Mont Blanc Ride

Savoy France: (IT-FRSA01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_savoy_mont_blanc.aspx

Introduction
Savoy France
Long before welcoming skiers from all over the world to its resorts, the Tarentaise valley and its alpine passes were frequented by men from the Neolothic, and perhaps even by Hannibal during his crossing of the Alps with his elephants in 218 AD.

This region was strategic for the Roman Empire and it was also the birthplace of the illustrious Savoy house, which gave its first king to Italy. We will walk in the footsteps of the Celts who, from the Neolithic exploited the precious minerals of the mountains, as well as the illustrious Romans, who built and designed beautiful baroque chapels in this region.

The Tarentaise valley is also the setting of the Vanoise National Park, and numerous peaks over 3000 m. Nature lovers will particularly enjoy this ride as we will delight in the sight of vibrant living mountains, covered by rocks, ice, forests and plants and inhabited by a rich wildlife, including: eagles, gyapetes, ibex, marmots...and many more!

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
You will sleep in hotels and B&Bs along the way. Accommodations are located in the heart of the mountain.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1, 2 & 3: Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix
Night 4: Angele's Farm in Seez
Night 5 & 6: Hotel Dolonne in Courmayeur



Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix
This small mountain hotel offers ensuite accommodation and is decorated in typical Savoy style. There is free Wi-Fi available and guests can enjoy their relaxation area: sauna, hammam and pool. From the patio you have a great view on the surrounding peaks.

Angele's Farm in Seez
This charming farmhouse was originally built in 1830. Today, the chalet still displays beautiful stonewalls, a slate roof and wooden balconies. It has 6 beautifully decorated bedrooms, each equipped with private facilities and free Wi-Fi access. In the evening, you can relax in the hot tub or enjoy the view from the terrace.

Hotel Dolonne in Courmayeur
The hotel is housed in a fortified house dating back to the 16th century. Each of the 30 bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi and ensuite bathroom.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.



Meals

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. 

On this ride, you will have the opportunity to taste the local gastronomy, convivial dinner... We do our best to give you the best experience in our beautiful mountains.

You will taste and experience the French art de vivre. All gourmet meals with 2 glass of wine included.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Horses
The choice of our horses has been motivated above all, by the strong desire to make you enjoy your trip in total safety. Our horses are quiet and generous. Your trail companion is chosen for you according your level, height and weight. For this ride, horses are Henson breed, experienced and trained for the trail riding in mountains.

Some advice:
Before you leave: If possible, prior to your trip try to ride a horse 3 or 4 times to train your muscles for a long time on horseback. Review your knowledge (tying knot, groom, saddle, adjust and put the bridle...)
During the ride: Pay attention to the given instructions, respect the schedule and keep reasonable distances from other riding, and enjoy yourself !

Itinerary


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 produce.
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): Ride to Silver Mines of Peisey & Rosuel
The silver veins of Peisey, renamed the "Silver Mount", were discovered in 1644, but mining did not really begin until the early 18th century. The Ecole Pratique des Mines, was first established in Peisey, before being transferred to Paris, in 1815 at the fall of Napoleon and the Sardinian restoration in Savoy.
We visit the site on horseback then ride in the Rosuel valley.
We will stop for a traditional lunch at "Chez Felix".
In the afternoon, enchanting ride in the Vanoise National Park, discovering its high peaks, waterfalls, forests and wildlife: marmots, vultures including the very rare Gyapète, eagles, chamois, ibex ...
Visit with a naturalist guide from the Vanoise National Park. Dinner at the Rosuel refuge in the heart of the Park and overnight at the Vanoise hotel.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel de la Vanoise in Peisey Nancroix


Day 4 (Wednesday): Baroques churches on the way to Landry
Savoy baroque art is at the heart of the reconquest of souls during the counter reform. A true social project, the church reflects life in the mountains; it honors the saints invoked against the disease of men and cattle, accidents, avalanches, climatic hazards. Visiting these sites then becomes an exciting story, suitable for both amateurs and laymen. 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.
From La Chenarie we will ride to Parcompuet, to see the Baroque chapel of Vernettes.
We will visit the Chapel and then descend into the valley to Nancroix, where we enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant "Ancolie".
After the break, we ride along the Ponthurin to the village of Moulin then Peisey Nancroix, which we cross on horseback, before descending into the Tarentaise valley to visit the Baroque church of Landry, located at the foot of the Roman road.
Transfer to Angèle's farm, a charming Savoyard chalet in Seez. Visit of the baroque church of Montrigeon.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Angele's farm


Day 5 (Thursday): St Germain & Petit Saint Bernard Mountain Pass
From Seez, we will take the Roman road to Saint Germain, until we reach the Petit Saint Bernard mountain pass. The pass marks the border between the "Cromlech" and the Colonne Joux (Columna Jovis). The construction of the road that passes through the mountain pass (In Alpe Graia) probably dates back to the period of Julius Caesar around 45 BC. It was completed around the year 2 or 3 AD. It was the main road that linked Milan to Vienna, in the Rhône valley.
We will stop for lunch at the mountain pass and visit the Petit Saint Bernard hospice museum.
Once back in the saddle, we will go for a loop ride to discover the Roman ruins.
Transfer by minibus to the Pré Saint Didier thermal baths from where we have a sublime view of the Mont Blanc chain.
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 Aosta, 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 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 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 restaurant 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.


Rates and Dates for Mont Blanc Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals with 2 glasses of wine for dinner, 5 guided horse riding days, 1 sightseeing day (inc. entrance fees) & Transfers

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20227 day trip, AP€2695$3235
  • B
    20228 day trip with guided mountain hike€3090$3710
  • C
    20228 day trip with electric bike ride€3090$3710
  • D
    20228 day trip with cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner€2990$3590
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2022 Transfer from Geneva airport on Day 1, per person
- to be paid locally
15 $20
2022 Single supplement 690 $830
2022 Non-rider, pp (double occupancy) 2,400 $2,880
2022 Small group supplement (4 riders), pp 175 $210
2022 Small group supplement (3 riders), pp 355 $425
2022 Small group supplement (2 riders), pp 825 $990
2022 Transfer to Geneva airport on last day, per person
- to be paid locally
30 $35

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 06/26 - 07/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /10 Expired
B 2022 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip with guided mount... 4 /10 Expired
C 2022 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip with electric bik... 4 /10 Expired
D 2022 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip with cable car ri... 4 /10 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Mont Blanc Ride (IT-FRSA01):
Masks are requested in certains visits of chateaux, please bring your own mask.

In case you are unable to attend the trip due to travel restrictions, we can postpone your trip to a later date (carrying on your payments to the new date).

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Peisey Nancroix
Airport: Geneva
Transfer: Geneva airport or Landry train station

Climate:
                                                    Seez area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

41

45

54

59

68

75

79

78

71

62

49

42

Average Low Temperature (°F)

25

27

32

38

45

51

54

53

48

41

32

27

Average High Temperature (°C)

5

7

12

15

20

24

26

26

22

16

10

5

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-4

-3

0

3

7

10

12

12

9

5

0

-3

Source: NOAA


Seasons
This ride only takes place during the summer. The mountains are still covered with snow at high altitude, but we only cover trails where the snow is completely gone.
The weather is usually quite sunny. However, as it is the case in mountainous areas, weather can change rapidly and temperatures can drop so it is best to come prepared and dress with layers.

What To Bring:
The general atmosphere is relaxed during your ride. Please bring some smart casual clothes for dinner.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra film and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm