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

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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. 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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David Tive Jul 27, 2015 at 03:35 PM

My wife and I are going on the Mont Blanc trip from August 27 to September 7. We are staying over an extra day in Geneva to visit CERn, home of the Large Hadron collider where they discovered the Higgs Boson and are doing other research into the structure of matter. If anyone is interested in joining us on the tour on September 7 from 1:00P to 3:00P please let me know.

Dennise Burgess Jun 06, 2015 at 02:01 AM

I'm trying to figure out what clothes to bring on the Mt. Blanc trip. It seems like some places will be warm and others will be quite cold. Will several layers under a "shell" type of jacket be enough? Also, is there any need to bring "good" clothes or shoes?
Harry Jones Jun 06, 2015 at 08:41 AM

Layers are essential. Max needed was about five at the top of the big mountain. You also start cold in the morning and shed a few layers as it warms up. So light layers that can be carried are advised. I would suggest one or two outfits a step above shorts and t-shirt (ie: country club casual) and one pair of shoes that are not soft-sided athletic shoes. Email me at hjones@prodigy.net for further details if you want.
saj Jun 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Are hiking boots a must or will good tread walking shoes be ok? Also, how many hours a day were the walks? thanks.
Harry Jones Jun 10, 2015 at 05:23 PM

There are some fairly rugged, steep, rocky trails which at a minimum call for low hiking boots. Some of the days like at the St Bernard Pass or walking in the city, walking shoes would be fine. I brough a pair each, with the walking shoes being NB black leather thus suitable for day and evenings. Generally one was out almost all day from 830am to 430pm with lunch on the trail or in a village. There was one half-day in Chamonix. Look at the detailed daily schedule. The pace on the hikes was quite moderate, perhaps 2 miles an hour with stops. All went together, so there was not a fast group ansd a slow one.

Premium Email Subscriber Apr 25, 2015 at 06:56 PM

Hi, this is Judith Albino from Denver and San Francisco. I don't know why I don't have an email name as others seem to. I wrote the message asking about the 7/08 trip.

Premium Email Subscriber Apr 25, 2015 at 06:54 PM

I just signed up for the 7/08-20 trip. Who is going then?

Paul Ellsworth Apr 20, 2015 at 01:59 PM

Anybody signed up for the 6/10-22 trip?

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

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