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Self-guided Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights (Inn-to-inn combo hiking tour)
along the Tour of Mont Blanc
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate-strenuous
Dates:   June-Sept
Standard Tour Cost:  $1890 per person
$400 single supplement
Deluxe Tour Cost:  $2890 per person
$600 single supplement

Mont Blanc tour reservation

On this independent variation of the Tour of Mont Blanc, we'll focus on our absolute favorite corners of the classic tour. We'll slow the pace a bit, spending extra time in the quiet side-valleys around Chamonix and Courmayeur, visiting world-class hotels and quaint inns, and hiking across enjoying unparalleled vistas.

You'll have 3 stops in 6 nights, mixing nice village hotels with one night in a remote mountain hut. Start with 3 nights in Chamonix, hiking the nearby stages of the TMB. Then travel to the distinctive village of Courmayeur, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, for a hike through one of the most spectacular valleys in the Alps, the Italian Val Ferret, to the very comfortable Bonatti hut. Finally, hike to the Ferret pass and cross into Switzerland before returning by bus to Courmayeur for 2 final nights. Our deluxe tour stays in luxurious 4-star hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur, while the standard tour chooses fine 3-star options in each village. Both stay one night at Bonatti hut, a comfortable hut with gorgeous views, hot showers and some private rooms.

Your typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn, which gives you the energy needed for a big day of hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours. With a couple of passes to cross, the hiking is often strenuous, but there will also be opportunities for easier days.

a quaint inn in the Bionnassay is a potential lunch stop on your independent Mont Blanc tourYou should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, and gaze upon Mont Blanc and the surrounding scenery. After that, enjoy a delicious dinner at your inn or on your own in town. A hearty meal provides a satisfying end to your day.

With beautiful villages and inns, and unforgettable trails among the highest mountains in the Alps, the Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights tour is a gorgeous journey that does true justice to this amazing region.

Day 1 Arrive in Geneva, and we will arrange your transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France. Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time for a daytrip up the Aiguille du Midi cablecar. Relax at the pool or garden of your charming Chamonix hotel. (Chamonix)
Day 2 One of the classic hikes in the region leads to Lac Blanc for an introductory dayhike. This high-mountain lake sits in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Preserve, a rugged ridge across the valley from Mont Blanc, and commands one of the greatest mountain views anywhere. Make good use of local cablecars to enjoy more time hiking near the lake, and keep an eye open for bouquetin - a mountain goat with long curved horns that are frequently sighted in this region. Return to Chamonix for a 2nd night. (Chamonix)
Day 3 Hiking the traditional first stage of the Mont Blanc tour brings you to the minor Voza pass to the lovely Bionnassay valley, a wooded region with impressive glaciers and waterfalls, and capped by blinding peaks. Return to Chamonix for your 3rd night. stay in a lovely 4-star hotel in Chamonix during your independent Mont Blanc tour (Chamonix)
Day 4 A morning transfer by private taxi through the Mont Blanc tunnel brings you to the charming, cobblestoned village of Courmayeur, the heart of the Italian Mont Blanc region. Enjoy one of the most spectacular hikes in the Mont Blanc region from Courmayeur above the Val Ferret, with the vertical cliffs of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses towering above you to the west while the valley falls away below. Serious hikers can climb to the top of the Mont de la Saxe ridge, while lower trails make an easier, scenic traverse. Truly a magnificent day, and one of the highlights of the Mont Blanc circuit. Stay in a comfortable alpine inn. (rifugio Bonatti)
Day 5 Hiking toward the Grand Col Ferret, you'll descend down to the valley floor with time for an optional hike to the Grand Col Ferret pass separating Italy from Switzerland, and returning by bus to Courmayeur. (Courmayeur)
Day 6 A second day in Courmayeur gives you time for one last spectacular dayhike, either up the Veny valley to Elisabetta hut, or ascending a scenic ridge to the peak of nearby Mont Chetif. Enjoy a night of la dolce vita while exploring the village center on the final night of your Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights tour! (Courmayeur)
Day 7 After breakfast, return by van to Geneva.

Mont Blanc tour reservation

hiking through alpenrose in the Bionnassay valley along the tour of Mont Blanc

Arrive: Plan to arrive the day your tour starts at the latest (flights from the US usually depart the day before). The closest airport is Geneva. This self-guided tour includes airport pickup and dropoff.
Depart: Plan departure for the day the tour ends at the earliest. Since the Geneva airport is 2 hours away from Courmayeur by taxi, it is possible to leave the day the tour ends.

Prefer a guided group tour? Check out our guided Tour of Mont Blanc, Haute Route, or our Bernese Oberland Traverse inn-to-inn tour. For a longer self-guided option, consider our self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc, for the full inn-to-inn circuit.

Read Josh Roberts in USA Today recap his Mont Blanc trip with Alpinehikers in 2003.



Self-guided Mont Blanc Highlights, details:

Standard tour: 5 nights in 3-star village hotels, 1 night mountain inn with private room and shared bathroom, 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner (not included in Chamonix or Courmayeur), airport shuttle Geneva-Chamonix, private taxi Chamonix-Courmayeur and Courmayeur-Geneva, and luggage transfers between villages.
Deluxe tour: 5 nights in 4-star village hotels, 1 night mountain inn with private room and shared bathroom, 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners (not included in Chamonix), private taxi Geneva-Chamonix, Chamonix-Courmayeur, and Courmayeur-Geneva, and luggage transfers between villages.

the Bonatti hut is a scenic stop along the Chamonix Mont Blanc tour

All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.

Not included are lunches, dinners in Chamonix , dinners in Courmayeur (standard tour), drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation outside this itinerary. The large single supplement is required because of fixed room rates in Chamonix and taxi costs.

If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of the Mont Blanc region from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.

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