Self-guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

France, Italy, Switzerland Inn-to-inn

Our deluxe, luxury version of the full TMB, with upscale hotels, private transfers, and world-class hikes of unequaled variety.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 11 days, 10 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 15 – Sep 20, 2018
  • Tour Cost
  • $5190 per person
    $1800 single supplement
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Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc

Our standard version of the self-guided TMB

Private guided Tour du Mont Blanc

Make it private! Your companions, your dates, your tour - we do the rest.

Guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

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

Description

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc is a visual and cultural highlight in every way, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a rustic experience.  Why not make it a truly luxurious tour with our deluxe version of the TMB?  Hiking day after day through meadows and over passes, you’ll enjoy near-constant views of some of the highest mountains in the Alps.  We’ll book you in a great mix of luxury hotels, family-run 3-star hotels, and one quaint mountain inn.  If we find there are no private rooms available when booking your tour (they fill quickly), we’ll have shuttle options to take you to a nearby hotel for a comfortable, relaxing night. Our deluxe TMB includes luggage transfers to all stops, and private shuttles to help ensure a vacation that is both invigorating and relaxing.  We also offer our self-guided Deluxe TMB Express for a slightly shorter option.

This itinerary is one night shorter than our standard TMB, skipping the night at Bonatti (you can dayhike there on your 2nd Courmayeur day), and 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.

If you’re an independent hiker, a self-guided deluxe TMB tour is the perfect way to hike around Mont Blanc at your own pace with assurance of knowing you have a comfortable bed waiting, 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 stays true to the full tour, with a couple nights in simpler 3-star village hotels and 1 mountain inn as you pass through the more remote corners 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 private rooms 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 6 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 5-star hotel in town.  Dinner is on your own in Chamonix tonight.  We’ll send suggestions for some of our favorites.

  • Hotel Hameau Albert 1er, Mont Blanc or similar

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.

  • Hotel Hameau Albert 1er, Mont Blanc or similar
  • B
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 3200 ft up, 1670 ft down

Day 3

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 Gai Soleil or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1660 ft up, 2730 ft down

Day 4

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.

  • 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 5

Courmayeur – Leaving les Chapieux, a gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads to the Col de la Seigne and into It

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 5-star hotel.

  • 5-star Grand Hotel Mont Blanc, Royal e Golf, 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 6

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.

  • 5-star Grand Hotel Mont Blanc, Royal e Golf, or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: numerous dayhike options

Day 7

La Fouly – 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.  You’ll stay in a 3-star hotel.

  • 3-star Hotel Edelweiss or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2950 ft up, 3580 ft down

Day 8

Champex – One of the easier 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 Mont Lac or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1380 ft up, 1790 ft down

Day 9

Chamonix – An undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, with sweeping views of the Rhone valley, leading to the popular hiker’s inn at Col de la Forclaz.  Their outdoor terrace is a great place to unwind at the end of your hike.

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.

We will arrange for a taxi to meet you at Forclaz and take you to Chamonix for the night, with a dayhike to the Balme pass tomorrow.

  • Hotel Hameau Albert 1er, Mont Blanc or similar
  • B
  • 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 10

Chamonix – On your final hiking day of the tour, take the bus to le Tour and hike up to the Col de Balme, the pass separating Switzerland from France.  Sweeping views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley make this a memorable way to finish the TMB.

A delightful side-trip to the nearby Posettes ridge leads to even greater views, with a meandering trail leading down through blueberries and alpenrose to the valley floor.  Finish the day with a final night at your luxurious 5-star hotel in Chamonix.  You’ll have a celebratory dinner at the restaurant of your choice tonight.  We’ll have some great options to suggest.

  • Hotel Hameau Albert 1er, Mont Blanc or similar
  • B
  • 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 11

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 6 nights in 5-star luxury hotels
3 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels
1 night in a remote hiker's inn

All breakfasts, 6 of 10 dinners
private Geneva airport transfers
select trailhead transfers
all luggage transfers
topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions