Three countries. One magnificent mountain. Countless opportunities to enjoy the haute culture of the Alps on this hiking tour of Mont Blanc.
With one foot in France and the other crossing into Italy, it’s time to savor the reward for your morning’s climb. Dominating the horizon is 15,781-foot Mont Blanc, its rocky aiguilles (needles) soaring above Lex Blanche Glacier and Val Vény’s braided river channels. Since leaving Chamonix, Europe’s highest peak has become your constant companion. Next up: Rifugio Elisabetta’s sunny mountain-facing deck, where a well-deserved lunch of hearty mountain fare awaits: risotto, venison ravioli, and fondue with gnocchi. Five more spellbinding days await on your Mont Blanc hiking tour as you close the loop, crossing from Italy into Switzerland and back to France, enjoying an insider perspective brought to life by your exceptional mountaineer guides. By trail’s end in Chamonix, you’ll feel the satisfaction of conquering one of the world’s classic walking routes.
- Ride the La Flégère cable car into the Chamonix Valley and witness its breathtaking panoramic views of impossibly green hillsides, fragrant forest, and the curving Arve River.
- Delight in the best of Savoyard cuisine after an invigorating day on the trail, from creamy fondues and raclettes to savory stews and delicious tarts.
- Enjoy the mountaineering culture of the Alps in Courmayeur, visiting local shops or sipping a cool drink at a café beneath towering Mont Blanc.
Hotel Col de la Forclaz
This simple Alpine hotel prides itself on serving the typical cuisine of the Valais region of Switzerland. In the same family for six generations, the hotel is located at the Swiss entrance to the Mont Blanc region. Please note: not all rooms have private baths and air conditioning is unavailable. WiFi is available in the lobby.
Hôtel du Glacier
This three-star, family-run, classic Swiss mountain hotel is ideally situated on Lake Champex. Well-appointed rooms are un-air conditioned and include WiFi. Enjoy its Jacuzzi, sauna, fireside lounge, and reading room.
Hôtel L' Autantic
This comfortable and spacious three-star hotel is constructed of local stone and wood and stands at the southern limit of the Massif du Mont Blanc. In a quiet landscaped setting, the décor includes Savoyard and antique furnishings, and the hotel boasts a sauna and swimming pool. Rooms are un-air conditioned and include WiFi.
Hotel La Chemenaz
This traditional Alpine inn boasts comfortable, spacious, un-air conditioned rooms with balconies. Enjoy stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif from your room or on the landscaped outdoor terrace or indulge in a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool. The sauna and Jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing after a day of hiking.
Hotel de la Couronne
A traditional mountain hotel nestled in the heart of the authentic mountain village of Argentière, the Hôtel de la Couronne has warm wooden décor and chalet-style furnishings, with a welcoming bar. Rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning.
Hôtel Le Morgane
This elegant and environmentally friendly four-star hotel offers mountain views and a fine-dining restaurant just a short walk away from Chamonix’s pedestrian main street. Contemporary, tranquil guestrooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning, and plush with wood accents and neutral tones. A spa complete with swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment facilities is on site.
This three-star, family-run country-house hotel is set in an ideal location in the center of charming Courmayeur. The inn offers 25 unique rooms, naturally cooled without air conditioning, with splendid views. Jacuzzi, sauna, and massages are available.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Chamonix
- One night at Hôtel Le Morgane †
- Small-group airport and hotel transfers
- One breakfast
1 Night From $148
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $98
Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.
Upon arrival at Geneva International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Please note that there may be an additional wait time if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A small-group transfer is provided to your Chamonix hotel, approximately a two-hour drive. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our representative know by calling or sending a text message to +33 (6) 16 56 05 71. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to one hour from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer. You may also contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service.
Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 4:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France
After an included breakfast, the day is yours to explore the birthplace of mountaineering. For the best view in town, ascend to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi peak at 12,605 feet on the highest vertical-ascent cable car in the world. If you seek additional thrill, take a walk on the “Step Into The Void” glass skywalk with a “drop” of 3,000 feet below the glass floor at your feet. The Tramway du Mont Blanc is a more historical ride to a mountaintop. This evening, you may choose to dine at your hotel’s excellent restaurant.
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France
Included Meals: Breakfast
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|Two extra nights in Chamonix|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Making her home in Chamonix for over 30 years, Patricia Corbiller is a certified hiking guide in the region as well as a ski instructor. Walking and nature are her dual passions, which she is inspired to share with visitors to the Chamonix Valley. In her free time, she enjoys discovering trails in the mountains around the globe.
Based in Chamonix but originally from Spain, Javier Torrecilla made his first trek when he was just 6 months old and since then his love for the mountains has only grown! Eventually turning his passion into a career, Javier has been leading groups through the Pyrenees, the Alps, and Morocco’s Atlas Mountains for over 10 years. When he’s not guiding, you can find him hiking, climbing, skiing, or canyoning
Born in Rouen, Corinne Jouin has been working as a guide since 1994, including being certified as a hiking guide in the Chamonix Valley. In addition to fulfilling her career goal of working in the outdoors, she has traveled and lived abroad for part of her life, and especially enjoys returning to her roots to visit her family in Normandy & Brittany, where she boats along the Baie de Somme, bikes along the coast of Brittany, and hikes in Arromanches Bay with her husband and children. Originally trained as a graphic designer, she applies her creativity to the Swiss folk art of silhouette paper cutting, and also enjoys exploring the Alps and visiting historical sites throughout France with her family.
A native of Chamonix, Claire Thiolière spent months during her youth vacationing in Normandy thanks to her parents’ passion for the local history of Honfleur, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Cotentin Peninsula. She also traveled extensively in her youth throughout Africa before returning to France where she received a Master’s degree in Geography and Geomorphology. She is a certified guide who has been leading people throughout the Alps for more than 25 years and has also led groups along the Norman coast when not sailing that same coast herself! An avid hiker and skier, Claire’s enthusiasm extends to the impressionist painters whose artistic movement was born in Le Havre, as well as French literature, architecture, and gastronomy.