Self-guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

France, Italy, and Switzerland Inn-to-inn

The most luxurious version of the TMB around - upscale hotels, private transfers, and world-class hikes of unequaled variety.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 10 days, 9 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 15 – Sep 20, 2017
  • Tour Cost
  • Tour Cost: $3690 per person
    $600 single supplement
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Private guided Tour du Mont Blanc

Private guided trek from France into Italy and Switzerland.

Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

Small group guided tour with guaranteed departures, max size 14 people.

Description

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 deluxe self-guided version of the TMB, 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 one of the more remote huts, and with 4-star upgrades in Chamonix and Courmayeur, private VIP transfers to and from the Geneva airport, and luggage transfers to every stop on the tour. If you’re an independent hiker, a self-guided TMB tour is the perfect way to hike around Mont Blanc at your own pace with assurance of knowing 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 have 7 nights in village hotels, including luxurious 4-star hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur, with 2 nights in mountain inns as you pass through the more remote corners of the tour. Showers are available all nights. There are many alternate versions of the Tour du Mont Blanc as well – longer or shorter tours are very possible, we can make many different custom arrangements, so please ask if you’re interested in varying this itinerary.  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.  If you are 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 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 7 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.

Map of Self-guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

Itinerary

Day 1

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 4-star hotel in town.  Dinner is on your own in Chamonix tonight.  We’ll send suggestions for some of our favorites.

  • Hotel Mont Blanc, Hameau Albert 1er or similar

Day 2

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.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1660 ft up, 2730 ft down

Day 3

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.

  • hiker's inn at les Chambres du Soleil, la Nova, or les Mottets
  • B / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 11.5 miles; Elevation: 4320 ft up, 3050 ft down (to la Nova) or 7-9 hours, 12.5 miles; Elevation: 5130 ft up, 2800 ft down (to les Mottets)

Day 4

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 impressive 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 a impressive 4-star hotel.

  • 4-star Hotel Cresta et Duc, Novecento, or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 12 miles; Elevation: 3270 ft up, 2910 ft down (from la Nova) or 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2220 ft up, 2910 ft down (from les Mottets)

Day 5

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 balcony route to Bonatti hut, returning to Courmayeur by bus. Stay in the same hotel a second night.

  • same 4-star hotel a second night.
  • B / D
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 6

La Fouly – A 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, a quiet and peaceful stop along the Tour du Mont Blanc. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 2950 ft up, 3580 ft down

Day 7

Champex – One of the mellower hikes on your Mont Blanc tour takes you through woods and up to the pretty, lakeside village of Champex.

A much more strenuous alternate route leads over a high pass, to a hut perched along the edge of the Orny glacier, before descending to Champex. Stay in a comfortable 3-star village hotel.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1380 ft up, 1790 ft down

Day 8

Col de la Forclaz – 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. Double rooms available, but limited.

  • hikers inn at Forclaz or in nearby Trient
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2460 ft up, 2260 ft down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft up, 3740 ft down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Day 9

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 possible sidetrip to the nearby Posettes ridge leads to even greater views, with a delightful trail leading down to the valley floor. Return to your luxurious 4-star hotel, and spend your last night of the Mont Blanc tour celebrating in Chamonix.

  • Hotel Mont Blanc, Hameau Albert 1er, or similar
  • B
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2890 ft up, 3120 ft down

Day 10

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.

  • B
Included 4 nights deluxe 4-star hotels
3 nights 3-star hotels
2 nights inns with private rooms
9 breakfasts, 7 dinners
private Geneva airport transfers
all luggage transfers
topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions

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