France

Three Culture Hike

Three Culture Hike
French, German and Italian regions

The three culture Hike is all about flexibility. This trip can start near Zurich in Wengen or in Chamonix France which is near Geneva. Lets review the different stops. Verbier and Zermatt are (French), Wengen (German), and Courmayeur (Italian) and just for fun Chamonix (French) for your last few days. It is also noteworthy that this trip isn’t about hiking long distances across open tundra but instead spectacular day hikes and small overnight hikes to quaint mountain lodges with breathtaking interesting vistas. We have attempted to put together the essence of the Swiss and French Alps experience without the long (and sometimes boring or very physically challenging) sections between these historically important villages and their surroundings. We can craft either 4, 7, 12 or 18 day excursions to suit your interests and hiking challenge desires.

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis

Hiking Review of Mayrhofen Austria trails Speicher Schlegeis
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 loop back to the Schlegeis via Friesenberg hut was supposed to be a mellow, flat 3-hr “walk in the park”, but it turned into an uphill death march and downhill race to the last bus at 6 p.m. We barely made it, arriving at 5:57 p.m. With great weather and views and only an occasional encounter with other hikers, it was our best hike in the Mayrhofen area, despite the drama and last-minute adrenaline rush.

Review: Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Switzerland

Review: 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 food was excellent too…cheeses, breads, meats…..and butter! Switzerland is a beautiful country to see on foot! I would do this hike over and over again. I think Bill Russell’s Mountain Tours did a great job organizing our trip!
Regards,
Nancy

Review: Champex on the Tour du Mt Blanc, Champex Lac

Review: Champex on the Tour du Mt Blanc, Champex Lac

REVIEW:

Any concerns are certainly tiny in comparison to the amount of pure pleasure and enjoyment we got from the trip and all in all the TMB is fabulous and I would certainly do it again. Both my daughter and I LOVE it. I really wanted to get back to Chamonix before the rain set in because I wanted to go up the Aiguille du Midi which I did. WOW!, thank you for the suggestion.

Packing Light

Packing Light
We all like to go places, but we sometimes find ourselves hating to travel. It’s an enigma.  Packing and unpacking.  Lugging the luggage.  Keeping organized with a place for tickets, passport, important telephone numbers and directions, and keeping clothes clean.  It’s almost too much to cope. Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Pro Hiking Tip: I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.

Pro Hiking Tip: I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.
I Love to Travel, But Without the Tourists.
Throngs of tourists sightseeing the day away can be a problem but Russell Tours has found a way around it. It’s really very simple. Just get to your destination village and get on the trail as quickly as you can. You can enjoy all the beauties of nature like the Alps in Europe and the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain hardly ever see a tourist.