Here the Aiguilles du Midi, the Grandes Jorasses, Mont Blanc itself and other legendary peaks seem to be within touching distance.
See what's planned
- Experience elements of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc in ease.
- Glaciers, high mountain pastures, mountain hut pit stops and so much more
- Be whisked high into the Alps with very little effort involved.
- Experience Chamonix away from the skiers in the warmth of summer.
Bienvenu to the world of glaciers, peaks which pierce the clouds, wooden huts baked to a golden brown in the alpine sun, and flower-filled meadows. This is the holiday devotees of our Adagio Plus holidays have been waiting for. Here the Aiguille du Midi, the Grandes Jorasses, Mont Blanc itself and other legendary peaks seem to be within touching distance. They are the perfect backdrop as we walk amidst the gentians and alpenrose. We include the Chamonix lift pass in the price of the holiday, adding great flexibilty to our proposed itinerary, meaning you can often opt in or out of parts of days or walks as you wish.
We stay in the rustic yet very comfortable Hotel Le Labrador in Les Praz de Chamonix and eat at the highly rated restaurant La Cabane next door where no doubt some fine Savoyarde specialities will be on offer.
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Geneva with British Airways
- Airport transfers
- Bed & breakfast en-suite accommodation
- Dinners in a local restaurant
- All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
On an Adagio Plus holiday, there is more emphasis on getting out into the countryside with days having more of an active content, although the walks will be on unchallenging trails and at an undemanding pace. You will need to be able to walk for longer periods than on a standard Adagio holiday. Adagio Plus holidays, in general, have less sightseeing days and are more about being out in the open countryside.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Welcome to the Chamonix Valley
Hotel Le Labrador
We fly into Geneva and transfer by road about 1½ hours to the Hotel Le Labrador in Les Praz in the Chamonix Valley. There should be time for a gentle introductory walk along the river to Paradis Les Praz on arrival.
Hotel Le Labrador
We start our Alpine adventure with a scenic public bus ride to Les Houches. The Prarion lift whisks us effortlessly to 1900m for our first stunning 360 degree views. We descend to Col Voz via a charming alpage where farmers have been making cheese for generations. We then take the Tramway of Mont Blanc to the Nid d'Aigle at 2400m for views of the Contamine valley. This dramatic eyrie is the starting point for mountaineers on the most popular route to the summit of Mont Blanc itself. Less ambitious, we return to Col Voz and walk gently on to the well named Bellevue where the lift transports us back down to Les Houches..
Aiguille du Midi to Lac Bleu
Hotel Le Labrador
We take the world famous Aiguille du Midi cable car to close to 4000m for magnificent views of Mont Blanc. Descending to the mid station we walk to the magnificent setting of Lac Bleu before returning to Chamonix to explore the town. Ride the train home or take the option of returning pleasantly along the shady riverside path to the hotel.
To the Swiss Border!
Hotel Le Labrador
Today we travel up the valley to Le Tour, ascend using the Charamillon and Autannes lifts, then walk up to the Swiss border at Col de la Balme (2195m) for views down the length of the Chamonix valley. After a refreshment stop at the Refuge de la Balme, shared with passing trekkers on the world famous Tour of Mont Blanc, we walk down to the Col des Posettes for lunch at the charming Alpage de la Balme. Then we descend by cable car into the unspoilt Vallorcine valley. Take the train directly home or extend the day agreeably with a gentle 45 minute stroll to the next station at Le Buet.
Hotel Le Labrador
Today is a free day. Walk independently on one of the many lovely trails networking the Chamonix valley, use the free lift pass to ascend to grand viewpoints at Brevent or Flegere, or even board the train down to Martigny in Switzerland. Your leader will be full of ideas for great excursions and you will be spoilt for choice.
Weekly Markets & Glaciers
Hotel Le Labrador
We begin today with a short walk along the river Arve into Chamonix to visit the weekly market where the mountain farmers come to sell their produce. Then we take the historic Montenvers rack railway to the famous viewpoint over the Mer de Glace, France's longest glacier. Simply relax and enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding Glaciers and peaks or brave the 550 steps down (and then back up!) into the remarkable ice cave within the glacier. Finally train back down to Chamonix and complete the day with a gentle meander through the meadows back to Les Praz once more.
Les Houches to Chamonix
Hotel Le Labrador
A cable car brings us to the top of the Grands Montets (3295m) to view the Aiguille Rouge mountain range and glaciers. We then walk to the viewpoint over the Argentiere glacier.
We return to Geneva for the flight home following another wonderful Adagio Plus holiday!
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The currency in France is the euro.
Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
travel to Geneva with British Airways from London Heathrow. We will then have an hour and a half’s transfer by private coach from Geneva Airport to our hotel.
Once in destination we will be using a mixture of foot, private vehicles, buses and most importantly lifts to complete our travels.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Breakfast is a hearty and varied selection of the French favourites croissants, breads, cheeses, pastries and yogurts which fuel us for the day ahead. Imagine taking the most important meal of the day sat on the hotel’s balcony watching the morning mountain mist dissolve away revealing the first of many mountain views of the day.
All breakfasts and seven dinners are included in the price of the holiday. Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel and dinners will be taken in the Cabane restaurant next to the hotel which is a popular choice for the locals as well as those visiting the area. We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a café or mountain restaurant.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers are recommended for this holiday. A good pair of walking shoes is ok if you know you have strong ankles.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking Poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Swimming in France
Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in France
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
The best map of the area and one which covers several of our walks are:
- IGN St-Gervais-les –Bains 3531 ET
- IGN Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 3630 OT.
The Cicerone guide, Mont Blanc Walks by Hilary Sharp also contains a wealth of knowledge about the local area.
The Chamonix Tourist Office’s website is www.chamonix.com with lots of information on all sorts of things in the Chamonix Valley itself.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Find out more
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No Visa Required
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio 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 trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking 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 are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 4000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.