Two hikers on the Tour du Mont Blanc

On Foot from France to Italy to Switzerland

Tour du Mont Blanc

Switzerland, Italy, France

9 Days

From $5,795

Level 5

Strenuous

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    Overview

    Glacier-clad Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest peak, has seven major valleys radiating into France, Italy, and Switzerland and a fantastic array of ecosystems. A multi-day hike circling this entire massif crosses from one country to the next—on foot! The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the Great Hikes of the World, and we've honed this classic to perfection. Impeccably designed days bring you to epic glaciers, across wildflower-carpeted meadows, and into classic alpine hamlets as we explore each country's cultural and culinary delights. Overnights are in well-located cozy mountain hotels and hikers' inns, and our team of Trip Leaders brings a wonderful esprit to the adventure.

    Arrive: Chamonix, France

    Depart: Chamonix, France

    Highlights

    • One of the world's classic hikes—and we do it right!
    • Hike across three international borders on foot and enjoy magnificent mountain and glacier views
    • Expert Trip Leaders on the trail, delicious mountain cuisines in each country
    • Overnights in mountain villages with great charm and character

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      Chamonix sits right at the foot of Mont Blanc (15,770'). From this charming town, the mountaineering capital of Europe, our first hike is on a massif called the Aiguilles Rouges, where we'll get panoramas across the entire Chamonix Valley. Another hike brings us to the Bionnassay Glacier and the Col de Tricot (6,955') for a magnificent view of the Dômes de Miage and Mont Blanc.
      Starting from the chapel of Notre Dame de la Gorge, we ascend through gentle forests to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme for a lunch stop, with a descent to the summer village of Les Chapieux (5,128'). On Day 4, we leave France and enter the Aosta region of Italy along a route once used by Roman legionnaires. From the remote Vallée des Glaciers, we climb eastward to the Col de la Seigne (8,255'), the hydrologic divide between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. We'll enjoy fantastic vistas of Mont Blanc's sheer 11,000-foot southern face as we go, then descend to Courmayeur, the Italian counterpart of Chamonix, situated at the foot of Mont Blanc. In Courmayeur, we can enjoy a rest day or an optional cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner (11,371'), which marks the border between Italy and France.
      Crossing into Switzerland on foot, we traverse the Val Ferret beneath the massive granite peaks of Mont Dolent (12,543'), the Dent du Géant, and the Grandes Jorasses. As we cross the spectacular Grand Col Ferret (8,324'), we'll have stunning views of the icy southern flanks of the Mont Blanc massif, and in the far distance, the Grand Combin and Monte Rosa. From lakeside Champex, we follow a shepherds' trail, ascending gently with views of the Rhône Valley. The magnificent Trient Glacier is in view as we cross the Col de la Forclaz (5,010').
      Climbing to the Col de Balme (7,201'), the border between Switzerland and France, we once again see the beautiful Chamonix Valley. With the glory of the Mont Blanc massif above us, we descend to Chamonix, mission accomplished! Depart on Day 9.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
      • Accommodations in hotels and small inns
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Grand Hotel des Alpes

      Chamonix, France

      Day 1 (1 night)

      A truly wonderful hotel that WT groups have enjoyed for years, the elegant Grand Hotel des Alpes is right in the center of Chamonix, set back on a lovely plaza facing a pedestrians-only street. A historic property newly rebuilt from stem to stern, it is Italian-owned and run with superb...

      Hotel La Chemenaz

      Les Contamines, France

      Day 2 (1 night)

      Right on the TMB trail just outside the village of Les Contamines, this is a comfortable, modern hotel with spacious rooms, a cozy bar with a log fire, a great breakfast buffet, and an exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. The sauna and jacuzzi are great for a soak after...

      Les Chambres du Soleil

      Les Chapieux, France

      Day 3 (1 night)

      With just 10 guest rooms, Les Chambres du Soleil is a peaceful place to unwind after a day of hiking. Originally built in 1856, this charming accommodation named each of its guest rooms after a different flower found in the region. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with en suite...

      Hotel Lo Scoiattolo: Courmayeur

      Courmayeur, Italy

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      Set at the foot of Mont Blanc in the center of Courmayeur, this family-run, 22-room alpine-style hotel offers magical views of both the Mont Blanc and Mont Chetif mountain ranges. Some guestrooms may be on the small size, but they are clean, comfortable, and well appointed. Sore muscles? Spend...

      Hotel du Glacier

      Champex, Switzerland

      Day 6 (1 night)

      The comfortable Hotel du Glacier sits on the main and only street of the pretty little village of Champex. The same lovely couple has owned it for many years and they also run the restaurant, which has great food and a relaxed atmosphere....

      Hotel du Col de la Forclaz

      Trient, Switzerland

      Day 7 (1 night)

      Sitting right on the mountain pass where the road leads west to France or east to Switzerland, this is a mountain accommodation with simple rooms and shared toilets/showers. The food is hearty and home-cooked and there's a nice patio where we can relax and enjoy the views....

      Grand Hotel des Alpes

      Chamonix, France

      Day 8 (1 night)

      A truly wonderful hotel that WT groups have enjoyed for years, the elegant Grand Hotel des Alpes is right in the center of Chamonix, set back on a lovely plaza facing a pedestrians-only street. A historic property newly rebuilt from stem to stern, it is Italian-owned and run with superb...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 5, Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 10-11 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 8 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces with long descents that can be hard on the knees. While no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary, all trip members should have ample hiking experience and be able to keep up with the group as there are no alternative hiking options available. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 9 miles
      • 6-7 hours
      • 2,700-3,000 feet gain/loss
      • Altitudes range from 4,000-8,800 feet

      Challenge Day
      • Day 3: 10 miles, 7-8 hours, 4,400 feet gain, and 3,200 loss; includes two passes
      Review Trip Level Details
      At lower elevations the trails are usually packed dirt, but at higher elevations they are often much rockier, with occasional sections of glacial snow, loose scree, and large boulders. On some days you will encounter sections of narrow, exposed trails and occasionally, you will need to use your hands to scramble over and between a jumble of boulders. Your experienced mountain guides are there to assist you if needed.
      We strongly urge you to train for your trip, as your enjoyment will be highly dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for a hike is to hike, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling, or other cardiovascular exercises. Stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy, comfortable, and thoroughly broken-in. Altitude is generally not a problem on this trip. However, some people still experience a few problems when they first reach high altitude. Slight headache and sleeplessness are the most common symptoms.
      Temperatures during the day will likely be in the high 60s°F. At night, they will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude.  Mountain weather can be fickle, and it can range from blue skies with temperatures in the 70s°F to cloudy, wet, and cold days on which rain gear and warm garments are necessary. The early-season departures may encounter snow on the trails. There is a chance that we will need to choose alternate routes if weather conditions are poor.
      Overnights are in mountain villages with great charm and character. In Chamonix, we stay in the wonderful Grand Hotel des Alpes. Outside of Chamonix, we stay in small, comfortable hotels that can be busy during the hiking season. Please note that these are hikers' hotels, not five-star resorts. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but are not always of uniform size or amenities. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms are offered when possible, but those who pay the Single Supplement may have to share a room for up to two nights during the trip. In Les Chapieux, couples may also have to share a room.
      Lunch will usually be in a mountain lodge or at a picnic spot amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will include hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often featuring the cuisine the region is known for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "We loved the trip—great itinerary, marvelous scenery, excellent food and drinks, and unparalleled service!"

      Angie R.

      Kenosha, WI

      "From the surprise picnics to tasting grolla in the mountain hut, it was all wonderfully organized."

      B. Scott

      Chapmore Ends, England

      "We have traveled with other tour companies in the past but Wilderness Travel is so far superior we will always use them!"

      Bernie M.

      Pullman, WA

      "I had an amazing time. Everything had been thought of and the trip ran perfectly. A tremendous and superb tour."

      Bridget G.

      Wanaka, New Zealand

      "Wonderful A+ trip. Well designed for trekking, very good hotels/auberges. We had a wonderful trip with a great group of guides who were professional, competent, and affable."

      Bruce F.

      Berkeley, CA

      "This trip would not have been half as amazing without our two amazing guides, Tania and Giuseppe. Their knowledge, professionalism, teamwork, and personal touches were beyond expectations. Thank you all for a memorable 50th birthday trip!"

      Catherine R.

      Sacramento, CA

      "A great trip. I was ready to go back as soon as I got home."

      David W.

      Centennial, CO

      "We had the time of our lives! I wouldn't have changed anything; I loved it all. Each guide was outstanding and we enjoyed all aspects of their knowledge and professionalism. Thanks for being so organized and awesome—you made it all so easy!"

      Elly M.

      Iron Ridge, WI

      "This was the ninth trip I have done with WT. You continue to do a professional job that commands respect."

      Greg C.

      Tampa, FL

      "The trip was great. It was hard work, but that was balanced out by great food and a comfortable bed at the end of the day! All the hotels were good."

      Jeanne A.

      Chevy Chase, MD

      "This trip far exceeded any expectations I had! I felt so well taken care of the entire time. It was such an amazing experience that I will never forget. I am truly grateful for the guides and my fellow hikers."

      Jessica B.

      Rock Hill, SC

      "I had an amazing experience! I would definitely travel with WT again."

      Jognya T.

      Thousand Oaks, CA

      "We could not have imagined a better honeymoon. From sweeping views of valleys/mountains to sweet accommodations to singing guides, this trip had everything we were looking for. We definitely worked hard to earn our views, and were always greeted by the Mont Blanc Massif. Thank you for your coordination, planning, and celebration of this special time in our life!"

      Katie W.

      Denver, CO

      "Challenging hike with gorgeous scenery, well organized, a nice variety of accomodations and food, great guides! Perfect in every way!"

      Liz S.

      Los Gatos, CA

      "I loved exploring the unique villages and variety of hotels. Food was outstanding (as was the wine)!"

      Mary Kay S.

      Oak Park, IL

      "I had so much fun. This trip truly was better than I expected...and I had high expectations coming in."

      Meg W.

      New York, NY

      "What an amazing trip! The scenery, the trails, the food, the guides—all were incredible. I just got home and I want to go back!"

      Megann Y.

      Fresno, CA

      "Trip of a lifetime. Amazing, amazing! The guides are what made the trip fantastic, and of course, Mt. Blanc was beautiful at every turn. I found myself saying ‘wow’ almost every fifteen minutes the whole trip. The food was fantastic as well. Lovely wines and desserts. We will be talking about this trip for a long, long time."

      Meredith B.

      Raleigh, NC

      "We really enjoyed this tour. The route was excellent as was the level of activity, and the guides added to our overall enjoyment of the adventure. The location of the tour was the ultimate part of the experience."

      Michelle E.

      Lafayette, CA

      "A once-in-a-lifetime experience where the beauty of the mountains, the quality of the food/lodging, and the hiking challenges were just magnificent."

      Nancy M.

      Sacramento, CA

      "Wilderness Travel and their personnel were able to allow me to experience the Alps and Mont Blanc in many ways—the rugged hikes, beautiful views everywhere, the people, and the food."

      Nancy T.

      Missoula, MT

      "We had a blast and enjoyed all aspects of our trip. The hiking was incredible, scenery spectacular, food and wine amazing!"

      Pat H.

      Ketchum, ID

      "The trip was incredible, The scenery was fantastic (helped by good fortune with the weather), our lodging along the way was quite good, and the interaction of the hikers and the guides was interactive and stimulating."

      Pat K.

      Malibu, CA

      "This was a trip of a lifetime for me. The scenery was truly mind-blowing. The hikes were certainly challenging and facing big elevation changes every day was tough but I loved every minute of this trip. I felt totally immersed in nature and the vistas were breathtaking. I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys hiking; I can’t imagine any place more beautiful than this."

      Robin M.

      Berwyn, PA

      "This trip was a highlight of my life. I'm already planning the next one!"

      Ruth A.

      Calgary, Alberta

      "The guide team was outstanding—professional, knowledgeable, and lots of fun. It was clear that they loved what they did and worked very well together to make sure that we had an amazing Tour du Mont Blanc experience. Thank you for an amazing vacation!"

      Theresa B.

      Manhattan Beach, CA

      "Our guides were excellent and made the trip a 20 on a 10 scale! I'm very eager to take another trip with Wilderness Travel after this experience."

      Tom D.

      Kenosha, WI

      "This trip exceeded our hopes and expectations. We had a fabulous time!"

      Wendy G.

      Exeter, NH

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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His parents, a harpist and a poet, instilled in him a great appreciation for the beautiful things in life, and once he found the mountains, it didn&apos;t take long for him to become addicted to the wild beauty he found there. He began hiking and climbing regularly, and what began as a hobby soon became a way of life that led him on extraordinary adventures, including climbing some of the Alps&apos; famous north faces and an ascent, with fellow WT guide Naoise O Muiraheartaigh, of Yosemite&apos;s El Capitan. In 2021, on his birthday, Killian and his partner Maggie welcomed their first daughter Henia into the world. The three of them live in Chamonix, France. Currently, he is adjusting to fatherhood and figuring out how much risk he is willing to take in the high mountains, but still enormously passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of the Earth&apos;s wildest reaches.","BioLong":"Killian Buckley grew up in Killarney, Ireland. 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When not leading hiking adventures with WT, she finds new adventures through biking and beekeeping in Thonon-les-Bains in the French Alps, where she lives."},{"GuideID":851293,"First_Name":"Simon","Last_Name":"Hale","BioShort":"Simon Hale, with homes in the French Alps and North Wales, is a professional mountain guide with over 30 years experience in climbing and skiing in mountain ranges all over the world. He holds a degree in outdoor education and environmental science and has extensive knowledge of mountain ecology. Simon has worked at Plas y Brenin, the UK National Mountain Centre in Wales, for over 15 years, the last 12 of which he was a senior instructor. In winter, Simon teaches skiing, with backcountry skiing and ski touring a specialty. He loves being in the mountains and the challenge they always provide. 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When not leading trips, Jonny enjoys time with his family, cycling and birding, and in winter, he runs a ski chalet near his home."},{"GuideID":851270,"First_Name":"Katie","Last_Name":"L'Herpiniere","BioShort":"Katie-Jane L&apos;Herpiniere, from Devon, England, has been an adventurer for 18 years, completing her own human-powered expeditions from the Sahara to the Himalayas, the Andes, and places in between. She holds an International Mountain Leader guiding qualification as well as a Masters Degree in Rural Tourism. When not guiding, Katie is an avid cyclist, competing around the world in Unsupported Ultra-Distance bike races, both on-road and off-road. She&apos;s a strong advocate for getting outdoors to watch the sunrise, breathe the mountain air, and notice the natural wonders around us. 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A professional mountain leader and ski instructor since his youth, he loves outdoor pursuits of every kind and also has an affinity for jazz music, French and American literature, and Irish culture (acquired during his years of guiding French tours in Ireland)."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Angie R.","GuestLocation":"Kenosha, WI","GuestReview":"We loved the trip&#8212;great itinerary, marvelous scenery, excellent food and drinks, and unparalleled service!"},{"GuestNames":"B. Scott","GuestLocation":"Chapmore Ends, England","GuestReview":"From the surprise picnics to tasting grolla in the mountain hut, it was all wonderfully organized."},{"GuestNames":"Bernie M.","GuestLocation":"Pullman, WA","GuestReview":"We have traveled with other tour companies in the past but Wilderness Travel is so far superior we will always use them!"},{"GuestNames":"Bridget G.","GuestLocation":"Wanaka, New Zealand","GuestReview":"I had an amazing time. Everything had been thought of and the trip ran perfectly. A tremendous and superb tour."},{"GuestNames":"Bruce F.","GuestLocation":"Berkeley, CA","GuestReview":"Wonderful A+ trip. Well designed for trekking, very good hotels\/auberges. We had a wonderful trip with a great group of guides who were professional, competent, and affable."},{"GuestNames":"Catherine R.","GuestLocation":"Sacramento, CA","GuestReview":"This trip would not have been half as amazing without our two amazing guides, Tania and Giuseppe. Their knowledge, professionalism, teamwork, and personal touches were beyond expectations. Thank you all for a memorable 50th birthday trip!"},{"GuestNames":"David W.","GuestLocation":"Centennial, CO","GuestReview":"A great trip. I was ready to go back as soon as I got home."},{"GuestNames":"Elly M.","GuestLocation":"Iron Ridge, WI","GuestReview":"We had the time of our lives! I wouldn't have changed anything; I loved it all. Each guide was outstanding and we enjoyed all aspects of their knowledge and professionalism. Thanks for being so organized and awesome&#8212;you made it all so easy!"},{"GuestNames":"Greg C.","GuestLocation":"Tampa, FL","GuestReview":"This was the ninth trip I have done with WT. You continue to do a professional job that commands respect."},{"GuestNames":"Jeanne A.","GuestLocation":"Chevy Chase, MD","GuestReview":"The trip was great. It was hard work, but that was balanced out by great food and a comfortable bed at the end of the day! All the hotels were good."},{"GuestNames":"Jessica B.","GuestLocation":"Rock Hill, SC","GuestReview":"This trip far exceeded any expectations I had! I felt so well taken care of the entire time. It was such an amazing experience that I will never forget. I am truly grateful for the guides and my fellow hikers."},{"GuestNames":"Jognya T.","GuestLocation":"Thousand Oaks, CA","GuestReview":"I had an amazing experience! I would definitely travel with WT again."},{"GuestNames":"Katie W.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"We could not have imagined a better honeymoon. From sweeping views of valleys\/mountains to sweet accommodations to singing guides, this trip had everything we were looking for. We definitely worked hard to earn our views, and were always greeted by the Mont Blanc Massif. Thank you for your coordination, planning, and celebration of this special time in our life!"},{"GuestNames":"Liz S.","GuestLocation":"Los Gatos, CA","GuestReview":"Challenging hike with gorgeous scenery, well organized, a nice variety of accomodations and food, great guides! Perfect in every way!"},{"GuestNames":"Mary Kay S.","GuestLocation":"Oak Park, IL","GuestReview":"I loved exploring the unique villages and variety of hotels. Food was outstanding&#160;(as was the wine)!"},{"GuestNames":"Meg W.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"I had so much fun. This trip truly was better than I expected...and I had high expectations coming in."},{"GuestNames":"Megann Y.","GuestLocation":"Fresno, CA","GuestReview":"What an amazing trip! The scenery, the trails, the food, the guides&#8212;all were incredible. I just got home and I want to go back!"},{"GuestNames":"Meredith B.","GuestLocation":"Raleigh, NC","GuestReview":"Trip of a lifetime. Amazing, amazing! The guides are what made the trip fantastic, and of course, Mt. Blanc was beautiful at every turn. I found myself saying &#8216;wow&#8217; almost every fifteen minutes the whole trip. The food was fantastic as well. Lovely wines and desserts. We will be talking about this trip for a long, long time."},{"GuestNames":"Michelle E.","GuestLocation":"Lafayette, CA","GuestReview":"We really enjoyed this tour. The route was excellent as was the level of activity, and the guides added to our overall enjoyment of the adventure. The location of the tour was the ultimate part of the experience."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy M.","GuestLocation":"Sacramento, CA","GuestReview":"A once-in-a-lifetime experience where the beauty of the mountains, the quality of the food\/lodging, and the hiking challenges were just magnificent."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy T.","GuestLocation":"Missoula, MT","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel and their personnel were able to allow me to experience the Alps and Mont Blanc in many ways&#8212;the rugged hikes, beautiful views everywhere, the people, and the food."},{"GuestNames":"Pat H.","GuestLocation":"Ketchum, ID","GuestReview":"We had a blast and enjoyed all aspects of our trip. The hiking was incredible, scenery spectacular, food and wine amazing!"},{"GuestNames":"Pat K.","GuestLocation":"Malibu, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was incredible, The scenery was fantastic (helped by good fortune with the weather), our lodging along the way was quite good, and the interaction of the hikers and the guides was interactive and stimulating."},{"GuestNames":"Robin M.","GuestLocation":"Berwyn, PA","GuestReview":"This was a trip of a lifetime for me. The scenery was truly mind-blowing. The hikes were certainly challenging and facing big elevation changes every day was tough but I loved every minute of this trip. I felt totally immersed in nature and the vistas were breathtaking. I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys hiking; I can&#8217;t imagine any place more beautiful than this."},{"GuestNames":"Ruth A.","GuestLocation":"Calgary, Alberta","GuestReview":"This trip was a highlight of my life. I'm already planning the next one!"},{"GuestNames":"Theresa B.","GuestLocation":"Manhattan Beach, CA","GuestReview":"The guide team was outstanding&#8212;professional, knowledgeable, and lots of fun. It was clear that they loved what they did and worked very well together to make sure that we had an amazing Tour du Mont Blanc experience. Thank you for an amazing vacation!"},{"GuestNames":"Tom D.","GuestLocation":"Kenosha, WI","GuestReview":"Our guides were excellent and made the trip a 20 on a 10 scale! I'm very eager to take another trip with Wilderness Travel after this experience."},{"GuestNames":"Wendy G.","GuestLocation":"Exeter, NH","GuestReview":"This trip exceeded our hopes and expectations. 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At night, they will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude.&nbsp; Mountain weather can be fickle, and it can range from blue skies with temperatures in the 70s\u00b0F to cloudy, wet, and cold days on which rain gear and warm garments are necessary. The early-season departures may encounter snow on the trails. There is a chance that we will need to choose alternate routes if weather conditions are poor.","Custom_Accommodations":"Overnights are in mountain villages with great charm and character. In Chamonix, we stay in the wonderful Grand Hotel des Alpes. Outside of Chamonix, we stay in small, comfortable hotels that can be busy during the hiking season. Please note that these are hikers&apos; hotels, not five-star resorts. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but are not always of uniform size or amenities. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms are offered when possible, but those who pay the Single Supplement may have to share a room for up to two nights during the trip. In Les Chapieux, couples may also have to share a room.","Custom_Cuisine":"Lunch will usually be in a mountain lodge or at a picnic spot amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will include hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often featuring the cuisine the region is known for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.","Custom_Transportation":"Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}