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Jean Marc Vaillant

Europe Guide

If you're joining us on our 'Tour du Mont Blanc' trip, you'll meet Jean Marc Vaillant, our lead guide. Jean Marc is a true blue Chamonix Valley local, has been a competitive ski racer on the European circuit, and has led high mountain adventures and expeditions his entire working life. Aside from guiding our 'Tour du Mont Blanc' (if you ask him how many times he's done it, he'll tell you he's lost count!), Jean Marc has guided expeditions in Madagascar, Ethiopia and every corner of Europe. His passion and knowledge of the Alps history, flora, fauna and culture is phenomenal and his enthusiasm and energy seem to be endless! When he's not guiding our trips, you'll find him skiing with his two young daughters and trying to keep up with renovating his Chamonix Valley house.

Active Adventures Europe Guides

- Andy, Phil and Jean Marc - Active Adventures Europe Guides

Testimonials

  • “Jean Marc did a fantastic job!! He made sure the group stayed together and any questions we had he was quick to provide an answer. He is full of personality and it was such a joy to spend time with him.”
    Georgina Lean (San Juan Capistrano, California, United States), June 2016
  • “Could not ask for better.”
    Louis D'Agostino (Brewster, New York, United States), June 2016

Trip Reviews

 4.50 out of 5 (from 14380 reviews)

Whatever the dream, if its New Zealand, find a way!!

“Where do I even start?!?!? NZ has been #1 on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I realized I couldn't wait forever for that perfect time, to have X amount of money saved, to have a companion to go with me...that I decided to JUST GO ALREADY! And I suggest you do the same! Don't wait another moment. I went alone but found the most wonderful companions I could have ever hoped for! Even got a great roommate. The guides, Claire and Jess were PHENOMENAL! I started crying off and on a few days before the end of the trip because I became that attached to them and knew I would never see them again. Leaving at the airport, I couldn't even speak I was so upset and saying goodbye. So wonderful and beyond knowledgeable! I miss Jess' cooking and Claire's coffee already and I just got back yesterday!!! But seriously folks, the Manuka was beyond what expectations I could have ever dreamed. Yes it was indeed physical, so be ready for that; but there were some flatter, easier options for those that chose to not exert so much energy. There were a couple of times I wanted to just quit, but Claire and/or Jess kept me going saying it would be worth it (for the view AND the accomplishment) and MAN WERE THEY RIGHT!!!

The food, the company, the knowledge, the laughs, the comradery, the views, the EXPERIENCES....all of it was TOP NOTCH! I have my memories that will last a lifetime; best money I have EVER spent.

Don't wait! GO! I plan to go back in a couple of years to do the entire Milford Track. That's my only regret is that I didn't spend the extra to do that. But that's on me, not AA!”
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– Texas, United States
Manuka, March 2017
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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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