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Guided Walking : Europe

France, Italy & Switzerland: The Mont Blanc Circuit

Challenging Terrain: 6-14 Miles Daily

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For two centuries, adventurers have walked the celebrated Tour du Mont Blanc, reveling in its snowy rock spires, rustic rifugios, and colorful meadows of martagon lily, purple saxifrage, and vivid blue gentian. In this spectacular setting—where Alpine travel was born—you follow narrow paths through coniferous forests, Roman roads ascending glacial saddles, and a suspension bridge across a plunging valley. Enjoy the best of three distinct cultures, stopping by French pilgrimage sites, Italian mountain villages, and Swiss farms full of bell-wearing cows. Exhilarating walks lead to stunning views: the imposing granite peaks of Mont Dolent, the green and red hues of Aiguille Verte and Aiguilles Rouges, the swooping arc of Col de Tricot, and, of course, the colossal serrated edge of the Mont Blanc massif, ever present throughout the region. Along the way, you cool your feet in glacial streams, spot ibex in remote mountain passes, and sip hot chocolate in rustic lodges. It’s the ideal way to experience the birthplace of mountaineering, in the company of expert guides.


Tour Highlights:
  • Ride the La Flégère cable car into the Chamonix Valley and enjoy its breathtaking panoramic views of impossibly green hillsides, fragrant forest, and the curving Arve River.
  • After an energetic day on the trail, savor the best of rich Savoyard cuisine: creamy fondue, raclette with potatoes, savory stews, and delicious tarts.
  • Enjoy the mountaineering culture of the Alps in the quaint town of Courmayeur, as you visit local shops or sip a panaché (beer and lemonade) at a sidewalk café.

A special note regarding luggage allowances while on tour:
Due to the mountainous terrain, luggage transport vehicles for this tour have a weight limit of 15 kg (33 lbs) per person. This is roughly one medium sized suitcase and one small carry-on bag. Please know that for those traveling throughout Europe before or after this trip, storage is available for any additional luggage.

Flight + Tour Combo

12 days, 11 nights

FROM $6,098 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extension available
Chamonix
1 night $148-198*

Tour Only

9 days, 8 nights

FROM $4,998 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one lunch and two dinners
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre- and post-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers France, Italy & Switzerland: The Mont Blanc Circuit tour

Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie; 10 miles (about 6½ hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 700-ft. elevation gain, 3,400-ft. elevation loss

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of Hôtel Le Morgane. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

Starting above Chamonix, today’s 10-mile hike offers exceptional scenery, including soaring rock spires and Alpine villages with picture-perfect vegetable gardens. Sleep tonight at a cozy family-run hotel in Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Accommodation: Hôtel La Chemenaz, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

This traditional Alpine inn boasts comfortable, spacious rooms with balconies, stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif, a landscaped outdoor terrace as well as a swimming pool, sauna, and a Jacuzzi.

Day 2

Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux

11 miles (about 7 hours of walking), challenging, 4,395-ft. elevation gain, 3,260-ft. elevation loss

Climb through conifer forest and chalet-dotted Alpine pastures to the summit of Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (8,180 feet). Then, descend to Chapieux, a village near Mt. Blanc’s southern flank.

Accommodation: Hotel l’Autantic, Bourg Saint Maurice, France

This comfortable and spacious 3-star hotel constructed of local stone and wood stands at the southern limit of the Massif du Mont Blanc. In a quiet landscaped setting, the décor includes Savoyard and antique furnishings, as well as a sauna and swimming pool.

Day 3

Les Chapieux to La Visaille and Courmayeur

10 miles (about 6.5 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,645-ft. elevation gain, 3,050-ft. elevation loss

Say au revoir to France and buongiorno to Italy at 8,300-foot Col de la Seigne. Pause to admire some of the Alps’ most impressive summits before descending to the elegant Italian resort of Courmayeur.

Accommodation: Hôtel Berthod, Courmayeur, Italy

This 3-star, family-run, country-house hotel is set in an ideal location in the center of a charming Italian Alpine town. The inn offers 25 unique rooms with splendid views. Jacuzzi, sauna, and massages are available.

Day 4

Free day in Courmayeur with optional walk

On this rest day, explore Courmayeur’s shops and sidewalk terraces, relax in the hotel’s Jacuzzi, or walk in the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation: Hôtel Berthod, Courmayeur, Italy

This 3-star, family-run, country-house hotel is set in an ideal location in the center of a charming Italian Alpine town. The inn offers 25 unique rooms with splendid views. Jacuzzi, sauna, and massages are available.

Day 5

Courmayeur (Arnouva) to Ferret (Champex)

8.5 miles (about 5.5 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,600-ft. elevation gain, 2,830-ft. elevation loss, highest elevation: 8,370 ft.

Enjoy views of imposing granite peaks and glaciers, and watch for marmot and chamois as you climb toward Grand Col Ferret (8,321 feet). Wildflowers welcome you on your descent into Switzerland to crystal-clear Lake Champex.

Accommodation: Hôtel du Glacier, Champex-Lac, Switzerland

This 3-star, family-run, classic Swiss mountain hotel is ideally situated on Lake Champex. Enjoy its Jacuzzi, sauna, fireside lounge, and reading room.

Day 6

Champex to Col de la Forclaz

9 miles (about 6 hours of walking), challenging, 2,310-ft. elevation gain, 2,060-ft. elevation loss

Today’s trail winds toward Col de la Forclaz, offering views of Rhône Valley vineyards and Bernese Oberland peaks. Upon reaching your family-run inn at the summit, celebrate with a glass of local Fendant wine.

Accommodation: Hôtel du Col de la Forclaz, Trient, Switzerland

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 wifi is unavailable.

Day 7

Trient to Argentière

8.5 miles (about 4 hours of walking with cable car descent or 6 hours of walking without cable car descent), moderate, 2,860-ft. elevation gain, 915-ft. elevation loss with cable car descent or 3,080-ft. elevation loss without cable car descent

Climb from the lush, secluded valley of Trient, Switzerland, to Col de la Balme in France. Up top, enjoy tremendous views over the Chamonix Valley, flanked by the needle-like peaks surrounding Mont Blanc. This afternoon, walk or take the cable car down to Argentière.

Accommodation: Hôtel de la Couronne, Argentière, France

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.

Day 8

Col des Montets to the Cheserys Lakes to Chamonix

7 miles (about 6 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,770-ft. elevation gain, 1,560-ft. elevation loss, including a cable car descent

Today’s final stage offers magnificent perspectives on the Mont Blanc massif from the Chéserys Lakes. This afternoon, enjoy a cable-car descent into Chamonix. Celebrate your over 60-mile walking adventure with tonight’s farewell feast at your hotel’s inviting restaurant.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France

This elegant and environmentally friendly 4-star hotel offers mountain views and a fine-dining restaurant just steps from Chamonix’s pedestrian main street. Contemporary guest rooms are tranquil and plush with wood accents and neutral tones. A spa complete with swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment facilities is on site.

Day 9

Your Country Walkers France, Italy & Switzerland: The Mont Blanc Circuit tour concludes

After breakfast, bid farewell to your group in Chamonix.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Geneva, Switzerland

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland. Transfer to Chamonix

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 up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary 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 or activities included).

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France

This elegant and environmentally friendly 4-star hotel offers mountain views and a fine-dining restaurant just steps from Chamonix’s pedestrian main street. Contemporary guest rooms are tranquil and plush with wood accents and neutral tones. A spa complete with swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment facilities is on site.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers France, Italy & Switzerland: The Mont Blanc Circuit tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide(s) will meet you at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of Hôtel Le Morgane. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

Starting above Chamonix, today’s 10-mile hike offers exceptional scenery, including soaring rock spires and Alpine villages with picture-perfect vegetable gardens. Sleep tonight at a cozy family-run hotel in Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Accommodation: Hôtel La Chemenaz, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

This traditional Alpine inn boasts comfortable, spacious rooms with balconies, stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif, a landscaped outdoor terrace as well as a swimming pool, sauna, and a Jacuzzi.

Day 2

Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux

11 miles (about 7 hours of walking), challenging, 4,395-ft. elevation gain, 3,260-ft. elevation loss

Climb through conifer forest and chalet-dotted Alpine pastures to the summit of Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (8,180 feet). Then, descend to Chapieux, a village near Mt. Blanc’s southern flank.

Accommodation: Hotel l’Autantic, Bourg Saint Maurice, France

This comfortable and spacious 3-star hotel constructed of local stone and wood stands at the southern limit of the Massif du Mont Blanc. In a quiet landscaped setting, the décor includes Savoyard and antique furnishings, as well as a sauna and swimming pool.

Day 3

Les Chapieux to La Visaille and Courmayeur

10 miles (about 6.5 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,645-ft. elevation gain, 3,050-ft. elevation loss

Say au revoir to France and buongiorno to Italy at 8,300-foot Col de la Seigne. Pause to admire some of the Alps’ most impressive summits before descending to the elegant Italian resort of Courmayeur.

Accommodation: Hôtel Berthod, Courmayeur, Italy

This 3-star, family-run, country-house hotel is set in an ideal location in the center of a charming Italian Alpine town. The inn offers 25 unique rooms with splendid views. Jacuzzi, sauna, and massages are available.

Day 4

Free day in Courmayeur with optional walk

On this rest day, explore Courmayeur’s shops and sidewalk terraces, relax in the hotel’s Jacuzzi, or walk in the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation: Hôtel Berthod, Courmayeur, Italy

This 3-star, family-run, country-house hotel is set in an ideal location in the center of a charming Italian Alpine town. The inn offers 25 unique rooms with splendid views. Jacuzzi, sauna, and massages are available.

Day 5

Courmayeur (Arnouva) to Ferret (Champex)

8.5 miles (about 5.5 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,600-ft. elevation gain, 2,830-ft. elevation loss, highest elevation: 8,370 ft.

Enjoy views of imposing granite peaks and glaciers, and watch for marmot and chamois as you climb toward Grand Col Ferret (8,321 feet). Wildflowers welcome you on your descent into Switzerland to crystal-clear Lake Champex.

Accommodation: Hôtel du Glacier, Champex-Lac, Switzerland

This 3-star, family-run, classic Swiss mountain hotel is ideally situated on Lake Champex. Enjoy its Jacuzzi, sauna, fireside lounge, and reading room.

Day 6

Champex to Col de la Forclaz

9 miles (about 6 hours of walking), challenging, 2,310-ft. elevation gain, 2,060-ft. elevation loss

Today’s trail winds toward Col de la Forclaz, offering views of Rhône Valley vineyards and Bernese Oberland peaks. Upon reaching your family-run inn at the summit, celebrate with a glass of local Fendant wine.

Accommodation: Hôtel du Col de la Forclaz, Trient, Switzerland

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 wifi is unavailable.

Day 7

Trient to Argentière

8.5 miles (about 4 hours of walking with cable car descent or 6 hours of walking without cable car descent), moderate, 2,860-ft. elevation gain, 915-ft. elevation loss with cable car descent or 3,080-ft. elevation loss without cable car descent

Climb from the lush, secluded valley of Trient, Switzerland, to Col de la Balme in France. Up top, enjoy tremendous views over the Chamonix Valley, flanked by the needle-like peaks surrounding Mont Blanc. This afternoon, walk or take the cable car down to Argentière.

Accommodation: Hôtel de la Couronne, Argentière, France

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.

Day 8

Col des Montets to the Cheserys Lakes to Chamonix

7 miles (about 6 hours of walking), moderate to challenging, 2,770-ft. elevation gain, 1,560-ft. elevation loss, including a cable car descent

Today’s final stage offers magnificent perspectives on the Mont Blanc massif from the Chéserys Lakes. This afternoon, enjoy a cable-car descent into Chamonix. Celebrate your over 60-mile walking adventure with tonight’s farewell feast at your hotel’s inviting restaurant.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France

This elegant and environmentally friendly 4-star hotel offers mountain views and a fine-dining restaurant just steps from Chamonix’s pedestrian main street. Contemporary guest rooms are tranquil and plush with wood accents and neutral tones. A spa complete with swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment facilities is on site.

Day 9

Your Country Walkers France, Italy & Switzerland: The Mont Blanc Circuit tour concludes

After saying goodbye to your group this morning in Chamonix, you are free to enjoy a last day in this relaxing town doing any final shopping or additional sight-seeing. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Morgane, Chamonix, France

This elegant and environmentally friendly 4-star hotel offers mountain views and a fine-dining restaurant just steps from Chamonix’s pedestrian main street. Contemporary guest rooms are tranquil and plush with wood accents and neutral tones. A spa complete with swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment facilities is on site.

Departure

Au revoir! This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Geneva’s International Airport (based on your departure time).

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Chamonix

1 night from only $148-198*

  • One night at Hôtel Le Morgane
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One breakfast

If you are reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to arrive one night earlier in Chamonix, allowing you to explore independently and become thoroughly acclimatized to the time zone and be well rested for the Mont Blanc Circuit. The birthplace of mountaineering and the site of the first winter Olympics (in 1924), Chamonix attracts all levels of mountain enthusiasts year round. You may choose to ascend to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi peak at 12,605 feet on the highest vertical-ascent cable car in the world. An additional thrill at the top is walking 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 historic ride to a mountaintop. Or you may explore the town’s geologic and human history at the Alpine Museum in the former Chamonix-Palace.

Single Supplement:
$148

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Chamonix
1 night from only $148-198*

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jul 2 - Jul 10 $4,998 $598
Aug 20 - Aug 28 $5,198 $598
Sep 10 - Sep 18 $4,998 $598

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Jun 30 - Jul 11 $6,298
$798
Aug 18 - Aug 29 $6,298 $798
Sep 8 - Sep 19 $6,098 $798
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Corinne Mt. Blanc Walking Tour Guide
Corinne Jouin

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 with people 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.

Walking Guide for Mt. Blanc, Claire
Claire Thiolière

A native of the world-renowned alpine resort 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.

Patricia Corbiller is a Mt Blanc Walking Tour Guide
Patricia Corbiller

Making her home in Chamonix for over 30 years, Patricia Corbiller is a certified hiking guide in the region and a ski instructor. Walking and nature are her dual passions, which she is inspired to share with visitors to the Chamonix Valley. And when she can, she is thrilled to discover trails in mountains around the globe.

Javier Mt. Blanc Guide
Javier Torrecilla

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.

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