Self-guided Mont Blanc Highlights

Switzerland, France Inn-to-inn-combo

On this independent variation of the Tour of Mont Blanc, we'll focus on our absolute favorite corners of the classic tour.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • Length: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 01 – Sep 20, 2016
  • Tour Cost
  • Standard: $2190 per person
    $400 single supplement

    Deluxe: $3190 per person
    $600 single supplement
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Description

On this independent variation of the Tour of Mont Blanc, we’ll focus on our absolute favorite corners of the classic tour. We’ll slow the pace a bit, spending extra time in the quiet side-valleys around Chamonix and Courmayeur, visiting world-class hotels and quaint inns, and hiking across enjoying unparalleled vistas.

You’ll have 3 stops in 6 nights, mixing nice village hotels with one night in a remote mountain hut. Start with 3 nights in Chamonix, hiking the nearby stages of the TMB. Then travel to the distinctive village of Courmayeur, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, for a hike through one of the most spectacular valleys in the Alps, the Italian Val Ferret, to the very comfortable Bonatti hut. Finally, hike to the Ferret pass and cross into Switzerland before returning by bus to Courmayeur for 2 final nights. Our deluxe tour stays in luxurious 4-star hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur, while the standard tour chooses fine 3-star options in each village. Both stay one night at Bonatti hut, a comfortable hut with gorgeous views, hot showers and some private rooms.

Your typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn, which gives you the energy needed for a big day of hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours. With a couple of passes to cross, the hiking is often strenuous, but there will also be opportunities for easier days.

You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, and gaze upon Mont Blanc and the surrounding scenery. After that, enjoy a delicious dinner at your inn or on your own in town. A hearty meal provides a satisfying end to your day.  Although our tour only includes one dinner, we can often add more included dinners in Chamonix and Courmayeur (depending on which hotels we book), so please let us know if you would like more meals included in your trip.

With beautiful villages and inns, and unforgettable trails among the highest mountains in the Alps, the Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights tour is a gorgeous journey that does true justice to this amazing region.

Map of Self-guided Mont Blanc Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Chamonix – Arrive in Geneva, and we will arrange your transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France.

Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time for a daytrip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Stroll along Chamonix’s vibrant village center, or relax and enjoy the views from your charming Chamonix hotel.

  • 3 or 4-star hotels

Day 2

Chamonix – One of the classic hikes in the region leads to Lac Blanc for an introductory dayhike.

This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Preserve, a rugged ridge across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere. Make good use of local cable cars to enjoy more time hiking near the lake, and keep an eye open for bouquetin – a mountain goat with long curved horns that are frequently sighted in this region. Return to Chamonix for a 2nd night.

  • 3 or 4-star hotels
  • B
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 3

Chamonix – Hiking the traditional first stage of the Mont Blanc tour brings you to the minor Voza pass to the lovely Bionnassay valley, a wooded region with impressive glaciers and waterfalls, and capped by blinding peaks. Another option is the fantastic cogwheel train up to the Mer de Glace glacier, with wonderful hiking trails through the woods, and a the chance to explore a tunnel cut into the glacier itself.

Return to Chamonix for your 3rd night.

  • 3 or 4-star hotels
  • B
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 4

rifugio Bonatti – A morning transfer by private taxi through the Mont Blanc tunnel brings you to the charming, cobblestoned village of Courmayeur, the heart of the Italian Mont Blanc region.  The mountains from here are every bit as dramatic as they are from the French side.

Enjoy one of the most spectacular hikes in the Mont Blanc region from Courmayeur above the Val Ferret, with the vertical cliffs of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses towering above you to the west while the valley falls away below. Serious hikers can climb to the top of the Mont de la Saxe ridge, while lower trails make an easier, scenic traverse. Truly a magnificent day, and one of the highlights of the Mont Blanc circuit. Stay in a comfortable alpine inn.

  • Alpine inn
  • B / D
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 5

Courmayeur – Hiking toward the Grand Col Ferret, you’ll descend down to the valley floor with time for an optional hike to the Grand Col Ferret pass separating Italy from Switzerland, and returning by bus to Courmayeur.  Courmayeur is a beautiful town, with mountains towering in the distance, and a small and scenic pedestrian-only core through the heart of the village.

  • 3 or 4-star hotels
  • B
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 6

Courmayeur – A second day in Courmayeur gives you time for one last spectacular dayhike, either up the Veny valley to Elisabetta hut, or ascending a scenic ridge to the peak of nearby Mont Chetif.  The nearby Pre St Didier hot springs are also a special treat and a great way to spend your final night.

Enjoy a night of la dolce vita while exploring the village center on the final night of your Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights tour!

  • 3 or 4-star hotels
  • B
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 7

depart – After breakfast, return by taxi to Geneva.  We’ll book a private driver to pick you up at your hotel and drop you directly at the airport.

  • B
Included Standard tour:
5 nights in 3-star hotels
1 night mountain inn
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
airport shuttle Geneva-Chamonix
private taxis
luggage transfers

Deluxe tour:
5 nights in 4-star hotels
1 night mountain inn
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
private shuttles/taxis
luggage transfers

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