Our classic Matterhorn to the Mont Blanc Adventure will immerse you deep within European culture as you travel to iconic alpine villages throughout the Alps of Switzerland, Italy and France. This adventure features captivating views of glaciers, crystal lakes, waterfalls, steep valleys, an the pristine mountains of the Alps. From lift-assisted hikes each day, to spending your nights in traditional European mountain villages, you will feel as though you are in an alpine fairy tale. By using the European mountain lift system each day we will maximize the amount of terrain we can explore while enjoying hikes and iconic alpine villages along the way.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Hotel based hikes

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 8 – 14

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 6,900

per person

Single Occupancy

+ $ 1,200

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lift assisted hiking in the best of the European Alps; Switzerland, Italy and France.
  • Activities for every level, from exploring alpine villages to reaching lofty hiking views.
  • Experience complete cultural immersion while visiting a multitude of traditional alpine villages throughout.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Day

  • Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Meet your WWTrek representative at the airport for the transfer by private coach to Zermatt
  • Check-in at the hotel and attend an orientation about your upcoming adventure of the European Alps
  • Overnight: Zermatt Hotel Allalin
  • Meals: D

Day 2: Explore Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Explore Zermatt today
  • Funicular and Gondola access to the 5 Seenweg hike with stunning views of the Matterhorn
  • Return to Zermatt vis funicular and explore the moutain village on your won
  • Overnight: Zermatt Hotel Allalin
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Champex Lac, Switzerland

  • Hike the famed Tour de Mont Blanc (TMB) trail from the Col de la Forclaz to Champex Lac
  • Explore Champex Lac
  • Transfer to Verbier, Switzerland
  • Overnight: Hotel Vanessa
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Aosta, Italy

  • Series of cable cars, gondolas, aerial tramways, chair lifts, and hikes to explore from Verbier up to the top of Mont Fort
  • Transfer to Italy through the St. Bernard Pass to the village of Cogne on the edge of the Gran Paradiso National Park
  • Overnight: Hotel du Gran Paradiso
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Cogne, Italy

  • Enjoy a scenic ride on the Cogne cable car and hike the Belvedere Nature Trail with stunning views of Gran Paradiso Mountain and National Park
  • Descend on the Cogne cable car to explore Cogne
  • Transfer to Courmayeur, Italy
  • Overnight: Cresta et Duc
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Courmayeur, Italy

  • Hike the famed Tour de Mont Blanc (TMB) trail to the Refuge Elisabetta
  • Enjoy lunch at the refuge and return to Courmayeur
  • Explore village of Courmayeur
  • Overnight: Cresta et Duc
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 7: Chamonix, France

  • Transfer 7.5 miles through Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix, France which is considered the birthplace of alpinism
  • Take gondola/chair lifts to stunning views of Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc
  • Overnight: Chamonix Hotel Alpina
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 8: Chamonix, France

  • Montenvers Train to Mer de Glace
  • Visit glacier museum and France’s largest glacier
  • Hike Balcony Traverse to Plan de I’Aiguille
  • Load Plan de I’Aiguille to the Aiguille du Midi aerial
  • Overnight: Chamonix Hotel Alpina
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 9: Departure Day

  • Explore Chamonix
  • Transfer one hour to Geneva airport for international departures
  • Meals: B

What's Included:

  • All mountain lifts, trains, gondolas, cable cars, funiculars, etc.
  • Pick up on Day 1 from GVA to hotel at pre-arranged time
  • Drop off on Day 9 from hotel to GVA at pre-arranged time
  • Transportation by private vans and buses throughout
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • WWTrek Lead Professional Western Guide(s)
  • Services of local English-speaking guides and staff throughout
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • 8 nights luxurious lodging
  • All meals included during scheduled itinerary
  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan
  • Montenvers train ride

Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare other than as described in itinerary
  • Passports and visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstance outside of WWTrek’s control

Add-On Adventures

Begin or end your scheduled trip with a little extra adventure!

Glacier Express Train Add On
Extra Days in Chamonix with Custom Activities

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our favorite times to visit are from early July through mid-October, when it’s the warmest with the least amount of rain. The days are long, but this timing avoids the intense snowmelt season. The trails will be buzzing with life and the views will be full of beautiful vegetation.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins Geneva Switzerland and ends in Chamonix, France. You will fly into and out of the Geneva Airport (GVA).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging , meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options from global airports to Geneva Airport (GVA).

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Europe in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Healthy & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as medical kits and satellite communicators.

In addition, we recommend visiting your local International Travel Clinic one month before your trip. For more information, feel free to contact us directly to answer questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group during the trek. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Currency Exchange:

Please note that Switzerland’s currency is the Franc, which differs from the euros used throughout the rest of the trip. $500 should be sufficient for your incidentals. There will be multiple exchange opportunities, as ATM’s are common in the area. Credit cards are widely accepted in the areas we will be visiting.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

At the trails ends, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL COUNTRY INFORMATION

Switzerland:

Population:  ~8.3 million

Capital City: Bern

Currency: Swiss Franc

Overview: 

Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe sharing boarders with five countries; France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein. From the influence of these neighboring countries, Switzerland claims four official languages; German, French, Italian, and Romansh. This peaceful and prosperous country possesses one of the most stable economies in the developed world. Switzerland has a large diversity of landscapes for its size, with beautiful valleys separated by large mountain ranges. The Swiss Alps cover 60% of the country, where glaciers speckle the area. In contrast to this climate, a Mediterranean climate can also be found in Switzerland, just south of the Alps.

France:

Population:  ~66 million

Capital City: Paris

Currency: Euro

Overview: 

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, France is comprised of plains and rolling hills in the north and west and numerous impressive mountain ranges in the south and east, including the Alps and Pyrenees. France is among the globes oldest nations. It is historically and culturally one of the most influential nations in the western world, due to its colonial era which brought French colonies to every corner of the globe.  With picturesque villages, world famous gastronomy, an art scene that continues to thrive, beautiful coastlines, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, its no wonder that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination.

Italy:

Population: ~62 million

Capital City: Rome

Currency: Euro

Overview:

Starting with the awe-inspiring Italian Alps in the north, Italy cuts deep into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has a very rich culture and history. Considered the birthplace of western civilization, the starting point of the roman empire, and the Renaissance, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. There is no shortage of impressive architecture, art, cuisine, and vistas throughout the country. With the Vatican City nestled in the heart of Rome, it is no surprise that the majority of Italians belong to the Roman Catholic church.