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  • Heart-pumping hikes reveal quintessential Switzerland
  • Trek from high mountain passes to wildflower-strewn meadows with soft-eyed dairy cows
  • Jaw-dropping panoramic vistas of Gornergletscher, a glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses
  • Savor apple strudel and fresh Swiss cheese to your heart's content
  • Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, the epitome of luxury, with stunning views of the Matterhorn

Prepare to be pampered. Awestruck. Exhilarated. In a place where mountains cut into the sky. Where snow perfectly crowns each peak and glacial lakes shimmer. Where alpine comfort and Matterhorn views come standard at the Riffelalp Resort. Where trails lead to remote hamlets and green pastures, over hidden mountain passes and beside immense glaciers. Where chalets are always ready with a cold beer or warm hot chocolate. Prepare for the height of Switzerland. Prepare for the Swiss Alps.

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Excellent vacation, biking in Holland and Belgium, 6 days January 2017

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Excellent vacation biking around Holland & Belgium with Backroads. See my videos to get a flavor for the trip. Biking in Netherlands, May 2014 Biking in Bruges, Belgium (May 2014)

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Met My Husband on my first cycling trip! July 2016

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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was the Canadian Rockies Cycling trip in the year 2000. It was a while ago so i can only remember a few details, but it was a fabulous cycling trip where I not only learned so much more about biking (it was my first ever cycling trip and I just started training for it 2-3 months before), had wonderful and super fun guides, magnificent views, fun places to stay, great food, and I met my husband on that trip! I have a friend who I met on another trip and recommended this one to her. She went on he exact same Backroads trip a few years after us and met HER husband on it! Both of us still married!
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Day 1: Experience quintessential Switzerland with breathtaking hikes

Starting with a ridgeline walk above the Adelboden Valley  Ascend by gondola to the Wildflower Trail  Alpine pastures, tumbling waterfalls and glistening glaciers stretch out before you.

Days 2-3: Trek from high mountain passes to wildflower-strewn meadows

A challenging route to Leukerbad leads past a shimmering glacier-fed lake and over Gemmi Pass, crossed for centuries by traders  Cable cars whisk us over the toughest ups and downs  Traverse a thermal gorge on a suspension bridge that looks onto a thundering waterfall  Get the skinny on Swiss cheese at a traditional farm  Do your hiking muscles need TLC? You're in the right place: Leukerbad's healing waters have attracted travelers since the 19th century.

Day 4: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, the epitome of luxury, with panoramic views of the Matterhorn

Catch the Glacier Express train to Zermatt, a picturesque village that is blissfully automobile-free  En route through the Zmutt Valley, stop for a lager or slice of apple strudel in one of the historic mountain hamlets.

Days 5-6: Jaw-dropping views of Gornergletscher,

A glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or train  As you listen to the ice field groan, creak and rumble, the Monte Rosa and Breithorn peaks stand watch  Savor crisp morning air en route to an alpine lake which offers magnificent vistas of Zermatt  Enjoy a tour of historical Zermatt with a local expert.

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Price Per Day:

$ 750 per day
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 660
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