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


“Outstanding, Jean-Marc was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a great understanding of the history, geology and geography of the area. He ensured that everyone enjoyed the adventure. He obviously loves the region and conveyed that at all times.”
- Dorothy Campbell (Maryland, New South Wales, Australia), Tour du Mont Blanc September 2018

“It was truly an honor to be part of the trip with Jean-Marc. His laugh and enthusiasm were magical, his knowledge of the area was encyclopedic, and his attention to our needs and safety was warmly comforting. What a great gentleman and ambassador for the Alps!”
- Richard Kelly (San Diego, California, United States), Tour du Mont Blanc June 2017

“Jean-Marc was great. Wonderful sense of humour. Amazing spirit, patience, knowledge and energy. The guides make or break a trip and he was wonderful.”
- Rob Basque (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Tour du Mont Blanc September 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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