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Mont Blanc Circuit

Tour du Mont Blanc

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  • 12 Days - US$5,499

Trip Introduction

Signature Trip Mont Blanc CircuitThe Mont Blanc massif is one of the most iconic and dramatically beautiful mountain ranges in the world and a must-see area of the European Alps. While most trips circumnavigate this iconic mountain range by foot, we’ve taken it a step further to not only experience its spectacular geography, but also explore the history, culture and cuisine of France, Italy and Switzerland with expert local guides. In 12 days you’ll explore Chamonix and some of the region’s oldest and most beautiful towns as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc on foot, in a sea kayak and by bike – a genuine and original Active Adventure!

Highlights

• Experience Chamonix
• Hike Mer de Glace
• Grotto de Glace experience
• Sea kayak Lake Annecy
• Explore Annecy Old Town
• Hike the Ville de Glaciers
• Visit Beaufort cheese factory
• Experience Courmayeur and Aosta Valley
• Hike into Switzerland
• Experience Upper Rhone Valley
• Bike L'Arve River Trail
• Aiguille du Midi experience

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What's included in our Europe trips?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. In Europe you'll have a Kiwi trip leader and a team of local European guides.
  • All accommodations
    - Local lodges chosen for their comfort, charm and sublime views.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be treated to a culinary experience, to rival any in the world. 
  • All activities
    - Hiking, biking, kayaking, via ferrata, historical sites and more. 
  • All transport
    - Airport transfers
    - When you're not travelling under your own steam, they'll be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs. 

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Daily itinerary

Saturday — Arrive in Geneva, head to Chamonix

We’ll pick you up in Geneva and head through the Swiss and French Alps to Chamonix – one of the most iconic mountain towns in the world. Nestled in the heart of a dramatic U-shaped valley, the views of the northern
side of Mont Blanc are dramatic from anywhere in town, and especially from our accommodation in the heart of Chamonix. We’ll have time to rest up and explore town this afternoon, before meeting later for a welcome dinner.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (Dinner)

Sunday — Hike Mer de Glace, Grotto de Glace experience

Today we’ll hike just above Chamonix to the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice). As a warm up for our hike in the coming days, we’ll take a train up through the fir trees that flank the north side of the Mont Blanc massif, to Montenvers, overlooking this incredible glacier. From Montenvers we’ll hike further up through trees and boulder fields to Le Signal Forbes – a  lookout point affording unsurpassed views of the Mer de Glace Glacier and huge granite spires that rise sharply from the moraine walls. On our descent we’ll have incredible views of the upper Chamonix Valley and the Aiguilles Rouges Mountains. Before boarding the train back down to Chamonix, we’ll take a gondola down to Mer de Glace’s Grotto de Glace (Ice Cave). Every year, a new ice cave is dug into the bowels of the Glacier, enabling us to walk inside the incredible sea of ice! After making our way back down to Chamonix, you’ll have this afternoon to relax in town, take in the views and dining highlights, or pick up any last minute items you might need for our hike.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 2.5 hours / 4.8 kilometres (3 miles)
ASCENT: 365 metres (1200 feet)
DESCENT: 365 metres (1200 feet)

Monday — Begin Mont Blanc Circuit hike – hike to Les Houches

This morning we’ll leave Chamonix by Gondola up to Brevent (8410ft), one of the highest peaks in the crystalline Aiguilles Rouges range, which stands opposite the Mont Blanc massif. From here we’ll hike across the Carlaveyron Plateau overlooking the spectacular Dioz Canyon. The views of the north face of Mont Blanc, the Fiz range and the Chamonix valley are second to none! We’ll drop down to the village of Les Houches, our home for the evening, before meeting our local hosts and settle in for a hearty French mountain meal.
Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6 hours / 22.5 kilometres (14 miles)
ASCENT: 402 metres (1320 feet)
DESCENT: 1219 metres (4000 feet)

Tuesday — Sea kayak Lake Annecy, visit old town Annecy

This morning we’ll drive a short distance to Annecy, the capital of the Haute Savoie region and one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. To kick off our day we’ll take to sea kayaks and circle part of this stunning crystal clear lake, exploring it’s numerous coves and beaches along the way. Later we’ll head back to Annecy town where you’ll have the chance to explore it’s narrow cobbled streets and 16th century gothic architecture. With an outlook to the French Alps and an unmatched elegance, Annecy is the perfect place to lose yourself or simply sit on the sidewalk and watch the world go by!
Hotel Liberty, Saint Gervais (All meals)
KAYAKING TIME: 3-4 hours / 11.2 kilometres (7 miles)

Wednesday — Hike the Roman Road to Savoie and Beaufortain

We’ll return to the Mont Blanc Circuit this morning after a short drive to Val Montjoie where we’ll begin our hike on an old Roman road to Plan des Dames. After a short break, we begin a gradual ascent of the Col du Bonhomme – an iconic mountain pass and the gateway to the Beaufortain region, famous for it’s unique cheeses. After breaking for lunch here, we’ll drop down into the sweeping wildflower meadows in the valley below to Les Chapieux where we’ll jump in our vehicle and drive a short distance to our accommodation for the evening, in the hamlet of Bourg St Maurice.
Hotel Autantic, Bourg St Maurice (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 7 hours / 21 kilometres (13 miles)
ASCENT: 1166 metres (3828 feet)
DESCENT: 975 metres (3200 feet)

Thursday — Hike “Ville des Glaciers” into Italy

After breakfast we’ll head back to Les Chapieux where we’ll visit a local family run Beaufort cheese factory which has been making cheese for hundreds of years, having passed down their traditional methods of production generation after generation. After our visit, we’ll begin our ascent of the “Ville des Glaciers” (Valley of the Glaciers). Our first destination is the Col de la Siegne – the pass that straddles the border between France and Italy and an amazing place to view the southern side of the Mont Blanc range. As you stand with one foot in France and the other in Italy, you’ll be confronted with astounding views of huge glaciers, massive rock spires and the broad ‘U’ shaped valley down into the Italian countryside. We’ll make our way down the valley, passing through green pastures and alpine streams. Our home for this evening is the village of Courmayeur, a picture perfect Italian village at the head of the Aosta valley. Welcome to Italy!
Hotel Croux, Courmayeur (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6-7 hours / 19.3 kilometres (12 miles)
ASCENT: 725 metres (2380 feet)
DESCENT: 975 metres (3200 feet)

Friday — Explore Courmayeur and Aosta Valley 

Roman monuments, medieval castles, vineyards, and quaint villages define the Aosta Valley as one of Europe’s quintessential mountain regions, all against an incredible backdrop of steep snow capped peaks. Today you’re free to explore Courmayeur and the surrounding area. Over hundreds of years the local people here have perfected the “art de vivre” (the art of living), through exquisite mountain cuisine, beautiful architecture and fine wine. A day exploring the eateries, art galleries and vineyards of Courmayeur will recharge your culture batteries well and truly! If you’re keen to stay active today, there are plenty of adventurous options available, including hiking, paragliding, cycling and golf to name just a few. Enjoy!
Hotel Croux, Courmayeur (Breakfast)

Saturday — Hike Mont de la Saxe

We’ll leave Courmayeur this morning and hike up through dense larch forest and onto alpine meadows leading up to Bertone Hut, where we’ll make a brief stop for an espresso and soak in the jaw dropping views of Mont Blanc. From here we’ll continue on to the Mont de la Saxe balcony trail overlooking the Italian Val Ferret, looking straight across to some of the highest peaks of the Mont Blanc massif and the tumbling glaciers that descend the southern side of the range into the valley below. They look so close, you’ll feel like you can throw a stone and hit the highest peaks – it’s a sight you have to see to believe. After lunch, we’ll drop down into the Val Ferret and green pastures of the Lavachey where we’ll enjoy a classic home cooked Italian/French meal prepared by our local hosts.
Hotel Lavachey, Lavachey (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 701 metres (2300 feet)
DESCENT: 518 metres (1700 feet)

Sunday — Hike into Switzerland

Close to our accommodation, the trail to Switzerland begins, over one of the Mont Blanc regions’ most renowned passes – the Grand Col Ferret. The massive granite spires of the south side of the Mont Blanc range are our backdrop on the ascent to the Col Ferret, followed by the astoundingly beautiful views of the Swiss Val Ferret, the Glacier de l’A Neuve and the village of La Fouly that lies beneath it. We’ll hike down to La Fouly through classic Swiss pastures, before a short drive to Champex Lac, a picture perfect lakeside village and our home for the evening.
Hotel Sporting, Champex Lac (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 5 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 853 metres (2800 feet)
DESCENT: 1106 metres (3630 feet)

Monday — Hike Upper Rhone valley, Switzerland

Today is a proper “Swiss cow day” as we hike through some of the greenest and most picturesque valleys on the planet, all accompanied by the soundtrack of cow bells ringing out across the meadows. As we hike to Bovine peak, we’ll have great views of Wildstrubel, the hulking glaciated 9 mile wide peak that divides the Valais and Bern regions of Switzerland, and out to the north western mountain passes of the Oberland area. We’ll
then head down into the town of Martigny, the capital of the Valais canton, Switzerland’s finest wine growing area. We’ll have time to explore the old Roman streets of town, before driving a short distance to Vallorcine, nestled in a stunning mountain valley just across the French border.
Hotel Le Buet, Vallorcine (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 5 hours / 16 kilometres (10 miles)
ASCENT: 655 metres (2150 feet)
DESCENT: 655 metres (2150 feet)

Tuesday — Bike L’Arve River Trail, Aiguille du midi experience

This morning you’ll be fitted with a high quality front suspension mountain bike and we’ll ride all the way back down to Chamonix. The ride is spectacular as we bike through the small villages of the upper Chamonix Valley and the larch fir trees that flank the glacier-fed L’Arve River. We’ll finish our ride in Lac de Gaillands (Gailland Lake) where we’ll have a picnic lunch beside Chamonix’s iconic rock climbing wall. After lunch, we’ll take ourselves high above the valley to experience Aiguille du Midi – a cable car that leaves from downtown Chamonix and ends at a granite needle peak building at 3841 metres (12,604 feet). Aside from marvelling at this incredible feat of engineering, you’ll be blown away when you find yourself so close to the summit of Europe’s highest peak, taking in once in a lifetime views of the Alps from a high altitude perspective. Later, we’ll head back to Chamonix to spend the final evening of your trip together.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (All meals)
BIKING TIME: 3 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
DESCENT: 220 metres (720 feet)

Wednesday — Head to Geneva, depart

Today is the last day of your trip around Mont Blanc. We’ll drive back to Geneva this morning in time for afternoon flights. If you’re staying on in Chamonix, or Geneva, we’re happy to book extra accommodation for you and help out with suggestions on other things you can do in the area. Either way, you’ll go home relaxed and refreshed after your active journey around one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, and enjoying a quintessential European Alps experience in true Active style.
(Breakfast)


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Itinerary

Saturday — Arrive in Geneva, head to Chamonix

We’ll pick you up in Geneva and head through the Swiss and French Alps to Chamonix – one of the most iconic mountain towns in the world. Nestled in the heart of a dramatic U-shaped valley, the views of the northern
side of Mont Blanc are dramatic from anywhere in town, and especially from our accommodation in the heart of Chamonix. We’ll have time to rest up and explore town this afternoon, before meeting later for a welcome dinner.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (Dinner)

Sunday — Hike Mer de Glace, Grotto de Glace experience

Today we’ll hike just above Chamonix to the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice). As a warm up for our hike in the coming days, we’ll take a train up through the fir trees that flank the north side of the Mont Blanc massif, to Montenvers, overlooking this incredible glacier. From Montenvers we’ll hike further up through trees and boulder fields to Le Signal Forbes – a  lookout point affording unsurpassed views of the Mer de Glace Glacier and huge granite spires that rise sharply from the moraine walls. On our descent we’ll have incredible views of the upper Chamonix Valley and the Aiguilles Rouges Mountains. Before boarding the train back down to Chamonix, we’ll take a gondola down to Mer de Glace’s Grotto de Glace (Ice Cave). Every year, a new ice cave is dug into the bowels of the Glacier, enabling us to walk inside the incredible sea of ice! After making our way back down to Chamonix, you’ll have this afternoon to relax in town, take in the views and dining highlights, or pick up any last minute items you might need for our hike.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 2.5 hours / 4.8 kilometres (3 miles)
ASCENT: 365 metres (1200 feet)
DESCENT: 365 metres (1200 feet)

Monday — Begin Mont Blanc Circuit hike – hike to Les Houches

This morning we’ll leave Chamonix by Gondola up to Brevent (8410ft), one of the highest peaks in the crystalline Aiguilles Rouges range, which stands opposite the Mont Blanc massif. From here we’ll hike across the Carlaveyron Plateau overlooking the spectacular Dioz Canyon. The views of the north face of Mont Blanc, the Fiz range and the Chamonix valley are second to none! We’ll drop down to the village of Les Houches, our home for the evening, before meeting our local hosts and settle in for a hearty French mountain meal.
Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6 hours / 22.5 kilometres (14 miles)
ASCENT: 402 metres (1320 feet)
DESCENT: 1219 metres (4000 feet)

Tuesday — Sea kayak Lake Annecy, visit old town Annecy

This morning we’ll drive a short distance to Annecy, the capital of the Haute Savoie region and one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. To kick off our day we’ll take to sea kayaks and circle part of this stunning crystal clear lake, exploring it’s numerous coves and beaches along the way. Later we’ll head back to Annecy town where you’ll have the chance to explore it’s narrow cobbled streets and 16th century gothic architecture. With an outlook to the French Alps and an unmatched elegance, Annecy is the perfect place to lose yourself or simply sit on the sidewalk and watch the world go by!
Hotel Liberty, Saint Gervais (All meals)
KAYAKING TIME: 3-4 hours / 11.2 kilometres (7 miles)

Wednesday — Hike the Roman Road to Savoie and Beaufortain

We’ll return to the Mont Blanc Circuit this morning after a short drive to Val Montjoie where we’ll begin our hike on an old Roman road to Plan des Dames. After a short break, we begin a gradual ascent of the Col du Bonhomme – an iconic mountain pass and the gateway to the Beaufortain region, famous for it’s unique cheeses. After breaking for lunch here, we’ll drop down into the sweeping wildflower meadows in the valley below to Les Chapieux where we’ll jump in our vehicle and drive a short distance to our accommodation for the evening, in the hamlet of Bourg St Maurice.
Hotel Autantic, Bourg St Maurice (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 7 hours / 21 kilometres (13 miles)
ASCENT: 1166 metres (3828 feet)
DESCENT: 975 metres (3200 feet)

Thursday — Hike “Ville des Glaciers” into Italy

After breakfast we’ll head back to Les Chapieux where we’ll visit a local family run Beaufort cheese factory which has been making cheese for hundreds of years, having passed down their traditional methods of production generation after generation. After our visit, we’ll begin our ascent of the “Ville des Glaciers” (Valley of the Glaciers). Our first destination is the Col de la Siegne – the pass that straddles the border between France and Italy and an amazing place to view the southern side of the Mont Blanc range. As you stand with one foot in France and the other in Italy, you’ll be confronted with astounding views of huge glaciers, massive rock spires and the broad ‘U’ shaped valley down into the Italian countryside. We’ll make our way down the valley, passing through green pastures and alpine streams. Our home for this evening is the village of Courmayeur, a picture perfect Italian village at the head of the Aosta valley. Welcome to Italy!
Hotel Croux, Courmayeur (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6-7 hours / 19.3 kilometres (12 miles)
ASCENT: 725 metres (2380 feet)
DESCENT: 975 metres (3200 feet)

Friday — Explore Courmayeur and Aosta Valley 

Roman monuments, medieval castles, vineyards, and quaint villages define the Aosta Valley as one of Europe’s quintessential mountain regions, all against an incredible backdrop of steep snow capped peaks. Today you’re free to explore Courmayeur and the surrounding area. Over hundreds of years the local people here have perfected the “art de vivre” (the art of living), through exquisite mountain cuisine, beautiful architecture and fine wine. A day exploring the eateries, art galleries and vineyards of Courmayeur will recharge your culture batteries well and truly! If you’re keen to stay active today, there are plenty of adventurous options available, including hiking, paragliding, cycling and golf to name just a few. Enjoy!
Hotel Croux, Courmayeur (Breakfast)

Saturday — Hike Mont de la Saxe

We’ll leave Courmayeur this morning and hike up through dense larch forest and onto alpine meadows leading up to Bertone Hut, where we’ll make a brief stop for an espresso and soak in the jaw dropping views of Mont Blanc. From here we’ll continue on to the Mont de la Saxe balcony trail overlooking the Italian Val Ferret, looking straight across to some of the highest peaks of the Mont Blanc massif and the tumbling glaciers that descend the southern side of the range into the valley below. They look so close, you’ll feel like you can throw a stone and hit the highest peaks – it’s a sight you have to see to believe. After lunch, we’ll drop down into the Val Ferret and green pastures of the Lavachey where we’ll enjoy a classic home cooked Italian/French meal prepared by our local hosts.
Hotel Lavachey, Lavachey (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 6 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 701 metres (2300 feet)
DESCENT: 518 metres (1700 feet)

Sunday — Hike into Switzerland

Close to our accommodation, the trail to Switzerland begins, over one of the Mont Blanc regions’ most renowned passes – the Grand Col Ferret. The massive granite spires of the south side of the Mont Blanc range are our backdrop on the ascent to the Col Ferret, followed by the astoundingly beautiful views of the Swiss Val Ferret, the Glacier de l’A Neuve and the village of La Fouly that lies beneath it. We’ll hike down to La Fouly through classic Swiss pastures, before a short drive to Champex Lac, a picture perfect lakeside village and our home for the evening.
Hotel Sporting, Champex Lac (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 5 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 853 metres (2800 feet)
DESCENT: 1106 metres (3630 feet)

Monday — Hike Upper Rhone valley, Switzerland

Today is a proper “Swiss cow day” as we hike through some of the greenest and most picturesque valleys on the planet, all accompanied by the soundtrack of cow bells ringing out across the meadows. As we hike to Bovine peak, we’ll have great views of Wildstrubel, the hulking glaciated 9 mile wide peak that divides the Valais and Bern regions of Switzerland, and out to the north western mountain passes of the Oberland area. We’ll
then head down into the town of Martigny, the capital of the Valais canton, Switzerland’s finest wine growing area. We’ll have time to explore the old Roman streets of town, before driving a short distance to Vallorcine, nestled in a stunning mountain valley just across the French border.
Hotel Le Buet, Vallorcine (All meals)
HIKING TIME: 5 hours / 16 kilometres (10 miles)
ASCENT: 655 metres (2150 feet)
DESCENT: 655 metres (2150 feet)

Tuesday — Bike L’Arve River Trail, Aiguille du midi experience

This morning you’ll be fitted with a high quality front suspension mountain bike and we’ll ride all the way back down to Chamonix. The ride is spectacular as we bike through the small villages of the upper Chamonix Valley and the larch fir trees that flank the glacier-fed L’Arve River. We’ll finish our ride in Lac de Gaillands (Gailland Lake) where we’ll have a picnic lunch beside Chamonix’s iconic rock climbing wall. After lunch, we’ll take ourselves high above the valley to experience Aiguille du Midi – a cable car that leaves from downtown Chamonix and ends at a granite needle peak building at 3841 metres (12,604 feet). Aside from marvelling at this incredible feat of engineering, you’ll be blown away when you find yourself so close to the summit of Europe’s highest peak, taking in once in a lifetime views of the Alps from a high altitude perspective. Later, we’ll head back to Chamonix to spend the final evening of your trip together.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle, Chamonix (All meals)
BIKING TIME: 3 hours / 13 kilometres (8 miles)
DESCENT: 220 metres (720 feet)

Wednesday — Head to Geneva, depart

Today is the last day of your trip around Mont Blanc. We’ll drive back to Geneva this morning in time for afternoon flights. If you’re staying on in Chamonix, or Geneva, we’re happy to book extra accommodation for you and help out with suggestions on other things you can do in the area. Either way, you’ll go home relaxed and refreshed after your active journey around one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, and enjoying a quintessential European Alps experience in true Active style.
(Breakfast)

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Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Jun 10 ’17 – Jun 21 ’17 US$5499 Full
Jul 1 ’17 – Jul 12 ’17 US$5499 Almost full Check Availability
Jul 15 ’17 – Jul 26 ’17 US$5499 Filling up Check Availability
Jul 29 ’17 – Aug 9 ’17 US$5499 Filling up Check Availability
Aug 12 ’17 – Aug 23 ’17 US$5499 Almost full Check Availability
Aug 26 ’17 – Sep 6 ’17 US$5499 Full
Sep 9 ’17 – Sep 20 ’17 US$5499 Full
Sep 20 ’17 – Oct 1 ’17 US$5499 Almost full Check Availability
2018
Jun 16 ’18 – Jun 27 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Jun 30 ’18 – Jul 11 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Jul 14 ’18 – Jul 25 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Jul 21 ’18 – Aug 1 ’18 US$5499 Full
Jul 28 ’18 – Aug 8 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Aug 11 ’18 – Aug 22 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Aug 25 ’18 – Sep 5 ’18 US$5499 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 1 ’18 – Sep 12 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Sep 8 ’18 – Sep 19 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Sep 15 ’18 – Sep 26 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability
Sep 22 ’18 – Oct 3 ’18 US$5499 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement!

Trip Start:

If you arrive on the first day of your trip, an Active Adventures Europe representative will meet you at the Geneva airport (GVA) at 2pm and take you through to your accommodation in Chamonix, France. If you’re already in Chamonix, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of our joining hotel at 6pm.

Trip End:

On the last day of your trip we’ll drop you off at Geneva airport in time for afternoon flights. You can book a flight home departing anytime after 12 noon on this day. If you’re staying on in Chamonix, we’ll be happy to book your extra accommodation. If you’re staying on in Geneva we’ll be happy to drop you off at the Geneva airport, which has regular transfer departures to central Geneva.

Accommodation:

The ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ is an active adventure trip around the Mont Blanc region of the European Alps. We stay in clean and comfortable accommodation all with ensuite bathrooms and amazing views.

Fitness:

We’ve designed this trip to be fun, challenging and varied. Our trips aren’t scenic bus trips where you observe from a bus window or stand on a touristy viewing platform to take pretty pictures. We’ll get you into the back country to experience the Mont Blanc region up close so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy yourself. Age and experience are not important, so you don’t need to be young or extremely fit but you should be in the habit of doing some regular exercise. So get out there with a daypack on a short hike from time to time and you’ll be ready to join us.

Transport:

You’ll be getting around the Mont Blanc mountain range largely under your own steam on this trip, on foot, in a sea kayak and by bike! Occasionally, we’ll need to get to some areas and our accommodations in a vehicle. We have our own comfortable air-conditioned vans with plenty of room to stretch your legs. The great thing is, you needn’t expect to be spending long periods of time in a vehicle anywhere on this trip - getting around the Mont Blanc region will be largely up to you with your hiking boots on!

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Reviews

  • “The trip was well coordinated. Everything seemed to flow smoothly with rooms ready upon arrival from the days adventures.”
    Birute Jurjonas – Virginia, United StatesNovember 2016
  • Voila!!!!

    “I enjoyed the challenge and definitely felt achievement at the end. I realise if i had been a little fitter maybe could have been a bit more fun but nevertheless very glad to have completed the walk . Scenery was magnificent and guides excellent.”
    Wendy Riebe – South Australia, AustraliaNovember 2016
  • IT’S THE GUIDES

    “Mt Blanc is a giant rock. And this trip is essentially you walking around it. Doesn’t sound too FIVE star does it? Well, as rocks go it’s pretty spectacular. And you get to go through three countries where they speak a bunch of non-English languages that I’m sure I was supposed to learn in high school and use TWO currencies … (Really Switzerland? With the Franc … Get over yourself). Although there are other trips and other providers that will guide you around this rock, the Active trip is better because the people that work for Active are awesome at what they do. We worked with Lynette in NZ to book the trip and although we never met, we are pretty much best friends now. I can think of no better indication of a good business than return customers. Of the twelve people in our group, ALL of them were return Active customers. Why? The Guides.

    For this trip, we had three French guides from Companie des guides de Chamonix and one Kiwi from Active. The French guides were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun. I would recommend all of them without hesitation, especially Jean-Marie our driver (see below). But Kiwi Nick from Active was the Difference Maker. He is so incredibly nice that you know he has a wonderful girlfriend back in New Zealand. And they do all these wonderful couple activities that are super cool. Like paddle boarding. And you can’t wait to hang out with them because they’re awesome. And they booze, of course, because couples that DON’T booze should not be trusted #lifelesson. And you may say, ‘Well Neil that’s not appropriate saying that about a guide’s personal life’ ... but whatever. Lynette is not going to take it out of this review because we are best friends. Nick handles all his guide responsibilities extremely well but it feels like he is a part of the group. He’s experiencing and sharing this trip along with you rather than just showing you Mt Blanc. Rarely will a guided trip like this go EXACTLY to plan. Weather, injuries, construction, conflicting personalities among the group, etc. are just some of the problems the guides need to be prepared to deal with quickly. Thankfully we had few of these issues, but Nick was always attentive to our enjoyment. I’m still not sure how he put up with me. I know how horrible I am. I live me every day.

    Beyond the guides, the trip is strong.
    ACTIVITIES: Although you are hiking in a relatively compact area the hikes are varied and challenging enough to make that post-hike beer taste awful nice. The kayaking day was beautiful but marred by our decision to use a double kayak. Or as they should be known, “Murder Boats”, because after about 5 minutes in a double kayak you want to bludgeon each other to death. Get the single. The last day we did the rafting option because the rope course was rained out. Not only did we not die, we ended up having a lot of fun cruising on glacial water through downtown Chamonix. On the free day in Courmayeur, I did the via ferrates up Mont Chetif, which was fun. The hike to the top was the toughest hiking of the trip. I would recommend planning your off day before the trip rather than on the fly. The via ferrates does sell out.

    MEALS: There was cheese LITERALLY everywhere. If you don’t like cheese like me, just keep quiet about it. Those French obsess over cheese like there is alcohol in it. The lunch spots were transcendent. That’s when you could feel truly present in the Alps. Whatever crap you had waiting back home, like say … Ellen in HR who is pretty much just the worst (don’t worry, she’ll never read this. I bet she drowns kittens on vacation. She. Is. The. Worst.), all that stuff melts away. The dinners were local and delightful.

    HOTELS: The accommodations are essentially ski lodges. We had hot showers, warm beds and beers. A few places had pools & hot tubs. They were all close to our hikes which cut down on van time, which I’m sure disappointed my trip mates because they probably enjoyed my daily dissertations on the importance of hair metal in American culture #Cinderella.

    Overall, these Active folks know what they are doing and you will have fun on this trip. Maybe I’ll get to meet you on one of their other trips I’m sure we’ll be signing up for in the future … Patagonia hmmm? I’ll be the one talking about David Lee Roth.

    Best,
    Neil C
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    Jean-Marie (Driver): I think they based the “Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign on this guy. If he is a part of your group, sit next to him during meals and buy him wine. Get him to talk, his life is amazing. We had a guy on our trip that did 28 marathons, 33 triathlons, was a licensed pilot, spoke French, played hockey … ON ICE and that dude wanted to hear more from Jean-Marie. I shouldn’t even be allowed to read his biography (and there was a rumor he was going to write one)! He’s THAT interesting. One of the day off options should be, “Go drinking with Jean Marie”. I’d do the trip all over again if they added that. It was an injustice that he carried my bags. At least my bag was light #manpacking”
    Neil Crossan – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Mountain Hiking

    “What a way to inspire the soul.
    Be prepared for a lot of hard yards (or meters), superb scenery and fantastic food.
    All this and the guiding prowess that is first class ensuring that this "Bucket List" item gets a great big tick for satisfaction and achievement most only dream of.”
    Bob Riebe – South Australia, AustraliaOctober 2016
  • Sept 2016 Tour de Mont Blanc

    “Hi everyone! I'll pretty much repeat what I e-mailed the day after I came home. I know we can easily overdue the superlatives but this Tour de Mont Blanc was truly my very best vacation ever. We were such an enjoyable and compatible group—couples and singles, everyone was interesting and we had a lot of laughs. I totally lucked out with my lovely and lively roommate. Nick and his pal Rowi were exemplary warmhearted companions. Our Chamonix guides Jean-Marc and Celine and Jean-Marie were encouraging, informative, prepared, and very charming.

    Weather held till the last day but cycling on rocky trails in the mist was scary great fun nevertheless. Hiking the Alps… words fail… hope pictures and other commentary are coming so you’ll see what I’m talking about… just spectacularly beautiful and I enjoyed every single step of every kilometer. Oh, and the kayaking and swimming on Lake Annecy couldn't have been on a more perfect warm beautiful summer day!

    A great big huge thank you to you, Nick, and all of you at Active, and to our Chamonix guides, for planning the hiking, with appropriate distances and stops, excellent and varied meals and hotels, relaxing evenings, and so much more than I ever could have anticipated. Everything for a perfect and active 12 days! I hear you might be scheduling six Tours de Mont Blanc next year. You must, you’ve got a winner in this one.

    Most sincerely and happily, Leslie”
    Leslie Anderson – Oregon, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Another good one!

    “This is my second trip with Active and it has made me a true devotee!
    It is wonderful to know the arrangements are being expertly handled so I can just relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery and the challenge of the hikes. (Did I say "relax"??)
    I loved this trip!”
    Susan Knower – Wisconsin, United StatesJanuary 2017
  • Great way to see the Alps!

    “Really enjoyed experiencing the best of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps through local guides. Active Adventures always adds in a local touch which is something that makes them unique and a reason to travel with them. Enjoyed mixing in kayaking, mountain biking and having time to explore on our own. Amazing trip and highly recommend it!”
    Deanna Angello – California, United StatesDecember 2016
  • TDM is Amazing

    “This was an amazing trip. Our trip leader was awesome and the local guides were amazing. We had a great group of people. The itinerary was great. I love how Active mixes in some kayaking and cycling. The hotels were good the food was truly amazing. I was so impressed with the daily picnics. I highly recommend this trip! Thanks Active for another great experience.”
    Rob Basque – Ontario, CanadaOctober 2016
  • Tour du Mont Blanc

    “This was a wonderful trip around Mt. Blanc with scenery that never quit (except that one rainy day!) The organizing was well-done, even though it is a new adventure for Active. Having the French guides added wonderful flavor and knowledge for the trip. The accommodations were all very satisfactory and we really didn't tire of cheese or chocolate! Highly recommend!”
    Louise Burpee – South Carolina, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Another Amazing Adventure

    “This was my third trip with active adventures and each trip seems to get better and better. Active Adventures makes taking a trip easy. This trip was a great way to see Mont Blanc. The views were amazing and we were fortunate to have great weather for the majority of the trip. The hikes were steep inclines and descents with some flat areas along the trails. All the accommodations were wonderful and the transit in the van was reasonable. Lots of delicious bread, cheese and cured meat were provided for lunch. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. I highly recommend this trip!”
    Crystal Schaefer – Campania, ItalySeptember 2016
  • Fantastic Journey

    “The Tour du Mont Blanc was an awesome trip, indeed. Amazing scenery, great hiking, delicious food, and highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun guides to look after us and show us the way. I highly recommend the Tour du Mont Blanc!”
    Monica Aranguren – Massachusetts, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Awesome!

    “Scenery was stupendous and jaw-dropping every day. Great effort made to provide us with delicious local food. Experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Friendly Active guides.”
    Teresa Elwert – New York, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Glaciers, Cheese and Cows!

    “Great time hiking in the mountains. Couldn't ask for a better time then to sit at the base of glaciers for lunch and relax (even have a nap) while listening to the cow bells.”
    Donna Weimer – Washington, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • Put this trip on your to-do list!

    “Another wonderful trip with Active Adventures! That is what I say about Active Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc. This was my fourth trip with Active and once again I was impressed with how they do business. Active’s Andy and Nick were excellent representatives for Active Adventures. They are fun, personable, engaging, helpful, and quick to help if there was a problem. The local guides, Jean-Marc, Suzanne, and Jean-Pat, were fun and a joy to be around. Their English language skills were excellent which was great since my French is pathetic! Point to a mountain or an object of curiosity and they could tell you about it. The whole crew worked together great to ensure everyone enjoyed the hiking regardless of pace, weather or skill level. The accommodations were great. Even the one hotel described a “rustic” (meaning it didn’t have en-suite bathrooms) by the guides was delightful. The food was excellent as to be expected and thankfully the hiking burned off the calories allowing for full indulgence at every meal! Oh! The Cheese! The wonderful cheese! Be prepared to sample some of the best cheeses around.
    Now, for the important part, the Tour du Mont Blanc. Definitely something everyone should do in their life. The Alps are magnificent and the towns along the way are beautiful. Active picked great trails to hike that highlighted the beauty of the area. Throw in their choice of towns to explore (especially Annecy’s Old Town), kayaking and mountain biking and it really is an Active Adventure. I highly recommend taking the gondola from Courmayeur, Italy all the way to the Agullie de Midi if the weather is nice (Mother Nature was kind to us with only one day of rain, some fog, and LOTS of clear skies). The view from the gondola over the glaciers is awe-inspiring. Definitely a highlight of the trip. Active doesn’t pay for this but it is well worth the Euros. Active does pay for an Aguille de Midi trip from Chamonix, France but it doesn’t cross the glaciers so I suggest doing it from Italy (weather permitting) and choose the Accro-Park option in Chamonix at the end of the tour. However you decide to do it, the Agullie de Midi is a must do. The views of the Mont Blanc mastiff are spectacular! If you like zip lines and ropes courses the Accro-Park is a great time. If you want a challenge and have the time I recommend doing the Black course (they have four courses; Green, Blue, Red, and Black). Overall, I really enjoyed this trip. If Active didn’t have so many other trips I want to do, I would do this one again!”
    Damon Weimer – Washington, United StatesSeptember 2016
  • “Fantastic! It was like walking in a post card!”
    Ally Gaylor – Indiana, United StatesAugust 2016
  • Lean Review

    “What an incredible trip! The itinerary has the perfect balance of activities to keep the trekking exciting but not too exhausting, and provides flexibility in the case of unexpected changes that may come up. The food was one of the highlights of the trip; there is nothing quite like setting up a picnic on the side of a mountain full of cheeses, meats, and other delightful treats. But what truly made this an exceptional adventure were our guides Phil, Andy, Jean Marc, and Jean Marie. Their energy, enthusiasm, and flawless teamwork provided the signature of an ACTIVE Adventure, and continues to make these trips stand miles apart from any other travel company. Though we started as 10 individuals, we quickly became 1 family. Thank you for another unforgettable journey; we look forward to the next one!”
    Georgina Lean – California, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Lou D'Agostino's considered opinion

    “Fair warning, I always consider that the 'glass' half full as opposed the half empty version.
    First of all, the enthusiasm of our chief guide Jean-Marc, was more then one could ask for. Combined with his experience and knowledge of the historical facts of our various destinations made our treks all the more enjoyable. Needless to say, his assistance at the few difficult areas gave me the confidence that 'all will be well'. To be frank, this is what I want when I book any trip. Someone to figure out what is needed to have a great time.
    To follow that thought, the accommodations were above average. Always clean, always convenient, and without exception, every question no matter what the issue, was answered immediately and any issue resolved.”
    Louis D'Agostino – New York, United StatesJuly 2016
  • Touring The Mount Blanc

    “I have hiked in Switzerland many times in the past and each time have wanted to find more of a challenge. I'm not going to climb the Matternhorn or the Eiger, but to hike up in the mountains has been a long-time dream. The Tour de Mount Blanc trip was the answer. We climbed up high snow-covered passes (with the occasional gale force wind) and down into lovely valleys in France, Italy, and Switzerland. This was exactly the type of active adventure that I wanted.”
    Tom Metzloff – North Carolina, United StatesJune 2016

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