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Packed with adventure, these tours offer inspiring destinations and authentic travel experiences at a reasonable price. Using all kinds of transport and accommodation, we’ll take you off the beaten track to discover the true heart of the people and places you visit.
Travelling in small groups is more flexible and allows us to be less conspicuous: we travel and eat with the local people, stay in smaller, family-run hotels and visit places inaccessible to larger groups.
Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options with Explore. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
Tour du Mont Blanc
Each departure date has it's own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.
We have the following different versions of the Tour Du Mont Blanc trip available at present.
Please select a date:
Accommodation and Meals Expand
Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.
Most meals are included at the hotels and auberge and will be a fixed three or four-course meal with vegetarian options. Drinks are not included, but all hotels have a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.
Budgeting for your trip Expand
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the trip price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide.Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch £: 11.00
Dinner £: 16.00 - 18.00
Lunch £: 16.00
Dinner £: 23.00
Lunch £: 6.00 - 10.00
Dinner £: 10.00 - 14.00
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer £: 4.00
Water £: 1.30
Area Text: Whether you fancy hiking in the Alps, tasting wine in the Loire, chugging down the waterways of the Canal du Midi or walking the long-distance footpath in Corsica, France has much to offer the 80 million visitors who come here every year. It's not only the most popular destination for Brits, it's also the most-visited country in the world. France has some of the most varied landscape in Europe, including sun-baked Mediterranean beaches and chilly glacier-covered peaks. There is a wealth of activities on offer from snowshoeing to cycling and kayaking to kite surfing. France's mountain ranges have world-class Alpine and cross-country skiing as well as other winter sports such as snowboarding and sledging. The most famous resorts are in the Alps; in the region of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak is the long-established ski resort of Chamonix. In the Pyrenees the summits aren't quite as record-breaking but the slopes are less crowded and prices are lower. Home of the Tour de France, it's no surprise that France has some great cycling options. Explore the 800-km-long Loire à vélo which follows the gently rolling Loire Valley, or pedal the towpaths of the Canal du Midi, through elegant avenues shaded by plane trees lining the waterways. France has a culturally rich heritage, from the Renaissance chateaux strung like precious beads along the Loire to magnificent and ornate cathedrals such as the world-famous one in Chartres. Corsica has many cultural relics from past invasions and occupations by the Romans, the Moors and the Genoese, who all left their mark in the baroque churches, citadels and watchtowers you can see today. For many people, France is the gastronomic capital of the world. Sampling the incredibly diverse dishes from the varied regions of France is a highlight on many visitors' itineraries. Local produce is piled high on stalls in the country's markets, while restaurants serve exceptional dishes using the freshest of seasonal ingredients. Cheese and wine are the cornerstones of French cuisine. The French are so serious about these that they have assigned an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC, meaning controlled domination of origin) stamp on their most important products, reflecting the geographical region where they are produced. Over 300 wines now have the AOC label, from Ajaccio wine produced in Corsica to Vouvray in the Loire. Some 40 cheeses have the same status, including the sheep's milk cheese brocciu, considered to the national food of Corsica.
Bottle of Beer £: 5.20
Water £: 1.50
Area Text: With four official languages - Swiss German, French, Italian, and Romansch - a variety of cuisines, cultures and customs to match, and two massive mountain ranges with 100 snow-capped peaks that come in at around 4000 metres, there is so much more to this historically neutral country than most people think before they visit. Switzerland consists of 26 cantons (similar to states) bordering Germany to the north, Italy to the southeast, France to the west, and Austria (and tiny Liechtenstein) to the east. The major cities of this country with a population of around 7.9 million are spread out around the country, with each having a very distinct feel and flavour. The most populous city, Zürich, is in the north while Geneva borders France in the south - and the cities could not be more different - while Basel, which borders both France and Germany has its own, very distinct vibe yet again. While languages and cultures may vary throughout Switzerland, historically aided by the arduousness of having to traverse huge mountain ranges to visit other regions, a passion for the mountains is something that nearly all Swiss possess. Whether you're taking lunch at 3000 metres with pasta and red wine or beer and sausages, the country's collective love of winter sports awakes from slumber in late November and is in full swing until late March. One of the most prosperous countries in the world, Switzerland is synonymous with luxurious ski resorts, such as the glitzy St Moritz, the pedestrian-friendly and chic Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn, and cosy, understated Klosters, popular with royalty. Fine hotels, fabulous après-ski scenes and fantastic food that is often enhanced by a sprinkling of fresh winter truffles, is what makes these resorts deservedly famous - as well as a snow-sure winter season. If a visit to the mountains dissolves the clichés of Heidi and lederhosen (no longer all that common), a visit to Zürich challenges the notion of the historic city being a boring banking town. Located on the northern shores of Lake Zürich, the compact city has dozens of superb museums and galleries, scores of outstanding restaurants, and countless buzzy cafés and bars. However, some clichés do ring true for Switzerland. Yes, the country produces half the world's expenditure on watches (although the cuckoo clock originates in the Germany's Black Forest); fondue is popular (and rightly so in winter) and so are chocolates (ditto); there are alphorn players and St. Bernard dogs (neither wearing lederhosen); and, yes, there are cows with huge bells.
Bottle of Beer £: 2.00 - 4.00
Water £: 1.00 - 2.00
Area Text: Whether in art, architecture, food, fashion or football, Italy's contribution to the cultural heritage of Europe and the world is unrivalled. The country's triumvirate of UNESCO World Heritage cities are rightly recognized among the world's most important and alluring destinations: the imperial pomp of Rome with its magisterial ancient monuments; Florence's treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture, and the unique watery splendour and matchless romance of Venice. Yet what distinguishes Italy, perhaps, is the sheer number of other towns and cities with an almost equal claim on the visitor's attention: Bologna, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Siena, Trieste, Turin and Verona all pack a head-spinning cultural punch, with museums, monuments, festivals and food to delight and distract. Beyond the cities, Italy's beautiful countryside encompasses rolling hills, mountains and lakes. Tuscany epitomises the quintessential Italian landscape of undulating vineyards and olive groves, punctuated by silhouetted cypress trees and perfectly preserved hill towns. The Apennine Mountains form the spine of Italy, while the Alps define its northern borders. From Piedmont in the west, through lake-studded Lombardy to the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites in the east, the mountains provide an exhilarating adventure playground for skiers, bikers and hikers. The Italian coastline stretches for more than 7000 km from the Adriatic in the east to the Ligurian Sea in the northwest, where the tiny seafront villages of the Cinque Terre are a particular highlight. Further south, the sweeping arc of the Bay of Naples is dominated by brooding Vesuvius, famous for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and reaches a picturesque climax at the stunning Sorrento Peninsula and the exhilarating Amalfi Coast. Offshore, Italy's two largest islands, Sardinia and Sicily, have their own unique identities. Sardinia has a rich prehistoric heritage and areas of unspoilt wilderness, while Sicily boasts some of the most spectacular Greek and Roman sites in the Mediterranean and the largest, most active volcano in Europe. Experiencing Italy has as much to do with the tastes of the country as with the sights, since eating and drinking are celebrated elements of Italian life. The country's cooking has developed regionally, so that styles and quantities of pasta vary across the country and are ousted by the popularity of risotto and polenta in the north. Both Naples and Rome promise pizza nirvana, while Florence has a reputation for the finest gelato. Fish and seafood feature prominently on the coast, and the island of Sicily boasts its own celebrated cuisine, characterized by North African and Moorish flavours.
Mountain biking - Full day bike hire €30
Rock climbing - Half day from €45
Rafting - 1.5 hour / €40-60 per person (depends on number of people taking part)
Public swimming pool - (3 pools, jacuzzi, death slide) €6
Paragliding - 1000 m vertical descent €120 / 2550 m vertical descent €220
Skyway Cable Car at Courmayeur - €40
In Italy service is not included – allow 10% - and they also have a cover charge, or coperto, of 1 or 2 euros which is obligatory and literally pays for you to sit down.
Major Language: French
ATM Availability: In cities and most major towns
Credit Card Acceptance: In major restaurants (make sure you have informed your credit card company that you are travelling abroad as some companies will reject payments)
Travellers Cheques: Travellers Cheques are no longer commonly accepted and can only be changed in larger airports with a Bureau de Change.
Local Currency: Euro
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Pounds Sterling and US Dollars can only be changed in larger airports with a Bureau de Change. Please change currency into Euros prior to arriving in France.
Where to Exchange: Bureau de Change can only be found in major cities and large airports. Many French banks no longer exchange Foreign currency.
Major Language: German
ATM Availability: Local currency can be obtained using credit cards in ATM’s.
Credit Card Acceptance: In major restaurants.
Travellers Cheques: Not recommended.
Local Currency: Swiss Franc.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros. You can either take some cash Swiss Francs to avoid having to change or most places will accept Euros as payment.
Where to Exchange: Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
Major Language: Italian
ATM Availability: Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance: Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques: Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.
Local Currency: Euro.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: GBP.
Where to Exchange: We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
Joining your trip Expand
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found on our website at www.explore.co.uk, in the tour specific dates and prices section.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer. For more information please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
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It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Italy: Visas are not required by UK, EU nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.
Switzerland: Visas are not required by UK, EU nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
Vaccinations & Protection
Nothing compulsory. Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
Nothing compulsory; Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
Preparing for your trip Expand
Additional Information for your trekking Trip
Across France, from April - August, weather conditions are generally warm and pleasant with moderate rainfall; Autumn temperatures are a bit lower and the winter months (though colder) remain mild. The summer months on the Mediterranean Coast in the south tend to be warmer than the rest of France and have less rainfall, and also more mild winters; freezing conditions are nearly unheard of. The mountainous areas of the Alps, Juros and Pyrenees can be quite different. During summer the morning and evening temperatures are considerably cooler and it becomes much colder in winter with heavy snowfall. Western France, along the English Channel, there can be very strong winds and frequent rain during the winter months Nov - Apr. Wine harvesting takes place in late August/early September.
Summers are generally warm, or even hot, with a three-month period when rain rarely falls. When it does rain in this season, it is heavy and often accompanied by thunder. There are as much as eleven to twelve hours’ sunshine a day in summer, but as with anywhere in mainland Europe it can occasionally be cold and wet. Early and late summer is generally the best times to visit this region.
April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.
Tap water is safe to drink from the hotels and auberges, but water sources along the trail may not always be drinkable. We recommend you bring a 2 litre personal water bottle. Using tap water rather than bottled water will help avoid creating plastic bottle waste. Energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek. Towels are not provided at Les Chapieux though you
can hire one for €1: we suggest that you bring an easi-dry towel as they are lightweight and easy to carry. You may also wish to bring a sleeping bag liner for the stay at the auberge.
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Why choose Explore Expand
We’ve been creating award-winning pioneering adventure holidays for over 30 years, earning the trust of thousands of delighted customers, who feel safe in our hands. Our tour leaders have expert local knowledge and our tours are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in the world.
- With over 30 years' experience, we are passionate about what we do.
- Pioneering small group adventures, self-guided, private journeys & tailormade holidays.
- Award winning tour leaders who you can trust.
- Responsible travel is and always has been one the driving principles of Explore.
Our adventure holidays are full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, boat, plane, rickshaw, camel, or any number of unusual forms of transport . Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine. In this way, it’s easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way. Each tour is uniquely different, so please feel free to browse through our tours to see what may whet your appetite.
When you travel with Explore, you are directly contributing to local economies and helping empower the people you meet. We currently support a range of charities and good causes, including: Toilet Twinning (helping to flush away poverty), Lone Buffalo Foundation (a community project based in Laos providing creative skills for young people), Dekamer ( a turtle rescue centre in Turkey) and Kids Saving the Rainforest (a wildlife rescue centre in Costa Rica supported through the LATA foundation). We also care passionately about the world’s wildlife. We are patrons of the Born Free Organisation and Friends of Conservation.
- The Travel Foundation
Explore are active members and supporters of the Travel Foundation which has established a variety of sustainable tourism projects in destinations and works with industry to improve practice. Visit their website www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk
- Tourism Concern
Explore support the work of Tourism Concern who campaign for fairly and ethically traded tourism, and are part of its Ethical Tour Operator Group www.tourismconcern.org.uk
- For further information on responsible travel go to www.explore.co.uk/ResponsibleTourism/
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We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link at www.explore.co.uk/travel-safety
Booking your holiday Expand
You can book your Explore holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected. Explore is a fully bonded tour operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT.
The air holiday packages (Tours including flights) that we advertise are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's LicenceÂ granted by the Civil Aviation Authority.Â Our ATOL number is ATOL 2595. In addition, As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore.
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the Explore website or through our dedicated call centre based in the UK where you can. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours.
For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services.
The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking
The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2017.
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