Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour
- 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
- Feast on fondue paired with regional wines
- Riffelalp Resort, the epitome of luxury, with stunning views of the Matterhorn
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An Alpine Summer Adventure in the Swiss Alps
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.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Terrain & ShuttlesDue to Switzerland's rugged terrain, you can look forward to some exhilarating - but steep! - climbs along rocky and sometimes uneven paths. Please note that there's no van support on this trip (you can imagine why!), so you should be comfortable with the alpine elevation and remote routes.
Day 1 Experience quintessential Switzerland with breathtaking hikes starting with a ridgeline walk above the Adelboden Valley 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 Riffelalp Resort, 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 Feast on fondue paired with regional wines.
Days 5-6 Jaw-dropping views of Gornergletscher, a glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or cog railway 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 an enthusiatic local expert.
Adelboden (1 night) Spectacular views of the Bernese Oberland surround us at this mountain retreat with modern design sensibilities. (pool, spa)
Les Sources des Alpes
Leukerbad (2 nights) An elegant hotel celebrated for its scenic setting, delightful cuisine and spring-fed thermal baths. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Zermatt (2 nights) A "stylish resort sanctuary offering breathtaking panoramas of the Matterhorn from a 7,300-foot wooded plateau above Zermatt," said Andrew Harper. (pool, spa)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
It was the trip of a lifetime for me. Every morning I arose excited for what the day held. I was never disappointed. We met terrific people, the scenery was fantastic, we learned so much about the area, and just loved our leaders.- Chathan, NJ
This was a truly outstanding adventure. Not even one day of pouring rain could diminish the fun and sense of accomplishment. The hotels were spectacular; our leaders better than first-rate.- McLean, VA
The scenery was breathtaking (what can beat the Matterhorn, touched with fresh snow, looming over its surroundings from a clear blue sky on a sunny day?), the accommodations and food were excellent, and the Backroads leaders were the tops in every way.- North Attleboro, MA
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2014 CLASSIC DATES
- 8/24 - 8/29 ( $4898 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/31 - 9/5 ( $4798 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 9/7 - 9/12 ( $4698 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
2015 CLASSIC DATES
- 6/28 - 7/3 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 7/5 - 7/10 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 7/12 - 7/17 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 7/19 - 7/24 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 7/26 - 7/31 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/2 - 8/7 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/9 - 8/14 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/16 - 8/21 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/23 - 8/28 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
- 8/30 - 9/4 ( $4598 per person, double occ., +$660 for single occ.
Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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The terrain on this trip includes alpine trails and wildflower-lined mountain paths.
None of the hikes are flat. Although distances may appear short, significant elevation gains and losses make the hiking more difficult. We hike on mountain paths with some uneven terrain. There is NO van support on this trip; cable cars are often used to connect hotels with hikes.
* Includes a shuttle
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|2 - 3 guests from $7,398 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $6,398 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|