- June 30 - July 13
- July 15 - July 28
- July 31 - August 13
- 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
*The itineraries below are from summer 2018. The 2019 itinerary will be finalized in October 2018.
MONT BLANC - TREK
FRENCH ALPS: WHITEWATER RAFT & ZIP LINE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 programming 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 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! There are also 2 nights of camping, cooking around a campfire and enjoying the starry nights.
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 14 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. 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 dominates 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 million’s years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided, creating a series of sharp, jagged 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, the climate is cooler – Temperatures can drop 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.
Every Trip Has a Story
France, Switzerland, Italy & Spain - 21 EPIC days in Europe! The best combination of sightseeing, adventure, and culture! Experience 4 countries by train, plane, bike, and foot. A once-in-a-lifetime supervised trip through Europe’s greatest countries and cities. From biking, hiking, and beaches - the best of adventure travel.
- Price: $7,088
- Ages: 15–17
- Days: 21
- July 1 - July 21
- July 20 - August 9