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Number of Reviews: 91 Overall score: *****
Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
***** Written
Mont Blanc Highlights

First Experience with Exodus

5
My girlfriend and I had never taken a group tour of any kind. We are frequent world travelers and have always been independent in our travel plans. But while doing research for a trip to the French Alps we found the Exodus website and were intrigued by the simple but compelling descriptions of the Exodus experience as well as the beautiful photographs and helpful reviews. We weren't sure we would like the group travel experience but decided to give it a try. We have now returned from our trip and are still surprised at how much we enjoyed the Exodus experience. The accommodations were very comfortable. We usually like to stay in boutique luxury hotels and stay away from the home style "bed and breakfast" type of accommodations. We found the chalet provided by Exodus to be very comfortable and enjoyed the chalet atmosphere. It really felt like having a vacation home instead of staying in a hotel. We also have very high standards for food and wine. My girlfriend is an accomplished restauranteur and sommelier and cuisine is a critical part of any vacation for us. We found the food to be healthy, delicious, creative, and prepared with great flair. But what surprised and delighted us the most about the trip was the people. Our chalet hosts, Jane and Colin, were warm, caring, and friendly while at the same time professional and talented. Our guide Simon was educational, entertaining, and patient. He and his wife Jenn were delightful to spend time with both on the treks and while sharing a glass of wine. Our other trekking companions were a truly splendid group of "proper" English and Australian ladies who seemed as comfortable socializing around the dinner table as they were trekking on the trail in the rain. In a short week my girlfriend and I developed a true and heartfelt admiration for each of them. We loved our first Exodus experience and plan to add Exodus to our regular repertoire of travels. We had a fantastics time sharing 2 birthdays and 1 marriage proposal with our new friends during our altogether too short week together. (My girlfriend is now my fiancé!) We would heartily recommend the Exodus experience to anyone looking for a world class trekking experience. We've already started planning for our next trip!
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Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mt. Blanc Highlights - Perfect in every way

5
A perfect hiking vacation for those with a moderate level of fitness who are used to several consecutive days of hiking in the mountains. Snow capped peaks, verdant alpine meadows full of flowers in June and (lucky me) blue skies and sunshine every day (not guaranteed!!). A small group of friendly and fun people led by an expert professional who made sure everyone was safe and comfortable all the while letting people enjoy the hiking, the scenery, photography at their own pace. Excellent food and accommodation which far exceeded expectations.
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Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
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Mont Blanc Highlights

Room allocation policy

1
This review is purely to do with the room allocation policy for this trip which is not transparent. The later you book the more likely you are to have a rubbish room. We booked in Jan for May trip and were allocated a room in the eves. Some rooms have baths, showers and balconies, our room had a shower (in very small shower room) and sloping roof. The room was very small and would not be suitable for elderly guests. One of the older guests on our trip hit his head twice resulting in quite significant gashes. The price for these rooms should be cheaper as there is no way they are as good as some of the others.
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Exodus Response

As with any traditional alpine chalet, rooms do vary in shape and sometimes size and we were really sorry to learn that Martha was disappointed with the room she was allocated. At the Chalet Chamonix there are seven bedrooms and of the five rooms on the second floor two have partially sloping roofs as well as the main part of the room which is full height. Both rooms also have a large Velux window and smaller side window to ensure they are light and airy. All the rooms in the chalet are of a similar size. Some rooms have baths and others have showers but we believe overall all rooms provide a comparable level of comfort. While some rooms make better doubles and others twins we believe that the fairest way of allocating rooms is to give those with larger windows to clients who booked first. Outside of the rooms the Chalet boasts a large and comfortable living room with a joining spacious balcony furnished with tables and chairs as well as a large grassy garden with decking and hot tub. When not walking most of our clients choose to relax in these comfortable communal areas all if which have a superb view of Mont Blanc.
Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
***** Written
Mont Blanc Highlights

beautiful day walks in stunning scenery

5
We went at the end of September and were blessed with sunshine on all but 1 day, so could appreciate the stunning vistas of Mont Blanc as we walked on the surrounding hills. amazing food each evening - some of the best deserts I have ever had great group of people made the trip fun.
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Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

5
Really enjoyed this trip with my daughter in September. The scenery was spectacular, the tour leader (Simon) was very knowledgeable and the company of my fellow walkers was memorable. My daughter and I had specific dietary requirements and we were catered for very well by Graham and Charlotte. The food was top notch. I would certainly recommend this trip and Exodus to anyone interested in walking/active holidays.
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Ibex on the Mont Blanc Circuit, France
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Mont Blanc Highlights

Mont Blanc Highlights

4
This was my first trip with Exodus. They were well organised, helpful and friendly all the way along preparation. The chalet where we stayed was very cosy and run by an exceptionally helpful couple. The food was wonderful and the setting magic at the foot of Mt Blanc and her neighbouring mountains. The local village of Chaminoix was delightful with many restaurants. Shops were overly expensive. Daily walks were quite tough even for me an experienced trekker.... but each day was different with superb scenery.
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Exodus Response

We are delighted that Joan really enjoyed her first Exodus trip and to see the range of positive comments. We were of course concerned to read Joan’s account of the way in which the accident was handled. All tour leaders who lead this trip have an International Mountain Leader qualification and first aid training, so we are confident they have the skills to cope with accidents and emergencies. On this trip a client injured their ankle, but it was not clear to either the leader or the injured person if the ankle was sprained, twisted or fractured. In hindsight, we agree that Peter should have discussed the option of calling a helicopter and that he should have had a bandage or splint as part of his first aid kit. We have addressed both matters for the future. The hospital in Chamonix has recently been closed although the A&E department has remained open, however Peter chose to check this with his manager before taking the client there for treatment. We of course always regret any accidents on our trips and we have been in touch with the injured person. Chloe Knott - Walking & Trekking Programme Manager

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