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Program #15870RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Lydia Balizet Mar 15, 2015 at 04:29 PM

Has anybody participated in the independent program learning French in Paris? How is the school? Small classes? Thanks Lydia
Carolyn Kinsmam Mar 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

I have not done the program in Paris but have done the Trois Riviers in Quebec for three weeks
Lydia Balizet Mar 19, 2015 at 02:40 PM

how was it ? were the classes small? How many different levels ?
Carolyn Kinsmam Mar 25, 2015 at 01:01 PM

Sorry for the delay in answering. The classes are small and depending on enrollment there is usually a beginner, at least two levels of intermediate and then maybe two levels of advanced. Happy to discuss this in further detail off line if you want

Peter Bellamy Mar 13, 2015 at 05:18 PM

I notice in the Information Packet (p.25) RS suggest cotton clothing (shirts/tops). I recommend going to capilene, smartwool, or polyester/spandex blends. These not only absorb moisture, they also release it much faster than cotton. They're good for the quick wash in the hotel tub, too.

Carolyn Kinsmam Mar 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Stephane: I have stayed at the f6 last year. It is a small but very nice hotel. Really great breakfasts. While in Geneva your room tax pays for transit so its a good time to WHO, United Nations, etc. I am coming in one day early and am torn between Geneva or getting up into the mountains to adapt to the altitude.
deborah jerome Mar 12, 2015 at 07:05 PM

I have three days....staying in Lausanne. Still trying to decide if I'll head directly to the starting location, or going back to the airport to meet the group.
Harry Jones Mar 13, 2015 at 09:58 AM

In this case it is probably easier just to take the direct train back to the airport (45 min) then to have to take the train to Aigle or Bex and change to bus or cogwheel train and then get from the Villars station to the hotel with your bags.
Harry Jones Mar 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Carolyn: I would not worry about the altitude. Villars is at only 1300m (4000') and you will mainly be there or below the first couple of days. Even going up the mountain to Bretaye at 1806m (5500') should not be a problem. Nobody on my trip had any problems with altitude in Villars.
Carolyn Kinsmam Mar 25, 2015 at 01:03 PM

Thanks for the comment. I have been to Villars before but ......... think I will need the day

deborah jerome Mar 07, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Anyone out there scheduled for the June 24-July 6th Mont Blanc trip?

Harry Jones Feb 05, 2015 at 03:29 PM

I did this trip last year and spent three days prior in the area. Email me at hjones@prodigy.net if you would like some suggestions on what you could do those three days, and how to get a regional pass good for trains, bus, and lake steamers at the Geneva airport.

deborah jerome Feb 05, 2015 at 01:25 PM

Looking forward to the June 24-July 6th program. Arriving earlier in Geneva....anyone else coming early? I'm hoping to stay in Geneva area 22, 23 & 24...then meeting up at the airport on the 25th.
Stephane Ligtelyn Feb 20, 2015 at 01:55 PM

Chester -- I'm taking this program and arrive 2days early (25Aug) and meet the group arrival on 27Aug at the airport. Will also take the Essence of the Alps (program #21897) arriving Zurich on 18Sep. Haven't settled on what & where for the gap of 10days between the two programs
Peter Bellamy Mar 05, 2015 at 07:11 PM

Stephane and Chester; I am joining the Aug 26th Mont Blanc walk. Would be happy to talk about preparations.
Stephane Ligtelyn Mar 07, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Peter & Chester - With my early arrival into Geneva, I've reserved a room at the Hotel Design f6 for 2nts. Since I have 10days at the completion of this 1st program for independent travel, I'll just focus on Geneva itself during the pre-tour 48hrs. Also open to having time together ... as well as talk about preparations.
Peter Bellamy Mar 07, 2015 at 07:20 PM

Stephane; I am interested in arriving in Geneva a couple of days early. Are you open to sharing accommodations? I am planning to travel to Germany to visit family at the end of the Mont Blanc walk.
Stephane Ligtelyn Mar 14, 2015 at 06:38 PM

Peter - Sorry for the delay in responding. Personally I prefer my single room plus it's small as well. Open to meeting you on the 25th - if you'd like company for seeing Geneva.

Chester Pletzke Jan 24, 2015 at 05:44 PM

Anyone signed up for the August 26-Sept. 7 Program ?
Kathleen Cavanaugh Jan 25, 2015 at 07:34 PM

What trip?
Kathleen Cavanaugh Jan 25, 2015 at 07:36 PM

Chester Pletzke Jan 25, 2015 at 08:21 PM

Walking Below and Beyond Mont Blanc: Switzerland, Italy and France

Gary Garton Sep 08, 2014 at 09:28 AM

I'm about to exchange some U.S. dollars for foreign currency, at my local bank, that I might need on this trip. Does anyone out there know if merchants in Switzerland will accept Euros? If so, that would make things much less complicated rather than having to mess with Swiss Francs, too. It looks like most of our time will be spent in France and Italy anyhow. Again, thanks for your advice in advance.
Gary Garton Sep 10, 2014 at 09:40 PM

Thanks, Harry, I'd feel alot better having a few Swiss Francs in hand upon arrival just in case I need something before the tour begins. I suspect, overall, that we'll need more Euros than Francs seeing we'll be in France and Italy more than Switzerland. I sort of complicates the picture having to use two different currencies.

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