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, and 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: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 8 – 14

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 6,900

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aerial tramways, funiculars, mountain tunnels, cog trains, cable cars, and chairlifts allow access to incredible alpine hikes and relaxing afternoon descents to alpine villages below.
  • From exploring alpine villages to reaching lofty hiking views, each guest will have control of their adventure.
  • Experience cultural immersion in a multitude of traditional alpine villages throughout Switzerland, Italy, and France.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival day | Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Meet your WWTrek representative at the airport for the transfer by private shuttle, transfer via train into the car free village of Zermatt.
  • Check-in at the hotel and attend an orientation about your upcoming adventure of the Mont Blanc region.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight: Zermatt, Switzerland | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Zermatt, Switzerland | Zermatt Day Hike

  • Explore Zermatt today!
  • A funicular and gondola ride will bring us to the 5 Seenweg hike with stunning views of the Matterhorn. Return to Zermatt via funicular and explore the mountain village on your own.
  • Overnight: Zermatt, Switzerland | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Zermatt, Switzerland | Champex Lac, Switzerland

  • After breakfast, set out for a day hike along a portion of the renowned Tour du Mont Blanc trail where you will pass through alpine meadows and marvel at the views surrounding you on all sides.
  • Start your hike from the Col de la Forclaz and end in Champex Lac, another charming mountain town.
  • Take time to explore the quaint village of Champex Lac, paddle boat on the lake, or walk on the lakeside trails before transferring to Verbier, Switzerland.
  • Overnight: Verbier, Switzerland | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Verbier, Switzerland | St. Bernard Pass, Switzerland | Aosta, Italy

  • Explore the rugged and beautiful landscape from Verbier to the top of Mont Fort via a series of cable cars, gondolas, aerial tramways, chairlifts and on foot.
  • Transfer to Italy through the St. Bernard’s Pass to the village of Aosta, Italy on the edge of Gran Paradiso National Park.
  • Enjoy an evening of well deserved rest and relaxation at your hotel
  • Overnight: Aosta, Italy | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Cogne, Italy | Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

  • After breakfast, take a scenic ride on the Cogne cable car to 7,682’ and begin your hike on the Belvedere Nature Trail. Enjoy crisp air and stunning views of Grand Paradiso Mountain and National Park.
  • Descend on the Cogne cable car to explore the pedestrian streets of Cogne before transferring to Courmayeur, Italy.
  • Overnight: Courmayeur, Italy | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Courmayeur, Italy

  • Hike the famed Tour du Mont Blanc trail to the Refugio Elisabetta, enjoying vast glacial views and beautiful mountain meadows along the way. Rest and eat lunch at the refuge before returning to Courmayeur.
  • Spent the afternoon exploring the village of Courmayeur or relaxing at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.
  • Overnight: Courmayeur, Italy | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Courmayeur, Italy | Chamonix, France

  • After breakfast, we’ll travel to Chamonix, France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. This highway tunnel stretches 7.5 miles and cuts directly through the Mont Blanc Mountain in the Alps. Chamonix, France is considered the birthplace of alpinism and has a rich culture that embraces alpine adventure.
  • We’ll enjoy a day of lift assisted hiking in the upper Chamonix valley out of the village of Le Tour. Enjoy hiking from France into Switzerland to the Col de Balme and back into France.
  • Take in the stunning views of the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc while suspended above the rugged terrain on a chairlift or gondola.
  • Overnight: Chamonix, France | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Chamonix, France

  • After breakfast, we’ll load the aerial tram for a ride to the Aiguille du Midi (12,605′) summit for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. You’ll have the opportunity to visit multiple viewing platforms with views of the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
  • After descending from the Aiguille du Midi, guests will have the option to hike down into Chamonix from the mid-station, or descend by gondola into the village of Chamonix for a free afternoon to explore the town.
  • In the evening, guests will meet for a final farewell dinner.
  • Overnight: Chamonix, France | 4 Star Hotel
  • Meals included: B/D

Day 9: International Departures

  • After breakfast, explore Chamonix and then transfer by private transport to Geneva Airport (1 hr) for international departures.
  • Meals included: B

What's Included:

  • Gratuities for service personnel during scheduled itinerary
  • 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) *for groups of 8 or more
  • Services of local English-speaking local guides and staff throughout
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • 8 nights lodging
  • All meals included during scheduled itinerary
  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan

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 circumstances outside of WWTrek’s control
  • Gratuities for guides

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 June through September, when weather is warmest with the least rain. 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 and ends in Geneva, Switzerland, you will fly in 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:

There are many flight options from global airports to Geneva Airport (GVA). Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Geneva. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. 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 color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Health & 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 satellite phones and medical kits.

In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801-943-0264

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 adventure. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

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 a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end 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!

VILLAGE OVERVIEWS

Zermatt, Switzerland:

Perched on a sunny plateau in the heart of the mountains, with its slate-roofed chalets, the car-free village of Zermatt has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village. Often touted as one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps, Zermatt is the ideal place for your first stop on your journey.

 

Champex Lac, Switzerland:

Located high within the Swiss Alps, Champex Lac is a picturesque village set by a breathtaking alpine lake. Champex Lac, along with being the ultimate hiker’s paradise and a central stop along the Tour du Mont Blanc, offers something for everyone to choose from with a large range of leisure and sports activities.

Aosta, Italy:

Lying between two rivers and surrounded by majestic mountains, the city of Aosta is a concentration of history and picturesque traditions. While walking around Aosta, it is evident the town is of Roman origins. It is possible to notice traces of the original town as well as many Roman monuments, such as the Arch of Augustus, the Porta Pretoria, the theatre, and the city walls, almost all perfectly preserved.

Cogne, Italy:

Cogne is ideally situated at the heart of the Gran Pardiso National park and boasts a rich historical, cultural, and traditional heritage as well as beautiful alpine meadows and scenic vistas. Just south of the town center lies the St. Ursus Meadow, the municipal statue forbids any construction work on this meadow, which has received recognition as a “Wonder of Italy”.

Courmayeur, Italy:

Courmayeur is a traditional Italian village full of character and surrounded by spectacular scenery. The center of the village is car-free with plenty of shops and quaint streets to peruse.

Chamonix, France:

Chamonix sits between the towering peaks of Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is the sight of the first winter Olympics in 1924. From the streets of this mountain town, you will find yourself gazing in awe at the Peaks towering above you.

GENERAL COUNTRY INFORMATION

Switzerland:

Population:  ~8.3 million
Capital City: Bern
Currency: Swiss Franc
Overview: 
Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe sharing borders 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.