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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.

 

  • 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

  • Unwind in charming mountain hotels and enjoy warm alpine hospitality

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$250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

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 Les Contamines

    Day 2

    Begin your day riding the cable car to Bellevue, where breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blancrange, 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 the Chalet du Truc (5,642') and the charming town of Les Contamines-Montjoie (3,828'). Enjoy the gastronomical delights of Les Contamines and the comfort of a hotel in town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Gai Soleil

    Discover the mountain charm of Les Contamines-Montjoie at the chalet-style Hotel Gai Soleil, once an alpine farmhouse. Its comfortable rooms are warmly furnished and come with modern amenities. After a day hiking, get cozy next to the log-burning fireplace in the lounge or step out into the garden under the stars.

    Accommodation: Hotel Christiania

    Nestled in the heart of Les Contamines-Montjoie, Hotel Christiania is a picturesque chalet-style inn perfect for your mountain adventure. Its modern wood-paneled rooms offer comfort and charm, and come well-appointed with modern amenities. Take a dip in the sun-warmed pool or relax with a drink on the terrace.

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Val Montjoie to Les Chapieux

    Day 3

    Relish a hearty mountain breakfast and then take a short drive to Notre Dame de La Gorge. From here, begin a steady climb up to Col du Bonhomme (8,133') amidst spectacular alpine scenery. As you gain altitude, notice how the forest gives way to grassy meadows, then up to boulders and scree fields as you arrive above the tree line at the Col de Bonhomme. Keep your camera ready to capture roaming ibex! Enjoy the descent into the hamlet of Les Chapieux (5,098'), where you'll spend the night.

    Accommodation: Les Chambres du Soleil

    Relish your stay at the delightful, family owned Les Chambres du Soleil in the small Savoyard hamlet of Les Chapieux. The hotel's bright, clean and spacious bedrooms come with modern amenities and warm hand-spun blankets. With more than 150 years of hospitality, this is a perfect stop on your alpine journey.

    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 paths towards the Bertone mountain hut. Take the impressive balcony trail and enjoy exceptional views of the Mont Blanc range. The trail continues to the Rifugio Bonatti (6,634'), named after the famous Italian alpinist and adventurer Walter Bonatti. After a short descent, arrive in the village of Lavachey where your hotel for the night awaits.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lavachey

    Soak up the friendly atmosphere at Hotel Lavachey, a traditional mountain inn surrounded by panoramic views of Italy's Val Ferret. Its 11 comfortable rooms are simply furnished in an alpine style and have shared bathrooms. Enjoy regional fare in the onsite restaurant and drinks on the splendid terrace.

    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

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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.

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.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 03 - 11, 2022
    $5,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 31 - Aug 08, 2022
    $5,795 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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

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