Italy. Along the way, pass through the idyllic meadows of Contamines-Montjoie Nature Preserve, summit the Col de Bonhomme, look out for eagles and fuzzy marmots, and enjoy the thrills of riding mountain cable cars and crossing suspension bridges. Feel at ease every step of the way as you follow expert mountain guides, who are attuned to the needs of family hikers - and will help build memories to last a lifetime.

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  • Do something truly unforgettable - take a family-friendly trek (ages 13+) on the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland

  • Feel the thrill of mountain cable cars, suspension bridges, and whitewater rafting

  • Fuel up on hearty mountain cuisine, and unwind in cozy chalets, huts, and inns

Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Price: from $4,695

Duration:

9 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-14 Guests

Min Age:

13 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

You will need to be a comfortable walking up to 10 miles per day with several thousand feet of elevation change. The trails are smooth and in excellent condition. You do not need to be an athlete, but you should be in excellent physical condition to take this trip.
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  • Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland & Transfer to Chamonix, France

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, and meet your guide promptly at 2pm for a private van transfer to the resort town of Chamonix, France. Please arrive early enough (by 1pm) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pick-up. After a scenic, hour-and-a-half ride into the mountains, take time to rest at the hotel or explore town before orientation. In the early evening, meet your guides and the rest of the group; then enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: La Folie Douce

    Located in downtown Chamonix, La Folie Douce is not your average mountain chalet. Each of its 250 modern, deluxe rooms offers soft fabrics, custom-made furniture, and awe-inspiring views of the Alps. End the day with a trip to their spa, a swim in the pool, or a visit one of their five restaurants.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike from Les Houches to Chalet de Nant Borrant

    Day 2

    Begin your day riding the cable car to Bellevue, where breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Mountain Range, the Aiguilles Rouges, and the Fiz and Aravis Massifs await. Cross the suspension bridge over Bionnassay Torrent, then descend into the hamlet of Champel before reaching Les Contamines-Montjoie. Continue to the bottom of the valley to Notre Dame de la Gorge, a Baroque church and ancient pilgrimage site. Finish the day with one last stretch of the legs to Refuge de Nant Borrant, your mountain hut for the night. You will not have your luggage on this night, so bring your overnight essentials in your daypack.

    Accommodation: Refuge de Nant Borrant

    Live the life of a mountaineer in this charming mountain refuge. Its small, dormitory-style accommodations fit up to nine people each. Beds are clean and comfortable, equipped with warm quilts and pillows. After your hike, relax and enjoy a cool drink on one of the lawn chairs outside, or enjoy a hearty dinner by the fire in the dining room.

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,650' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Val Montjoie to Les Chambres de Soleil

    Day 3

    Relish a hearty mountain breakfast, then prepare for your hike. Starting from the Contamines-Montjoie Nature Preserve, begin your long, steady climb up to the Col du Bonhomme (8,133'). As you gain altitude, notice how the forest gives way to grassy meadows, then up to boulders and scree fields as you arrive above tree line at the Col de Bonhomme. Keep your camera ready for a spotting of roaming ibex! Enjoy a well-earned descent into the hamlet of Les Chapieux to Auberge de la Nova, your home for the night.

    Accommodation: Auberge de la Nova

    Not far from the Italian border, the Auberge de la Nova is a welcome stop on any tour of Mont Blanc. This cozy dormitory style inn is rich in history. During World War II, the French Resistance made it a stronghold. Today, it welcomes travelers from around the world, filling them up with delicious regional dishes and warm alpine hospitality.

    Activity: 7 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,300' elevation gain and 2,650' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from La Vallee des Glaciers to Le Col de la Seigne into Courmayeur

    Day 4

    The day begins in the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, among herds of happy sheep and cows. Begin your hike to the Col de la Seigne (8,256') and reach the Italian border. The climb is beautiful! As the pass opens up, it gives way to a superb view on the South face of Mont-Blanc. On your descent, pass the crystalline Lake Combal, and soon after, the Italian hamlet of the Visaille. A bus will meet you to transfer you to our hotel in Courmayeur.

    Accommodation: Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Built in 1882 by Jean Laurent Berthod, more than a century later the hotel remains family owned and operated. There is a familial atmosphere here, with cozy, personalized rooms and service designed to make guests feel right at home. Indoor spa facilities await hikers eager to relax after a vigorous day of activity.

    Accommodation: Hotel Edelweiss

    Situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, in the quiet end of the resort town of Courmayeur, Hotel Edelweiss embodies the spirit of true peace and quiet. With clean rooms, comfortable beds, a bar with board games, and a reading room, you can relax, unplug and unwind. This is the kind of hotel that makes mountain vacations such simple pleasures.

    Activity: 7 hours/10.5 miles hiking with 2,400' elevation gain and 3,300' loss

    Transportation: 50 minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike to Italy's Val Ferret

    Day 5

    Beginning from the hamlet of Villair Superior, follow the trail towards the Bertone mountain hut. Bask in the mountain views from the lookout point, where you can catch an aerial view of Mont-Blanc's peaks. Depending on the weather and group conditions, your guide will choose the best route to get you to our cozy mountain rifugio - your home for the night.

    Accommodation: Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Built in 1882 by Jean Laurent Berthod, more than a century later the hotel remains family owned and operated. There is a familial atmosphere here, with cozy, personalized rooms and service designed to make guests feel right at home. Indoor spa facilities await hikers eager to relax after a vigorous day of activity.

    Accommodation: Rifugio Bonatti

    Known for its remote location and beautiful setting, this mountain refuge is situated just 1 mile from the Grandes Jorasses mountain, and 8.5 miles from the Western Alps mountain range. Simple but cozy rooms feature free Wi-Fi with shared bathrooms. The in-house restaurant serves warm, hearty meals, and there is a bar, and picnic tables for those who prefer to dine al fresco.

    Activity: 5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 2,640' elevation gain and 1,650' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Le Grand Col Ferret & Descend into Champex

    Day 6

    After a good night's sleep and breakfast, transfer to the foot of Grand Col Ferret (8,323'), at the Italian-Swiss border. This is the steepest, shortest and most demanding climb of your trip. But fortunately, your efforts are worth it! Through the day, catch impressive views of Grandes Jorasses and Triolet, and Mont Dolent - the meeting point of the French, Swiss and Italian borders. Descend towards La Fouly, passing by the chalet of La Peule. From La Fouly, transfer Champex, a village in the Swiss canton of Valais.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sunways

    Surrounded by a large, private park, this Swiss chalet offers quiet and nature as far as the eye can see. Their clean, simple rooms offer fabulous views of Les Dents du Midi, and you're only a 10-mintute walk away from the most beautiful lake in the Valais. Relish some down time after an invigorating day on the trail!

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain and 3,100' loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Bovine & Continue to Col de la Forclaz

    Day 7

    Through the forest, reach Plan de l'Au. Little by little, climb through a forest overlooking France's Rhone Valley and the charming town of Martigny. Taking the scenic route, discover the alpine pasture of Bovine (6,519'). Continue on to the Col de la Forclaz.

    Accommodation: Hotel du Col de la Forclaz

    Situated along the remote Col de la Forclaz mountain pass in the Swiss Alps, this family-run hikers' inn is known for its relaxed, woodsy atmosphere. Dorm-style sleeping quarters are equipped with comfortable bunk beds and have shared bathrooms. A few private rooms are also available, some with private facilities. Amenities include a cozy restaurant serving regional specialties, a bar and cafe, and a covered terrace with sweeping mountain views.

    Activity: 5 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain and 1,650' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Col de Balme & Descend into Chamonix

    Day 8

    Begin the last day's hike by traversing the alpine meadow of Herbagères, then a spruce forest before reaching the Col de Balme (7188'). Cross the border again before starting your descent into the alpine meadows of Balme, just upstream from the Chamonix Valley, into the village of Le Tour. Your loop around Mont Blanc now complete, transfer to your hotel in Chamonix. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner in town.

    Accommodation: La Folie Douce

    Located in downtown Chamonix, La Folie Douce is not your average mountain chalet. Each of its 250 modern, deluxe rooms offers soft fabrics, custom-made furniture, and awe-inspiring views of the Alps. End the day with a trip to their spa, a swim in the pool, or a visit one of their five restaurants.

    Activity: 4 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 2,940' elevation gain and 2,970' loss afternoon options for rafting or a rope course at an adventure park

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Geneva & Fly Home

    Day 9

    Transfer to Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30am. Please schedule your flight after 11am for inter-European destinations, after 12pm for all transcontinental destinations.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Alps Mont Blanc Family Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This exciting family version of our classic Tour Du Mont Blanc adventure is perfect for families with kids aged 13 years and up.

Reason #02

Professional MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, experienced for their indispensable knowledge and ability to attune to the needs of family hikers.

Reason #03

No one knows the Alps like MT Sobek, with four decades of experience leading trips here and a regular following of Alps-loving guests.

Meet your guides

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains, and will share her enthusiasm and her great experience with you during your trip.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain trails covering 5-10 miles per day with maximum elevation gain of 3,300'. Exploration of scenic mountain towns.

Lodging

Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery. Plus 2 nights in dormoritory style alpine huts.

Climate

The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at the high passes. Come prepared for everything.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall of the Geneva Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2pm on Day 1.

Are there bathroom facilities along the route?

Yes. There are several opportunities each day to use the facilities at local auberges along the route.

Do you supply hiking poles that I can use or borrow?

No. We recommend that you bring your own hiking poles. They are very useful on this trip.

Is my luggage transferred for me on this trip?

Yes. Your luggage will be transferred each day by our driver. You will just bring them down to the hotel lobby each morning.

What's the best way to train for this trip?

Hike and do other cardio exercises. The more time you spend hiking before this tour, the more comfortable you will be. Running and cycling are also great ways to train.

What makes this trip family friendly?

Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families, and enjoy adventures with children. There will be special activities for children at the huts, including the options to participate in rafting and a rope course at an adventure park.

  • 2021
  • 2022
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom

2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $450 Single Supplement
  • $-250 Child Discount (under 18)

Special Offer

$250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 4
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 03 - 11, 2022
    $5,795 Price per person
    Available
    New 2022 itinerary
  • Jul 31 - Aug 08, 2022
    $5,795 Price per person
    Available
    New 2022 itinerary

Additional costs

  • $450 Single Supplement
  • $-250 Child Discount (under 18)

Special Offer

$250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 4
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Thank you, one of our specialists will be contacting you shortly.

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Go Private

Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private Trip.

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Private Trip Pricing:

4 to 5 guests from $5,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $5,495 per person double occupancy

8 to 14 guests from $5,095 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $6,096 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $5,895 per person double occupancy

	

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Additional costs

  • $450 Single Supplement
  • $-250 Child Discount (under 18)

Special Offer

$250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 4
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.