FRANCE, SWITZERLAND & ITALY
- Hike Around Mt. Blanc
- 8 Days of Fun Trekking
- Visit France, Italy & Switzerland
- Hike Across the Border
- Swiss, French & Italian Culture
- Chamonix: Canyoneering
- Whitewater Rafting
2017 Dates & Prices
14 Days: $4488.00
July 1 - July 14
July 16 - July 29
July 31 - August 13
MONT BLANC – TREK
Experience the highest mountain in the Alps from our trek around Mont Blanc. The trek, designed to be unbelievably fun, cultural and doable, brings us to mountain villages in France, Italy and Switzerland. Everyday, we stay at a different bed and breakfast, experiencing the best hospitality of the Alps and getting away from the crowds. Hiking across mountain borders, campers only carry a small backpack with clothes for a few days, and we do laundry along the way. With mesmerizing views of glaciers, valleys and Mont Blanc, this is an adventure that will not soon be forgotten!
FRENCH ALPS: WHITEWATER RAFT & ZIP LINE
After an incredible trek around Mont Blanc, Bold Earth campers spend the final days of Bold Alps in Chamonix, France. Located on the border of France, Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix is a world-famous adventure town. Under the shadow of the Alps, we experience the best adventure activities! Starting with a zip-Line adventure, campers experience rappelling and zip-lining above a narrow canyon and above waterfalls. The next day, we whitewater raft, experiencing class 3-4 rapids on the adventure of a lifetime. To end the Bold Alps trip, we take a cable car ride to the top of the famous Aiguille du Midi, to experience incredible views of the Alps and of our accomplishments trekking around Mont Blanc!
- Geneva: Welcome and Goodbye
- Les Contamines : Start of Mont Blanc Circuit
- Courmayeur: Italian Alps and Gondola
- La Fouly: Best of the Swiss Alps
- Chamonix: Canyoneer & Whitewater Raft
Active? Yes. 14 non-stop days of Adventure Sports!
• 8 days to trek around Mont Blanc, highest mountain in the Alps • Whitewater Raft • Canyoneering & Rapel • Italian, Swiss & French – Culture!
Trekking in the soaring Alps is as good as it gets! Bold Earth’s Bold Alps takes campers to the Italian, Swiss and French adventure capitals of Europe!
To receive a list of Bold Alps references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Eight days of trekking in the Alps is INCREDIBLE! Bold Earth carefully selects the hiking terrain for its beauty and diversity in culture and views. Think of this less as a pure trekking trip and more of a trekking + eating + jumping in lakes + laughter + best friends ever trip! Hiking in a small group leads to incredible group bonding as we share the ups and downs (literally!!) of the Mont Blanc circuit. We experience the best food, authentic locals and avoid the crowds. The hiking is challenging but absolutely doable. This trip rocks!
Quite simply, NO!
This is NOT a backpacking trip. Campers DO NOT carry a heavy backpacking backpack during Bold Alps. Campers carry a 30-50 liter bag with 3-4 days worth of clothes. We do not carry food, sleeping bags or anything other than clothes. We do laundry halfway through the hike and leave our duffle bag in Chamonix. This makes the hiking WAY MORE FUN!
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, perfect and ideal accommodations for Bold Alps. Bold Earth does it best! YES, you will be comfortable!
Bold Alps stays in small bed and breakfast (B&B) style hotels. With few rooms and incredible owners, the B&B’s offer campers an opportunity to learn about more about the culture of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. With home cooked meals, amazing singing, fireplaces and cozy beds, the lodging on Bold Alps is quintessential Alps. With few other tourists, we explore Europe with the way locals do. You will share a room with 1-3 other campers of your same gender and will always have your own bed. This is a great way to get to know each other!
Bold Alps is carefully crafted and planned. Where, how and why we pick every night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth and we honor that trust.
CLICK Bold Alps’ Packing List for a carefully detailed description of exactly what to bring.
The gear list for Bold Alps is designed to be as simple as possible. We do recommend a good pair of hiking boots and trekking poles, but other gear is not technical. It is highly recommended to break in your hiking boots before the trip.
We do laundry half-way through the trip! Therefore, you only need to bring 7 days worth of equipment.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. A Bold Earth trip advisor is always available to help.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (at least one male and one female)
Group size matters! A small group puts YOU right in the center of the action and success. Bold Alps will include a maximum of 10 Campers and 2 Adult Trip Leaders. You should expect knowledgeable and experienced guides to make the trip safer and 100% solid.
Small groups allow campers to embrace culture, cooking, leadership and responsibility. This is the RIGHT way to do Europe!
Bold Earth partners with local European organizations to bring the highest level of authenticity to YOUR Europe summer. A European trip designed, led and managed by Europeans – OF COURSE! People who know Europe know the difference. It is not unusual for Europeans to join our European trips. We consider this the ultimate compliment.
Mostly by sleds… NO… BUT, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!
Unfortunately, since the end of the last ice age, it is not possible to travel by sled during the months of July and August… Ok, back to reality!
Bold Alps does not travel much! That is a good thing. We are traveling by foot as we circumnavigate Mont Blanc. We travel by private van to and from Geneva. All travel is carefully planned and coordinated to maximize activities & culture and minimize time spent in the van.
All travel while on Bold Alps is fully included (Flights ARE NOT included). Please view Bold Alps Trip Blogs to get a better idea of travel and day to day activities.
Yes! Bold Earth is a FUN educational environment. Learn teamwork, outdoor skills, cooking skills, leadership and much more on Ultimate Alps.
Leadership is a planned part of every Bold Earth day. All campers will be the Leader of the Day (LOD), and will take charge of the trip and lead a nightly meeting.
Campers will return home feeling more confident, more of a leader and more self aware with a deeper appreciation of the world around them.
Yes, for all non-Europeans, a valid passport is needed to enter Europe.
The Alps are an EPIC mountain range that dominate the majority of south central Europe. Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, Italy and Monaco all have boundaries touched by this epic wonderland of adventure. The mountains were formed over hundreds of millions years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided, creating a series of sharp, cragged peaks.
Approximately 15 million people share the mountains with abundant flora and fauna. Edelweiss flowers bloom on the rocky slopes while ibex roam the high tops of the mountains. Also, people yodel – which we think is cool!
Mount Blanc is the highest point in the Alps. At 15,782ft (4,810m), Mount Blanc is shared by Italy and France. The Matterhorn is probably the Alps’ most iconic mountain! It is sweet and powerful!
The Alps are an incredible place for adventure. The birthplace of mountaineering, climbing and snow sports, this is a region where adventure is part of the culture. The Alps have hosted 5 different Winter Olympic games – WOW! It goes without saying that this is adventure at its best!
THE BEST! Ski and ride in the summer? OF COURSE!
Because of the altitude and size of the Alps, it makes for perfect summer weather. Temperatures will be around 70ºF (20ºC) during the day with cooler nights.
On the slopes, weather is cooler. Dropping down to about 40ºF (5ºC).
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
I really grew as a person on Bold Alps. Everyday was a completely new experience. The cultures that I witnessed while there, I had been familiar with before, but I had never achieved an educated perspective to the extent that Bold Earth showed me. And the adventure on top of that made for the trip of a lifetime.
- Sean R.
Bold Alps looked like a terrific trip and was planned and executed. Ian said the sites and activities were amazing and awesome. The blogs were great. Ian really liked the three leaders. From our point of view, he was on a trip to places he would not normally go to in a manner he would not normally experience.
- Parents: Jody & Andrew