Tour of Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe with year-round snow at its summit.  The trail to hike around the mountain starts in Chamonix, France and proceeds down to Courmayeur, Italy, then up through Switzerland, returning to Chamonix.  Distance is about 100 miles and it normally is hiked in about 12 days.  Price is $1795
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Haute Route

This is one of the most famous long-distance hikes in the Alps.  It starts in Chamonix, France and ends in Zermatt Switzerland.  It’s a little over 110 miles distance.  It goes through many small villages and provides spectacular scenery.  It takes about 12 days to make the complete hike.  Price is $1795 double occupancy for
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Three Culture Hike

French, German and Italian regions The three culture Hike is in Verbier (French), Wengen (German), and Courmayeur (Italian) Total time required for this hike is two weeks. Cost is $2400 per person double occupancy. We also plan weeklong hikes in the mountains around various Swiss cities including the following: Verbier Wengen Courmayeur Russell Tours™ If
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Posted on:12/06/2015 For Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours Review

Posted on:12/06/2015 For Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours Review Please tell us more about your travel plans: our self guided Haute Trip was fantastic-very well coordinated, Bill was flexible, helpful, and all was inexpensive- Review by jack grossman Posted on December 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm Did we meet or exceed your expectations?: How would you
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Posted on:10/13/2015 For Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours Review

Posted on:10/13/2015 For Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours Review Would You write a few remarks about your experience with our organization?: Yes Review by torrey r . . .ussell Posted on October 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm Did we meet or exceed your expectations?: 5 Stars How would you rate your overall experience?: 5 Stars Would
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Hiking in the Alps of Switzerland using hiking poles will change your life.

Hiking Poles Switzerland

Dear Bill: After reading your notes on using hiking poles, I bought some and tried them out. I love them. They not only give the upper body a workout, but they make hiking much easier. I’m amazed that I’m just beginning to learn about them. As I’ve had a life of hiking. The poles are
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As a fellow traveler I am often conflicted by the vagaries of travel sites and the cost of travel.  I also have worked hard to understand  when is the best time for you to book your hotel and airfare for your hiking adventure.  Traveling to Europe specifically to the Alps of Switzerland or Austria and
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Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis

Austria Hiking

Our most memorable hike began with a bus ride out of Mayrhofen, trailhead at the Speicher Schlegeis (reservoir). At 10 a.m. we began the steep track up to the Olperer Hut where we paused for the best Apple Strudel of the trip, accompanied by several cute mini-goats wandering amongst guest tables on the deck. The
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Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland

Dear Bill: Our hiking trip from Chamonix to Zermatt was amazing. All of the hotels we stayed in and the huts were so accommodating and all the people were so nice! The trails were well marked, some very hard and others very easy. We met many cows along the way and many other hikers. The
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Via Alpina Hike Swiss Cantons


The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes. Straight through six Swiss cantons with a vast variety of culture, geology and topography. Wide roads end in high ridge trails. The route is lined with one of the world’s most diverse variety of flora and fauna.The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most
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