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Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Total Distance 94 miles (150km) | Average distance per day 9.4 miles (15km)

This fantastic tour will give you the opportunity to experience one of Europe’s best treks, all the while staying in comfortable accommodation. This all-inclusive walking tour will offer you the most impressive mountain scenery the Alps have to offer, the chance to spot unique Alpine wildlife, and the comfort of family run 2 and 3-star hotels or basic inns or pensions.

You’ll experience a 15-day tour of the most impressive European mountain range. Comfortable accommodation, beautiful wildlife and Alpine scenery will give you a real sense of freedom and tranquillity.

The tour is carefully planned to complete the full circuit. We include 10 walking days and three rest days, in which time we cross the borders of Switzerland, Italy and France and enjoy unrivalled views of the Alps and Mont Blanc itself.

In most places you will stay in a hotel for just one night (baggage transfer included), before moving on the next day.

What not to miss

  • Some of Europe’s best landscapes
  • Walk the iconic Mont Blanc trail
  • Comfortable accommodation

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners)
  • Standard accommodation
  • Airport transfers
Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Chamonix.

On your day of arrival there will be an introductory meeting, a delicious dinner and if time allows, a stroll through the resort town of Chamonix.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Round Tour Chamonix | Distance 6 miles (10km) | Elevation +500m / -1000m | Duration 8.5 hours.

The day begins with a walk to Les Praz from where you will take the cable car up to La Flégère (1900m). Today’s trail is located on the opposite side of the valley from the Mont Blanc and offers fantastic views of the mountain range. You will follow the “Grand Balcon” route after which you will reach the beautiful Alpine lake, the Lac Blanc (2352m). After a short break, you will descend into the valley through scenic trails and reach the village of Montroc (1371m), where you take the short scenic train journey back to Chamonix. In the afternoon, there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

From Chamonix to Col de la Forclaz | Distance 11 miles (17km) | Elevation +1190m / -1060m | Duration 8.5 hours.

The day will begin with a short transfer back to Montroc where you will begin your walk up to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m), where you will continue on to the Col de Balme (2191m). You will then walk along a scenic trail over the border, into Switzerland. After lunch you will walk through to the small Swiss hamlet of Trient (1296m) where you will get great views of the Trient Glacier. The day ends with a steep climb from Trient to our hotel at the Col de la Forclaz (1527m).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

From Col de la Forclaz to Champex | Distance 9 miles (15km) | Elevation +680m / -720m | Duration 7.5 hours.

After setting off from the Col de la Forclaz (where you have superb views into the Rhône Valley) you will follow a historic path which was used to take the cows to high pasture, the 'Bovine route' (2049m). Your trail takes you through meadows and Alpine meadows before descending to the charming town of Champex (1486m). 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

From Champex to La Fouly | Distance 9 miles (15km) | Elevation +440m / -540m | Duration 6 hours.

Today’s walk takes you through beautiful traditional Alpine villages such as the little hamlet of Issert (1055m). You will then continue up the valley to the remote village La Fouly (1600m). Once you arrive at your destination you will also get a view of the Mont Dolent, whose summit is the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

From La Fouly to la Palud | Distance 8 miles (14km) | Elevation +970m / -800m | Duration 7 hours.

Today’s walk will take you into Italy. You will continue following the river La Drance and then climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m), the highest pass of the tour. The mountain views from the Col are breathtaking with the Grandes Jorasses dominating the landscape. You will then walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1770m) where you will travel by bus to your hotel in La Palud near Courmayeur.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Free Day.

Today you will be free to walking some more, visit the towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves, or simply rest your feet and enjoy the sun. These ex-spa towns are without a doubt worth a visit. You also have the option of taking a cable car from Entrèves to Point Helbronner (3461m) and on across the glacier to Aiguille du Midi, and then Chamonix. Alternatively, you might wish to relax and recover in the spa baths at Pre Saint Didier a short bus ride from Courmayeur.

 Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

From Palud to Courmayeur | Distance 8 miles (13km) | Elevation +500m / -900m | Duration 8 hours.

Today you will walk off the beaten track up to the Bonatti refuge (2025m). This amazing path will reveal stunning views of the south Mont Blanc massif which, along with the peak of the 'Grandes Jorasses', earns a world-famous reputation for its beauty. In the afternoon you will have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1230m) where you can enjoy a delicious ice cream before taking a short bus ride back to the hotel.

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

From Courmayeur to Les Chapieux | Distance 12 miles (20km) | Elevation +870m / - 970m | Duration 8.5 hours.

Today you will begin the day with a transfer to Val Veny where you will start your walk up to La Vissaille (1660m). The trek is a gentle climb along good paths beneath the massive glacier de Miage and pass Lac Combal. The hike then gets a little more challenging as it becomes steeper along the old Roman road which will lead you to the 'Col de la Seigne' (2516m). This marks our re-entry into France. After a fairly steep descent into la Ville des Glaciers (1789m), you will reach Les Chapieux (1553m), a small remote hamlet inhabited only during the summer months. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10

From Les Chapieux to Col du Bonhomme | Distance 11 miles (17km) | Elevation +930m / -1340m | Duration 8.5 hours.

Today’s hike will head North, where you will start a steep sustained climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2478m). Once at the top of the Col du Bonhomme (2328m), you will start a descent on a steep path, through meadows and over a Roman bridge and finally to the village of Les Contamines (1180m). A short bus ride down the valley takes you to the pretty village of St Gervais, the perfect place for a day off.

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11

Free Day Col du Bonhomme.

Today’s free day offers you many optional activities including taking the cog railway to Le Nid d’Aigle (‘the Eagle’s Nest’), a popular starting point to climb Mont Blanc, or browsing around the local market of Les Contamines. Your tour leader can also advise you on additional walks in the area.

 Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 12

From Col du Bonhomme to Les Houches | Distance 10 miles (16km) | Elevation +1200m / -1370m | Duration 8.5 hours.

Today’s challenging walk begins at St Gervais, with a ten-minute transfer to re-join the route before ascending to the Chalets de Miage (1560m). After being dropped off, you will engage on a steep climb to the Col de Tricot (2119m). There are great views of the North side of the Mont Blanc Massif and of the Glacier de Bionnassay. After another ascent you will reach the Col de Voza (1652m) where you re-enter the Chamonix Valley and make the final descent to the hamlet of Les Houches (993m). 

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13

From Les Houches to Chamonix | Distance 8 miles (13km) | Elevation +1500m / -520m | Duration 8.5 hours.

Today’s destination is Brevent (2525m) which you will reach by crossing the valley and walking through beautiful, quiet pine forest full of wildlife. The walk is quite long today but you will be rewarded by some of the best views of the French side of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks. Finally, you will descend to Plan Praz (1970m) and take the cable car to Chamonix (1061m). 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14

Free Day Chamonix.

Today is a free day in and around Chamonix. Again, you will have the option to either relax and make the most of the beautiful town of Chamonix, or ask your leader for advice on additional walking trail in the Chamonix Valley.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

End in Chamonix.

We say “au revoir” and “à bientôt”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Accommodation

2.5-star

Throughout the trek you will stay in family run 2 or 3-star hotels, except for 3 nights where you will stay in local auberges. One of the hotels has a Jacuzzi and sauna where you can relax after a long walking day. Most of the hotels are in stunning locations, often with panoramic views over the mountains and culturally represent the countries and environment they are in. These hotels are a vital source of income to the local community.

On 11 of the nights, facilities are en suite whilst the others have the possibility, depending on availability and group size, of shared bathroom and toilet facilities 'on the landing'.

Couples will always have their own room, but we cannot say whether this will be twin or double. Very occasionally a room will have bunk beds.

The Auberges do not provide soap and you may wish to bring a towel, as those provided by continental hotels are sometimes small.

Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
15 June – 29 June 14 £2,499 Enquire now
22 June – 06 July 14 £2,499 Enquire now
29 June – 13 July 14 £2,499 Enquire now
06 July – 20 July 14 £2,499 Enquire now
13 July – 27 July 14 £2,499 Enquire now
20 July – 03 August 14 £2,499 Enquire now
27 July  – 10 August 14 £2,499 Enquire now
03 August – 17 August 14 £2,499 Enquire now
17 August – 31 August 14 £2,499 Enquire now
24 August – 07 September 14 £2,499 Enquire now
31 August – 14 September 14 £2,499 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
15 June – 29 June 14 £2,399 Enquire now
22 June – 06 July 14 £2,399 Enquire now
29 June – 13 July 14 £2,399 Enquire now
06 July – 20 July 14 £2,399 Enquire now
13 July – 27 July 14 £2,399 Enquire now
20 July – 03 August 14 £2,399 Enquire now
27 July  – 10 August 14 £2,399 Enquire now
03 August – 17 August 14 £2,399 Enquire now
17 August – 31 August 14 £2,399 Enquire now
24 August – 07 September 14 £2,399 Enquire now
31 August – 14 September 14 £2,399 Enquire now

Extras

Single room supplement: unavailable

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your walking holiday in Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek | Guided Group

Total Distance

94 miles (150km)

Average distance per day

9.4 miles (15km)

Suitability

Minimum age 16.

Most of the days are long, quite often involving an ascent of 900-1200m, equivalent to 3 to 4 hours walking uphill, followed by a similar descent. Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot.

As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease. 

The route throughout is non-technical, although there is a short section with a fixed sloping ladder and metal footsteps to help traverse what would be a steeper section. We will be walking mountain paths throughout however and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

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