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Mont Blanc Explorer

8 Days, Geneva to Chamonix
Mont Blanc Explorer

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The French call her "La Dame Blanche." To Italians, she's "Il Bianco." And to all who set out to tame her, she is known simply as "The Big One". Towering above the alread read more...

IS THIS Active TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 07 nights accommodation (Hotels (7 nts)
  • 3 Breakfasts.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, bus, minivan).
  • Four escorted mountain walks
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-315 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Day 2 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Day 3 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Day 4 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc/Courmayeur
Day 5 Courmayeur
Day 6 Courmayeur
Day 7 Courmayeur/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Day 8 Depart Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Departures
  • Jul
    2017
  • Aug
    2017
  • Sep
    2017
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
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    2018
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    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 22 Jul '17
  • Sat, 29 Jul '17
  • Sat, 05 Aug '17
  • Sat, 12 Aug '17
  • Sat, 26 Aug '17
  • Sat, 02 Sep '17
  • Sat, 02 Sep '17
  • Sat, 09 Sep '17
  • Sat, 23 Jun '18
  • Sat, 30 Jun '18
  • Sat, 30 Jun '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sat, 21 Jul '18
  • Sat, 21 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Sat, 04 Aug '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Sat, 18 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sat, 08 Sep '18
  • Sat, 08 Sep '18
  • Sat, 15 Sep '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Chamonix
  • Courmayeur
  • Chamonix to Chamonix Map
  • DAY 1 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    Arrive at any time.
    Today is arrival day, so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm). After the meeting, choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant.

    These two lovely hotels in the centre of Chamonix have everything we need to enjoy the area and get a good rest before and after our hikes. The interior of the hotels are all in wood, giving them a very typical alpine atmosphere.

    In the evening, we have our first opportunity to try some alpine specialties in a typical restaurant. It will be hard to choose from such delights as cheese fondue, tartiflette, or raclette, perhaps accompanied by some famous "Vin de Savoie" wine.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Evening
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    Enjoy a day hike from Les Contamines and pass over the Col de Voza to Les Houches.

    Today we will head out in the Chamonix valley for our first hike. Hike up the steep-sided Chamonix valley and enjoy views across to the peaks and glaciers.

    The ascents and descents on this day are quite long, but the ground is relatively easy. We gain height gently in switchbacks, on a narrow trail across mountain turf and rock. There are superb views across to Mont Blanc, and the relatively easy ground underfoot make this an easier day than the elevation gain may at first suggest.

    Hiking the Chamonix Valley
    Montroc Full Day
    Today we will head out in the Chamonix valley for our first hike. We will hike up the steep-sided Chamonix valley for splendid views across to the peaks and glaciers. The ascents and descents on this day are quite long but the ground is relatively easy. We gain height gently in switchbacks, on a narrow trail across mountain turf and rock. There are superb views across to Mont Blanc, and the relatively easy ground underfoot make this an easier day than the elevation gain may at first suggest. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to take a breathtaking cable car ride up the Aiguille du Midi pinnacle, visit the Mer de Glace, take a walk through the Ice Cave, or go for a dip in the local thermal spa.

    Taking a break from our walking, we'll spend today exploring the Chamonix region with various optional activities to suit everyone's interests. Why not take a recommended cable car ride up the famous Aiguille du Midi and across the glaciers to Punta Helbronner in Italy? Or if you want some excitement, opt to join a canyoning or rafting trip, or go parapenting - these activities are available and bookable locally and your CEO will have suggestions for where to do this.

    For a more relaxing day, you can choose to stay at resort level and enjoy some local hikes in the area or perhaps visit the local leisure centre.

    One good hike in the area starts in Les Praz by the pretty medieval church.

    Don't miss the chance to try some of the local specialty food that this region is famous for in one of the town's many excellent bars and restaurants!

    Free Time
    Chamonix-Mont-BlancFull Day
    The perfect location for some down time, the Alps are right on your doorstep today. Relax and enjoy the mountain scenery or explore the area around Chamonix.

    Optional Activities
    Cable Car Ride
    Aiguille du Midi
    31 EUR per person
    Enjoy a cable car ride up the famous Aiguille du Midi -- it once held the title of the world's highest cable car. Enjoy the ride with stunning views from 1,035m (3,396 ft) to 3,842m (12,605 ft) -- It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world.

    Canyoneering Trip
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Enjoy a canyoneering trip in beautiful Chamonix.

    Le Praz Hike
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Walk through shady woods and along the tumbling glacial waters of the River Arve to Argentiere. Enjoy a stop at one of the cafes before catching the local bus back to Chamonix. (Height gain approx 300m/984 ft).

    Rafting Trip
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Enjoy a rafting trip in the Chamonix area.

    Parapenting Trip
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Enjoy a parapenting trip in the Chamonix area. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc/Courmayeur

    Set out on a half-day walk from Lac du Miage to Courmayeur with fantastic views of the 10km (6 mi) long Glacier du Miage.

    We travel by bus this morning, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel, crossing the Italian border to the town of Courmayeur. Here we will drop off our bags and head out for a day hike in Val Veny, with spectacular views up the valley to the Col de la Seigne and the Miage glacier.

    Our hotel in Courmayeur is cosy and atmospheric, a traditional Aosta Valley structure with ample recreational space, including an outdoor terrace and garden for soaking up some of the mountain sunshine in the summer months.

    Local bus (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Courmayeur 30m)
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Val Veny Hike (Courmayeur 5h 15-20km)
    Climb up to the top of Col de la Seigne, from where the hike crosses over into Italy. Keep trekking through multiple ascents and descents, with views of the 10km (6 mi) long Glacier du Miage. There are a couple of options for more challenging hikes if some of the group want to take them. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Courmayeur

    Enjoy a free day to explore Courmayeur. Opt to take a spectacular cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner or enjoy a day of relaxation at the Pre St Didier spa.

    Enjoy a free day in the Courmayeur region to take advantage of some optional activities, such as taking a bus to La Palud, followed by a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back. Your Tour Leader will let you know more about other options such as mountain biking, hiking, a day visit to the town of Aosta, or a bit of indulgent relaxation at the wonderful Pre St Didier Spa.

    Free Time
    Courmayeur Full Day
    Explore and enjoy the delightful mountain town of Courmayeur -- wander the cobbled streets and stop off at some of the markets.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Biking

    Courmayeur
    Hop on a bike and enjoy the challenging ride, with some steep inclines and spectacular views.

    Hiking
    Courmayeur 5h - 6h
    Free
    Lace up your boots and enjoy a hike in this beautiful area. Be sure to stop and admire the view as you go.

    Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner
    Courmayeur
    84 EUR per person
    Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back -- the views are stunning.

    La Palud Visit
    Courmayeur
    Free-20EUR per person
    Enjoy a visit to the picturesque little village of La Palud.

    Pre Saint Didier Spa
    Pre-Saint-Didier
    Indulge in some relaxation at this wonderful spa, in place since 1800.

    Aosta Visit
    Aosta 5h - 6h
    7 EUR per person
    Get to know this charming bilingual city nestled in the Italian Alps. It offers many sights to explore, including the ancient town walls of Augusta Praetoria Salassorum, still preserved almost in their entirety, and an ancient Roman amphitheatre. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Courmayeur

    Enjoy a day walk to Refuge Bertone for fabulous views of the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Descend via the Planpincieux Valley.

    It's another walking day today as we stretch our legs on a fabulous route, setting off up the steep winding path to Rifugio Bertona and then around the flank of the hillside to where a magnificent panoramic view of Mont Blanc awaits.

    Day Walk to Refuge Bertone
    Courmayeur 5h Full Day
    Height gain: 850m/2800ft. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Courmayeur/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    After taking the train to Le Buet, enjoy a day hike with views of Glacier d'Argentiere, Pic du Midi, and Mont Blanc. In the evening, return to Chamonix.

    Catch a morning bus from Courmayeur back through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix. Hike all day above the Chamonix valley for magnificent views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Dru, and the Mer de Glace glacier.

    In the evening, try out a local Chamonix brewery for a farewell hearty dinner and a pint of lager made from glacial fed water!

    Private Vehicle (Courmayeur - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Grandes Jorasses, the Dru and the Mer de Glace Glacier Visit
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
    Take the cable car to the alpine slopes high above the Chamonix valley for magnificent views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Dru, and the Mer de Glace glacier. It's a tough day of hiking, but the views are extremely rewarding. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Depart Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-315 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 12 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Please note that, while the hikes on this trip are all day hikes and you need carry no more than a small daypack, this is still an alpine environment. The walks involve ascents and descents of up to 900m (3000ft) sometimes over rough and steep ground. Good fitness and a familiarity with mountain hiking will help you get the most out of this trip.

  10. Please note as well that you will require good well-broken-in walking boots and waterproofs. You will need to be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

  11. Please note that Hotel Chamonix is affiliated with the nearby Hotel Crete Blanche and that in some cases the group could be divided between the two hotels.


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