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...y towering Alps, Mont Blanc commands respect. This trip puts committed travellers with excellent fitness on intimate terms with the ceiling of Europe, rewarding all-comers with strolls through quaint alpine villages, hearty dinners, relaxing spa visits, and some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery you'll ever see. Prepare to be challenged, awestruck, and amazed.collapse
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Enjoy a canyoneering trip in beautiful Chamonix.
Le Praz Hike
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).
Enjoy a rafting trip in the Chamonix area.
Enjoy a parapenting trip in the Chamonix area.
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.
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.
Courmayeur Full Day
Explore and enjoy the delightful mountain town of Courmayeur -- wander the cobbled streets and stop off at some of the markets.
Hop on a bike and enjoy the challenging ride, with some steep inclines and spectacular views.
Courmayeur 5h - 6h
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
84 EUR per person
Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back -- the views are stunning.
La Palud Visit
Free-20EUR per person
Enjoy a visit to the picturesque little village of La Palud.
Pre Saint Didier Spa
Indulge in some relaxation at this wonderful spa, in place since 1800.
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.
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.
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
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.
Depart at any time.
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals