- Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and some of the best walking in the Alps
- Challenging walking amongst the highest concentration of 4,000m peaks in the Alps
- Visit the exciting high alpine towns of Chamonix and Zermatt
The Haute Route is one of Europe's best known long distance ski-touring routes; running roughly parallel is a spectacular summer trek from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. Covering approximately 100 miles, it links the valleys of the Haute Savoie in France to the Swiss Valais. Following our guide (IML), our tour passes beneath ten of the twelve highest mountains in the Alps. Walking through a landscape scattered with glistening glacial lakes and lush, undulating valleys by day whilst sleeping in remote alpine huts and under canvas by night.
Day 1: Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix
Day 2: Free day in the Chamonix Valley
Day 3: The trail contours high in the valley before descending to Les Frasserands
Day 4: Cross Col de Balme to Switzerland.
Day 5: Over Fenêtre d'Arpette to Champex
Day 6: From Champex the trail leads to Verbier and on to Cabane Mont Fort
Day 7: Cross the highest pass of the route, Col Prafleuri (2,965m). Views of Rhône
Valley, Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin and the Matterhorn
Day 8: Long walking day with two passes to cross; overnight at Les Haudères.
Day 9: Rest day
Day 10: Past Lac Moiry to the picture-postcard village of Grimentz
Day 11: Longest walking day with excellent views of the Weisshorn
Day 12: Join Zermatt Valley; descend to Jungu and St Niklaus, short transfer to
Day 13: Follow a high-level balcony path that contours along the valley towards
Day 14: Optional trip to Zermatt
Day 15: End Randa
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- All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 12 dinners
- Outbound Geneva airport - Les Bossons bus transfer (for flight inc passengers only)
- Tour leader throughout
- Return airport transfer - this can be arranged/paid for locally, the leader will help with this - see 'Extra Expenses' section below for further information
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- Single accommodation (available on request - tent nights only)
- Visas or vaccinations
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 14 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 December 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
What is the best month to visit France?
France is a year-round destination. However, the best time to visit France for most travelers is either from April through to June or from October to November. Highlights across the country see less footfall – and therefore shorter queues – during these periods compared to the high summer season between July and September. Temperatures are also more suitable for exploration and hiking during these months, averaging 16°C to 23°C. The winter season, lasting from December to March, is the coldest and the wettest period of the year, although this is the best time to undertake a skiing trip in the Alps or Pyrenees. Find more information here.
How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?
If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.
Is France expensive to visit? Do I need travel insurance?
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Travel insurance is an absolute must and needs to include a medical cover that can otherwise top hundreds of thousands of dollars in case of an accident.
Where to travel in Europe?
Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip.
If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.
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