This is a real Alpine walkers' tour, exciting independent walks at a safe altitude but with an 'Haute Montagne' feel, plus the luxury of comfortable hotel accommodation every night. En route you can conquer the two highest peaks in the Chablais (both 2432m and both wildlife reserves). The mountain scenery here is staggering with breakthtaking views of snow-capped peaks in one wonderful geography lesson: Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, the central Swiss Alps and the Jura.
Amazingly, most of the Chablais is little frequented by walkers. The countryside is a mosaic of colorful Alpine meadows, mixed woodland and glacial tarns, crowned by dramatic rocky mountain peaks. There are wild flowers everywhere: 1,200 species, including gentian, orchids and edelweiss, and plenty of exciting wildlife too.
The footpaths are easy to follow, with excellent signposting, and there is virtually no road walking. Part of your route follows the classic Alpine long-distance footpath (GR5), and part follows old smugglers' trails high up along the Swiss border.
You stay in a mix of ** and *** family run chalet-style hotels and a traditional Chablais house; the hotels offer good regional cuisine, evenings at La Chapelle d'Abondance have been left free for you to choose from one of the restaurants available.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Geneva airport at 12:35 and private taxi (included, 60 mins) to hotel. Private taxi also possible at times at your request for a minimum 2 people.|
|Tour Ends||Private taxi to Geneva airport by 11:55 (transfer provided). Airport transfers are subject to 2 people (in total) booked on each departure, supplement for transfers for 1 person (inquire for price).|
|Rail Options||Not applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not applicable|
|Singles||Add $25 per night (only experienced hikers allowed).|
|Other details||In July and August ski lifts can be used to gain altitude on Days 2, 4 and 6 (pay locally). The Day 10 Lac de Tavaneuse option is often not possible until July. Please note also that many shops and mountain restaurants don't open until late Jun/early Jul.|
|Hotels||*** (4 nights), AAA (2 nights), ** (4 nights)|