Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.

Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET

Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.


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

Select a Date



and receive your



E-Photo Book:

Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:





Price Range

$3500 - $5000

Start Date

End Date

More Options

AnyInternationalSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
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.
Discussion Board

Before we can post your comment, you must be logged in to your Road Scholar Account

Log In via Facebook

Dianne Jul 09, 2014 at 09:56 AM

I had wondered whether I REALLY should take a raincoat with hoodie and lightweight fleece and a second pair of shoes (suitable for hiking) and a hat. Glad I did. The altitude was less of a problem than I expected, probably because the tour's designed to spend several days at altitudes around a mile high before actually going up to the 11,000 + foot level. So: the altitude was less challenging on this trip that our hiking trips in Yosemite and Peru.
Gary Garton Jul 10, 2014 at 07:52 PM

What you experienced and what you were glad you had brought with you is exactly what I have planned to bring in September. I have hiked mountains in the western U.S. for many years and know the vagrancies of the mountains. Especially lightweight raincoats and certainly an extra pair of hiking boots are both a must. Thanks much for sharing your thoughts. I want to hike the Alps in the cool of the fall. Fact is, if there's some new snow I would be very happy as the cooler the better. You can figure from my tone that I'm a resident of a far northern state and love it!

Beth Bachmann Jun 20, 2014 at 07:49 AM

Hi...I am getting very excited for we are leaving next week!!! One new question that I have is whether or not trekking poles need to be packed in checked baggage vs. carry-on. My poles have blunted metal tips. Any feedback would be appreciated. I know that Lori said that she is checking hers but is it required?
Lori Nitchals Jun 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

According to the airlines site, yes it is required. They could be used as weapons.

Gary Garton Jun 19, 2014 at 09:53 AM

I'm signed up for the 9/24 trip and am wondering just when I will get the final billing statement for the full amount owed from RS? I could call RS but am just wondering if anyone out there might have an idea. I'll pay by check to save RS the credit card fees. Is there anyone else out there heading out with the 9/24 tour? I haven't seen many mention that date on this discussion board so far. I'm traveling as a single, which I would rather not have to do, but I have no choice. As the time gets closer I might be jumping in here asking for travel tips from all you international savvy travelers as I'm new to the European scene.
Gary Garton Jun 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Thanks for your messages and tips, Aila. I must make more use of this website and my account information more than I do. I'm glad to hear that you're with our tour group and I'll be looking forward to meeting you. Where are you flying out of? I'm flying out of Minneapolis non-stop to Amsterdam and then to Geneva.
Gary Garton Jul 01, 2014 at 08:20 PM

Hi Aila,
Gary Garton Jul 01, 2014 at 08:25 PM

I don't live in Minneapolis but my daughter lives in one of the upscale suburbs of there so I go over often and visit. She's bringing my buns up to the airport the day Ieave as I won't park my car at the airport for two weeks. No, I live 250 miles from the airport in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin. I travel alot throughout North American but don't know a darn thing about European travel so am just alittle apprehensive about it all. I walk, hike, cross country ski and run alot so the physical end of it should be a breeze. I'm climbing a 11,000 foot mountain in Wyoming next month and that, too, should be a snap. Anyhow, I'm alittle dismayed that we haven't heard of more leaving on the date that we're leaving. I hope they have enough to fill the trip or, otherwise, our anticipation will be for nothing. I'd still rather be hiking in the fall than the summer any day!!! Gary
Aila Long Jul 02, 2014 at 07:47 AM

I have noticed that not all the people use this discussion board so hopefully the trip will go on.

Lori Nitchals Jun 18, 2014 at 01:09 PM

I am using the "Packing Pro" app to create my list of what to bring. I used this for my trip to Ireland last year and it helped tremendously! I did not forget a thing! It makes suggestions and I can add my specific things. I transferred that list for this trip and made the necessary adjustments. And I can print it out! Love technology!

Robin Dellabough Jun 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Thanks Lori, now wondering about quantity--how many pairs pants/socks etc.?
Lori Nitchals Jun 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I am still figuring that one out! Ha! I am bringing a carry on and a check in. My hiking poles and Swiss Army knife go in my check in. I only pack half my check in suitcase and leave the other half empty for purchases/ souvenirs, etc. I will bring 3 pairs zip off hiking pants and 3 wicking T-shirts and 2 sunshirts- I can wash them in the sink and they dry quickly.
Lori Nitchals Jun 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Oops...accidentally hit "post". Probably 7 pairs underwear and socks, which I can wash in the sink. I figure we have three days in each area, so will bring three outfits and wear them again in each new town. Hmmm...I guess once I have my hiking stuff packed, toiletries, and other essentials, I will see how much room I have left, which will determine how many outfits! I try to stick to clothes that are easy to hand wash. I hope this helps! I always am looking for more ideas myself! Any one else have some good tips?

Robin Dellabough Jun 18, 2014 at 09:57 AM

Wondering if there is some sort of suggested packing list for the June 25-July 7th trip? Trying to figure out weather, etc. Does Road Scholars have one that I haven't noticed?
Lori Nitchals Jun 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I did not notice one either. For hiking I plan to wear layers- wicking T-shirt, sun shirt, fleece jacket, and a rain jacket. I wear zip off hiking pants, Smartwool socks, hiking boots, sun hat. In my pack I will carry rain pants and a Smartwool top. For non hiking activities, I will layer up as well. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains, so I plan accordingly. I believe I read that casual attire is suggested, so I am not bringing any dressy clothes. Maybe one skirt. Evenings cool down, so bring a sweater. Hope this helps. Look forward to meeting you! Lori.
Lori Nitchals Jun 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

One more thing, I also carry a fleece hat and fleece gloves in my pack. Lori

Dennis Dahlin Jun 06, 2014 at 03:57 PM

My wife Karen and I have just signed up.
Aila Long Jun 06, 2014 at 04:12 PM

So glad to hear that - see you in Geneva :)

Aila Long Jun 05, 2014 at 09:38 AM

Are there any other people going to the 9/24-10/6 2014 trip?

Before we can post your comment, you must activate your profile on the Road Scholar Social Network. What's this?

By checking this box, you agree to the terms and conditions and your Road Scholar Social Network profile will be activated. You can continue posting your comment and fill out your profile later.
By checking this box, you will not be able to post your comment.

Before we can post your comment, you must be logged in to your Road Scholar Account

Log In via Facebook

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences


Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Also on these dates ...

Choose a nearby learning adventure to add before or after this program:

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768