The Tour du Mont Blanc, or the TMB, has been called the World’s most luxurious hiking tour. Hiking day after day through flower-strewn meadows, over alpine passes, with the highest mountains in the Alps, you’ll enjoy some of the finest scenery in the Alps. Stopping in quaint villages at night, we’ve developed an itinerary with a great mix of luxury hotels, luggage transfers to all stops, and private shuttles to help ensure a vacation that is both invigorating and relaxing. On our self-guided deluxe TMB express, you’ll still hike through 3 countries – France, Italy, and Switzerland – just like our regular tour. We’ve designed this tour as a more luxurious, comfortable option, skipping the Bonatti hut (and adding an extra day in Courmayeur instead), with 5-star upgrades in Chamonix and Courmayeur, private VIP transfers to and from the Geneva airport, and luggage transfers to every stop on the tour. We also offer our full tour as a self-guided Deluxe TMB option.
If you’re an independent hiker, a self-guided TMB express tour is the perfect way to hike around Mont Blanc in a shorter time period, knowing you’re hitting the highlights and that every detail of your tour is well-planned. With years of personal experience on this route, we have the expertise and attention to detail to help you choose the best way for you to hike Mont Blanc and experience one of the world’s classic hikes.
Our deluxe TMB express stays true to the full tour, with 7 nights in village hotels, and 1 night in a mountain inn as you pass through a more remote corner of the tour, where there are no luxury options. Showers are available all nights. Please note though, that outside of Chamonix and Courmayeur, private rooms are in high demand, and tend to book up early. Some of these remote stops have only 2 or 3 hotel options, and July and August dates, especially, tend to fill up months in advance. To ensure private rooms for your entire stay, it’s always best to book as soon as possible. When booking a deluxe tour, let us know what you would like to do in the event private rooms are not available on one or more of your nights.
Your typical day on the TMB starts with a rich buffet breakfast at your hotel, so you can power up for a big day of hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or stop at one of the many alpine restaurants along your route. Expect to be out on the trail for 6-8 hours each day. With a several passes to cross, the Tour du Mont Blanc is often strenuous, but always worthwhile. We’ve included a rest day mid-way through the trip in Courmayeur where you can explore, or simply relax and rejuvenate at the nearby Pre St Didier thermal spa.
You should finish each daily hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, and enjoy the mountain views from your balcony or hotel terrace. After that, enjoy a hearty dinner at your hotel. These are multi-course feasts, featuring delicious local French and Italian specialties. Our deluxe self-guided TMB includes dinner on 5 nights (dinners are not included in Chamonix, where some of the best hotels do not offer set dinner menus, and there are numerous great restaurants to choose from).
With soaring mountains, gorgeous trails, and the best hotels in the region, our Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc is an exhilarating trek that lives up to its world-class reputation.
Chamonix – For the Tour du Mont Blanc, it’s best to fly to Geneva, and we’ll arrange your private transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center at the foot of Mont Blanc.
Enjoy the ambiance of this beautiful village with impressive views of Mont Blanc. Stay in a luxurious 5-star hotel in town. Dinner is on your own in Chamonix tonight. We’ll send suggestions for some of our favorites.
les Contamines – After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, your Mont Blanc circuit starts with a cable car above the scenic Voza pass to the lovely Bionnassay valley, a wooded region with impressive glaciers and waterfalls, and capped by blinding peaks.
Stop at a quaint mountain restaurant for lunch as you walk through Miage valley, mountains soaring above you, as you dive right in to the good life. A wooded descent then brings you to the quaint village of les Contamines, where you’ll stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.
les Mottets/les Chapieux – Today the tour du Mont Blanc route leads you on a long ascent across two lofty passes, Col du Bonhomme and Col de la Croix du Bonhomme.
An alpine hut near the pass makes a perfect lunch stop mid-day. Descend to the tiny hamlet of les Chapieux and stay the night in a lively hiker’s inn. We have 3 inns to choose from, and although it’s a popular corner of the tour, private rooms are normally available for the night. If not, there you’ll have the option to stay in dorm, or we can arrange a taxi to take you to nearby Bourg St. Maurice, where you can stay in a comfortable hotel, returning in the morning for your hike to Courmayeur.
Courmayeur – Leaving les Chapieux, a gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads to the Col de la Seigne and into Italy.
Here you’re greeted by an amazing view into the Veny valley and the Mont Blanc range. The Aiguille Noire de Peuterey is particularly striking from this vantage point, and Mont Blanc itself dominates the view ahead of you. Stop at the scenic Elisabetta hut for lunch, before you continue down valley and into the medieval village of Courmayeur, where you stay in an impressive 5-star hotel.
Courmayeur – A second day in Courmayeur is a great way to break up the Tour du Mont Blanc. The Pre St. Didier spa is also a luxurious way to recharge half-way through your tour. Courmayeur is a beautiful village, with cobblestoned pedestrian-only alleyways filled with comfortable cafes and stylish shops, and is always fun to explore.
There is plenty to do in the village, cable cars take you up to high vantage points, or there are great dayhikes near town. We like to hike up to the stunning views of Mont Chetif, and enjoy an afternoon at the nearby Maison Vielle restarant. Or hike the extremely scenic balcony route to Bonatti hut, returning to Courmayeur by bus. Stay in the same hotel a second night.
Champex – A brief morning transfer from Courmayeur to the end of the Ferret valley, Arnuva, brings you to the beginning of your hike over the Ferret pass and into Switzerland.
The ascent is steady and straightfoward, with plenty of opportunity to stop and enjoy the views back to Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses mountains, as well as the beautiful glaciers toward the end of the valley. After reaching the pass, you’ll descend to the tiny village of la Fouly. From here you’ll transfer to the pretty, lakeside village of Champex. You’ll stay in a friendly, comfortable 3-star hotel.
Col de la Forclaz/Trient – An undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, with sweeping views of the Rhone valley.
Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up to the high pass of Fenetre d’Arpette, one of the highest points along the tour and along the Trient glacier. Finish the day at a small hiker’s inn at Forclaz or in nearby Trient. This is one of the simpler stops on the route. Double rooms are available, but fill quickly as the hiking season approaches. If there are no private rooms available, you’ll have the option of dorm or we can arrange a taxi to take you to Chamonix for an additional night there, with a dayhike to the Balme pass tomorrow.
Chamonix – On your final hiking day of the tour, cross the Col de Balme into France, coming back full circle to sweeping views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley.
A delightful side-trip to the nearby Posettes ridge leads to even greater views, with a delightful trail leading down to the valley floor. Finish the day with a bus transfer from le Tour to your luxurious 5-star hotel in Chamonix. You’ll have your final, celebratory dinner at the restaurant of your choice tonight.
depart – Today you say au revoir, and depart for your post-Mont Blanc destinations. Your private taxi will meet you at your hotel and take you to the Geneva airport.
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