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Arrive at any time. Today is arrival day, so there are no planned activities and you may arrive at any time throughout the day (please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2-3pm). After the meeting, choose to join your CEO and travel companions for an optional dinner in a local restaurant. These two lovely hotels in the centre of Chamonix have everything we need to enjoy the area and get a good rest before and after our hikes. The interior of the hotels are all in wood, giving them a very typical alpine atmosphere.In the evening, we have our first opportunity to try some alpine specialties in a typical restaurant. It will be hard to choose from such delights as cheese fondue, tartiflette, or raclette, perhaps accompanied by some famous "Vin de Savoie" wine.
Enjoy a day hike from Les Contamines and pass over the Col de Voza to Les Houches. Today we will head out in the Chamonix valley for our first hike. Hike up the steep-sided Chamonix valley and enjoy views across to the peaks and glaciers. The ascents and descents on this day are quite long, but the ground is relatively easy. We gain height gently in switchbacks, on a narrow trail across mountain turf and rock. There are superb views across to Mont Blanc, and the relatively easy ground underfoot make this an easier day than the elevation gain may at first suggest.
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to take a breathtaking cable car ride up the Aiguille du Midi pinnacle, visit the Mer de Glace, take a walk through the Ice Cave, or go for a dip in the local thermal spa.Taking a break from our walking, we'll spend today exploring the Chamonix region with various optional activities to suit everyone's interests. Why not take a recommended cable car ride up the famous Aiguille du Midi and across the glaciers to Punta Helbronner in Italy? Or if you want some excitement, opt to join a canyoning or rafting trip, or go parapenting - these activities are available and bookable locally .For a more relaxing day, you can choose to stay at resort level and enjoy some local hikes in the area or perhaps visit the local leisure centre. One good hike in the area starts in Les Praz by the pretty medieval church. Don't miss the chance to try some of the local specialty food that this region is famous for in one of the town's many excellent bars and restaurants!
Set out on a half-day walk from Lac du Miage to Courmayeur with fantastic views of the 10km (6 mi) long Glacier du Miage. We travel by bus this morning, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel, crossing the Italian border to the town of Courmayeur. Here we will drop off our bags and head out for a day hike in Val Veny, with spectacular views up the valley to the Col de la Seigne and the Miage glacier. Our hotel in Courmayeur is cosy and atmospheric, a traditional Aosta Valley structure with ample recreational space, including an outdoor terrace and garden for soaking up some of the mountain sunshine in the summer months.
Enjoy a free day to explore Courmayeur. Opt to take a spectacular cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner or enjoy a day of relaxation at the Pre St Didier spa. Enjoy a free day in the Courmayeur region to take advantage of some optional activities, such as taking a bus to La Palud, followed by a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back. Your Tour Leader will let you know more about other options such as mountain biking, hiking, a day visit to the town of Aosta, or a bit of indulgent relaxation at the wonderful Pre St Didier Spa.
Enjoy a day walk to Refuge Bertone for fabulous views of the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Descend via the Planpincieux Valley. It's another walking day today as we stretch our legs on a fabulous route, setting off up the steep winding path to Rifugio Bertona and then around the flank of the hillside to where a magnificent panoramic view of Mont Blanc awaits.
After taking the train to Le Buet, enjoy a day hike with views of Glacier d'Argentiere, Pic du Midi, and Mont Blanc. In the evening, return to Chamonix.Catch a morning bus from Courmayeur back through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix. Hike all day above the Chamonix valley for magnificent views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Dru, and the Mer de Glace glacier.In the evening, try out a local Chamonix brewery for a farewell hearty dinner and a pint of lager made from glacial fed water!
Bid farewell and get transferred to your onward destination.