Black-nosed sheep in the Alps with the Matterhorn in the background.
Hikers in the Italian Alps looking at a map
The beautiful Alps with small hikers in the foreground
Aerial view of the city center of Turin, Italy
Hikers in Italy on a rugged trail in the mountains
Yellow flowers with the Alps in the background
Bridge in rural Italian countryside
Famous Piedmont chocolate dessert being sold in Turin, Italy
Group of hikers smiling and posing while hiking in the mountains of Italy

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Italy's Gran Paradiso to Matterhorn Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond

Glacier, Peaks & Alpine Elegance—The Italian Alps’ Aosta Valley

Gran Paradiso, Cervino and Monte Rosa. This trio of glacier and wildflower-strewn mountains in the Italian Alps contain some of the world’s best hiking terrain. Lost-in-time huts and villages. Friendly locals proud of their cultures and traditions. Deliciously fresh alpine fare and world-class hospitality found at our luxurious alpine hotels. Hiking trails that will forever set the standard for what you and your family call epic. Welcome to one of Europe’s great wilderness basecamps for adventure.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights


FROM: $5,099 pp dbl occ
($1,000 for sgl occ)

2021 Italy's Gran Paradiso to Matterhorn map
2021 Italy's Gran Paradiso to Matterhorn map


Start/End Turin

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Adventure into an Italy less traveled and hike amid the country’s grandest peaks and glaciers
  • Connect with trails to remote alpine lakes and forests, just steps away from our hotel’s front door
  • Discover ancient traditions that hold strong and be immersed in a unique mountain culture
  • Reach the summit of active travel in the Italian Alps from hidden footpaths to historic retreats
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Start your family journey trekking in Gran Paradiso, an aptly named national park and Italy’s oldest nature reserve | Trails in the Aosta Valley lead to emerald forests and cascading waterfalls | Keep an eye out for the regal alpine ibex, a species saved from near extinction that now thrives in the region’s high altitude terrain | Visit storybook mountain hamlets, encountering traditional architecture and customs | Sip a post-hike libation and savor delicious locally sourced fare at our Relais & Châteaux lodge.

Bellevue Hotel & Spa
Bellevue Hotel & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

Once a royal hunting lodge, this 100-year-old mountain resort has maintained a palatial sensibility, with decadent décor, unparalleled views and garden-fresh Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Day 3

Known here as Monte Cervino, the legendary Matterhorn massi rises up along the Italian-Swiss border | Arrive at the base of this incomparable peak | Hike above the alpine town of Breuil-Cervinia to craggy slopes below Cervino for beautiful views of the Valtournenche | Lunch and breathtaking vistas await your family at a classic rifugio (traditional mountain hut) | Wildflowers, waterfalls and unusual boulder formations make for a scenic descent | Relax with a book or soak in thermal waters at our regal hotel, a historic estate in Saint-Vincent.

Grand Hôtel Billia exterior shot
Grand Hôtel Billia
| Premiere Hotel

A Leading Hotels of the World property in the heart of the Italian Alps where belle époque splendor blends effortlessly with elegant simplicity. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Hop on in! An all-terrain Jeep brings us to our trailhead at Piani di Verra | Discover rugged mountain trails with awe-inspiring views of lakes, glaciers and Monte Rosa | Get exclusive insight into the region’s fascinating history and unique culture with our local guide | From the comfort of your family's cozy chalet rooms—once part of an ancient Walser village—watch as alpenglow illuminates the rockface in pastel hues | Baroque palaces, chic piazzas and grand boulevards await in Turin, Piedmont’s mesmerizing capital and our must-see gateway city.

Hotellerie de Mascognaz, a chalet hotel in the mountains
Hotellerie de Mascognaz
| Premiere Hotel

Natural wood design, stone features and lush surroundings are just part of the allure of this chalet-style alpine oasis, whose traditional charms are elevated only by its breathtaking setting. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 3-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes access roads, mountain hiking paths and rocky exposed single-track trails. 

While we offer daily hiking options on this trip, you should be aware that most hikes include steep ascents and descents as well as hiking at elevation, which is typically between 6,000 and 8,000 feet—and one day at 12,000 feet. While you're free to take your time navigating the sometimes rocky and uneven terrain, you should feel comfortable carrying your daypack (with plenty of water) while tackling the daily ascents and descents.


Daily Route Options

Day 1
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Level 1 | 2 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
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Level 4 | 11 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 3
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Level 3 | 6 miles* | 2700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Day 4
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Level 3 | 9 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 2600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's 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

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 & Trail Support

Our hikes through this captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, most of which are remote and do not intersect with roads accessible by Backroads vans. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the hard-to-reach nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

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