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Tour du Mont Blanc- Chamonix to Chamonix (Self-Guided)

The Tour du Mont Blanc is celebrated as one of the world's most breathtaking treks. This self-guided adventure leads you through the stunning landscapes of France, Switzerland, and Italy. Providing unparalleled views of Europe's highest peak from every angle. Discover the beauty of Mont Blanc as you traverse this iconic trail.

  • France

    Italy

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  • 10 nights
  • Breakfast & 6 dinners
  • Long Distance Paths

    Landscape

    Mountains

  • July - September

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Tour codes: 61000

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Walking grade

Grade 8

Our most challenging trips - hard mountain walking with long rewarding ascents, descents and maybe some scrambling. A good level of fitness, stamina, head for heights and experience of mountain walking is essential. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 11 miles; Ascent/Descent 1300m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep trails; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Europe’s highest peak, snow-capped Mont Blanc.
  • Breathtaking views and wild open spaces.
  • Three different alpine countries - Italy, France and Switzerland.
  • Warm, comfortable family-run small hotels.
  • Rich mountain cuisine.
  • Endless amount of flora and fauna.
  • Friendly locals and unique cultural traditions.

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Tour du Mont Blanc, a remarkable journey through breath taking scenery, including dramatic snow-capped peaks, picturesque alpine pastures, and serene meadows. As you traverse the Mont Blanc region, Europe's highest peak, you'll explore three distinct countries – France, Italy, and Switzerland, each offering unique characteristics, delightful cuisines, a diverse array of wildlife, and a vibrant tapestry of blooming flowers during the spring and summer seasons.

Our well-marked trails are designed to provide satisfyingly long hikes without being overly strenuous. You'll easily follow the designated hiking paths, identified by the prominent 'TMB' (Tour du Mont Blanc) lettering. In France and high-altitude regions in Switzerland, these trails are marked with red and white stripes, while in the valleys of Italy and Switzerland, they feature a black diamond shape on a yellow background. These trail markings are visible in both directions, painted on trees, rocks, walls, and fences.

Although some routes may involve steep ascents and descents, they are suitable for reasonably fit adults. For longer stages, we recommend carrying an ample supply of food and water and commencing your walks early in the morning. For experienced mountain hikers, there are optional opportunities to conquer local peaks, offering more challenging trails without technical difficulties or scrambling. However, individuals with a fear of heights should be aware that some sections may feel exposed.


  • Eight nights accommodation on half board basis.
  • Two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to route information on an app.
  • 24 assistance telephone.
  • Luggage transfers between centres.
  • Flights.
  • Tourist taxes (if applicable) paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Expenses such as tips, phone calls and drinks.
  • Meals not noted.
  • Transport not noted as part of the holiday arrangements.
  • Printed detailed route information (available at an additional charge of £75, and is available at your first hotel)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Chamonix

Accommodation

The route starts in Chamonix: on your first day you can spend your day with free time to wander through the streets of this lively city, do a little shopping in the many shops of the city centre. 

Day 2

Chamonix to Les Contamines

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Chamonix to Les Contamines lugagge transfer included.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    12.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    987/1094m

Today's walk starts with a bus from Chamonix to Les Houches, followed by the Bellevue cable car, up to 1800m. Then, instead of going up the "French normal route" of Mont Blanc you follow the edge of the mountain to Col de Voza and then start descending to the valley. Here you can see the typical local way of making roofs for mountain houses, with large flat stones. Later you go through several small villages on the valley floor with Mont Blanc peeking out again from the sky. The last part of the trail is along the Bon Nant river, to Les Contamines You then continue along an ancient Roman path and one of Europe's most famous trails, across blooming meadows and woodlands to the your hotel for the night.

Day 3

Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Les Contamines to Les Chapieux luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    9.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

Today your walk takes you through the Plan des Dames up to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) then further up to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479m). You'll see a peculiar combination of stones marking the top of the pass from where you can admire the valleys stretching out for miles around you. From the pass you make a long descent through the open meadows of the Vallee des Chapieux, crisscrossing small brooks and passing mountain huts. At the bottom of the descent you reach the tiny village of Les Chapieux. 

Day 4

Les Chapieux to Val Veny/Courmayeur

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Les Chapieux to Val Veny/Courmayeur luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    5/7 hours

  • Distance

    8.6/11.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1250/1500/1180/1380m

Today is the longest and most demanding day of the holiday but rewarding with beautiful landscapes all the way. After two days spent walking in France, today you go over the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and enter into Italy through the Val Veny. The day starts off with a climb through a deep gorge surrounded by vast pastures with lunar-like scenery as backdrop. The Col de la Seigne and the Aiguille des Glaciers mountains loom large in the distance on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Once over the top of the pass you descend into the Val Veny Valley on the opposite side of Mont Blanc, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks. Depending on availability, today you may be booked in La Les Blanche or at Courmayeur:if you are booked in Courmayeur, you will walk need to walk an additonal 5,5 kilometres to reach a bus stop in La Visaille where you will take a bus to Courmayeur.

Day 5

Val Veny/Courmayeur to Val Ferret

Accommodation

Val Veny/Courmayeur to Val Ferret luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    2.5/4.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.4/7.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/900/800/400m

Today’s walk is divided into 2 parts; if you have slept in Val Veny, in the morning you will walk 5.5 km to the bus stop and descend towards the famous city of Courmayeur by bus. Courmayeur is a renowned ski resort where you can have a quick pit stop and coffee before starting off again with a steep ascent followed by a level walk through meadows and conifer woods to Val Ferret, passing many small brooks, with the silhouette of the Grand Jorasses standing out. If you feel tired, or if you prefer to stroll through the streets of the centre and rest today, you can stop in Courmayeur and then take a bus directly to Val Ferret.

Day 6

Val Ferret to La Fouly

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Val Ferret to La Fouly luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    870/920m

This morning's walk will take you up a steep ascent and past some ruined farmhouses where you enter into Switzerland. The first 4 or so kilometres are a gradual 150m ascent along a surfaced road. If you wish, you can avoid this section by taking the SAVDA bus that stops in front of the hotel. From Waypoint 4 a steep and rewarding climb takes you to Rifugio Elena then on to the border crossing with Switzerland, at the top of the Col du Gran Ferret (2537m). The views of the receding Glacier and the perennial snow of Triolet and Pre de Bar are very impressive. The descent is through unspoilt open meadows with very few traces of human settlement. You pass a couple of mountain huts then nearing the small hamlet of Ferret and on to La Fouly where we spend the night.

Day 7

La Fouly to Champex-Lac

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

La Fouly to Champex-Lac luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/715m

After a tough few days, today offers you an easier walk. This section is quite long, but the elevation gains and losses are not as difficult as previous days. Starting off from La Fouly, you follow the river encountering a number of woods, interrupted by cliff walls and small streams. You then walk through meadows to reach Les Arlaches, a beautiful hamlet with many traditional wood and stone houses. The last stretch is up a long winding climb, which is not too steep and there are interesting wood sculptures along the way to look at. At Orsieres the trail descends to Champex-Lac, a pretty mountain village situated on the lake where you spend the evening.

Day 8

Champex-Lac to Trient

Accommodation

Champex-Lac to Trient luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    711/1125m

A spectacular walk over the Fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m) from where you descend along the Glacier du Trient. Trient (1300m) is a village on the pass road from Martigny to Chamonix. If the weather is bad, there is an alternative route, From Arpette to Trient via Champex-d'en Haut, through forests and beautiful alpine meadows that take you to Col de la Forclaz, which is an important link between Switzerland and France. This walk enjoys breath taking panoramas and reaches 2050m.

Day 9

Trient to Argentière

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Trient to Chamonix luggage transfer included.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    985/906m

Today you'll get to have your last views of Mont Blanc and enjoy your final walk to Argentiere. You are above the ski resort of Le Tour from where you hike towards Lake Charamillon (2271 metres). You then continue on to the Glacier du Tour and enter back into France. A rocky trail  takes you along the mountain crest allowing you to enjoy breath taking views of the glacier and the surrounding valleys. As you reach the border between Switzerland and France, you can see Mont Blanc shining white, especially on sunny and bright days. You descend among pastures for the last section of the walk until you arrive at Argentiere.  You will then take the bus to Chamonix this afternoon and back tomorrow morning to walk the last route. Unfortunately there are no hotels available in Argentiere. 

Day 10

Argentiere to Chamonix

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

No luggage transfer needed.

  • Time

    8/7 hours

  • Distance

    12.1/10.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1623/1443/971/789m

The walk today is quite long so start early to ensure you finish the walk in good time! You begin walking through the pretty little village Les Frasserands, with the typical wooden houses of the French alps. After going through the botanic path you start climbing uphill, into the Aiguilles Rouges Natural Park. You can decide if you want to continue to climb up to Lac Blanc (it involves climbing an iron ladder, so if you suffer from vertigo it is recommended you do not do this) or start descending to La Flegere. The route is very panoramic, in front of you the Mont Blanc massif, with the Aiguille Verte, the Drus, the Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Blanc, untill you arrive at Planpraz, where the cable car will take you down to Chamonix (last one is at 5 pm). If you are tired or in short of time you can also take the cable car at La Flegere.

Day 11

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Today is the end of the tour.

Travel Details

Arrival in Chamonix: There is a regular bus service from Genève airport (GVO) to Les Contamines (www.sat-montblanc.com), the journey takes approx. 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes. It is also possible is to pre book a private transfer (www.alpybus.com). 

If you travel by train: There are regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away. From there take the connection to Gare Chamonix – Mont Blanc. 

The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine. Information SNCF: www.voyage-sncf.com

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Hôtel La Valée Blanche or similar

Hotel la Valee Blance is a small family run hotel located in Chamonix on the bank of the Arve River. The 18th century building features a pub and large outdoor terrace. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi. 

Refuge de la Balme or similar

The refuge is located in the heart of the Contamines Montjoie nature reserve. This rustic accommodation offers half board rooms with en-suite facilites  and a hot shower (hot water is a rare commodity this far out in nature)

Hôtel Les Chambres du Soleil or similar

This small hotel is located in Bourg Saint Maurice and offers comfortable rooms with ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant where you can sit and enjoy a drink with a hearty meal 

Hotel Edelweiss or similar

The small hotel is located in the centre of the ancient village of Courmayeur close by to bars and restaurants. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, free wi-fi and a tv. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant where you can enjoy local cuisine. 

Hotel Auberge Maya Joie or similar

Maya-Joie is 200 meters from the Fouly station in Val Ferret at an altitude of 1,700 m. Set in a tranquil haven surrounded by lush greenery,. Rooms have shared bathroom facilities with hot water. The hotel offers a bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace. 

Hotel Sunways or similar

Nestled in the heart of nature the hotel is in the perfect location for admiring the natural beauty of the area. The hotel has its own resturant where you will have breakfast and dinners. Rooms have ensuite facilities. The village is a short 10 minute walk through a forest where you can take in the nature of the area. 

La Grande Ourse or similar

La Grande Ourse is located in Trient, the newly renovated hotel has its own bar, communal areas and sauna. Rooms have shared facilities. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Our most challenging trips - hard mountain walking with long rewarding ascents, descents and maybe some scrambling. A good level of fitness, stamina, head for heights and experience of mountain walking is essential. 

Usual daily walks - Distance: 11 miles; Ascent/Descent 1300m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep trails; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Currency in Switzerland

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.
The euro is widely accepted in Switzerland, however occasionally change may be given in Swiss Francs. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout Switzerland.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Currency in France

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.

Tipping

Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

Arrival in Chamonix 

There is a regular bus service from Genève airport (GVO) to Les Contamines (www.sat-montblanc.com), the journey takes approx. 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes. It is also possible is to pre book a private transfer (www.alpybus.com). 

If you travel by train: There are regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away. From there take the connection to Gare Chamonix – Mont Blanc. The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine. Information SNCF: www.voyage-sncf.com

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Documentation

After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we strongly suggest good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support for holidays grade 7 and above.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!
  • Bothy
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

French Swimwear

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.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take 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 money
  • 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 Switzerland

Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two prong round pin continental pug adapter which will fit into any three prong receptacle. More information can be found at www.power-plus-sockets.com

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy 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/

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/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Switzerland

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Switzerland.

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.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

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.

Health Advice for France

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 Travel 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.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

Switzerland

  • Capital

    Berne

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc

  • Language

    German; French; Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • February

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • April

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • May

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • June

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 121mm

  • July

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • September

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

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