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Itinerary for Mont Blanc Ride




Sample Itinerary -
subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
After arriving at Geneva airport or at the Landry train station, we will transfer you to your accommodation.  
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Rossaix
Start of the ride from La Chenarie. We take the Carroz Blanc Forest path, from where we have a sublime view of the Bellecôte massif. Then we discover the beautiful open landscape of the Rossaix pastures. There, we will see lovely little Tarine cows, and we will visit alpine pastures where the Beaufort cheese is produced.
After enjoying lunch on site, return to La Chenarie by the Carroz Blanc Forest path.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix

Day 3 (Tuesday): Baroques churches on the way to Landry
Today, we will learn about Savoy baroque art. It honors the saints invoked against the disease of men and cattle, accidents, avalanches, climatic hazards. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the faith of the inhabitants and the talent of local, Piedmontese and/or French artists populated the valleys with masterpieces.
We will start riding from La Chenarie up to Parcompuet, to see the Baroque chapel of Vernettes. Visit the Chapel, then ride down into the valley to Nancroix.
We will stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
This afternoon, we ride along the Ponthurin to the village of Moulin, then Peisey Nancroix, which we cross on horseback. We then descend into the Tarentaise valley to the Baroque church of Landry, located at the foot of the Roman road. After a guided visit of Landry church, we enjoy a short ride to the horse meadow, just outside Landry.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix


Day 4 (Wednesday): Tarentaise Valley Ride & Villages Visit
We start today's ride in the Tarentaise Valley, along the Isère river. As we are in a flat valley, we have many opportunities for trots and canters. We will leave the horses to rest in a meadow, before going for lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to Sainte Foy Tarentaise, a pretty village further up the valley. We enjoy a guided tour of the charming hamlets of Le Miroir and La Mazure. You will have time to do some shopping in a charming local shop.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Le Monal in Sainte Foy Tarentaise


Day 5 (Thursday): Petit Saint Bernard Mountain Pass
The construction of the road that passes through the Petit Saint Bernard pass probably dates back to the period of Julius Caesar around 45 BC, its completion is around the year 2 or 3 AD. It was the main road that linked Milan to Vienna, in the Rhône valley.
From Seez, we will ride on the Roman road to Saint Germain, an then up to the pass. Lunch and visit to the Petit Saint Bernard hospice museum.
After lunch, we discover the Roman ruins. Then, transfer by minibus to the Pré Saint Didier thermal baths from where we have a sublime view of the Mont Blanc chain. From there, transfer to your charming hotel in Courmayeur.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Courmayeur


Day 6 (Friday): Sightseeing Day (no riding)
This morning, we go on a sightseeing tour to the Aosta Valley, in Italy, by minibus.
The new colony of Augusta Praetoria Salassorum (Aosta) was founded in 25 BC. J.-C, at the very place of the headquarters (praetorium) of the old, fortified camp, at the crossroads between the road of Grand-Saint-Bernard (Mons Jovis or Mont Joux), and that of Petit-Saint-Bernard (Columna Jovis or "Colonne de Joux", or Alpis Graia). We visit the Arc de Triomphe, the numerous Roman remains of Aosta, as well as its medieval buildings.
We stop for lunch in a local trattoria in Aosta.
This afternoon, we visit the medieval and renaissance castles of Fénis and Issogne, and discover their magnificent frescoes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Courmayeur


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast. You can go visit Courmayeur if you want or we can transfer you to Geneva airport for an extra fee.
Meals included: Breakfast


Note: it is possible to add an extra overnight to the program, in that case, the end of the itinerary would be as follows:

Day 7 (Saturday): Relaxing Day
Choose between of the following options.
Option 1: Easy hike with mountain guide
You join a 4-hour guided hike with breathtaking views of a dazzling series of ridges, peaks, glaciers,... Lunch on the way in a mountain refuge or picnic according to the weather conditions.

Option 2: Electric bike ride
Take a 4-hour self-guided electric bike ride around Val Ferret. It is also possible to ask for a guide to join you for an extra fee. Lunch included in one of the restaurants of the valley or picnic.

Option 3: Pointe Helbrooner in cable car
This morning, you have some free time to go shopping in Courmayeur. Then, take the cable car to Pointe Helbronner (11371ft), to enjoy lunch in the Bistrot, with panoramic views.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Courmayeur


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

Please note this itinerary may be changed due to weather and seasonal conditions.



Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.
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Mont Blanc Ride
Tour Code: IT-FRSA01
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : June

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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