A Hiking and Food n Wine Adventure For The Family (Switzerland - Italy - France)

10 Day Trip
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Per Day Budget $ 901
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$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Enjoy an ultimate hiking experience Switzerland, Italy and France.
  • Hiking and wine tasting in the Lavaux UNESCO vineyards.
  • Relax in beautiful alpine spa hotels and sample haute alpine cuisine.
  • Pass from Switzerland into Italy, cross the fabled St. Bernard Pass, and walk in the footsteps of Hannibal and Napoleon.
  • Take the kids wildlife viewing in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Arrival: GVA Geneva International Airport

    Upon arrival into Geneva airport, you will be met by your travel operator driver just outside of the baggage claim. The transfer is about 55 mins. to the Grand Hotel du Lac 5*, Vevey. Option to stop for lunch at one of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in Genève (depending on arrival time) Domaine de Chateauvieux, a gourmet paradise in the heart of Satigny, Switzerland’s largest wine-producing municipality.

    In this immaculately renovated former vine grower’s farm, Philippe Chevrier serves, amongst other treats, whole oven-baked John Dory, and Limousin rack of lamb baked in hay and aromatic herbs. Check-in at the Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey 5*, relax in the poolside garden overlooking the lake or spend the afternoon relaxing at the Bellefontaine Spa, or exploring the village of Vevey. Dinner at the Hotel "La Véranda", casual dining on the terrace overlooking the majestic Swiss and French Alps.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey

    Meals: Lunch and Dinner

    Day 2 : Lavaux Vineyards Hiking & Wine Tasting

    Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vineyard terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. It is an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimize local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine that has always been important to the economy. Finish the hike with a tasting at a local caveau.

    Optional visit to the Château Chillon (private guided tour). This rocky islet on Lake Geneva has been occupied since the Bronze Age for strategic reasons. The castle as it is today dates from the 13th century, and was built by the House of Savoy to control the passage along Lake Geneva. The fortress was also used as an arsenal, prison, and temporary residence of the Dukes of Savoy. Dinner in the vines at the Auberge du Vignerons, small traditional restaurant in the tiny village of Epesse overlooking Lac Leman, specialties include Filet de Perche, local produce and wine from the Lavaux, 12 points Gault Millau.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 3 : Rocher de Naye to the Saanenland

    After breakfast, pack up your things and leave them with your driver; today you will hike over the mountain to the Saanenland (with train assistance). From Montreux, the small historic rack-rail train takes you to nearly 2,000m in altitude, above the cliffs and forests overlooking Lac Leman. To take advantage of the best lake views, we will disembark the train at 1450m and make our way to the summit 1950m via the scenic path. Lunch at the summit; followed by a descent down to Les Cases, where we catch the GoldenPass train to Gstaad.

    Check in at the Grand Hotel Bellevue 5*, in the center of the village of Gstaad. Dinner at "Leonard’s", chef Urs Gschwend delivers exquisite bistro-style cuisine blending Swiss generosity with international gastro-trends.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bellevue

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 4 : Gstaad hiking and Cheese

    Morning visit to a local “fromagerie” for a cheese making demonstration and tasting, followed by hiking in the Idyllic Lauenen Valley. Climb to the Lauenensee at the head of the valley. Return to Lauenen for lunch on the porch of the Hotel Wildhorn, the local’s secret mountain hideaway (lunch included).

    Afternoon spa at the Bellevue, and dinner at Le Chesery – 1 Michelin star: one of the most traditional and well-known restaurants in Gstaad. Built in the late 60's by Prince Aga Khan II, it is now known for its impeccable French inspired cuisine, from chef Robert Speth (GaultMillau Chef of the Year 2005) and its long unconventional menus.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bellevue

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 5 : St.Bernard

    Guided hiking over the Grand St. Bernard Pass. Well-used for thousands of years, the Pass has been controlled and crossed by the armies of Caesar, Hannibal, and Napoleon, and is crowned by a monastery and hospice that has sheltered travelers since 900 A.D. And perhaps most famously, it is the home of the eponymous rescue dogs used for centuries by the guides, once called marroniers, as well as the monks. Walking along the Roman road, well-worn from wagon wheels and centuries of travelers, is an incredible opportunity to stop and ponder the history of this region. Tour the Hospice and kennels at the top of the pass, before a descent to the Valle d’Aosta and lunch at a local agriturismo (included).

    Afternoon visit to the historic Roman city of Aosta, for a walking tour of the former Roman military settlement, many intact remains, theatre, city walls. Followed by a late afternoon visit to a local cantina (wine makers cave) for an introduction and tasting of Aostan varietals; Fumin, Petit Rouge, and Prié Blanc amongst other lesser-known indigenous grapes.

    Transfer to Cogne (45m). Check in at Hotel Bellevue & Spa 4*+ (Relais & Chateau). Dinner at "Brasserie du Bon Bec", located in the center of the village, specialties include mountain cuisine and local dishes, served in a beautiful antique dining room.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bellevue

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 6 : Hiking Gran Paradiso National Park & Slow Food

    Guided hiking Gran Paradiso National Park, the land of the chamois, ibex, marmot and grazing cow. Climb to Laghetti del Lauson 2656m (1000m); the trail winds through the woods for the first part, then in high altitude meadows, one of the most frequented by the symbol of the park, the ibex. Lunch at mountain Rifugio Vittorio Sella, dramatic traverse overlooking the glaciers of the Gran Paridiso, and descent to Herbetet - a small hamlet of summer farms. Other shorter routes possible. Afternoon at the Bellevue Spa, with its unique sauna & steam therapies; clear your lungs in the salt steam, invigorate your senses in the Agrume (citrus) Sauna, or enjoy one of the specialty massage treatments.

    Dinner at a traditional “Slow Food” restaurant in the village; tajarin with cep mushrooms, spinach gnochetti with fondue, Lillaz trout, wild game, and many other regional specialties.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bellevue

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 7 : Hiking Gran Paradiso National Park

    The Gran Paridiso was originally the private hunting grounds of the Duc of Savoy, who built over 450 miles of pathways throughout the park. Today we follow the valley trail to the Cascate di Lilliaz, a dramatic alpine waterfall carved with melting glacial ice. A meandering path climbs to the top of the falls and into the wide valley towards the Festra de Champoucher, home to grazing cows and the Refuge Sogno de Berdzé with its local cheese specialties. Late afternoon lunch and descent back to Lilliaz for an artisanal gelato.

    Dinner at the Bellevue’s "Gourmet Restaurant", refined mountain cuisine, or "The Petit Restaurant", the Michelin starred restaurant with only four tables in a setting surrounded by 19th-century paintings.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bellevue

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 8 : Aosta Valley - Chamonix

    Leisurely breakfast at the Hotel Bellevue, before packing up. Short transfer to the Val Ferret on the South side of the Mont Blanc Massif for a taste of la Dolce Vita in the mountains, hiking along a scenic plateau opposite 4000 meter peaks and glaciers. Espresso and photo break at the Refuge Bonatti, Lunch at a small albergo in the valley of regional dishes, polenta with wild game, Zuppa Valpellinentze and chestnut crepes. Optional golfing at the Club Courmayeur & Grand Jorasses, Val Ferret, one of the most beautiful courses in Europe.

    Afternoon transfer through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix. Possibility to cross to Chamonix via cable car (depending on construction, the new Italian Helbronner cablecar is scheduled for completion June 2015), ascend from Entreves to Punta Helbronner 3462m and traverse the Valley Blanche in the panoramic gondolas to the French Aguille du Midi 3842m.

    Accommodation: Hameau Albert 1er

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 9 : Chamonix

    Using the cable cars, you can shorten one of the most spectacular hikes in the valley to ½ day. The traverse of the Aiguilles Rouges and its tiny lakes, on the opposite side of the valley from the Mont Blanc provides stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and 4000m peaks. Return to Chamonix for lunch at an outdoor café in the historic center, afternoon exploring town or relaxing at the Spa Le Bachal. Last night celebratory dinner at "Restaurant Albert 1er", 2-stars Michelin, is devoted to exceptional cuisine and local delicacies; the modern French cuisine with Northern Italian influences is “the” table in Chamonix. Or "La Maison Carrier", “montagnarde cuisine” enjoyed in the atmosphere of an old farmhouse.

    Accommodation: Hameau Albert 1er

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 10 : Departure

    Transfer to GVA – Geneva International Airport for departure (1h5min).

    Accommodation: N/A

    Meals: N/A

  • Duration
    10 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Trekking
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    Food and Wine
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Super luxury

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    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Mar to Oct $ 9,010 $ 901 per day
    Low Season Nov to Feb $ 9,010 $ 901 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Arrival & Departure VIP transfer, GVA - Geneva International Airport to Vevey. Departure VIP transfer, Chamonix to GVA

  • 9 nights luxury accommodation, double occ. and all taxes

  • 2 nights Grand Hotel du Lac 5*, Vevey. "Deluxe room" with King bed overlooking lake Geneva and the majestic French alps

  • (27 to 36m²). Balcony or terrace.

  • 2 nights Grand Bellevue 5*, Gstaad. “Deluxe Chic room", spacious and with great luminosity with view to the beautiful park.

  • King size bed 190x200 or twin beds on request.

  • 3 nights Bellevue Cogne 4*, Cogne. “Deluxe double room" with Jacuzzi and fire-place (47-70m²)

  • 2 nights Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix. "Luxury room", 40m² with one double bed, without fireplace, spacious bathroom with

  • jet bath and shower, view of Mont-Blanc range.

  • 8 days guided hiking

  • All lift passes, train tickets, entrance fees and transfers as described in itinerary

  • Breakfast all days

  • Snacks during hikes: Snacks on hikes: chocolate, cheese, dried meats and local treats

  • Lunches 8 days, including local wine and beverages

  • Dinner 7 nights, special seasonal menus + tasting menus + local wine and beverages

  • EE Personalized concierge (dinner / nightclub reservations, massage, local insider advice).

  • All taxes

Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • 2 dinners on your own
  • Additional services not mentioned in itinerary: massage, local taxis, drinks and meals on your own
Day 1 : Arrival: GVA Geneva International Airport

Upon arrival into Geneva airport, you will be met by your travel operator driver just outside of the baggage claim. The transfer is about 55 mins. to the Grand Hotel du Lac 5*, Vevey. Option to stop for lunch at one of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in Genève (depending on arrival time) Domaine de Chateauvieux, a gourmet paradise in the heart of Satigny, Switzerland’s largest wine-producing municipality.

In this immaculately renovated former vine grower’s farm, Philippe Chevrier serves, amongst other treats, whole oven-baked John Dory, and Limousin rack of lamb baked in hay and aromatic herbs. Check-in at the Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey 5*, relax in the poolside garden overlooking the lake or spend the afternoon relaxing at the Bellefontaine Spa, or exploring the village of Vevey. Dinner at the Hotel "La Véranda", casual dining on the terrace overlooking the majestic Swiss and French Alps.

Day 2 : Lavaux Vineyards Hiking & Wine Tasting

Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vineyard terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. It is an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimize local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine that has always been important to the economy. Finish the hike with a tasting at a local caveau.

Optional visit to the Château Chillon (private guided tour). This rocky islet on Lake Geneva has been occupied since the Bronze Age for strategic reasons. The castle as it is today dates from the 13th century, and was built by the House of Savoy to control the passage along Lake Geneva. The fortress was also used as an arsenal, prison, and temporary residence of the Dukes of Savoy. Dinner in the vines at the Auberge du Vignerons, small traditional restaurant in the tiny village of Epesse overlooking Lac Leman, specialties include Filet de Perche, local produce and wine from the Lavaux, 12 points Gault Millau.

Day 3 : Rocher de Naye to the Saanenland

After breakfast, pack up your things and leave them with your driver; today you will hike over the mountain to the Saanenland (with train assistance). From Montreux, the small historic rack-rail train takes you to nearly 2,000m in altitude, above the cliffs and forests overlooking Lac Leman. To take advantage of the best lake views, we will disembark the train at 1450m and make our way to the summit 1950m via the scenic path. Lunch at the summit; followed by a descent down to Les Cases, where we catch the GoldenPass train to Gstaad.

Check in at the Grand Hotel Bellevue 5*, in the center of the village of Gstaad. Dinner at "Leonard’s", chef Urs Gschwend delivers exquisite bistro-style cuisine blending Swiss generosity with international gastro-trends.

Day 4 : Gstaad hiking and Cheese

Morning visit to a local “fromagerie” for a cheese making demonstration and tasting, followed by hiking in the Idyllic Lauenen Valley. Climb to the Lauenensee at the head of the valley. Return to Lauenen for lunch on the porch of the Hotel Wildhorn, the local’s secret mountain hideaway (lunch included).

Afternoon spa at the Bellevue, and dinner at Le Chesery – 1 Michelin star: one of the most traditional and well-known restaurants in Gstaad. Built in the late 60's by Prince Aga Khan II, it is now known for its impeccable French inspired cuisine, from chef Robert Speth (GaultMillau Chef of the Year 2005) and its long unconventional menus.

Day 5 : St.Bernard

Guided hiking over the Grand St. Bernard Pass. Well-used for thousands of years, the Pass has been controlled and crossed by the armies of Caesar, Hannibal, and Napoleon, and is crowned by a monastery and hospice that has sheltered travelers since 900 A.D. And perhaps most famously, it is the home of the eponymous rescue dogs used for centuries by the guides, once called marroniers, as well as the monks. Walking along the Roman road, well-worn from wagon wheels and centuries of travelers, is an incredible opportunity to stop and ponder the history of this region. Tour the Hospice and kennels at the top of the pass, before a descent to the Valle d’Aosta and lunch at a local agriturismo (included).

Afternoon visit to the historic Roman city of Aosta, for a walking tour of the former Roman military settlement, many intact remains, theatre, city walls. Followed by a late afternoon visit to a local cantina (wine makers cave) for an introduction and tasting of Aostan varietals; Fumin, Petit Rouge, and Prié Blanc amongst other lesser-known indigenous grapes.

Transfer to Cogne (45m). Check in at Hotel Bellevue & Spa 4*+ (Relais & Chateau). Dinner at "Brasserie du Bon Bec", located in the center of the village, specialties include mountain cuisine and local dishes, served in a beautiful antique dining room.

Day 6 : Hiking Gran Paradiso National Park & Slow Food

Guided hiking Gran Paradiso National Park, the land of the chamois, ibex, marmot and grazing cow. Climb to Laghetti del Lauson 2656m (1000m); the trail winds through the woods for the first part, then in high altitude meadows, one of the most frequented by the symbol of the park, the ibex. Lunch at mountain Rifugio Vittorio Sella, dramatic traverse overlooking the glaciers of the Gran Paridiso, and descent to Herbetet - a small hamlet of summer farms. Other shorter routes possible. Afternoon at the Bellevue Spa, with its unique sauna & steam therapies; clear your lungs in the salt steam, invigorate your senses in the Agrume (citrus) Sauna, or enjoy one of the specialty massage treatments.

Dinner at a traditional “Slow Food” restaurant in the village; tajarin with cep mushrooms, spinach gnochetti with fondue, Lillaz trout, wild game, and many other regional specialties.

Day 7 : Hiking Gran Paradiso National Park

The Gran Paridiso was originally the private hunting grounds of the Duc of Savoy, who built over 450 miles of pathways throughout the park. Today we follow the valley trail to the Cascate di Lilliaz, a dramatic alpine waterfall carved with melting glacial ice. A meandering path climbs to the top of the falls and into the wide valley towards the Festra de Champoucher, home to grazing cows and the Refuge Sogno de Berdzé with its local cheese specialties. Late afternoon lunch and descent back to Lilliaz for an artisanal gelato.

Dinner at the Bellevue’s "Gourmet Restaurant", refined mountain cuisine, or "The Petit Restaurant", the Michelin starred restaurant with only four tables in a setting surrounded by 19th-century paintings.

Day 8 : Aosta Valley - Chamonix

Leisurely breakfast at the Hotel Bellevue, before packing up. Short transfer to the Val Ferret on the South side of the Mont Blanc Massif for a taste of la Dolce Vita in the mountains, hiking along a scenic plateau opposite 4000 meter peaks and glaciers. Espresso and photo break at the Refuge Bonatti, Lunch at a small albergo in the valley of regional dishes, polenta with wild game, Zuppa Valpellinentze and chestnut crepes. Optional golfing at the Club Courmayeur & Grand Jorasses, Val Ferret, one of the most beautiful courses in Europe.

Afternoon transfer through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Chamonix. Possibility to cross to Chamonix via cable car (depending on construction, the new Italian Helbronner cablecar is scheduled for completion June 2015), ascend from Entreves to Punta Helbronner 3462m and traverse the Valley Blanche in the panoramic gondolas to the French Aguille du Midi 3842m.

Day 9 : Chamonix

Using the cable cars, you can shorten one of the most spectacular hikes in the valley to ½ day. The traverse of the Aiguilles Rouges and its tiny lakes, on the opposite side of the valley from the Mont Blanc provides stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and 4000m peaks. Return to Chamonix for lunch at an outdoor café in the historic center, afternoon exploring town or relaxing at the Spa Le Bachal. Last night celebratory dinner at "Restaurant Albert 1er", 2-stars Michelin, is devoted to exceptional cuisine and local delicacies; the modern French cuisine with Northern Italian influences is “the” table in Chamonix. Or "La Maison Carrier", “montagnarde cuisine” enjoyed in the atmosphere of an old farmhouse.

Day 10 : Departure

Transfer to GVA – Geneva International Airport for departure (1h5min).

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Mar to Oct $ 9,010 $ 901 per day
Low Season Nov to Feb$ 9,010 $ 901 per day
Cost Includes
  • Arrival & Departure VIP transfer, GVA - Geneva International Airport to Vevey. Departure VIP transfer, Chamonix to GVA

  • 9 nights luxury accommodation, double occ. and all taxes

  • 2 nights Grand Hotel du Lac 5*, Vevey. "Deluxe room" with King bed overlooking lake Geneva and the majestic French alps

  • (27 to 36m²). Balcony or terrace.

  • 2 nights Grand Bellevue 5*, Gstaad. “Deluxe Chic room", spacious and with great luminosity with view to the beautiful park.

  • King size bed 190x200 or twin beds on request.

  • 3 nights Bellevue Cogne 4*, Cogne. “Deluxe double room" with Jacuzzi and fire-place (47-70m²)

  • 2 nights Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix. "Luxury room", 40m² with one double bed, without fireplace, spacious bathroom with

  • jet bath and shower, view of Mont-Blanc range.

  • 8 days guided hiking

  • All lift passes, train tickets, entrance fees and transfers as described in itinerary

  • Breakfast all days

  • Snacks during hikes: Snacks on hikes: chocolate, cheese, dried meats and local treats

  • Lunches 8 days, including local wine and beverages

  • Dinner 7 nights, special seasonal menus + tasting menus + local wine and beverages

  • EE Personalized concierge (dinner / nightclub reservations, massage, local insider advice).

  • All taxes

Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • 2 dinners on your own
  • Additional services not mentioned in itinerary: massage, local taxis, drinks and meals on your own
Climate

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This duo team has spent the last 15 years in the Alps searching for new experiences in skiing, hiking and mountain-biking, just so they can share them with you. She is a champion freeride skier, an ace coach and a nature guide. He is one of the best Alpine guides in the world, has worked with top ski-photographers and filmmakers, and is equally passionate about mountain biking and hiking in summer. A team you can depend upon.

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