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Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

For a quick trip to the Mont Blanc region, our Best of TMB tour is a fantastic week hiking from Courmayeur through Switzerland to Chamonix.

Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

For a quick trip to the Mont Blanc region, our Best of TMB tour is a fantastic week hiking from Courmayeur through Switzerland to Chamonix.

    Support
  • Guided Group,
    Style
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Relaxed to Moderate,

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the best hiking tours in the world. If you don’t have time for the full circuit, you at least have time for this.

Hike from Courmayeur to Chamonix across the northern half of the tour. This has always been our favorite stretch of the TMB. You hike through all three countries, visit both Courmayeur and Chamonix, eat great food, meet wonderful people, start with unbelievable views from day one and finish with more great views of Mont Blanc on your last day. What can be better?

Yes, you can express your way through the whole circuit in a week, but that requires prioritizing passes over highlights. This isn’t that. You won’t see the southern half of the TMB on this tour, and you won’t miss it. This trip moves at the right pace and leaves time for the most important sights and best hikes. You will love it.

Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going. Our guides know the trails, they know the inns, and they have their favorite lunch spots to show you. Turn off your mind for a week, relax, and don’t worry about a thing. We’ve got it covered on the guided Tour of Mont Blanc.

    Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
    Departures
  • Jul 1 – Jul 7, 2022
  • Jul 13 – Jul 19, 2022 (Full)
  • Sep 02 – Sep 08, 2022
  • Sep 09 – Sep 15, 2022
    Cost
  • $3295 Per Person
  • $500 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-2

Italy, Courmayeur

Your tour includes a private shuttle from Geneva to Courmayeur, the sunny Italian side of Mont Blanc. Take some time to explore this beautiful village. After a peaceful first night, we’ll stretch our legs on a fabulous day hike to Bonatti hut.

Days 3-5

Switzerland, la Fouly to Trient

Now we hike across the Ferret pass and into Switzerland. Our three days here are filled with great walks, tidy Swiss villages, postcard-perfect lakes and beautiful mountains.

Days 6-7

France, Chamonix

Hiking over the Balme pass, we arrive in France to jaw-dropping views of Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte and the entire Mont Blanc range. Descend to charming Chamonix for a final night before your shuttle back to Geneva.

Included

Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 5 nights in village hotels and 1 night in a hiker’s inn, with all breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners included. Luggage transfers to all stops are also part of your tour, as well as private arrival taxi and shared departure shuttle to Geneva.

Tour Options

Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 6 nights
  • Geneva transfers to your hotel included, luggage every night
  • The highest peaks in the Alps – Mont Blanc, Grandes Jorasses and more
  • Hike through 3 countries – Italy, Switzerland, France
  • The northern half of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc circuit
  • $3295Per Person
  • $500Single Room

Guided Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • Big passes almost every day. Not too hard, but not easy either
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 8 stops in 10 nights
  • Geneva transfers to your hotel included, luggage 9 nights
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • A great tour for meeting other hikers from around the world
  • $3995Per Person
  • $550Single Room

Guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc

Inn-To-Inn

  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 7 stops in 9 nights
  • 5 nights in deluxe hotels, private transfers, luggage every night
  • The most luxurious version of the Alps’ most renowned tour
  • The highest peaks in the Alps, Mont Blanc, Grandes Jorasses and more
  • Extra days in Chamonix and Courmayeur to relax and unwind
  • $5595Per Person
  • $1050Single Room

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Courmayeur

We’re going to start in beautiful, medieval Courmayeur. Fly to Geneva, catch your private transfer (included) through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the sunny village of Courmayeur in Italy. Our home here is a very pleasant and friendly hotel near the center of town.

If you arrive early, there is plenty to do in the village, cable cars take you up to high vantage points, or just wander through town. Courmayeur is a beautiful village, with cobblestoned pedestrian-only alleyways filled with comfortable cafes and stylish shops. Later in the afternoon, you’ll meet your guide and group for dinner as your Mont Blanc tour begins.

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Dinner

Day 2

Courmayeur

After one of our favorite breakfasts at the Bouton d’Or, you’ll head out on a dayhike high above town. One of our favorite hikes leads up to a high ridge above town. You’ll reach incredible views of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses on a pleasant balcony walk to Bonatti hut. Stop for a drink at the hut and descend to the valley to transfer back to Courmayeur for a 2nd night. This is a grand panoramic hike and is a stunning introduction to the Mont Blanc region.

If you’d rather take it slow and easy today, Courmayeur is great for people-watching and relaxing, perhaps even taking a short trip on your own down to the Pre St. Didier Spa with its renowned natural mineral baths. You’ll again have dinner with your group in Courmayeur tonight.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3920 ft. up, 3150 ft. down

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

la Fouly

The Italian side of Mont Blanc is steep and rocky, and the Grand Jorasses rivals Mont Blanc as the focal point of our views on one of the highlight hikes of the tour.

On this stage of the TMB, we’ll cross the Grand Col Ferret and into Switzerland, with rolling green meadows filled with happy cows. We’ll descend to la Fouly, and tiny village at the end of a quiet valley in Switzerland. It’s quaint, quiet and beautiful here. Our luggage will be transferred here from Courmayeur.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 12.5 miles; Elevation: 3360 ft. up, 4830 ft. down

Hotel Edelweiss
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Champex

An easier day today takes us through the Swiss Ferret Valley. This is one of the more relaxing days on the tour. Waterfalls cascade down mountains as we hike down-valley and then up to the pretty lakeside village of Champex.

Champex is postcard-perfect, a painfully cute town next to a beautiful surrounded by mountains. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon on a terrace overlooking the lake. Our luggage will be waiting at our 3-star village hotel and we’ll have a hearty meal at our hotel tonight.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1380 ft. up, 1790 ft. down

Hotel du Glacier or Splendide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Trient

The next stage on the TMB presents us with a choice – the high rugged Arpette route, or the wooded Bovine route. Your choice will depend on weather, conditions and general mood. If we stay low, the Bovine route takes us through woods and past waterfalls to a rustic farm with sweeping views of the Rhone Valley.

Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up and over the steep Fenetre d’Arpette pass with dazzling views to the Trient Glacier, a popular variant on the traditional TMB route. We’ll stay in the Grand Ourse, a hiker’s inn in nearby Trient.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 2660 ft. up, 3160 ft. down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft. up, 4440 ft. down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Hotel la Grande Ourse
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Chamonix

The final hike on our Mont Blanc tour is another great one. A steady uphill trail leads us through woods and meadows to the Balme Pass on the border with France.

Enjoy gorgeous views of Mont Blanc and the entire Chamonix Valley as we cross the pass and descend to la Tour. After a short bus ride back to Chamonix, we’ll have a bit of time for the pool at our Chamonix hotel, and then enjoy a special celebratory dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 3090 ft. up, 2590 ft. down

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

depart

Today we say au revoir, and depart for our post-Mont Blanc destinations.

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