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

“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

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    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.
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    – Washington, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, September 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Dolce Vita 2016

    We have taken many trips in our 60+ years to places across the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Our trip with Active Adventures to the Italian Lakes District and our extended visit in Italy has to be in our top three if not our favorite trip of all time! It was definitely Dolce Vita, the SWEET LIFE. The Italian Alps and the Lakes, the hikes and the paddling were certainly up to Active Adventure’s high standard. The beauty of the mountains and the Lakes and the invigorating way we experienced them were fantastic! The things that set this trip apart and put it over the top were the culture, food, and history of the region. Having the combination of Andy, our New Zealand guide, and Enrico, our native Italian, was awesome. Enrico helped us understand first-hand the Italian people and their way of life and gave us insights and access to more than we could imagine. It seemed everywhere we went, they all knew Enrico. The food experiences were unbelievable. The small size of our group and the relationship we built made it seem as if we were family and friends completing a once in a lifetime adventure. I can’t give enough kudos to Active Adventure these two guides for this marvellous experience.
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Dolce Vita, October 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    My Mont Blanc Circuit

    This trip not only provided an upfront tour of one of the most beautiful places in Europe,but with amazing guidance, it pushes you out of your comfort zone both physically and mentally. In addition you make new wonderful friends who encourage you along the way. Almost everyone on our trip had been on multiple Active Adventures before which shows what a wonderful company it is. We started planning our next trip before we flew home.
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    – California, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Dolomiti

    This active adventure was wonderful for me. In fact, one of the best trips I have ever taken. I loved the trekking, fellow trekkers, guides, food, history, etc. All of it. What an amazing, beautiful, fun vacation. I feel so fit!
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    – Hawaii, United States
    Dolomiti, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    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!
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    – South Carolina, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, September 2016

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