Do I need to take both Swiss Francs and Euros?
It’s not necessary to take both currencies as the places we visit in Switzerland will take Euros. However, you may not get a particularly favourable Euro/ Swiss Franc exchange rate, but you won't be spending much when over the border so the difference is minimal.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
Tips from staff who have done the Mont Blanc Highlights
Weather - I did the trip in late June last year, and the weather was lovely pretty much all the way through. We did have a couple of days of white cloud or grey skies, but the sun was actually out most of the time. It rained a couple of afternoons after the clouds built up. To check the weather, I would look online at forecasts. It's impossible to say what the conditions are going to be exactly, as the mountains can change everything depending on local patterns. It should be nice and warm during the day, low to mid 20s, and pleasant evenings lower down. As you get higher, the sun will still be bright and strong but there can be a chill wind on exposed areas.
Clothing - I had a warm fleece, wind/ waterproof jacket and some gloves. Apart from that, it was just the usual layers underneath. I would also advise a rain cover for your rucksack. I would go with the lighter waterproof, as you'll only be wearing it during the day, and can easily stick a fleece underneath if it's chilly, but you should be fine with layers.
The walk - I found Day 4 probably the toughest but also the most beautiful. It was the toughest as the lift was closed on the way down, so it meant a long extra walk. If the lift is open on your departure, you shouldn't have as long a day but the ascent is still very steep in places and can be tiring if it's hot. But the views from the ridge at the top, the openess, Lac Blanc, looking across to the other side of the valley with the glaciers hanging down, were stunning. But it's not unique, most of the walks have stunning views, it's really one of the prettiest areas for walking I have ever been to. It is definitely steep in places and you'll feel it in your legs at the end of the day but well worth it.
The walking paths are really well looked after out there, so the ground underfoot isn't too much of an issue. There were a couple of days with long ascents (I remember the La Blanc day and the final day being longer than most of the others) and then descents, but the pace is quite even and none of our group had any problems, even with quite mixed abilities.
Also, as it's centre based, you can always take a day off (in addition to the free day) if you like.
It's a wonderful trip and we were so well looked after by Oliver and Elaine, I know you'll love it!
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
Is it possible to have a day off during the holiday?
Yes, this trip is centre based so if you would prefer to take off any of the days, you're free to do your own thing. Obviously we hope you'll take advantage of all that is on offer, but it's still a holiday, not a forced march!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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