Set off on a heartwarming family-orientated alpine journey that starts in Italy's stunning mountain landscapes and continues into France, perfect for families seeking an amazing European adventure. Explore hidden gems in the mountains while walking along majestic Alpine trails and discovering charming Alpine towns. This isn't just another trip; it's a collection of memories that will be treasured forever. The photos and stories from this unique experience will warm your hearts for years to come. This family-friendly trip can be adapted to suit all walking levels. Whether you're an expert hiker seeking a challenge or you simply enjoy leisurely strolls, you'll have the opportunity to relish majestic Alpine landscapes at your own pace.

Highlights

Day By day

Borromean Island Wonders

Welcome to Italy and the start of your family alpine adventure. Upon arrival at Milano airport, collect your car and set off on a scenic 2-hour drive to Stresa. Once you've checked in at your beautiful lakeside hotel, we'll organize a private boat excursion connecting Stresa to the captivating Borromean islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. This exclusive experience promises memories unlike any other. Discover Count Vitaliano VI's cherished summer palace on Isola Bella and meander through the meticulously manicured gardens at Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre. Indulge in an authentic lunch break at the charming fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only island in the group with a residential population. Overnight: Stresa

Peaks and Picturesque Trails

Good morning adventurers! Point your compass North and set off for the French Alps and one of its most cherished resorts - Chamonix - a paradise for adventurers, hikers and nature lovers. Surrounded by glaciers and stunning mountain scenery, this is a wonderful base for your next couple of days. Take a scenic ride on the Montenvers railway to witness breathtaking alpine views. Here, gaze upon the Mer de Glace, an ever-changing sea of ice that mesmerizes visitors with its evolving panorama. For museum enthusiasts, the Alpine Museum offers a captivating journey through mountaineering history with its fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibitions. Overnight: Chamonix

Unforgettable trip to Aiguilles du Midi

Picture yourself in a cable car, ascending over the Chamonix Valley, marveling at the unfolding mountain beauty all around. As you reach the summit of the Aiguille de Midi cable car at 3842m, you'll feel closer to the heavens, surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, stands as the majestic centrepiece almost close enough to touch but still 1000m above you. For thrill-seekers, 'Step into the Void,' a glass box hanging over a sheer drop, offers an exhilarating experience akin to flying. Yet, there are quieter pleasures too. Find a serene spot, immerse yourself in the mountain's embrace, and listen to the secrets whispered by the wind. Overnight: Chamonix

Welcome to Lyon, capital of Gastronomy

Next up on your family adventure, you'll briefly leave the French Alps behind to embark on a journey to the beautiful city of Lyon, the ancient Roman capital of the Gauls! Upon arrival in this historic city, a UNESCO heritage site, enjoy a delightful lunch by the river before exploring the charming cobblestone lanes of Vieux Lyon on your bike in the afternoon. Each turn reveals a piece of the city's rich history, with hidden “traboules”, whispering passageways of centuries past. Continue your adventure with a visit to its stunning Roman amphitheatre before reaching the Basilique of Notre Dame de Fourvière, pedaling up the lively hill adorned with art. At the summit, a panoramic view unfolds, showcasing the city's beauty with views over historic Lyon streets all the way to the Alps and Mont Blanc. In the evening, savour dinner at one of Lyon's numerous Bouchon Lyonnais, traditional local restaurants. Overnight: Lyon

Vineyards & Village

Did you know that just around the corner from Lyon lies a region often referred to as the 'French Tuscany'? Welcome to the southern Beaujolais, a beautiful landscape adorned with picturesque golden-stone villages! Take a stroll through the charming streets of Oingt, where history adorns every stone facade. With each twist and turn, you'll be greeted by picturesque views. Follow the inviting aromas of vineyards, immersing yourself in the rich tradition of winemaking. In cozy cellars, experience wines that offer a symphony of flavours, blending the old and the new. For those who are keen to keep active, we can provide you with a choice of hikes to experience some of the best views in the Beaujolais. Check out our Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour. High Point Holidays has been bringing hikers to the Beaujolais for over 15 years and with a base nearby we would love to meet you and offer you insights into this hidden corner of France. Overnight: Lyon

Lakeside Delights

Get ready for your next family Alpine adventure, just 2 hours away is Aix-les-Bains! This is the perfect place to unwind. Today, you’ll enjoy a private cruise along the secluded beaches of Lac du Bourget, marvelling at the crystal-clear waters of the lake, with the majestic Alpine mountains towering above. As the day winds down, indulge in drinks and tapas on your boat at sunset, experiencing the essence of the Lake, French style! Overnight: Aix Les Bains

Welcome to “La Cité Vauban?»

Get ready for your onward journey with a relaxing visit to the renowned Aix-les-Bains thermal spa for a refreshing experience. Following a picturesque 3-hour drive over mountain passes with beautiful Alpine views you’ll arrive in Briançon, a hidden gem nestled amidst the mountains. Delve into the heart of this fortified town, a masterpiece crafted by the legendary architect Vauban. Unleash your inner explorer as you dart from one unique structure to another, discovering the captivating tales woven within these historic walls. Overnight: Briançon

Ecrins Park Exploration

Next up on your family Alpine adventure, you'll embark on a stroll through the picturesque Ecrins National Park, where winding paths take you through Alpine meadows adorned with wildflowers and surrounded by high, glacier-covered mountain peaks. Explore at your own pace on a self-guided walk or opt for a guided hike, accompanied by an expert mountain guide for an enriching experience. Your guide will bring the National Park to life with magical tales and his knowledge of his mountains and its wildlife. You’ll be captivated by sparkling glaciers, babbling streams and jagged mountain peaks. At the end of the day enjoy a hearty traditional Alpine meal such as Raclette, Tartiflette or Fondue, specialties that will energize you for tomorrow's adventure! Overnight: Briançon

Turin's Cultural Melange

Leaving the alpine charm of Briançon behind, enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive crossing the border into Italy and the lively heart of Turin. Upon arrival in Turin, you'll be greeted by the city's splendid blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Here, baroque architecture gracefully intertwines with contemporary style, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Immerse yourself in Turin's rich culinary traditions during a delightful 3-hour walking food tour. Explore an array of renowned dishes and uncover the recipes cherished by the people of Turin. Overnight: Turin

Art, History, and City Chic

The final leg of your alpine journey brings you to Milan, where the glimmer of high-end fashion stores intertwines with the grandeur of historic architecture, a captivating contrast for your family adventure. Meet Francesco, our anthropologist guide, for an extraordinary tour of the city. Explore the area around the incredible Duomo, Milan's 14th-century cathedral, which stands as the third largest in the world. Delve into the history of Milan and uncover its many legends and mysteries by visiting the Castello Sforzesco, the city's 15th-century castle. Overnight: Milan

Arrivederci / Au Revoir?!

Whether it's an 'Arrivederci' or an 'Au Revoir,' it's time for a “final meal” on your last day. We'll take you to see the famous artwork 'The Last Supper' by da Vinci to conclude your adventure. Then, it's a drive to the airport to catch your flight back home. This alpine experience with your family will undoubtedly become a cherished memory. You'll return home and regale your friends and relatives with tales of trying to order gelato in Italy, experiencing Italian gestures as a form of communication, savoring the delicious French crepes, and marveling at the beauty of the Alps and their breathtaking landscapes!

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"The Borromean Islands in Italy are incredible. If you have a few extra days, Lake Como and Tremezzo are also a must-visit. A rental car is highly recommended for this kind of trip. It's a perfect blend of nature and culture. In Milan, take the time to visit its cathedral; it's amazing. May/June and September/October can be the perfect times for this trip, but it can also be entirely adapted for a winter holiday dream!”

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