From the Mountains to the Sea along the GR5

Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean

France

14 Days

From $7,395

Level 5

Strenuous

Overview

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    Overview

    Hike from mighty Mont Blanc, with its immense south face, to the palm-fringed beaches of the Côte d'Azur, where the Maritime Alps plunge into the Mediterranean. Setting off from Mont Blanc, we hike through age-old villages and alpine meadows where cowbells echo and blue gentian bloom. Hiking south, we follow the legendary GR5 trail across remote national parks of singular beauty, then enter brightly colored hill villages that announce the Mediterranean is near. Contouring the GR5 across the last of the Alps before they drop to the sea, we arrive on the coast and head for a celebratory dip in the sea. Our unique French adventure has been featured as one of Outside magazine's “Trips of a Lifetime.”

    Arrive: Megève, France

    Depart: Nice, France

    Highlights

    • Hike our unique mountain route across a spectacular range of cultures and landscapes
    • Explore secluded mountain villages and less-traveled national parks
    • Enjoy a small group—maximum 12 people—and expert Trip Leaders

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      Amid the splendor of the French Alps, we hike up to Mont Joly for spectacular views of Mont Blanc then cross the Col de Bresson below Mont Blanc's south-facing flanks.
      Entering the Vanoise, our trails lead above treeline with views of the glaciated Pralognan Valley and the ice cap of the Dôme de la Vanoise. A ramble along an old Roman road leads us beneath the granite peaks of the Grande Casse to Col de la Vanoise (8,255'), with three alpine lakes along the way. One of our hikes is in the Vallée Etroite, a remote Italian-speaking valley.
      We enjoy a day to explore Briançon, a pretty town with a strong medieval character, or take an optional day hike in the surrounding mountains. In Queyras, one of the most untouched areas of France, we hike across emerald meadows to the Col Cross, where Corsican mouflon sheep roam.
      Auron, the gateway to Mercantour National Park, is one of the Southern Alps' largest ski resorts and in the summer offers many wonderful hiking options. We follow the GR5 across the last of the Alps before they drop to the sea, then head to the coast for a swim in the Mediterranean. Depart on Day 14 via Nice.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
      • Accommodations in hotels and inns
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Au Vieux Moulin

      Megève, France

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Just steps from the pedestrian zone of the pretty mountain town of Megève, this is a chalet-type hotel, all in wood, with a friendly atmosphere and a cozy bar.

      Hotel Autantic

      Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France

      Day 3 (1 night)

      With a tranquil countryside location outside Bourg-Saint-Maurice, this modern hotel has traditional Savoyard stone-and-wood architecture and comfortable rooms. Breakfasts are simple but good (with fresh eggs from the hotel's own chickens!).

      Hotel de la Vanoise

      Pralognan-la-Vanoise, France

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      This friendly family-run hotel is in the heart of the unspoiled mountain village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise. The hotel's bar is a great place to try the favorite local drink, génépy (herbal liqueur from the Alps) and get acquainted with the locals.

      Relais des Deux Cols

      Val Cenis, France

      Day 6 (1 night)

      The Relais des Deux Cols is a simple lodge with a lovely riverside location and a great view over the mountains. The restaurant has a professional chef and excellent cuisine and is popular with the local residents. There is a small seasonal swimming pool.

      Auberge de la Paix

      Briancon, France

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      Right in the historic district of the medieval fortified town of Briançon, this hotel has modern, comfortable rooms and an on-site restaurant.

      Villa Morelia

      Jausiers, France

      Day 9 (1 night)

      Chateau-style Villa Morelia was built a century ago on the edge of Mercantour National Park. It offers a restaurant with terrace dining, an outdoor bar, a pool, spacious grounds, and a beautiful view of the French Alps. Guest rooms are in the original building as well as in a new...

      Le Chalet d'Auron

      Auron, France

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      Just steps from the village square, Le Chalet d'Auron is an inviting hotel with a cozy atmosphere. Guest rooms are comfortable and clean, there is a good restaurant on-site, the terrace is a great place to sit and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains,...

      Hotel La Vigneraie

      Levens, France

      Day 12 (1 night)

      The family-run Hotel L'Ecureuil is located in the ski resort of Auron in the heart of the Parc du Mercantour in the Southern Alps. It features a bar, restaurant, and terrace.

      Westminster Hotel and Spa

      Nice, France

      Day 13 (1 night)

      Situated in central Nice facing the sea, the Westminster is just a few steps from the shops and historic streets of the colorful Old Town district. The restaurant is excellent and has a good view of the promenade and beach.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 5, Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 10 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 8 hours a day, and hiking significant distances for many days in a row. While no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary, all trip members should have ample hiking experience and be able to keep up with the group as with the exception of one day, there are no alternative hiking options available. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 7-9 miles
      • 4-6 hours
      • 2,000-3,000 feet gain/loss
      • Altitudes range from 6,000-9,400 feet
      Challenge Day
      • Day 4 - 10 miles, 8.5 hours, and 3,500 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is a good bit of up-and-down (often a 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain and loss in elevation per day). We will undoubtedly encounter snow on the highest passes, and trails can be very rugged. You will need to traverse areas with loose scree, large boulders, and sections of narrow, exposed trails. Your experienced mountain guides are there to assist you if needed.
      The months we visit the Alps are the optimal ones, but mountain weather can be fickle. Temperatures are likely to reach the 70s°F (or even 80s°F) during the day, with cool breezes and occasional rain. At night, the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. We are likely to experience a full range of weather conditions, making rain gear and warm garments necessary items to carry with you on every hike.
      Our accommodations are in small hotels and pensions with private en suite bathrooms. Our hotels have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and local history. Please note these are hikers' hotels, not five-star resorts. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but are not always of uniform size or amenities. In some of the smaller hotels, a bathroom may have to be shared by two or three rooms. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Lunch will be in a small village, at a mountain lodge, or at a picnic spot amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often with the cuisine the region is known for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "I loved everything about the trip and just wish it could have lasted longer. Thank you for making my trip so wonderful."

      Carrie M.

      Boise, ID

      "I loved it all. A great hike with extraordinary views, great company, delicious meals, cozy inns, and dramatic scenery changes. To end with a swim in the Mediterranean was perfection!"

      Cathy C.

      Sonoma, CA

      "Another spectacular WT adventure!"

      Christina S.

      San Francisco, CA

      "I’ll be doing more of these trips!"

      Deborah C.

      Santa Monica, CA

      "The variety in scenery from day to day was wonderful. There was always something new to see!"

      Elizabeth M.

      Long Beach, NY

      "What a grand adventure! We loved the varied terrain, the hikes, and our fantastic guides."

      Ellen Q.

      Irvine, CA

      "This was the best world trip we have experienced in 25 years of travel—a truly great French Alps experience!"

      George P.

      Castro Valley, CA

      "This was an ideal vacation for my wife and me: being in the mountains all day, at the peak of wildflower season, with two guides who were both knowledgeable and fun to be with, having a good hotel at night, and great French food in the evenings."

      Guy A.

      Woodacre, CA

      "A trip I would highly recommend!"

      Helen F.

      Clancy, MT

      "This trip was a wonderful blend of beautiful alpine scenery, great outdoor exercise, charming towns, and interesting foods. Each day was a treat, and our guide worked in special stops on the days we had to drive longer distances (like for cappucino in Italy!)."

      Inge K.

      Concord, MA

      "Great trip! Excellent leaders and companions, food, scenery, and lodgings. Pretty much what we have come to expect from WT."

      Larry A.

      Golden, CO

      "A superb trip with superb leaders."

      Laura T.

      Oakland, CA

      "This is my second time on this trip! It’s a great hike."

      Neil C.

      Swampscot, MA

      "We traveled to places that we would never have been able to see without the expertise of Wilderness Travel and the guides."

      Penny A.

      Los Angeles, CA

      "A fabulous trip! Everything was terrific, really quite perfect!"

      Randie B.

      San Francisco, CA

      "This was a very special trip. The variety of landscape, the length of time to feel like a real group of friends, variety of hotels and food—it was amazing."

      Read P.

      Castro Valley, CA

      "This was a great trip—I have zero complaints and would recommend it to any capable hiker."

      Richard S.

      Branford, CT

      "This is the second time I’ve traveled with WT. I’m noting consistent high quality, excellent planning, excellent Trip Leaders, and nice clientele."

      Teddie G.

      Pocatello, ID

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Our route circumnavigates the last of the Alps, Mont Cima (2,280&apos;) and Mont Chauve (2,296&apos;), before they drop into the sea and the views as we walk are spectacular. The heat of the south, the olive groves, the grape-growing terraces, and the terracotta houses all add to our very atmospheric last day of walking. From our pickup point just north of the city of Nice, we make a short drive to our hotel in the historic center of Nice. Tonight we gather for a festive Farewell Dinner. 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Since 2005, he has lived in the Savoie department of the French Alps, near Albertville, where he shares his passion for the outdoors, French food, and the local culture. He&apos;s a member of the French Syndicat Interprofessionnel de la Montagne, bringing together mountain guides, climbing instructors, and mountain leaders. When not guiding, he can be found ski-mountaineering, rock climbing, and cycling.","BioLong":"A native of Bath, England, Mark Tennent quickly learned his calling was in the mountains. He completed a specialist Outdoor Education degree at Bangor Normal College in North Wales, subsequently instructed at various outdoor centers in the UK, then graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the British Army, which he left as a Captain. A recipient of several mountaineering and leadership certificates, Mark has worked in various parts of the world including Afghanistan, Macedonia, Kosovo, Kenya, Sudan, and India. Since 2005, he has lived in the Savoie department of the French Alps, near Albertville, where he shares his passion for the outdoors, French food, and the local culture. He&apos;s a member of the French Syndicat Interprofessionnel de la Montagne, bringing together mountain guides, climbing instructors, and mountain leaders. When not guiding, he can be found ski-mountaineering, rock climbing, and cycling."},{"GuideID":851022,"First_Name":"Laurence","Last_Name":"Frison","BioShort":"Traveler, hiker, skier, and guide by passion, and graphic designer by trade, Laurence (&ldquo;Lolo&rdquo;) Frison embodies the life of an adventurer. She spent a decade exploring the world from Africa to Australia, including a three-month road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and has specialized in guiding groups in the French Alps, gaining her French national credential in mountain leadership. When not leading hiking adventures with WT, she enjoys biking and beekeeping in Thonon-les-Bains in the French Alps, where she lives.","BioLong":"Traveler, hiker, skier, and guide by passion, and graphic designer by trade, Laurence (&ldquo;Lolo&rdquo;) Frison embodies the life of an adventurer. She spent a decade exploring the world from Africa to Australia, including a three-month road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles, and has specialized in guiding groups in the French Alps, gaining her French national credential in mountain leadership. You can often find Lolo leading our groups on tasty detours through the French markets, a cultural gateway to the heart of France, she says. When not leading hiking adventures with WT, she finds new adventures through biking and beekeeping in Thonon-les-Bains in the French Alps, where she lives."},{"GuideID":851083,"First_Name":"Simone","Last_Name":"Simpson","BioShort":"An avid wilderness and backcountry explorer, Simone Simpson taught outdoor education in the Snowdonian mountains of Wales for 13 years before moving to the southern French Alps, where she leads treks in the Alpes Maritimes in southeast France. Her leadership stints have taken her far beyond Europe&mdash;she has guided in Costa Rica, Borneo, and one year she led a month-long expedition to Botswana and Zambia with a team of 11 school girls! Alongside her adventurous career as a guide, she is also an advanced paraglider pilot and once competed at a national level. When not leading trips, Simone lives off the grid with her husband in the Alpes Maritimes in a solar-powered house that she and her husband built.","BioLong":"An avid wilderness and backcountry explorer, Simone Simpson taught outdoor education in the Snowdonian mountains of Wales for 13 years before moving to the southern French Alps, where she leads treks in the Alpes Maritimes in southeast France. Her leadership stints have taken her far beyond Europe&mdash;she has guided in Costa Rica, Borneo, and one year she led a month-long expedition to Botswana and Zambia with a team of 11 school girls! Alongside her adventurous career as a guide, she is also an advanced paraglider pilot and once competed at a national level. When not leading trips, Simone lives off the grid with her husband in the Alpes Maritimes in a solar-powered house that she and her husband built."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Carrie M.","GuestLocation":"Boise, ID","GuestReview":"I loved everything about the trip and just wish it could have lasted longer. Thank you for making my trip so wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Cathy C.","GuestLocation":"Sonoma, CA","GuestReview":"I loved it all. A great hike with extraordinary views, great company, delicious meals, cozy inns, and dramatic scenery changes. To end with a swim in the Mediterranean was perfection!"},{"GuestNames":"Christina S.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"Another spectacular WT adventure!"},{"GuestNames":"Deborah C.","GuestLocation":"Santa Monica, CA","GuestReview":"I&#8217;ll be doing more of these trips!"},{"GuestNames":"Elizabeth M.","GuestLocation":"Long Beach, NY","GuestReview":"The variety in scenery from day to day was wonderful. There was always something new to see!"},{"GuestNames":"Ellen Q.","GuestLocation":"Irvine, CA","GuestReview":"What a grand adventure! We loved the varied terrain, the hikes, and our fantastic guides."},{"GuestNames":"George P.","GuestLocation":"Castro Valley, CA","GuestReview":"This was the best world trip we have experienced in 25 years of travel&#8212;a truly great French Alps experience!"},{"GuestNames":"Guy A.","GuestLocation":"Woodacre, CA","GuestReview":"This was an ideal vacation for my wife and me: being in the mountains all day, at the peak of wildflower season, with two guides who were both knowledgeable and fun to be with, having a good hotel at night, and great French food in the evenings."},{"GuestNames":"Helen F.","GuestLocation":"Clancy, MT","GuestReview":"A trip I would highly recommend!"},{"GuestNames":"Inge K.","GuestLocation":"Concord, MA","GuestReview":"This trip was a wonderful blend of beautiful alpine scenery, great outdoor exercise, charming towns, and interesting foods. Each day was a treat, and our guide worked in special stops on the days we had to drive longer distances (like for cappucino in Italy!)."},{"GuestNames":"Larry A.","GuestLocation":"Golden, CO","GuestReview":"Great trip! Excellent leaders and companions, food, scenery, and lodgings. Pretty much what we have come to expect from WT."},{"GuestNames":"Laura T.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"A superb trip with superb leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Neil C.","GuestLocation":"Swampscot, MA","GuestReview":"This is my second time on this trip! It&#8217;s a great hike."},{"GuestNames":"Penny A.","GuestLocation":"Los Angeles, CA","GuestReview":"We traveled to places that we would never have been able to see without the expertise of Wilderness Travel and the guides."},{"GuestNames":"Randie B.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"A fabulous trip! 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}