Tour du Mont Blanc

Three countries, western Europe’s highest peak
 
Walk through France, Italy and Switzerland on one of Europe’s most challenging Alpine hikes, enjoying outstanding scenery and the camaraderie of this popular trail around the 4,808-metre Mont Blanc. You stay in traditional mountain inns and quality hotels, with your luggage transferred on each stage.
Tour du Mont Blanc. 11 nights
Tour du Mont Blanc. 11 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday along the Tour du Mont Blanc

The 170-kilometre circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the world’s classic multi-day walks. This loop of well-maintained and signposted mountain paths – an official ‘GR’ (Grande Randonnée) since 1952 – circumnavigates the peaks and glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif, crossing borders via high passes and linking the lively, cosmopolitan mountain towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur with tiny Alpine hamlets where you will find a warm welcome and a cosy bed each night.
Every day is a highlight, whether for views of the glaciers and peaks of the massif itself or the more distant vistas of the surrounding Alps; the walking is infinitely varied, crossing lush meadows dotted with traditional dairies, passing streams, lakes and – at higher altitudes – climbing through the dramatic, rugged terrain of this exceptional landscape.

The sense of challenge, the drama of the views, and variety of mountain terrain carry you through ten days of superlative walking for a tremendous feeling of achievement on your arrival in Chamonix.
 

The benefits of a self-guided walking holiday


The joy of a self-guided walking holiday is that it's you who sets the timetable and the pace. We provide you with detailed directions and maps, leaving you free to set off when you want, pause as often as you like to drink in the inspirational mountain views and to take photos, stop for lunch when you're hungry, and pick which route to take when there is a choice. You can also tailor the itinerary, starting on whatever day of the week suits you and adding extra nights if you wish; our friendly travel experts will advise you on the options.
 
Images courtesy of Christian Martelet (© CM)
 

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. This flexibility allows you to enjoy this popular trail at your own pace.

Due to the challenging and remote nature of some of the walking, we don't offer this holiday to individual travellers.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Walking the Tour du Mont Blanc
    The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, is a continuous loop around the Mont Blanc massif. Our route shortens some of the stages by using shuttle bus, mountain train or cable car, and you have a rest day in Courmayeur – with further options to walk. But the essence of the journey, circumnavigating Mont Blanc, is maintained. The distances given for each day are the walking distances, and do not include sections on public transport.
    The Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Arrival in St Gervais
    Night 1: in St Gervais (the first of two nights here).

    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Walk or sightsee from St Gervais les Bains
    This is an excellent day to find your walking legs, mixing an easy route with options for sightseeing.

    Circular walk from St Gervais: 11km, 4hrs; ascent 460m/descent 880m
    Take the gondola lift to Mont d'Arbois to enjoy panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif as you follow a broad mountain ridge to the Refuge Mont Joly – an ideal lunch stop. Descend on foot through woodland and meadows, with the option to visit several more mountain restaurants, before returning to St Gervais by gondola. This is a walk to whet your appetite, both literally and metaphorically, for the coming days.

    Visit the thermal baths
    Alternatively, enjoy a visit to the Thermes de Saint Gervais – the thermal baths which made the town so popular during the Victorian era. The baths can be reached on a footpath descending the valley from near your hotel.
    Stunning views to Mont Blanc above St Gervais
  • St Gervais to Les Contamines: 12km, 5hrs; ascent 890m/descent 1370m
    Your tour of Mont Blanc begins via the Mont Blanc Tramway from St Gervais to the Col de Voza, then walking up, via Bellevue, to the Col du Tricot (2,120 metres), for views over the Bionnassay glacier, the Miage valley and the Col du Bonhomme beyond. It’s now downhill to the Refuge de Miage – where you may wish to enjoy an excellent lunch with views of the 3,600-metre Dômes de Miage – before a final climb to the Chalets du Truc followed by a steady descent through forest to Les Contamines.
    Descend through forest to Les Contamines
    St Gervais to Les Contamines: 12km
  • Les Contamines to Les Chapieux: 15km, 6.5hrs; ascent 1420m/descent 1070m
    The day starts with a free bus (saving 4km of riverside walking) to a pretty 15th-century Baroque chapel. From here you follow a Roman ‘road’ which rises steeply past waterfalls, to cross first the Col du Bonhomme (2,329 metres) and then the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,433 metres), with magnificent views of the western Alps, before descending to the mountain hamlet of Les Chapieux.
    En route to Chapieux
    Les Contamines to Les Chapieux: 15km
  • Les Chapieux to Courmayeur: 15km, 6hrs; ascent 870m/descent 985m
    Today’s walk takes you over the second highest col of the trip, using local buses to shorten the route at both beginning and end. The first section, from La Ville des Glaciers, is a steady climb in the cool of the day to the Col de la Seigne at 2,516 metres. Here you cross into Italy, enjoying views along the vast southern flanks of Mont Blanc (now ‘Monte Bianco’) and along the Val Veny. The path descends, passing below glaciers to the hamlet of Visaille, at the foot of the long Glacier du Miage, from where you take a shuttle bus to Courmayeur.
    Heading into Italy
    Les Chapieux to Courmayeur: 15km
  • Walk or sightsee from Courmayeur
    Enjoy a well-earned rest day in Courmayeur, with sightseeing and walking options.

    See Mont Blanc up close
    To see Mont Blanc at altitude, up close, take the Skyway Monte Bianco cableway from Entrèves, just north of Courmayeur, to reach the Punta Helbronner at 3,466 metres. You can stop at the mid-station to visit the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea – the highest botanical gardens in Europe.

    Visit the thermal baths
    For a luxurious, restorative afternoon, visit the nearby Pré St Didier thermal baths, based in and around a historic villa, from whose outdoor pools you can watch the evening sun on the flanks of Monte Bianco, much as the Romans did.

    Visaille to Courmayeur: 12km, 6hrs; ascent 740m/descent 715m
    Take a bus into the Val Veny, west of Courmayeur, then ascend to a balcony path which traverses into the ski domain of Courmayeur, from where you can descend by ski lift to town. The views of the south-west flanks of the Mont Blanc massif, as well as along the Veny and Ferret valleys, are unequalled.

    Val Ferret (eastwards from Courmayeur): long option 17km, 7hrs, ascent 1550m/descent 980m; short option 10.5km, ascent 565m/descent 400m
    This walk follows the onward leg of the standard tour of Mont Blanc, along a balcony path, before returning to the comfort of Courmayeur by free bus (your next itinerant day starts by bus to avoid repeating this section). The route begins with a steep ascent to Rifugio Bertone from where the path, with superb views across to the Mont Blanc massif, leads past the Rifugio Bonatti before descending to the valley floor for a bus. This walk can easily be shortened in both distance and ascent by starting with a bus from Courmayeur.
    The slopes above Courmayeur
    Val Ferret 17km
  • Courmayeur to Champex-Lac: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent 830m/descent 1000m
    Leave Courmayeur by shuttle bus along the Val Ferret to arrive in the Alpine hamlet of Arp Nouvaz. From here you begin a steady climb to the highest point of the tour, the Grand Col Ferret (2,537 metre), where you pass into Switzerland. Descend rugged country into the lush Swiss Val Ferret, to reach the village of La Fouly, from where you catch a bus to the lakeside town of Champex-Lac; if you’re keen to cover more kilometres, you can take the bus from one of several later stops.
    The Grand Col Ferret
    Courmayeur to Champex-Lac: 14km
  • Champex-Lac to Trient: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 900m
    Today’s walk is quite different in character, crossing pine- and larch-forested slopes and then the meadows of the Alpage de Bovine: a simple mountain restaurant famous for its rösti. Views open up along the wide Rhône valley, bordered to the north by the peaks of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. Your path traverses the Col de la Forclaz for a final descent to Trient, with its distinctive pink church and traditional walkers’ hostels.
    Trient and its famous pink church
    Champex-Lac to Trient: 14km
  • Trient to Argentière: 15km, 7hrs; ascent 1060m/descent 1110m
    The route now ascends to the Col de Balme (2,191 metres), where you re-enter France, with views once more of Mont Blanc itself and along the Chamonix valley. A high traverse passes the Col des Posettes from where the way rises briefly to L’Aiguillette des Posettes for a 360-degree panorama followed by a steep descent. You have the option from near Col de Balme of descending by ski lift to Le Tour, substantially shortening both distance and descent.
    En route to Argentière
    Trient to Argentière: 15km
  • Argentière to Chamonix: 6.5km, 4hrs; ascent 890m/descent 470m
    A short bus ride takes you from Argentière to the start of the grand finale of the tour, which climbs through forest, then along high Alpine paths and the Grand Balcon Sud, with stunning views across the Chamonix valley – not just of the snowy summit of Mont Blanc, but of the striking peaks and aiguilles (pinnacles) of the massif, many of them over 4,000 metres. You’ll also see the famous Mer de Glace and Bossons glacier, which, even today, reaches far down towards the valley floor. You can detour to Lac Blanc, a rightly popular picnic spot, before continuing westwards to reach the Flégère cable car to descend into Chamonix.
    Views of Mont Blanc
    Argentière to Chamonix: 6.5km
  • Explore Chamonix
    This vibrant mountain town has plenty to offer without the need for further exertion (although there is lots of excellent walking to be had here, too, of course). The essential excursion is to ride by cable car from the heart of Chamonix to the spiky peak of the 3842-metre Aiguille du Midi. A gentler ride is on the old Montenvers cog railway, which climbs above the Mer de Glace for close-up views of this huge tongue of ice and surrounding peaks.

    Circular walk from Chamonix: 5.5km, 2.5hrs, ascent 485m/descent 350m
    For more walking, you can continue westwards above Chamonix along the TMB, riding back up on the Flégère cable car to rejoin the Balcon Sud to Le Brévent before descending by cable car to Chamonix.
    Take the cable car to Brévent
    Circular walk from Chamonix: 5.5km
 

Accommodation

Enjoy excellent hospitality at our chosen accommodation – which includes both stylish spa hotels and traditional mountain auberges, some with shared bathroom facilities. Please indicate at the time of booking if you prefer our upgrade version of the holiday – with a change of hotel in Les Contamines-Montjoie, Champex-Lac and Argentière.

Due to the popularity of this area, we work with a number of different hotels – a selection of which are shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

We recommend adding extra nights at several points along the route: in Courmayeur to explore the botanical gardens; in Champex-Lac to relax by the lake; and in Chamonix to visit the Aiguille du Midi.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 11 nights: 26 June 2024 - 15 September 2024 & 26 June 2025 - 15 September 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2024 £2195 £1095
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2025 £2285 £1140
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Please note we are unable to accept bookings from single travellers for this holiday.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    11 nights: 26 June 2024 - 15 September 2024 & 26 June 2025 - 15 September 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2024 £2735 £1095
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2025 £2845 £1140
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110 to -£114
    Single traveller supplement £110 to £114

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Please note we are unable to accept bookings from single travellers for this holiday.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Geneva (TGV), approx. duration 7h plus 1h10 taxi transfer. Home, Chamonix–Geneva (bus), Geneva–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 10h15 plus 0h15 walk.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • 11 nights (5 dinners): 26 June 2024 - 15 September 2024 & 26 June 2025 - 15 September 2025

    Start Any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2024 £2455 £1125
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2025 £2555 £1170
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Please note we are unable to accept bookings from single travellers for this holiday.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    11 nights (5 dinners): 26 June 2024 - 15 September 2024 & 26 June 2025 - 15 September 2025

    Start Any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2024 £2995 £1125
    26 Jun - 4 Sep 2025 £3115 £1170
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110 to -£114
    Single traveller supplement £110 to £114

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Please note we are unable to accept bookings from single travellers for this holiday.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Geneva (TGV), approx. duration 7h plus 1h10 taxi transfer. Home, Chamonix–Geneva (bus), Geneva–Paris (TGV), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 10h15 plus 0h15 walk.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Bouton d'Or, Courmayeur (B&B) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £109 £170
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £113 £176
    Hotel Splendide, Champex-Lac (with dinner) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £169 £187
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £180 £199
    Park Hotel Suisse & Spa, Chamonix (B&B) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £178 £251
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £190 £266
  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Bouton d'Or, Courmayeur (B&B) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £109 £170
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £113 £176
    Hotel Alpina, Champex-Lac (with dinner) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £145 £205
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £155 £217
    Park Hotel Suisse & Spa, Chamonix (B&B) Double room Single room
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2024 £178 £251
    26 Jun - 15 Sep 2025 £190 £266
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Geneva

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.
     

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to St-Gervais (2h), taxi St-Gervais to hotel (0h10, pay locally) £24-£25 1630
    taxi (private transfer) Geneva airport to hotel (1h30) £131-£140 1900
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi (private transfer) hotel to Geneva airport (1h30) £128-£135 1100
    taxi (shared transfer) hotel to Geneva airport (1h30) £43-£45 0930
    rail Chamonix to Geneva airport (3h30) £88-£92 1300
What is included
  • 11 nights
  • 4 dinners (5 on upgrade)
    11 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Due to the challenging and remote nature of some routes on this holiday, solo travel is not possible. However, we are able to accommodate requests for single rooms, if you are travelling with others but would prefer your own bedroom – please see the price panel for further details.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
  • Since this holiday explores the high mountains, you should be prepared for all weather conditions. We recommend that you pack walking boots that are well broken in; specialist fitted and cushioned walking socks; a good-quality, wind-resistant waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers; a fleece plus a variety of thin layers (preferably made from fast-wicking synthetic fibres) to put on or peel off as required; specialist walking trousers (those which convert into shorts offer good flexibility if the weather is changeable); walking poles; high-energy snacks; a refillable water bottle with enough capacity for a full day of walking; a waterproof map holder; a basic first-aid kit; a whistle, torch, compass and mobile phone; and a rucksack to carry your essentials for each day. We will provide you with more detailed information once you've made a booking.
  • This holiday passes through three countries. Italy and France both use the Euro, but you might also want to bring some Swiss Francs for the days that you spend in Switzerland.
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