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Tour of Mont Blanc: “High Mountain” Biking in the Alps

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  • 7 nights | 24 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €1495
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits: the Mont Blanc range is inspiring.

Departing from Chamonix, France, we will ride in a clockwise direction, passing through the Martigny Valley, Switzerland, on to Courmayeur, Italy, back into France and return to Chamonix to complete the loop!

The trail brings us through alpine flower covered pastures, passes glacial lakes, skims below glaciers and snowy summits, crosses deep valleys and climbs high altitude passes. Riding around Mont Blanc is about discovering the magic world of "high mountain" biking.

You won't want to miss the chance to climb Grand Col Ferret, follow a stunning balcony trail to view impressive summits like Noire de Peuterey, or descend along some of our favorite technical tracks in the region to Les Mottets.

This tour offers some great technical stretches, and the physicality of the route is sure to please any mountain biker up for a challenge. Let us show you a wonderful time through this part of the Alps.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival
"Meet and greet" at Geneva airport and transfer to Chamonix. Deposit baggage at evening accomodation with views of Mont Blanc. Spend some time unpacking and preparing bikes. Do any last-minute shopping and possibily visit Chamonix town.

Day 2: Chamonix – Trient (19 miles/30 km, overall 1640 ft/500m ascent/3609 ft/1100m descent)
We depart Chamonix in the direction of Switzerland. Passing through the valley of Chamonix to Argentiere and Le Tour. We will take the gondola to the top of the Col de Balme at 7218 ft/2200m, and cross over the Swiss border. The view of the valley of Chamonix from Col de Balme is fantastic, with Mont Blanc as the centerpiece.

Following a splendid singletrack descent we will arrive in the pretty Swiss village of Trient with views up to the glacier of Trient. We will ride down to Martigny via an amazing singletrack above 400m deep canyon to finish the day! A last climb will take us to our overnight stay, with splendid view over the swiss Rhone valley. 

Day 3: Trient – La Fouly (28 miles/45 km, overall 4921 ft/1500m ascent/3609 ft/1100m descent)
Starting with the descent back to Martigny from where the views over the Swiss Alps and the valley of Martigny and its vineyards are vast. A long climb on the road towards Champex and its beautifull lake awaits us before lunch time. The afternoon is a gentle climb in the direction of the Swiss Val Ferret,skimming below glaciers and snowy summits. Arriving in La Fouly, at the foot of the Grand Col Ferret, the Italian Border.

Day 4: La Fouly - Courmayeur (28-34 miles/45-55 km, overall 3609-5577 ft/1100-1700m ascent/4265-6562 ft/1300-2000 m descent)
Climb Grand Col Ferret, at 8202 ft/2500m we find ourselves in Italy! This is one of the 3 major col passes of this Tour of Mont Blanc. Stunning scenery at the top of the col of the Italian Val Ferret and the Italian side of Mont Blanc (or now Monte Bianco!). Descend to Arnuva and depending on weather condtions and the groups fitness levels, climb to la Lechere to arrive in chic Courmayeur by a superb singletrack. Next stop ice-cream!

Day 5: Courmayeur – Les Mottets (22 miles/35 km, overall 4921 ft/1500 m ascent/3281 ft/1000m descent)
Warm up on the road; then hit the trail to arrive at Lago Checroui facing the Italian side of Mont Blanc. This beautiful balcony trail gives us the chance to see famous summits such as Noire de Peuterey, La Blanche, and the Italian glacier Lago Combal (one of the largest glaciers of the Mont Blanc range). The climb of the Col de la Seigne brings us to the French border and is mostly rideable, however the end is quite steep and you may have to push your bike.

The descent to Les Mottets is a fanstastic, technical (in places) singletrack, where you will find Martial grinning at the bottom as it is one of his favourites! The Refuge des Mottets is a rustic old farmhouse and dairy renovated to welcome trekkers and bikers and is a true alpine experience.

Day 6: Les Mottets – Les Contamines Montjoie (34 miles/54 km, overall 6234 ft/1900m ascent/4921 ft/1500m descent)
Starting with a road climb to Cormet de Roselend, then descend to Lac de Roselend followed by a long climb on a jeep track to the Col de la Gittaz at 7612 ft/2320m.The col offers vast southerly views and of the neighbouring summits.

We will then descend to Col du Joly, which is technical (in places), a very short climb and a long semi-technical downhill to the village of Les Contamines Montjoie: 2953 ft/900m of descent on a fabulous singletrack!

Day 7: Les Contamines Montjoie – Chamonix (25 miles/40km, overall 3281 ft/1000m ascent/3937 ft/1200m descent)
Last day but by no means the least.... From Les Contamines Montjoie we will climb to Chalet de Miage, a summer altitude mountain village at the foot of the giant french glacier of Miage, where you will feel tiny compared to the size of these glaciers! From Miage we will climb the Col de Voza above Les Houches and the valley of Chamonix with Mont Blanc back on our righthand side. A final technical downhill to Chamonix to end up back at the base of the "Lord of the Alps."

Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day. You have earned cold beer or two! 
Overnight in Chamonix.

Day 8: Transfer to Geneva airport
Please make sure to book a late afternoon or evening return flight, due to transfer time to Geneva airport from Grindewald.

Dates

Saturdays: Jun 9-Oct 13, 2018 (minimum 4 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1495
Single person surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€120
Bike Rentals
Mountain bike rental
€350
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Alps Mountain Bike Terms and Conditions

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF SALE

With reference to the Act of 13 July 1992 (decrees published in the J. O. of 17 June 1994) governing relations between travel agencies and their clients.

CANCELLATION - MODIFICATIONS
On your part:
If you have to cancel before departure, you must inform us by registered letter with proof of receipt. The date on the proof of receipt will act as the cancellation date for the invoicing of cancellation fees. If you drop out more than 45 days before your departure, you will be reimbursed the amount that you have paid, less a deduction of fifty euros (€50) per person, plus the actual expenses incurred for air or sea transport and land-based services.

If you have to cancel less than 45 days from departure, the following deductions will be made:

  • 45 to 21 days:  25 % of the total amount of the trip
  • 20 to 8 days:  50 % of the total amount of the trip
  • 7 to 2 days:  75 % of the total amount of the trip
  • less than 2 days:  90 % of the total amount of the trip

The cost of the assurance and the annual subscription cannot be reimbursed. No reimbursement will be offered if you have to cut your trip short for any reason, or if the group leader decides to exclude you from the trip because you are not up to the required level or if you fail to follow safety instructions.

If you find it impossible to come on the trip, you may suggest another person on the condition that he fulfills the same conditions and that we have not already made bookings in your name, for which payment will remain due. You must inform us by registered letter with proof of receipt between 7 and 15 days before departure.

On our part :
If we have to cancel a departure for reasons beyond our control, or due to lack of participants, we will offer you a range of alternative solutions at the price in force, or we will reimburse you in full. You will be informed 21 days at the latest before departure. No compensation will be paid.

REGISTRATION
Registration for one of our trips implies acceptance of our sales conditions.

PRICE 
In our trip descriptions we mention what is included in the price and what is not. In general, airport taxes, vaccination and visa costs, drinks, visits to places of interest and personal equipment are never included in the price unless stated otherwise in writing. Any changes to exchange rates, carriers or other service providers may lead to an alteration to published prices. Prices are established at 1/10/07 based on exchange rates, prices of flights and on-land services known at the time and are subject to alteration up to 30 days before departure. Any delay in the payment of the balance may be considered to be a cancellation, for which the current cancellation fee will be applied.

INFORMATION AFTER REGISTRATION
10 days before departure at the latest, we will send you your travel documents, which contain all the information you need for your trip (exact meeting times and locations, how to reach the meeting-point, contact details of the local representative, car-sharing options, etc.).

LIABILITY
Administrative and health formalities: SERAC will issue this information for French citizens. Foreign nationals should contact the competent embassies or consulates for information. Each participant is responsible for checking that his documents comply with the information provided by SERAC.  In accordance with article 23 of Act no. 92.645 of 13 July 1992, SERAC may not be held liable for the consequences of the following events:

  • Loss or theft of air tickets (airlines do not issue a duplicate)
  • Failure to present identity or health documents or presentation of documents that have expired or do not have a sufficiently long validity period (identity card, passport, visas, vaccination certificate, etc.) or that do not comply with the instructions shown on the registration form or trip description, at the the police, customs or check-in desk. In the event of a failure to check in, 100% of the cost of the trip will be retained.
  • Unforeseeable and insurmountable incidents or events caused by a foreign third party during the trip, such as: war, political disorder, strikes and technical incidents beyond SERAC’s control,
  • Overcrowded air space, bad weather, delays, breakdowns, loss or theft of luggage and other effects. By virtue of the transport contract conditions of airlines governed by the Warsaw convention, we strongly recommend that you build in a sufficient amount for any connecting flight to the departure airport. The special prices that we have negotiated mean that we cannot change the tickets, and these will in no circumstances be reimbursed in the event of a delay by the airline or a change to the take-off time or a postponement that cancels your trip. The carrier undertakes to do his best to transport passengers and luggage with reasonable care. The times indicated are not guaranteed  on the contract. The carrier may, without notice, replace other carriers, user other aircraft, or change or cancel any planned stopovers wherever necessary.

The only services considered to be contractual are those mentioned in the trip descriptions sent out at the time of registration. If we find it impossible to provide part of the services promised, we will do our utmost to replace them with equivalent services.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF OUR HOLIDAYS AND TRIPS
All participants must follow the advice and instructions given by their group leader; we may not be held liable for any incidents, accidents or physical injury that may be the outcome of an imprudent personal initiative. During the trip, the group leader will be the only person to decide whether to change the program. Considering the sporting nature of our holidays and trips, we may be forced by unforeseen events or compelling circumstances affecting the safety of travelers to replace one means of transport with another, one hotel with another, take a different route or cancel certain excursions. The participant may not refuse without valid reasons. However, if the services accepted are of lower quality, SERAC will reimburse the difference in price on return. If we are unable to provide a replacement service or if the service is refused for valid reasons, we will organize the participant’s return at no extra cost.

INSURANCE
We cannot replace individual public liability insurance. You must have public liability insurance in order to take part in our trips. Similarly, we strongly recommend that you take out insurance to cover the cost of cancellation, loss or theft of luggage and early departure from the trip. It is compulsory to be covered for repatriation assistance and emergency rescue.

DISPUTES
Any complaints relating to the trip should be sent by registered letter with proof of receipt within one month of the return date.

SUMMARY OF INSURANCE COVER

GENERAL CANCELLATION
2.,5 % of the cost of the trip  (Only for individuals residing in mainland France / Monaco / Andorra / Belgium / Germany / Switzerland/ Italy / Spain / Luxembourg and England (excluding Wales, Scotland and Ireland)

Summary of guarantees:

SERIOUS ILLNESS – SERIOUS ACCIDENT or DEATH of yourself, your spouse or partner. Of your ascendants or descendants  and / or those of your spouse, of your brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law.

Serious illness – accident or death of your work replacement, subject to his name being mentioned when you registered for the trip

REDUNDANCY of yourself or your spouse, subject to the decision not being known when you booked your trip.

DESTRUCTION OF YOUR WORKING AND / OR PRIVATE PREMISES by more than 50% as a result of fire, explosion or flood damage.

A JOB OR TRAINING COURSE organized by your employment office on the condition that it begins before or during the trip.

INCLUDED IN THE CANCELLATION INSURANCE: luggage insurance: maximum 762.25 €

What we do not cover:

CANCELLATION caused by a person who is in hospital at the moment when you book the trip.

MENTAL ILLNESS including nervous depression not requiring a minimum of 5 days’ hospitalization at the time of the cancellation.

COUNTER INDICATION or FORGETTING A VACCINATION

ACCIDENTS as a result of practicing one of the following sports: bobsleigh, climbing, skeleton, mountain climbing, competition luge, all air sports and those resulting from participation in or training for matches or competitions.

FAILURE TO PRESENT documents essential to the trip such as a passport, visa, travel ticket or vaccination book.

ILLNESSES or ACCIDENTS that were first observed or were the subject of a relapse, aggravation or hospitalization between the date on which you purchased your trip and the date on which you took out this contract.

Plus exclusions on the grounds of ‘force majeure’ 

  • Civil or foreign war, riot or popular uprising
  • Voluntary participation of an insured person in riots or strikes
  • Disintegration of an atomic nucleus or any irradiation originating from an energy source of a radioactive nature
  • Alcoholism, drunkenness, the use of medicines, drugs or narcotics that are not medically prescribed
  • Any intentional act that could involve the contract guarantee.

THE AMOUNTS HELD WILL BE REIMBURSED WITHOUT EXCESS BY OUR CANCELLATION INSURANCE.

ASSISTANCE: EUROP ASSISTANCE 1% of the cost of the trip maximum duration of trip: 90 days

Guarantees:

SICKNESS / ACCIDENTS ASSISTANCE in the event of illness or injury

  • The cost of sea or mountain search and rescue 3 812 €  max.
  • Ambulance transport actual cost
  • Return of members of your family accompanying you (max. 2) or presence at the hospital: (1)
  • Accompaniment of children (2) return
  • Supplementary reimbursement of medical expenses & advance on hospital fees 30 490 €

(USA / JAPON / CANADA / HONG KONG et SINGAPOUR 76 225 €

excess 131 € - dental treatment limited to 153 €

DEATH ASSISTANCE

  • Transport in the event of death actual costs
  • Coffin expenses limited to 2 287 €
  • Early return in the event of serious hospitalization
  • Or death of a member of your family (2).
  • Return of members of your family accompanying the deceased (2).

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE

  • Advance on bail abroad 15 245 €
  • Advance on lawyers’ fees abroad   3 049 €
  • Early return in the event of damage to your home (2).
  • Replacement driver
  • Sending urgent messages
  • Advance of funds in the event of the theft, loss or destruction of papers or your means of payment   2 287€
  • (1) Return ticket and hotel expenses of 77 € a night for a maximum of 10 nights.
  • (2) 1st class train ticket or economy air ticket

ASSISTANCE  + CANCELLATION 3 % of the cost of the trip

  • GENERALI CANCELLATION INSURANCE guarantees + EUROP ASSISTANCE REPATRIATION INSURANCE guarantees +
  • EARLY DEPARTURE FROM THE TRIP. Based on apro rata calculation of the services not used. N.B. the “early departure from the trip” guarantee is inseparable from the cancellation and assistance guarantees. For the early departure to be taken into consideration, the participant must have been repatriated by Europ Assistance or there must have been a death or hospitalization in the family (transport, ski package and equipment hire not included)

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Ratings

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  • 5 Star 1
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Meredith August 23, 2017

The most fun ever!

The trip was absolutely amazing. Very skilled guide. Very nice, welcoming, phenomenal biker and trail-side mechanic, took the time to stop and tell us about wildlife, history, and helped hone our bike skills!