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Join us for some fabulous walking in the Alps. At the heart of the European Alps, the massif of Mont Blanc straddles the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland and includes some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. With its rich mountaineering history and unsurpassed cultural diversity, this corner of Europe has an irresistible attraction for the world’s adventurers, climbers and hikers. Mont Blanc itself, at 4810 metres is the high point of the range and the biggest peak in Western Europe.

All our trips are fully inclusive, offering professional guiding, accommodation with breakfast, sandwich lunch, and dinner. You really don't have to worry about a thing as our excellent local guides will be looking after you allowing you to simply relax and enjoy.

Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 1

This is the 'best of the best' of the fabulous Italian Dolomites! This spectacular mountainous area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It has eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres, many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have made the Dolomites famous throughout the world. Be prepared to be impressed on our Alta Via - High Level trek through this part of Italy!

  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Fabulous Italian food
  • Truly spectacular hiking trails
  • High mountain hotels in amazing locations
  • Your luggage transferred for you
  • Professional International Mountain Leader

Corsica GR20 Trek

Walk the complete GR20 Haute Route in Corsica, one of the finest and hardest mountain walking routes in the whole of Europe, on this classic adventure trekking holiday. It's a truly spectacular trek that starts in the north of Corsica, and traverses rugged mountains on dramatic paths towards more mellow terrain in the south. Known as 'Fra li Monti' by locals, the GR20 offers a wide variety of landscapes from rocky, steep drops and airy ridges in the north, to greener meadows, lakes and forests further south.

  • The hardest trek in Europe, the MOST comfortable way!
  • Fully guided trip with luggage support where possible
  • 12 Days of challenging hiking and light 'scrambling'
  • Small group size for safety & enjoyment
  • Swim in natural rock pools
  • Climb Monte Renoso. Highest mountain in Southern Corsica at 2352m
  • Finish by the sea at the cliff-top town of Bonifacio
  • Good quality hotels & private gites instead of huts

 

Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana

Hike the spine of Mallorca, or Majorca as it's also known, along the glorious Serra de Tramuntana, the GR221. Without a doubt we were blown away when we walked this route for the first time. Imagine wild limestone mountains rising up above a jade green sea with pine trees sculpting the horizons. Quintessential Majorcan villages with whitewashed houses and gorgeous trails where you will hardly see a soul - that's the Serra de Tramuntana. Situated in the Western Mediterranean in Spain, the island has been a passing point for navigators since Antiquity giving the landscape a rich and varied history.

  • Traverse the Northern Mallorcan coast & mountains
  • 8 Days walking totalling 120kms
  • Climb the highest trekking peak - Puig de Massenella
  • Characterful and quaint Mallorcan coastal villages
  • Stay overnight at the famous Monastery of Lluc
  • Historic landscape and architecture
  • Luggage transported for you

NEW: Dolomites High Route: Alta Via 2

This is a stunning hiking trip taking in the highlights of the infamous Alta Via 2, the big sister of the excellent Alta Via 1 in the Italian Dolomites. We have chosen to link the very best sections of this challenging route to make it accessible to seasoned walkers, rather than just climbers! Our point to point journey takes us through a landscape that surely is one of the most beautiful in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, with spectacular rock formations and geology, containing eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres. As well as the geology the area is culturally fascinating with its mix of Austrian and Italian traditions, food and folklore.

  • Absolutely amazing mountain scenery
  • Enjoy exploring a World Heritage Site
  • Challenging hiking on great trails
  • High mountain rifugios in amazing locations
  • Professional International Mountain Leader

 

Wild Tuscany, Italy

Trekking in Tuscany through an ancient landscape of breathtaking mountain walking and exceptional hospitality. This is not the rolling vineyards and cyprus avenues of Chianti, but an untamed land of chestnut and beech forest with ridges and jagged peaks which offers an array of sensational trails. We will be hiking the limestone summits of the Apuane Alps and the more benign features of the Apennine range around the hilltop town of Barga, north of Lucca. Both towns are worth a trip in their own right. Our week of walking in Tuscany is based at Col di Lavacchio, a small organic hill farm with chestnut woodland, olive groves and a small vineyard. The traditional farmhouse provides comfortable, elegant accommodation and the food and pool add touches of luxury.

  • Awe-inspiring, challenging but relaxed walking
  • Traditional Tuscan farmhouse accommodation
  • Fabulous cuisine prepared by professional chef
  • Airport Transfers included
  • Private pool and hot tub for relaxing at end of the day
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Massage and Reflexology available
  • Easy trip to extend for days in Florence or Pisa
  • Italian ice cream 'gelato' after every walk!
  • Gourmet Pizza night with optional Wine Tasting

UPDATED: Verdon Gorge & GR4: Europe's Grand Canyon

Hike the Grand Canyon of Europe! If you love dramatic landscapes and the power of nature then this is one for you: experience the stunning limestone gorge carved by the Verdon river. The gorge is one of the most beautiful in Europe and attracts walkers, climbers, bird watchers, geologists & canoeists from all over the world.

We walk from the foothills of Haute Provence through the Verdon National Park and some of the most dramatic scenery in France as we make our way along the GR4 taking in the famous Verdon Gorge.

  • 6 Days of Walking
  • Discover the largest canyon in Europe
  • The famous GR4 & Parc National du Verdon
  • Follow the footsteps of Napoleon
  • Views of lavender fields and olive groves
  • Characterful accommodation
  • Provençal food & wine

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

This is the 'best of' one of the most famous classic walks in the Alps, the Tour du Mont Blanc, passing through three countries and three cultures. We meet in Chamonix, the mountaineering capital of the world, and begin a journey of discovery which takes in the history, culture, folklore and wildlife of the mountains. From remote farms and refuges, to ancient Roman towns and beautiful lakeside mountain villages - it's all here!

  • 7 days of hiking - Tour the highest peak in the Alps
  • Visit three countries - Italy, Switzerland and France
  • Stay in the famous and fabulous Rifugio Bonatti
  • Hike to Lac Blanc for views of Mont Blanc
  • Hotel-based tour with full luggage support
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Walk the spectacular Mont de la Saxe
  • A night in the lovely Italian town of Courmayeur

For those with limited time, this one-week version of the Tour du Mont Blanc offers superb trekking in France, Italy and Switzerland, as well as a wealth of unforgettable Alpine experiences.

Trip Grading 

This classic journey picks out the best of the daily stages and links them by short vehicle transfers. Please be aware this does not mean it is 'easier' than the full 10 day version of the Tour du Mont Blanc. The trip takes in the highlights while leaving out the easier valley walks. Our route will tackle several major pass crossings, such as the Col de Bonhomme, and the Col de la Seigne. We also spend a day on the stunning Mont de la Saxe ridge, followed by a night at the world famous Rifugio Bonatti, which is dedicated to the photographer and mountaineer, Walter Bonatti.

Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the classic trekking journeys in the world, covering 166km and with about 10,000m of ascents and descents. At the heart of the European Alps the massif of Mont Blanc straddles the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland and includes some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable.

With its rich mountaineering history and unsurpassed cultural diversity, this corner of Europe has been an irresistible attraction for the world’s adventurers, climbers and hikers. Mont Blanc itself, at 4810 metres (15,781 feet), is the high point of the range and the highest peak in Western Europe. When viewed from the French town of Chamonix, the capital of world mountaineering, the snowy bulk of this commanding peak exerts a strange fascination.

Streams of cloud trailing from its summit bear witness to the fact that Mont Blanc stands high above the surrounding, and in some respects more dramatic, rocky peaks. The trekker and mountain walker is spoiled for choice in this part of the world, but one obvious challenge is to complete a circuit of the Mont Blanc massif. The well-known long distance walk (or Grand Randonée) known as the Tour du Mont Blanc does just that.

  • The Classic Panoramic Tour of Mont Blanc
  • High quality hotel accommodation
  • 10 Days trekking through 3 Alpine countries - France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Hike to Lac Blanc for views of Mont Blanc
  • Experience a night in the unforgettable Bonatti Refuge
  • Luggage transfers provided
  • Cross the Fenêtre d'Arpette & reach the Brevent Summit

Family Tour du Mont Blanc

Explore this famous classic walk as a family! Pass through three countries and three cultures on our mini-Tour du Mont Blanc. This excellent introduction to multi-day walking is designed for families with children aged from 10 years old. This trip is suitable for families used to spending full days in the mountains.

We meet in Chamonix, the mountaineering capital of the world to begin a journey of discovery which takes in the history, culture, folklore and wildlife of the mountains. We cross high passes, visit remote farms, a beautiful lakeside mountain village, and sleep in a mountain hut - it's all there on the Tour du Mont Blanc.

  • Mini tour of the biggest mountain in the Alps
  • Walk in 3 Alpine countries, France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Enjoy a night in a mountain hut
  • All meals included

Haute Route Highlights

Walk the world famous hikers Haute Route in just one week. Our Haute Route highlights tour starts in Chamonix, France and finishes in Zermatt, Switzerland.Our trail works it's way beneath ten of the twelve highest peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

To enable us to complete the route in a week we make use of a few short transfers to by-pass some sections, but still allowing you to truly experience the Best of the Walkers Haute Route.

  • 7 full days of exceptional hiking
  • Highly experienced and expert local guide
  • France to Switzerland - Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
  • A night at the beautiful Lac de Louvie
  • View 10 of the highest peaks in the Alps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • 2 nights in mountain huts
  • Single rooms possible for solo travellers in hotels

Trip Grading 

Please note that a 'highlights' trip does not mean it is easier than the full 11 days version of the Haute Route. You will still tackle all the major passes on the route while taking short vehicle transfers along any valley walk sections of the route. This is a stunning trip for those who have a limited time to take in what is one of the most famous hiking routes in the world.

THANK YOU ERIC CHANG FOR SHARING YOUR FILM "SWEET LIKE SWISS CHOCOLATE" MADE DURING OUR TRIP TO SWITZERLAND FEATURING THE WONDERFUL ZERMATT!