fbpx
Call Us: (02) 9975 4553
Follow Us:
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

8 day Mont Blanc Highlights, European Alps Walk

A Pack Free guided 8-day highlights walk

Our 8-day Mont Blanc Highlights pack-free guided walk in the European Alps offers the opportunity to see the best of the Mont Blanc ‘white mountain’ region. It is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe and one of Europe’s most popular alpine walks covering the highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc.  Beginning in France, you will see all that the Mont Blanc region has to offer: the French glaciers and Mer de Glace (“Sea of Ice”), the sheer cliff faces on the Italian side of the mountains, and the beautiful green pastures and idyllic rolling valleys in Switzerland. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery whilst only carrying a small day-pack and staying in beautiful boutique accommodation.

Each day is flexible allowing our guests to opt-out of any day’s walking and travel with our host guide to explore the local towns.

Overview-Mont-Blanc-8day

Shutterstock - tour du mont blanc - 3

A Pack Free Walk

Carry as little as your water, camera and lunch

This walk is designed as a Pack Free walking allowing our guests to enjoy the landscapes they walk, without the burden of carrying a heavy pack. After all, walks should be enjoyed not endured. Each day our guests will walk with a small day pack big enough to carry your lunch, water and camera and your bags will be transported to your accommodation each day.

La Folie Douce Chamonix 4
La Folie Douce Chamonix 2
La Folie Douce Chamonix 3
La Folie Douce Chamonix 1
La Folie Douce Chamonix 5

La Folie Douce Chamonix or similar

France

Situated right in Chamonix, La Folie Douce is at once vibrant and relaxed, catering for all different age ranges and tastes and is a microcosm of the travellers who come to Mont Blanc.  Live music is played nearly every night. There is also a fitness and well-being centre, and different summer activities every week.

Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 1
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 2
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 6
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 4
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 5
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 3

Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz or similar

France

La Chamenaz is a gorgeous family owned 40-room chalet.  All the spacious rooms come with a large bay window, sun lounge, and are sound-proofed and decked in beautiful and traditional wooden panelling.  With a pool and day spa to relax in after your day’s walking.  The restaurant, La Trabla, prides itself on its delectable, traditional Savoy-style menu, with some secret localised family recipes, giving you all the energy you will need for the next day’s walk.

Hotel L'Autantic 1
Hotel L'Autantic 4
Hotel L'Autantic 3
Hotel L'Autantic 5
Hotel L'Autantic 2

Hotel L'Autantic or similar

France

Hotel L’Autantic in Bourg Saint Maurice is a charming hotel that offers comfort and tranquility. The rooms are simply decorated and feature a wooden or wrought iron bed as well as an ensuite. There is an indoor pool, a garden, bar and a terrace.

Chalet Svizzero 1
Chalet Svizzero 2
Chalet Svizzero 3
Chalet Svizzero 6
Chalet Svizzero 7
Chalet Svizzero 8
Chalet Svizzero 9
Chalet Svizzero 10

Chalet Svizzero or similar

Italy

Located centrally in Courmayeur, Hotel Chalet Svizzero features panoramic terraces, cosy lounges, and a wellness centre including a hot tub, hammam and sauna. Your room at the Svizzero Hotel includes free internet, a TV and private balcony. Each room is individually designed and furnished with old wood and other natural materials. A buffet breakfast is available each morning in the dining room. The restaurant serves Aosta Valley specialities, made using seasonal ingredients, and some of the finest, local cheeses and wines.

Hotel du Glacier 1
Hotel du Glacier 2
Hotel du Glacier 3
Hotel du Glacier 4
Hotel du Glacier 5

Hôtel du Glacier or similar

Switzerland

This is a traditional hotel that dates back over 100 years. The hotel offers well-furnished and spacious rooms and apartments. The hotel includes a number of facilities, including activities such as tennis, biking and hiking, and a restaurant and bar. In summer, the terrace and the garden offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Guides-Richard

Superb Guides and Support

plus a Life's An Adventure Host

Guides are essential in delivering the ultimate walking experience. You’ll be accompanied by a local guide who has a passion and enthusiasm for the area and a second host guide, one of our experienced Senior Guides from Australia who will accompany you for the entire trip ensuring we deliver a world-class walk up to our high standards.

Chalet Svizzero 6
Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz 5

Fabulous meals featuring local produce

On this walk you will indulge in superb dining with perfectly matched wines.

Shutterstock - tour du mont blanc - chamonix

Personalised Tours

All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

 

 

 

To find out more click on any of the below links:

Why Choose Us

Tour Itinerary

Inclusions
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

Your 8 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free fully supported walk with no heavy packs to carry
  • 3 nights at La Folie Douce Chamonix, France or similar (stays at the start and end of the tour))
  • 1 night at Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz, France or similar
  • 1 night at Hotel L’Autantic, France or similar
  • 1 night at Chalet Svizzero, Italy or similar
  • 1 night at Hôtel du Glacier, Switzerland or similar
  • 6 x lunches
  • 7 x superb dinners every evening featuring local produce
  • Complimentary wines with evening meals
  • 7 x breakfasts
  • Professional and passionate guides
  • Luggage transported to your accommodation each day
  • Flexible walking options or sightseeing each day

Note: The Tour Mont Blanc is an exceptionally popular hike – and for good reason.  However, this can occasionally mean that accommodation can become overbooked or full.  Whilst the hotels mentioned above will always be first sought, sometimes unforeseen circumstances can result in alternate accommodation being necessary.

The Alps are an extreme environment.  While your guide will always attempt to follow the above itinerary, their primary concern is your safety, hence there is the possibility, due to dangerous weather conditions, that different hikes and/or routes may have to be taken than those outlined above.

Day 1: Arrive in Chamonix (France)
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

Guests will need to organise their own flights to Geneva, Switzerland (nearest airport to Chamonix, France) the day prior to the tour. Transfer companies offer transfers from Geneva to Chamonix.

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION: Aparthotel Adagio Genève Mont-Blanc in Geneva near the airport (Switzerland) or La Folie Douce in Chamonix (France)

Make your own way to the hotel La Folie Douce in Chamonix, picturesque French town at the base of Mont Blanc (the highest summit in the Alps), near the borders of Switzerland and Italy. Today is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surroundings. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border. The old city is a delightful maze of small streets with pastel-painted building and shops some selling lace, as this town once famed for its lacemaking. Tonight join your group for dinner in the hotel for a briefing to go over the trip. Enjoy some delicious regional food served with French wine.

Day 2: Transfer to Les Houches. Trek Les Houches to Les Contamines
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

After a delicious breakfast we’ll drive a short distance to the start of our walk at Les Houches.  From here we begin our ascent, climbing the grassy slopes and interspersed fir and birch forests, before passing along the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier.  Crossing a suspension bridge over the glacial-fed Bionnassay Torrent, we climb up again into the mountains to the Col de Trigot, then switch-back down to the Chalets de Miage.  From here it is just one more brief climb before we descend into Val Montjoie. At the end of our walk we will be transferred to our hotel for the night at Chalet Hotel La Chemenaz or similar. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring fresh regional produce and wines.

Day 3: Trek Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

The morning begins with an slow easy climb up Val Montjoie, crossing the glacial waters of the Torrent le Bon Nant, before the rolling green pastures bring us to the beautiful little Notre Dame de la Gorge, with its baroque-Savoyard architecture.  After a brief stop, we begin our steep climb into the mountains, following an old Roman road that traversed the Alps.  The forest grows thick as we climb, eventually bringing us back out onto the flat meadow of Refuge de la Balme.  We then climb up and over the highest point for the day – the awe-inspiring Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – before dropping back down into the valley of Les Chapieux. At the end of our walk we will be transferred to our hotel for the night at Hotel L’Autantic or similar. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring fresh regional produce and wines.

Day 4: Trek from Les Chapieux to Courmayeur (Italy)
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

After breakfast a brief transfer will bring us to the Vallée des Glaciers, whereupon we will begin the day’s hike, crossing over from France into Italy.  The morning will be a steady and easy climb up Col de la Saigne, where we can stand between the two countries.  From the Col, we have a long, easy descent down into La Visaille.  Once reaching La Visaille a vehicle transfer will take us to Courmayeur, where we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to peruse the beautiful Italian town at leisure, framed by the breathtaking backdrop of Mont Blanc itself. Our hotel for the night is at Chalet Svizzero or similar. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring fresh regional produce and wines.

Day 5: Trek Italian Val Ferret to Ferret (Switzerland)
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

After breakfast we’ll hop aboard a bus and take a brief transfer to Arnouvaz, where we will begin our walk.  A short climb will bring us to Refugio Elena, after which we will begin the more arduous and rewarding trek up to the pass between the two countries.  Crossing over the high pass of Grand Col Ferret brings us into Switzerland, where we steadily descend Val Ferret into the humble and exquisitely beautiful town of La Fouly. Our hotel for the night is at Hôtel du Glacier or similar or similar. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring fresh regional produce and wines.

 

 

Day 6: Transfer La Fouly to Trient, Trek to Argentiere (France)
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

After breakfast a short drive will bring us to the hamlet of Trient after which our day’s hiking adventure begins.  We begin with a slow and easy climb past the stable of Les Herbagères, ascending up to the high mountain pass of Col de Balme.  Here we stand on the intersection of Switzerland and France and can see back down into the beautiful Chamonix Valley.  From here it is an easy decent down to the village of Argentière, with spectacular views of Mont Blanc itself jutting enigmatically across the horizon. Our hotel for the next two nights is back at La Folie Douce Chamonix or similar. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel featuring fresh regional produce and wines.

Day 7: Trek Argentiere to Grand Balcon to Chamonix
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

The Grand Balcon Sud walk showcases the most spectacular views above the Chamonix Valley with magnificent panoramic sights of the Mont Blanc mountain range opposite!  It is a relatively easy and scenic walk…after the initial climb up. A fantastic way to end our  Mont Blanc hiking adventure. If we’re lucky we may see wild ibex along the way!  As the day draws on we will descend back down into Chamonix, either via the Plan Praz or Le Flegere cablecar, depending on the group’s desires.  At night we will all reconvene for drinks, dinner to celebrate this fabulous journey.

Day 8: Departure Day
8 Day Mont Blanc Highights, European Alps Walk

After breakfast the tour concludes.

Guests will need to organise their own transfers to Geneva, Switzerland (nearest airport to Chamonix, France) for outbound flights.
More information will be provided with our pre-departure information.  

Tour Availability

Each year will will run a few tours from July to August.  We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

NEXT DEPARTURE 26 JULY 2024

(Please note if you are booking 3 months or less before departure – we will need to confirm accommodation with our suppliers is still available and an alternative of similar standard may be offered instead).

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 people or more. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

________________________________

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Please note your tour price does not include flights to / from the countries visited.  We are offering our clients a service to book their international flights and any other travel plans during their holiday. If you would like our Flights Specialist to organise these requirements, please email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au with your requirements.


To find out more click on any of the below links:

Tour Prices

Spot Specials - Save up to $500 per couple on selected departures

HURRY OFFER ENDS UNTIL SOLD OUT - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE!
Spot Special saving of up to $500 per couple or $250 per person available on specific departures when you pay in full at time of booking.
________________________________

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 - 12 people can choose the date of their choice. Subject to availability.
________________________________

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Please note your tour price does not include flights to / from the countries visited.  We are offering our clients a service to book their international flights and any other travel plans during their holiday. If you would like our Flights Specialist to organise these requirements please email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au with your requirements.


2024 Departures Prices from
$ 7249 /p

Spot Special Deals

Prices in Australian Dollars
_____________________

NEXT SEASON’S DEPARTURES
July 2024 – Aug 2024
SPOT SPECIAL DEALS

Normal Price….. $7499
_____________________

FIRST TIME PASSENGERS:
Spot Special… $7349
SAVE $150 per person
_____________________

TRAVELLED WITH
LIFE’S AN ADVENTURE BEFORE:

Spot Special… $7249
SAVE $250 per person
_____________________

Spot Special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Offer ends until sold out – limited spots available! See departure dates tab for specific dates. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 12 weeks prior. Past passengers $100 extra saving also available on normal priced fares. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras. See full ticket conditions below under Discount information.

Book Now

Solo Travellers &
$ Xtras /p

The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WILLING TO SHARE

If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 12 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WANTING THEIR OWN ROOM

For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking.

_____________________

Single supplement cost for this tour $1379 per person

_____________________

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Private Group Prices From
$ 7249 /p

Departure of your choice

Prices in Australian Dollars
_____________________

PRIVATE GROUPS
10 – 12 participants

Departure date of your choice

PRICES
Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

Book Now

Make an Enquiry

Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 12 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details. Please note this insurance is only available for Australian Residents, other clients will need to source their own travel insurance.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Before you book please read our Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here

Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

Click here to view Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel.

To find out more click on any of the below links:

Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
© 2016 - 2020. Life's An Adventure All rights reserved | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms & Conditions |