Chamonix & Gran Paradiso
France & Italy, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,345 (land only) - from €1,680 (land only) - from $2,245 (land only)
By: Louise Bottomley, West Sussex, UK
It was a really good itinerary - some shorter days to start with (but they still seemed tough), building up to longer days in the middle and then another couple of easier days at the end so opportunities then to sit around and enjoy the scenery. Great views every day, and plenty of wildlife to spot.
Most enjoyed: The third day of walking was the best - it was fabulous to be looking down on the glaciers, and great to get to the top of the Becca Traversiere with fantastic views all around. The food was also fantastic - big plates of pasta for starters went down very well.
Lindsay was a great guide - full of info about the scenery and the flowers. Always offering her map so we could see where we were going. She kept cheerful, even in the rain and got us all to the top of the Becca Traversiera no problem.
By: Sarah Witt, Winchester, UK
The training, both on glaciers and the rock-climbing was excellent - I learnt a huge amount. Most enjoyed: The ascent of Gran Paradiso - reaching the summit as the sun came up, but just before the weather came in.