Our deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc is the most luxurious TMB you will find anywhere, hands down. We’ve chosen not just nice hotels, but the best hotels in the region. And it’s not padded with a lot of nights in simpler inns. We give you extra days where you want them the most – in those 5-star hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur – with comfortable and classy hotels in between. Add a low client-to-guide ratio, private transfers and daily luggage service, and you have yourself a luxurious trip.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a visual and cultural highlight in every way. You are hiking through three countries around the biggest mountain in the Alps. Seriously? It’s amazing. But it doesn’t have to be rustic. The air is crisp and clean and the mountains are calling. After a full and invigorating day on the trail, you’ll arrive at your next stop and unwind in style. 5-star rooms, pool and spa, amazing meals, and wonderful memories.
Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going. Our guides know the trails, know the culture, and have their favorite spots to show you. It’s time to relax. Turn off the stress and don’t worry about a thing. This guided deluxe Tour of Mont Blanc is a treat.
Chamonix – 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. It’s a quick trip – about 45 minutes – and you’ll be at the foot of Mont Blanc in this bustling village.
Enjoy the ambiance Chamonix. Take in your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time to relax at our luxurious 5-star Chamonix hotel before meeting the group for dinner. The Hameau Albert is the most comfortable hotel in Chamonix, with beautiful gardens and a great pool and spa. We love it. Make sure you give yourself time to enjoy it!
Chamonix – After a fabulous breakfast buffet, we gather for our first hike. One of the classic hikes in the region takes us to Lac Blanc, high above the village. This is a popular walk, but incredibly scenic and worth the effort. We’ll take a lesser-used trail past the Cheserys lakes up to the hut at Lac Blanc.
This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges, across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere. After a stop for lunch, we’ll make good use of local cable cars to speed the way down. Return to Chamonix for a 2nd night.
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, a spot that practically begs one to linger. When it is time to go, a wooded descent leads to the quaint village of les Contamines, where you’ll stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel. We love the warm reception and wonderful food at the Gai Soleil, recognized by the Michelin Guide for its creative cuisine, and beloved by our clients as a welcoming home for the night.
le Chapieux – Today the Tour du Mont Blanc route continues on a long ascent across two lofty passes, Col du Bonhomme and Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. Slow and steady… it’s a big day, but not too hard, and with plenty to see along the way.
An alpine hut near the pass makes a perfect lunch stop mid-day. Afterwards, we’ll descend to the tiny hamlet of les Chapieux where we stay in a cozy hiker’s inn. This will be our most rustic night of the tour.
Courmayeur – Starting with a shuttle to Ville des Glaciers, a small farm farther up the valley, we’re back on the trail and on our way to Italy today. A gradual ascent through quiet alp pastures leads steadily up to the Col de la Seigne and the French-Italian border.
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. We’ll stop at the scenic Elisabetta hut for lunch, glaciers tumbling behind us, and continue down valley and to the medieval village of Courmayeur, where we stay in an impressive 5-star hotel.
Courmayeur – A second day in Courmayeur is a great way to break up the Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc, offering a chance to either rest or take an optional dayhike high above town. Our favorite hike from Courmayeur is an extremely scenic balcony route to Bonatti hut. The views along this route are some of the most mind-blowing of the whole tour.
If you don’t want to hike though, there is plenty to do in town. The Pre St. Didier spa is one luxurious way to recharge, and our hotel also has a very nice pool and spa. Courmayeur is a great village to explore, with cobblestoned pedestrian-only alleyways filled with comfortable cafes and stylish shops. Stay in the same luxury hotel a second night.
la Fouly – A brief morning transfer takes us from Courmayeur to the end of the Ferret valley, Arnuva, where we start another beautiful hike, this time 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, we’ll descend to the tidy Swiss village of la Fouly.
Champex – Today is one of the easier hikes on the Mont Blanc tour, as we walk through woods and typical Swiss countryside and up to the pretty, lakeside village of Champex.
Starting out from out hotel, you’ll pass a number of pretty waterfalls and small farms. After a break for lunch, a short but vigorous ascent brings us up to Champex, a delightful little village next to a pretty lake. Stay in a comfortable 3-star village hotel.
Chamonix – On our final hiking day of the tour, we’ll have our choice of an easier or more strenuous route. The easier route from Champex is an undulating trail through alpine pastures and pine forests, with a mid-day stop at an alpine farm 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 with dazzling views of the Trient glacier on the descent. Finish the day at the Col de la Forclaz restaurant, perhaps with time for a drink on their spacious outdoor terrace. After a quick transfer back to our luxurious 5-star hotel in Chamonix, we’ll enjoy one last evening here and a special farewell dinner with the group.
depart – Today we say au revoir, and depart for our post-Mont Blanc destinations.
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