Trekking in Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Highlights

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Trip code: 
TWN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Beautiful alpine walking on the best of the Mont Blanc Circuit

The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is in reality a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. It normally takes a fortnight to complete the whole circuit, but for those with less time this one-week Exodus tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day. Throughout the holiday we are based in the delightful chalet with dramatic views of Mont Blanc, and use a mix of private  bus and local trains and buses to travel out each day to re-join the next stage of our walk covering beautiful sections of the famous circuit. At the end of each day we return home for afternoon tea, or for those who wish, a dip in the chalet’s bubbling Jacuzzi.

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery
  • See the high alpine lake Lac Blanc
  • Stay in a comfortable chalet with outdoor hot tub

Key information

  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  • Altitude maximum 2352m, average 1525m
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus UK leader
  • 7 nights in comfortable chalet, all rooms with private bathrooms

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (not available)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 5-7 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/6.0miles
Day 311.0km/7.0miles
Day 411.0km/6.0miles
Day 615.0km/9.0miles
Day 79.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to your chalet.  There is plenty of time to walk into Chamonix in the afternoon before a pre-dinner briefing from the walking leader.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walking towards Switzerland via the trekking peak L'Aiguillette des Posettes and onto Col du Possettes and then descend back towards La Tour.

    Our first walk of the week is on the slopes of the Col du Balme from where we will have stunning views back to Mont Blanc as well as into Switzerland. From the small hamlet of Montroc (1380m – 4400ft) we have a short warm-up walk before the trail turns uphill on a steady zigzag path. As the trees thin out, the views get ever better and by late morning we reach Aiguilette des Possettes (2200m – 7220 ft). This is a stunning peak from where we are rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguille Rouge national park and around to Switzerland. The path continues down to the Col du Possettes and then on a steady trail becoming ever more winding and finally down to La Tour. (1450m – 4750ft).

    6 hours walking. 820m - 2700ft up, 730m – 2400ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natural Reserve and summiting the Aiguillette des Houches and the Aiguillette du Brevent.

    Today we have a spectacular walk from (1370m – 4450ft) up to the Bel Lachat refuge on the classic TMB and GR5 routes. Crossing the beautiful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve, we summit the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m – 7500ft) for one of the finest views in the Alps - looking directly across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc summit. Passing through alpine meadows we descend by a different route to La Flatière (1370m – 4500ft).

    7 hours walking. 900m – 2950ft up, 930m – 3050ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Starting from Les Houches we cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

    A short transfer takes us through picturesque hamlets and quaint Savoy farmhouses to Maison Neuve, our starting point above the village of Les Houches. From here we begin our climb to the Col de Voza (1653m – 5360ft) from where we enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. Crossing the lines of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the highest rack railway in France, we head into the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier. We continue via the little village of Le Champel towards Les Contamines commune (1015m – 3330ft). Many of our walking leaders choose to run this day in reverse which is equally excellent.

    7 hours walking, 11km – 7 miles, 560m –1840ft up, 610m – 2000ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

    Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which is only 15 minutes’ walk away and has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cablecar excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m - 12600ft), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

    We drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy for a chance to soak up some Italian atmosphere! From Arp Nouva (1770m – 5805ft) we climb up and along to the Bonatti refuge. At just over (2000m – 6560ft), the view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path we contour high above the valley before descending towards the valley floor. Time allowing, we head off to Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream.

    7 hours walking. 450m – 1500ft up, 550m – 1804ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Starting from Les Praz; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.

    We drive to les Praz and then take the cable car to La Flégère (1877m - 3900ft). From here it is a mostly steady, but at times a steep and rough path to the beautiful Lac Blanc. This is the highest point of the week (2352m - 7715ft) and a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. If we are lucky we will be able to see a majestic ibex grazing on the mountainside. We then descend via a second trail, making a circular route, and continue back to La Flégère, from where we take the cable car back down to the valley floor.

    7 hours walking. 520m – 1690ft up, 520m – 1690ft down

    If the Flégère lift is closed (Spring and Autumn departures), or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to Lac Blanc then we will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flégère before descending past the charming Chalet Floria (there will be time for a cup of tea) and onwards to Chamonix. This will make a total climb of 746m – 2445 ft and descent of 1184m - 3880ft. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original. We only anticipate this happening on the spring and autumn departures.

    7 hours walking.  8km - 5miles - 890m – 2920ft up, 500m – 1640ft down (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Chalet Chamonix or Chocolat.

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.  Those on the group flights will transfer to Geneva; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

No visa required for British passport holders.

Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip. All food is home cooked in the chalet using local ingredients.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea or coffee.

Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, fresh salad vegetables, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit.

Evening meal: This will normally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat or fish with rice, potatoes or pasta and vegetables, followed by dessert or fruit and tea or coffee. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks.

Vegetarians and Gluten-free diets: We happily cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please inform us at the time of booking.

Weather

From late May to late October fair weather is to be expected, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain and especially at higher altitudes can be surprisingly cold at times. Expected daytime temperatures are in the range of 15 to 25ºC in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30ºC in July/August), 5 to 20ºC at altitude (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valley at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of snow, even in August.

Chamonix

Chamonix

Is this trip for you?

This itinerary includes 5 days hill walking with transport to and from start/end points of walks. The maximum altitude is 2350m, with an average of 1525m. Some of the days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 900/950m (3000/3120ft) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for 2 to 4 hours and then the same down again. The paths are rocky and steep in sections but generally well maintained. Due to the quality of the trails, the general 'civilisation' of the area and the relative shortness of the trek, we rate it as an Activity level 3, Moderate. That said for those new to hill walking or not walking fit the trekking may feel quite tough.

Walking hours stated are given as approximates only and include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. However, in general, days average about six to seven hours and up to nine miles in distance. The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone good health and is reasonably fit. The route throughout is non-technical, although there is a short section with a fixed sloping ladder and metal footsteps to help traverse what would be a steeper section. We will be walking mountain paths throughout however and this trip is not advised for severe vertigo sufferers.

Spring and Autumn departures: Late spring and early autumn is a great time to visit Chamonix and walk in the mountains. The air is clear, the views are stunning and paths are quiet and tranquil. Chamonix itself is still open for business but the bustle of the high season is replaced by a more laid back vibe. Although the itinerary will be similar and we will continue to walk spectacular sections of the TMB, we will need to alter some of the days. This will be due to the cable car not running, (pre the 10th of June and post 17th September) or (especially in spring time) to snow on the paths or due to river crossings not being possible. Cafes on the mountain may well be closed for some departures too. We try to make sure that any alterations stay within the grading and overall theme of the trip but some days may be a little longer and a little harder. We will always make sure that all walks still show off the best this area has to offer.

The itinerary for all departures may also be altered or modified from time to time depending on the weather, the conditions of the route, the abilities and/or wishes of the group, or other local factors. The leader will discuss these changes with you if and when they occur.

Due to the popularity of this tour, on some weeks we may use more than one chalet. If we do, the groups will be completely separate (although will share the airport bus transfer). Please note we may adjust your itinerary order to ensure the groups are following different walks each day.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Please note: On this trip it is essential to have helicopter evacuation cover within your travel insurance.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Chalet Chamonix or Chocolat

As one of our most popular walking itineraries this trip has seen an unprecedented demand. New for 2018 we are pleased to be able to offer a second superb chalet – the Chalet Chocolat. The chalet provides the same level of comfort and facilities as our original chalet (Chalet Chamonix) and allows us to allocate bookings to provide the best group sizes between the two accommodations. We previously used the Chalet Chocolat back in 2014 with excellent feedback from our trekkers, however unfortunately the owner had to sell the property. We are now pleased to be able to use it again alongside the Chalet Chamonix allowing us to take more people on the fantastic walks in this spectacular region. If you are booking and not on the same booking reference as a friend/s that you wish to share a chalet with please let your sales consultant know at the time of booking. In high season (June to September) we will have groups in both chalets, however they will run independently and each chalet will have its own leader, chalet staff and private bus. The walking itinerary will be the same for both chalets however the order of the walks may differ slightly.

 Chalet Chocolat & Chalet Chamonix

These delightful alpine chalets both have 7 rooms with private bathrooms and are surrounded by large gardens with a Jacuzzi and Mont Blanc views. Both have comfortable lounges and dining rooms with a large table where delicious home cooked  meals will be served and scrumptious cakes will be provided daily for afternoon tea. Located between 15-25 minutes from the heart of Chamonix they provide the perfect base for walking the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc and a relaxing week in the Alps. Due to the natural layout of a chalet build, bedrooms vary in size and shape and some, but not all, have access to a balcony. In Chalet Chocolat one bedroom on the top floor has a Velux window as opposed to a wall mounted window and a large private bathroom on the floor below.  This room will be allocated to the last 2 people to book. In Chalet Chamonix, two bedrooms on the top floor have Velux windows set into a gradually sloping roof. Half the room has a full height ceiling while the beds are positioned under the sloping section these two rooms will be allocated to the last 4 people to book. Both chalets offer complementary Wi-Fi in the communal areas.

Please note: on booking your confirmation documents will name Chalet Chamonix however you may be allocated to Chalet Chocolat. This will be confirmed on your Final Joining Instructions sent 4 weeks before your departure date.

A Chalet is different from a hotel and provides open and social spaces ideal for group holidays. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming and we hope you will enjoy the chalet as much as the stunning local walks. Outside of the bedrooms both Chalets have living rooms with sofas and comfortable chairs. A client kitchen which is not for preparing food but has unlimited tea and coffee making facilities and a honesty bar. Outside there is a large and scenic decking area with more seating, a grassy garden we encourage you to go out and enjoy as well as an outdoor hot tub. In the dinning room meals are taken together around a communal table and are prepared by your two resident chalet hosts. There is no reception in the chalet. Chalet hosts live on site and can be contacted in an emergency.

Generally we don’t enter your rooms at all during the week to make beds or clean, however, if you feel your room needs to be serviced mid-week then please ask your chalet hosts and they will be happy to help. None of the rooms have air-conditioning but we do provide electric fans. A hair dryer is also available to borrow but we suggest you bring your own.

Towels: In order to look after the environment we only change towels mid-week on request. If you feel that you need a change mid-week please just ask your chalet host.

Laundry: Unfortunately there are no client laundry facilities in the chalet.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Call for general departures:
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Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Martin Clementson

    Mont Blanc Highlights

    The Chalet & Food prepared by the staff was out of this world, it was very comfortable other than the form mattresses. The Walk Guide was very knowledgeable & friendly; & the walks were of right difficulty but could been slightly longer on a few days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to Lac Blanc & looking back over Mont Blanc. Also Paragliding on a free day, its amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very Good, very friendly & Knowledgeable. He Felt like a member of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No other than enjoy it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No
  • Reviewed September 2018
    David Saltiel

    A great experience

    I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trip and was so impressed with how well we were looked after. All the travel arrangements went smoothly, the chalet was great and the food superb (thanks Zohi & Ben) and our guide Sally was brilliant. I'll definitely recommend Exodus to my friends and I'm already thinking of another trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery in Italy. and the biscuits and coffee at the Bonatti Refuge

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sally was excellent. Really helpful and knowledgeable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy it. Worth getting moderately fit and used to rough hill walking so you'll take it all in your stride
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Susan Ressler

    Wonderful Mont Blanc Hikes

    Challenging hikes (for me) of about 8-10 miles per day to either summits or saddles that are part of the Mont Blanc classic circuit. We were blessed with excellent weather and terrific views of Mont Blanc, the glaciers, and the adjacent peaks. This trip fulfilled a lifelong dream of hiking in the French Alps. Great terrain, great guide, and great comrades to enjoy this spectacular place. The Chamonix Chalet was wonderful too, but I was a little challenged in terms of food because I am gluten free and also avoid red meat. I would have liked more cheese choices rather than heavy beet and bean salads for lunch, but the dinners were gourmet! A few times we were a bit rushed to make trains and avoid a long wait at the Mont Blanc Tunnel. This is definitely not a leisurely trip -- we were constantly on the go, but it was worth it. Overall, great trip! Thank you Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think hiking in Italy was very special, because the terrain and views were quite different than on the French side. I enjoyed the two summits the most, but each hike was different and the variety gave this trip a special flavor.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Paul, was superb. He is an arborist and is so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. Plus, he made sure we were all able to navigate the occasional difficult passage. He took good care of everyone and has a great sense of humor. Very congenial and wonderful guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is the second Exodus trip rated "3" that I've done, the first being the Picos of Europa. In both cases, I think a "3" level trip can be quite challenging. Just be sure to train and do regular hikes before you go. Anyone who is fit and used to mountain hiking will be able to complete the tour, but the more you prepare the more you will enjoy it.!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Mats Liliedahl

    Chalet Chocolat - home for a week

    A great trip in all aspects! With the stunning scenery all around in every direction, and our very capable guide Sally safely guiding us up and down the sometimes challenging hills on our daily walks around Mont Blanc, days were full and tiring but also fun and energizing. Our wonderful chalet hosts Zohi and Ben took such wonderful care of us, spoiling us with gourmet meals every evening - and delicious cake after returning from our walks! Really enjoyed the homey feel to the stay as well as the great group of friendly walkers from three continents. Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first view of Mont Blanc when the clouds cleared and we saw the peak for the first time on the hike by Lac Blanc. The Val Ferret on the Italian side was lovely.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sally did a great job leading the walks, making sure we're all doing ok and keeping a good pace. She's also got great knowledge of the flora and fauna in the area. Zohi and Ben were great as chalet hosts.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trails are sometimes quite steep and challenging and with some tricky parts to navigate. The distances are not huge but the trail was sometimes a bit tougher than I expected with the 'Moderate' rating. Good hiking boots and walking poles advised.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    David Saltiel

    A great experience

    I had never been on an organised walking trip before but I really enjoyed the experience. Travel, food and accommodation were excellent. Our guide was really helpful, knowledgeable and safety-conscious and the scenery was mind-blowing. The days were all set at a level that was fine for the standard of difficulty Exodus had set. All in all a memorable experience that I'd recommend. I'm already thinking of my next Exodus trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through alpine meadows above Val Ferret, full of flowers and crickets, and being amazed by the walls of rock and ice across the valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really good: very conscientious, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not really, just enjoy it.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Frances Beuvink

    Mont Blanc Highlights tour is brilliant for moderate level trekkers

    Never been on an Exodus Travels tour before but after a fantastic week on the Mont Blanc Highlights tour I couldn’t be happier. The scenery was breath-taking, the daily treks were challenging enough and greatly increased my fitness, and the people I met in our group were great. The chalet accommodation was really good. And the food & three course dinners each night were outstanding. Can’t wait for my next adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being up high & close to snowy topped Mont Blanc, with big blue skies, grassy meadows, fresh alpine air all around. Every day was exquisite.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shaun, our group leader, was outstanding. Calm, professional, security conscious, friendly & personable - and super fit! Such a nice man too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Start off with a moderate level trek if you are moderately fit. It will challenge you enough, yet leave you wanting more. A great way to feel when you pack up to go home.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus Travels made it so easy. I had never done this kind of thing before and now I don’t know why I waited so long. Definitely booking with them again!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Vall Lee

    Fantastic 10 Star holiday.

    The hosts of Chalet Chocolat, Ben and Zoe, were great. Very welcoming and the food would easily sit alongside anything a top chef would produce in a Michelin restaurant. Plenty to eat all the time, especially home cooked cakes by Zoe. The chalet is just like home from home which is what you want after a days hiking, nice and relaxing. We could not fault this holiday and it was probably one of the best we have had and we've had quite a few.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just hiking so high up! Our leader Jim would point to somewhere near a mountain peak and say, that's where we will be having coffee this afternoon and you would think, NO WAY, its not possible to walk up there - but you did. Verrrrry inspirational. Our approach to hiking in the UK has changed dramatically following our holiday with Exodus, it has broaden our horizons.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Jim, was fantastic and fun. He was ever mindful of how each member of the group was faring. He made every walk enjoyable and achievable. All the walks were, although taxing, wonderful. Both my husband and I, both young [we think] 69 year olds achieved far more than we thought we would and never felt better. Jim really knows his stuff, you felt safe in his hands.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a spare pair of walking boots or walking trainers. Going can get tough. If you damage any of your footwear you can get boots repaired in the centre of Chamonix so no problem really. Exodus covered everything you will need in their literature so no further advice really necessary. Just be prepared that moderate standard is quite tough going but don't be put off - we did it and so can you. Your leader will get you through.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only that if there is a group booking of close friends of more than 6 people it could take longer for the whole party to gel.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Donna Davidson

    TMB Highlights - Chalet Chocolat

    The chalet is a perfect lodge for this trip, easy access to the local bus and train and only 10-15 minutes walk into the centre of Chamonix, with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc massif. The walking holiday itself was a fantastic chance to sample some sections of the full tour route of Mont Blanc, Sally our guide was great, full of local knowledge on the mountain range, plants and flowers and we couldn't ask for more from our guide for looking after our group. The assents at times were quite tough but doable and Sally kept a steady pace and the team together, the descents at times were quite steep but again doable (make sure your boots are broken in if new). The chalet was warm and welcoming due to the fact that at it's heart were the hosts Zohi and Ben, it was clean and tidy. The food was AMAZING, continental breakfast, pack-up for lunch with a great selection of salads, rolls, fruit etc. A fantastic surprise was a delicious and different type of cake waiting for us back at the chalet every day after a day's walking. The finale of every evening was a three course dinner thanks to Zohi and Ben which was just superb.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One morning whilst waiting for a local bus the mountain was covered in cloud but then for a brief moment the cloud cleared revealing the mountain in it's full splendour, it was a magical glimpse which faded as quickly as it appeared.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Joanne Millar

    Exodus Mont Blanc Highlights Tour

    We had the most amazing tour. Exodus organised fantastic accommodation (Chalet Chamonix) with tremendous hosts Sarah and Rich. The food was 5 star restaurant quality and the couple made sure all stop offs and pick ups ran smoothly. They were entertaining and informative, nothing was too much trouble. Exodus also arranged a fabulous guide for our hiking, Sean was excellent, he planned the hikes according to the ability of all the group and judged the pace perfectly. Sean was extremely experienced and a real pleasure to follow. I would not hesitate to recommend this amazing hiking tour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views on all our hikes were varied and remarkable and the food in our chalet was incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sean was wonderful, relaxed and very experienced, he planned our hikes well according to the groups ability and the weather. We all thought he was terrific.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Pat & Dave Thomson

    Mt. Blanc Highlights

    We had an excellent week. Staying a Chalet Chocolat, our hosts Zohi and Ben took good care of us. The food was home cooked and superb and they were very friendly and accommodating. Our hikes were varied and our trip guide Sally set a good pace and was knowledgeable about the area.the

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The vistas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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