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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.

  • Guided Group,
  • 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 Best of the Tour of Mont Blanc.


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  • 7 days, 6 nights
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  • $4795 Per Person
  • $1150 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-2

Italy, Courmayeur

Fly to Geneva and transfer 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.


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 5 dinners included. Luggage transfers to all stops are also part of your tour.

This tour does not include arrival and departure transfers.  Please ask if you would like help with these.

Full Itinerary

Day 1


We’re going to start in beautiful, medieval Courmayeur. Fly to Geneva, and make your way 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.

Arrival: Geneva.  Plan to arrive by the day your tour starts.  You will need to book a private taxi from GVA to Courmayeur.  The trip takes 2½ hrs, but can be much longer during the day when there are long wait times at the Mont Blanc Tunnel.  We recommend booking taxis with Mountain Dropoffs or Chamonix Valley Transfers.

You might consider coming a day early and adding a night in Chamonix before your tour so you can travel through the tunnel to Courmayeur before 8:30 am.  Ask if you would like help with these plans.

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Dinner

Day 2


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 be on your own for dinner in Courmayeur tonight.

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

Hotel Bouton d'Or
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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, 9 miles; Elevation: 2840 ft up, 3390 ft down

Hotel Edelweiss
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4


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: 6-8 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1560 ft up, 2000 ft down

Hotel du Glacier or Splendide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5


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.  Private room with shared bathroom down the hall.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2500 ft. up, 3050 ft. down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft. up, 4480 ft. down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Hotel la Grande Ourse
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6


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, 8 miles; Elevation: 3160 ft up, 2580 ft down

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7


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

Departure: Geneva.  Plan departure for the day your tour finishes.  You’ll need to book a private or shared shuttle from Chamonix to GVA, and the trip takes 1½ hrs.

Tour Options

Guided Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc


  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 6 nights
  • Luggage transfers included 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
  • $4795Per Person
  • $1150Single Room

Guided Classic Tour du Mont Blanc


  • Big passes almost every day. Not too hard, but not easy either
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 8 stops in 10 nights
  • Luggage transfers included every night on the tour.
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • A great tour for meeting other hikers from around the world
  • $5995Per Person
  • $1450Single Room

Guided Deluxe Tour du Mont Blanc


  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 7 stops in 10 nights
  • 6 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
  • $7995Per Person
  • $1550Single Room

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