Switzerland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s


Alpine Wonders From Interlaken to Zermatt

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The grass really is greener in Switzerland. Just ask the dairy cows grazing in the lush alpine meadows. Or simply see for yourself while hiking and biking with your family through spectacular Swiss landscapes encircled by snow-covered mountains and punctuated with sparkling lakes. From the idyllic peaks and valleys of the Bernese Oberland to Zermatt's iconic skyline, experience the best of Switzerland's mountain playgrounds.

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Start Kandersteg / End Zermatt

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  • Hike amid a striking alpine scene of glistening glaciers, rolling meadows and impossibly blue lakes
  • Pedal and stroll through quintessential Swiss villages with flower-laden chalets and friendly denizens
  • Gaze at natural highlights of the Alps from the iconic Matterhorn to the vast Gornergletscher Ice Field
  • Indulge in Swiss delights including rich fondue and chocolate paired with delicious regional wines

Start Kandersteg / End Zermatt

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Day 1 Savor breathtaking alpine scenery as you commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! | Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, surrounded by limestone cliffs, snowy peaks and hanging ice | Cold beer and hot cocoa await at a traditional alpine hut.

Days 2-3 From cheery wooden chalets to milk cows adorned with brass bells, the scenery is quintessentially Swiss as you pedal through a serene valley | Ride past teal-colored Lake Thun en route to Interlaken | Pedal or take a scenic train ride along turquoise Lake Thun | Enjoy an alphorn serenade | Indulge in decadent fondue paired with regional wines.

Day 4 Catch the Glacier Express train to Zermatt, a picturesque village with stunning views of the Matterhorn | Hike through the Zmutt Valley | Pause for a lager or slice of apple strudel in a historic mountain hamlet | Visit the herb garden for Ricola's world-renowned candy and teas.

Days 5-6 Admire jaw-dropping views of Gornergletscher, the Alps' second-largest ice field with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or cogwheel train | Listen to the glacier groan, creak and rumble | Breathe fresh morning air en route to an alpine lake which offers magnificent vistas | A festive dinner featuring raclette and fondue marks the last night of this grand alpine hiking adventure.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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.

2020 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,899 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $5,599 pp dbl occ
  • 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!

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Premiere Hotels

Waldhotel Doldenhorn, Kandersteg, Switzerland
Waldhotel Doldenhorn

Kandersteg (1 night)

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Switzerland
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Grindelwald (2 nights)

Grandhotel Giessbach, Switzerland
CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

Zermatt (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Switzerland

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Waldhotel Doldenhorn, Kandersteg, Switzerland

Waldhotel Doldenhorn

Kandersteg (1 night)

A family-run alpine retreat surrounded by verdant forests and soaring snowcapped mountains. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Switzerland

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Grindelwald (2 nights)

Catch stunning views of Eiger's north face from this luxurious chalet-style hotel. (pool, spa)

Grandhotel Giessbach, Switzerland

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort

Zermatt (2 nights)

Set in the heart of Zermatt, this modern chalet-style resort boasts incredible Matterhorn views. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 5 400 6 1000 7 1500
2 Biking 13* 400 26 500 41 1600
3 Biking 16* 1000 28 1800
4 Walking/Hiking 4* 1300 5 1300 7 3200
5 Walking/Hiking 5* 1200 6* 2900 7 3400
6 Walking/Hiking 3 1100

Note: The walking and hiking terrain on this trip includes a mix of dirt paths and paved and gravel roads. Most of our hikes take place at elevations of 4,000–7,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. The biking routes vary from level to rolling with a few steeper climbs. Most of our rides are on car-free bike paths; the Backroads support van will intersect with the routes at strategic points.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 & Shuttles

For the best riding in Switzerland, we've chosen a combination of small, quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with stretches of limited van support. Our bikes are equipped with slightly wider tires to accommodate the paths and trail surfaces.

Why Travel with Backroads in Switzerland

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Switzerland with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Switzerland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Switzerland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Switzerland live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

The Best Leaders in Switzerland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Switzerland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Switzerland, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

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Straight Talk

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 & Shuttles

For the best riding in Switzerland, we've chosen a combination of small, quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with stretches of limited van support. Our bikes are equipped with slightly wider tires to accommodate the paths and trail surfaces.