Chamonix Alps

Leadership Grades: 10th–12th/Ages: 16–18
23 days
June 13 - July 5, 2016
July 7 - July 29, 2016

Join the old world with the new on this trek through Europe’s most famous mountains. The Alps are so iconic you’ll want to trade in your passport. Meanwhile, the Pyrenees glisten like dimes! Polished by waterfalls, to boot. Oh yeah, boots. You’ll need those while criss-crossing the French and Spanish border (but for sea kayaking you can just wear sandals). On this journey, you will discover the shiny Euro-luster of trains, high altitude refugios, and the grassy hillsides reminiscent of that one musical…you know the one. The hills are alive with Moondance! Come explore them with us.


“Moondance is an experience everyone should have in their life. It’s essential. Moondance transforms the way you think about the world, others, and yourself.”
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Chamonix Shenanigans

Offering mesmerizing views, a warm and hospitable culture, and the fresh mountain air on your face, the quaint town of Chamonix sits at the base of Mont Blanc and is one of the most incredible adventure towns. You will spend your time here exploring the town, preparing for your expedition and taking in the sweeping views before hitting the trail.

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The Grand Tour

For one week, you will kick up dust on the trail as you breathe in the scents of wildflower meadows and stand gaping at endless views on your Tour du Mont Blanc. Your group will ascend to captivating heights, visit the picturesque alpine villages of France, Italy and Switzerland, and spend your nights in the charming alpinists’ hut system. Here, you will have the chance to share stories with fellow adventurers from around the world as you put your feet up and enjoy some well earned relaxation.

Bravo, Brava!

Tour the Catalan Coast in style you and your crew will sea kayak through the remote caves and past the high sea cliffs of the Costa Brava.

The Hills Are Alive

The quaint mountain town of Lourdes in France is considered a sacred site by Christian pilgrimages, and it is here that you will prepare for your trek across the Pyrenees. On this trek, you will stand on the southern most glaciers of Europe and gaze triumphantly from the continent’s highest peaks. As you pass through babbling streams and recuperate at night in local mountaineer huts, you will grow closer together with each day of adventure and night of laughing around the fire.

Bonjour, Paris!

As one of the most artistically-charged cities, you and your group will have the opportunity to see incredible architecture, visit world-famous museums, as well as experience the unique Parisian culture. Who knows, you might finally meet Mona Lisa, stroll through the Arc de Triomphe, and sip coffee at a cafe just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower.

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Trip Overview
Length: 23 Days
Cost: $6,195
Current Grade: 10th–12th
June 13 - July 5, 2016Limited
July 7 - July 29, 2016Limited
Included in Tuition
  • Two dynamic trip leaders
  • Professionally outfitted activities
  • Lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals
Not Included in Tuition
  • International airfare to and from gateway city
  • Baggage fees
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)