Chamonix Alps

Leadership Grades: 10th–12th/Ages: 16–18
23 days
$6,195
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.

 

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Chamonix Shenanigans

Chamonix, Europe’s crown jewel for adventure enthusiasts, is the majestic blueprint to which all other mountain towns aspire. Nestled deep beneath the glaciers of the formidable Mont Blanc, you begin your alpine orientation. Marvel internationally at the 360 degree vistas of the alps you’ll soon be trekking. Dive into the culture and hospitality of this picturesque village by enjoying your first pain au chocolat beneath the peaks of your future feet.

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The Grand Tour

You’ve soaked up mountain village life, now get up in them! You’ll spend a week alpine hut-hopping to remote and remarkable peaks through snow capped glaciers and lush green wildflower meadows. Waterfalls, alpine cattle, and ridgeline trails make this hike world-famous. You’ll end each day with a hot meal and cozy bed in picturesque mountain towns along the way. Switzerland, France and Italy –  you’ll trek through them all! See why this hike is a bucket list pilgrimage for alpinists all over the world. Listen for the bells!

Bravo, Brava!

Train hop to the turquoise waters and olive orchards of Spain’s Catalan Coast. This majestic Mediterranean coastline is meant to be explored by boat of course, and you’ll kayak your way through its colorful coastal caves and soaring sea cliffs. Soak up the sun and Spanish culture in the crystal clear waters of Costa Brava.

The Hills Are Alive

You’ll begin your Pyrenees path in the holy city of Lourdes (also host to the most delicious gelato on the planet). Next you’ll straddle the stunning ridge lines of  France and Spain in this remote and rugged range. Trek the path where myths were born as you ascend the world famous Brecht Du Roland through the gorgeous gorges of Ordesa Canyon. Spend each night in the company of climbers in true alpine huts only accessible by mountain trail. This trek will take you through some of the most stunning alpine terrain in all of Europe.

Parisian Party

Now that your calves have turned to baby cows, get on your walking feet to explore the urban wilderness of Paris! Promenade your way through world famous art museums, incredible architecture, and countless nooks and crannies of magic, gelato and crepes.  Reflect on your conquests with your group beneath the twinkling lights of this cultural mecca. Only an adventure of this magnitude is worthy of ending its days in the city of lights. C’est la vie!

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Trip Overview
Length: 23 Days
Cost: $6,195
Current Grade: 10th–12th
Dates:
June 13 - July 5, 2016Full
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)