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  • Overnight at a nice 2-star hotel, half-board.
The Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights tour starts and ends in Auvergne. The Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights is a Walking Tour that takes 8 days taking you through Auvergne, France and other destinations in France.

Our classic Tour du Mont Blanc walking holiday will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland, taking in the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit. The majestic beauty of the scenery is best appreciated on foot as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in nice hotels and mountain huts at night. In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious French and Italian meals, paired with a hearty serving of Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you will stay in
Welcome to the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines. A short warm-up walk is possible depending on your arrival time. Overnight at a nice 2-star hotel, half-board.
A short car transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Climb over the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme leading to the Chapieux valley. Over the Aiguille des Glaciers, you will enjoy some splendid sights. Walking for the day: 6-7h ↑1,200m ↓900m Overnight in a dormitory room in La Nova mountain lodge or Les Chambres du Soleil, half-board.
Walk over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the border. On this walk, you will again take in some spectacular views. Descent into Val Ferret and take the bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur. Enjoy the great panoramic view over the Grandes Jorasses. Then, you are off to rifugio Elena, close to the Pré de Bar glacier. Walking for the day: 6-7h ↑950m ↓1,000m Overnight at Elena refuge, dormitory rooms, half-board.
Cross the Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint but beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Take in the exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the east and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Short transfer by postal bus to Champex, a Swiss village boasting a beautiful lake. The lodge-hotel in Val D’Arpette, Relais d’Arpette, is some 45 min further by foot. Walking for the day: 5-6h ↑600m ↓1,000m Overnight at Val D’Arpette, dormitory rooms, half-board.
The highest point of the walk is reached today as you climb over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2,750 m). Take in the breath-taking views while you go down alongside the Trient glacier. In case of bad weather, there is an alternative, shorter itinerary via the Cold de Bovine pass. Walking for the day: 8-9h ↑1,050m ↓1,385m, or 5-6h ↑800m ↓1,135m (shorter option) Overnight in a mountain hut in Col de La Forclaz or in Trient, dormitory rooms, half board.
Walking over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte, you will have the option of two alternative routes for the descent to Le Tour. Walking for the day: 6-7h ↑1,000 m ↓1,050m Overnight in Caf de Tour refuge, dormitory rooms, half board.
Enjoy the wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, before a climb to Lake Blanc. Take in all the beautiful scenery that follows: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and last but not least, Mont Blanc iself! Descend to Chamonix by Le Praz. You can also opt to take the cableway at La Flégère or even by bus (transfers not included in the price). Walking for the day: Choice of 24, 16 or 8 km with ↑900, ↑ 500 or ↑400m elevation gains Overnight at a nice 2-star hotel in Chamonix, en-suite rooms, bed&breakfast.
Tour details
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Self-guided Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Self-guided/Independent
Starts/Ends Auvergne, France/ Auvergne, France
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