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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.

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- 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

  4.80 out of 5 (from 116 reviews)

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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!
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– Washington, United States
Tour du Mont Blanc, September 2016
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