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Chamonix: Group Skiing Trip to the European Alps

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

The group will travel:
-- January 20 - 25, 2019 (with an optional early PRE-NIGHT in Geneva Jan 19th)

Join us on an exciting ski (or snowboard) trip to the spectacularly beautiful ski town of Chamonix, France. Nestled in a steep valley with stunning views of snowcapped Mt Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Chamonix is not only home to some of Europe’s best skiing, but also some of the best après-ski.

With 4 full days in Chamonix, this trip includes a 2 consecutive day ski pass for not only virtually all the ski areas in Chamonix, but also for the mountain train to one of Mt. Blanc’s glaciers, the tram to the top of Mt. Blanc for incredible views, and a host of other fun activities. Or take advantage of skiing the 2 days and take the other two days for sightseeing or even more skiing!

The best part is that you can do this all with a group of other like-minded adventurers and have the opportunity to make life-long friends! But that is, after all, what GEC is all about. Make Friends. Travel the World!

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Places Visited:

Group Skiing trip to Chamonix, France, Geneva, Switzerland, Mt. Blanc


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 0: OPTIONAL: Arrive Geneva, Switzerland. PM Group Get Together.
Day 1: OPTIONAL: Group Transfer from Geneva, Switzerland to Chamonix, France. PM Group Orientation.
Day 1: Arrive Chamonix, France. PM Group Orientation.
Day 2: Included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass (B)
Day 3: Included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass (B)
Day 4: Leisure Day to Ski or Explore (B)
Day 5: Leisure Day to Ski or Explore (B)
Day 6: Trip ends (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 0:
OPTIONAL: Arrive Geneva, Switzerland. PM Group Get Together.

If you purchased the Pre-Trip Early Arrival option during check out, then today you arrive at the Geneva, Switzerland airport and transfer to the group hotel (airport shuttle and hotel details will be provided before departure). This evening, you can meet up with the GEC Trip Leader and any other members who arrived early. If you like, why not join the group out in town for an optional dinner.

Overnight Geneva Airport Hotel


Day 1:
OPTIONAL: Group Transfer from Geneva, Switzerland to Chamonix, France. PM Group Orientation.

Again, for those who purchased the Pre-Trip Early Arrival option, we are picked up at the appropriate location for our included transfer from Geneva to Chamonix, France. Arriving in Chamonix, we will have the day free until the evening PM Group Orientation meeting where you will get to meet the rest of the members who didn’t choose the Pre-Trip option. Again, why not join your fellow trip members out for an optional dinner in the fun and active town of Chamonix.

Overnight Chamonix


Day 1:
Arrive Chamonix, France. PM Group Orientation.


For those who did not purchase the Pre-Trip Early Arrival option, you arrive at the group hotel in Chamonix, France*. The trip officially begins with an early evening Group Orientation Meeting held at the hotel (details, including your GEC Trip Leader’s name and picture, will be provided before departure). Here you will get a chance to meet your GEC Trip Leader, as well as all of your fellow travel companions for what is sure to be the beginning of many great friendships.

This evening, why not join your fellow trip members out for an optional dinner in the fun and active town of Chamonix.

*NOTE 1: transfers from the Geneva, Switzerland Airport to Chamonix are extremely simple and affordable, running direct every 30 minutes or so. Complete transfer instructions, including how to pre-book your space, will be emailed to you as part of the comprehensive Pre-Departure Dossier we will send to you about 3 weeks in advance of the trip.

*NOTE 2: if you don’t have or don’t want to bring skis, boots and/or poles (or snowboard and/or boots), today is a good day to arrange your ski rentals from one of the many ski shops in town.

Overnight Chamonix


Day 2:
Included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass (B)


We start this tour off right with an included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass. Valid for 2 consecutive days, use this pass at virtually any of Chamonix’s ski areas, as well as non-skiing related activities like the Aiguilee du Mindi Tram (to the famous scenic station on the top of Mt. Blanc), the Montenvers Mer de Glace train to visit Europe’s biggest glacier and the ice caves dug into it, and more.

Team up with some of your other fellow members from the group and pick your skiing spot for the day, join the Trip Leader skiing, or ski at your own pace and plan to meet the group for lunch, après ski, and/or dinner.

Overnight Chamonix


Day 3:
Included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass (B)


Today continues your included 2 Consecutive Day Unlimited Ski Pass. Use your pass to ski at virtually any of Chamonix’s ski areas, or try one of Chamonix’s non-skiing related activities like the Aiguilee du Mindi Tram (to the famous scenic station on the top of Mt. Blanc), the Montenvers Mer de Glace train to visit Europe’s biggest glacier and the ice caves dug into it, and more.

Overnight Chamonix


Day 4:
Leisure Day to Ski or Explore (B)


Today is a leisure day to spend as you like. Another day of skiing is always tops on the list, but with another full free day tomorrow, some of the group may want to explore one or more of the many non-skiing related activities available in the Chamonix area. Take the Aiguilee du Mindi Tram to the famous scenic station on the top of Mt. Blanc for incredible views of the Alps and surrounding valley’s, take the Montenvers Mer de Glace train to visit Europe’s biggest glacier and the ice caves dug into it, travel on the bus through the Mt Blanc tunnel into Italy, take the free Chamonix bus service to one of the neighboring valley towns, go cross country skiing, take a dog sled ride, go ice skating in the town rink, go snowshoeing, try heli-skiing (advanced skiers), and more

And of course, there is always the option to relax at a quaint café in town and even take a spa day should you so choose. The choice is entirely yours!

Overnight Chamonix


Day 5
Leisure Day to Ski or Explore (B)


Today is a leisure day to spend as you like. Enjoy one last day of skiing or take in one of the many non-skiing activities (see day 4 for ideas).

Overnight Chamonix


Day 6
Trip Ends (B)


Trip ends after breakfast. The day is free to spend at your own leisure until your departure. Transfers from Chamonix to the Geneva, Switzerland Airport are extremely simple and affordable, running direct every 30 minutes or so. Complete transfer instructions, including how to pre-book your space, will be emailed to you as part of the comprehensive Pre-Departure Dossier we will send to you about 3 weeks in advance of the trip.



Important Information



This is a GEC small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in a twin bed. Each hotel room contains 2 twin beds and a double bed. You can choose to purchase the upgrade option to “Guarantee the Double Bed” during check out, or if you don't choose to purchase the double bed upgrade option, then you will be assigned the 2 twin beds (NOTE: this is for the Chamonix hotel only. The optional early arrival in Geneva has only 2 twin beds, so you will only be assigned 1 twin bed there). If you would like your own room (where available), please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Please note that Hotel Tax applies to all visitors staying at a hotel in France. Hotel guests are required to pay the tax directly to each hotel in cash before checkout. The charges must be paid directly to the hotel by EACH PASSENGER, and cannot be covered or pre-paid by a tour operator. Taxes are currently EUR4.50 per person, per night and subject to change.

A Visa to enter Switzerland and France is not required for citizens of most western countries including the US and Canada (be sure to reconfirm directly with the Embassies in the country of your citizenship before departure).

A passport is always required. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.

Trip ID: EU1235
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Local Resort Fee
$100.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Early PRE-NIGHT Arrival with Overnight in Geneva (night of 19-Jan), & One-Way Group Transfer Geneva to Chamonix
$249.00
OPTIONAL: Guaranteed Double Bed (if you don't choose then you get the 2 twin beds - See "Important Info" section for details)
$159.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room)
$879.00

Price Includes
  • Small group skiing trip to Chamonix, France
  • GEC Trip Leader
  • 2 Consecutive Day Mt. Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass
  • 6d/5n 4-star hotel in Chamonix town center
  • Breakfast Daily
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre-Trip night in Geneva
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Local resort fee
  • Hotel Tax - See “Important Information” section below
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for GEC Trip Leader
  • Optional activities
Accomodation Included
  • 6d/5n 4-star hotel in Chamonix town center
Seasonal Info
  • Chamonix is one of the premier ski destinations in the Alps. It’s a ski town in winter, so dress accordingly and be prepared for snow and wind, but also bright sunny days.


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