Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour

Backroads
5.0 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 4,498 $ 750 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Short Description

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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Interlaken
End City Zermatt

Trip Includes

  • All meals except 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Internal Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

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
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This was our third Backroads trip. It was a 10 day bike trip on the south island of New Zealand. Amazing! Very well organized! Great guides! All the details are carefully taken care of! Even when the unexpected happened (an earthquake!), our guides had a bus replace the train trip that was cancelled (due to damage to the railroad tracks) and it was done quickly. I would recommend Backroads to all my active friends :)
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I've taken two Backroads camping trips with my teenage son. It's our summer bonding time and has proved to be a better experience than I could have imagined. Highly recommended. Everything is done for you except riding the bikes! We've been to the San Juan Islands and Yellowstone/Tetons. This year, hopefully Alaska!
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I've taken over 15 Backroads trips and each one was absolutely incredible. Each trip leader has been fabulous -- and the itineraries are simply amazing. The best way to see the world is via Backroads. Trust me.
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I recently had the most amazing experience on the Backroads Singles-Solos Wine Country to San Francisco Biking trip. I'm not a biker but everyone was supportive of each other regardless of experience level. The routes took us through some of the most beautiful roads in the Bay Area. My favorite part was the food as there were freshly-prepared meals three times a day. A+.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

16 or more people

Cancellation Policy:

Number of days Prior to trip start (Per Person)

96+ days: Cancellation Fees is $200        

61-95 days will be 30%

31-60 days Cancellation Fees is 60%

0-30 days will be 100%

Trip ID#:

SwiWalBac

Trip Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses

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