May 31

Read about the Tour du Mont Blanc and grab your spot!

Ryder-Walker’s Tour du Mont Blanc

Excerpt from: Solo adventures; Scared of traveling alone?
Fear not: these four female-friendly options boast fitness, fun and companionship.

Shape Magazine, Nov, 2004 by Lori Mayfield

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Italy and Switzerland With Ryder-Walker.

Say bonjour, buon giorno and gruezi to fellow hikers as you tread through all three nations–France, Italy and Switzerland-of this legendary Alps circuit. You’ll encounter a challenging mix of steep ascents and descents punctuated with alpine streams, snowfields and lush meadows.

Who goes: A coed group of up to 12 hikers and adrenaline junkies in their early 30s-50s

The lowdown: You’ll start and end your vacation in Geneva (three miles from Geneva International Airport).

While this trip is more strenuous than the others–you’ll spend six to eight hours a day crossing a variety of challenging terrain at an average elevation of about 6,000 feet–there’s no roughing-it factor beyond the trail. Accommodations include charming inns, an upscale four-star hotel, an immaculate Swiss chalet, a family guesthouse and a spartan backpacker’s hut. You’ll have your own room for seven nights.

Calorie blasters: Daily hikes are epic–seven to 14 miles on average–but the spectacular surroundings and camaraderie you develop with your fellow trekkers will help you conquer the complete 68-mile circuit.

Sustenance: One evening your palate might enjoy an amuse bouche of duck canape, followed by rabbit fricassee in white wine and then creme brulee for dessert; another dinner could be family-style pasta or traditional fondue. Start your mornings with a complimentary continental breakfast, and shop the local market for fresh produce, baguette, prosciutto and Camembert cheese to prepare your hiker’s sack lunch ($12-$15 per day). Your guide will tempt you between meals with Swiss chocolates.

Me-time: If the changes in altitude become too taxing, you can hitch a ride on the luggage van (although it’s usually reserved for emergencies), which travels paved roads. Take a day off to explore the next village with a friend or simply draw a bubble bath back in your posh hotel room.

Learn more about Ryder-Walker’s guided Tour du Mont Blanc here.

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Travel and the Coronavirus for Ryder-Walker Guests

Ryder-Walker is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and acknowledges that there is growing uncertainty about the safety of traveling right now. Currently, our guided and self-guided treks are on schedule to run. Should travel restrictions be implemented by local or global authorities we will post updates on this link.

For more information please visit the websites of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.