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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour

Backroads
5.0 . Excellent
97%
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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Just returned from my fourth Backroads trip, a bike trip to Burgundy. My compliments to the company for delivering consistently great experiences. We rode through beautiful countryside, past famous vineyards and historic chateaus. Our accommodations were deluxe, and the food was wonderful. Our guides were knowledgeable, and professional.
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Once again Backroads came through with another amazing experience for my family... Thank you Backroads for delivering on the value-added proposition of a private trip!
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Outstanding. Our group has taken annual trips with different tour companies. While we insist on quality, we also look for value. This tour gets an A+ on both counts, thus we'll be looking to Backroads first for our next tour. The performance of Backroads, its leaders and support staff were far better than anything we've ever seen before.
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Our guides were fabulous

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Our guides were fabulous. Everything was taken care of and every request was met instantly. There was someone at every corner to show the way and always a bottle of cold water ready for us. The food was great and the accommodations were wonderful... Backroads could not have done a better job. Thanks.
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extremely well organized

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This was my second experience with Backroads; both were excellent trips but this trip far surpassed excellence. Our trip had been highly researched, extremely well organized, and included a great variety of activities in different places. With the help of all of our guides, we met fascinating people in their respective areas of expertise and/or in their locale. A most memorable trip and done so, with the assistance of our guides.
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Incredible service and a great way to see the country up close and personal! Well worth the money.

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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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