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Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour

Swiss Alps—Summer Adventure

  • Hike down from passes amid snowcapped peaks into meadows where dairy cows graze—the ultimate alpine experience
  • Delight in panoramic vistas of the winding Gornergletscher, the second-largest ice field in the Alps
  • Feast the Swiss way as you dine on traditional fondue paired with delicious regional wines
  • Relax in Leukerbad's thermal spring waters, whose natural mineral riches are believed to have therapeutic benefits

Prepare to be awestruck. Exhilarated. In this place where trails lead to remote hamlets, glacial lakes and green pastures, over hidden mountain passes and beside sparkling glaciers. Where chalets welcome you with a cold beer or a rich hot chocolate. Prepare for the height of Switzerland. Prepare for the Swiss Alps.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Experience quintessential Switzerland with breathtaking hikes | Begin with a ridgeline walk above the Adelboden Valley | Ascend by gondola to the Wildflower Trail and Hahnenmoos Pass | 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 | Cable cars whisk us over the toughest ups and downs | Traverse a thermal gorge on a suspension bridge that looks onto a thundering waterfall | Discover the age-old process behind Swiss cheese at a traditional farm | Indulge in a rejuvenating soak in Leukerbad's healing waters.

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, a glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or cogwheel train | Listen to the ice field groan, creak and rumble | Savor crisp 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 leaders were extremely dedicated to making sure we were well informed and happy. I was the slowest hiker (also the oldest) in the group, but I was never made to feel I should go faster. They were very attentive to me, but not hovering. I enjoyed going at my own pace and the serenity of sometimes being alone in the most beautiful places in the world. And I always felt safe.
Linda - Kerrville, TX

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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

Due 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.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that we use a variety of local transportation, including gondolas, trains and local drivers, instead of Backroads vans. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
$4,498 - $4,898
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(+$950 for sgl. occ.)

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Interlaken, Switzerland/Zermatt, Switzerland

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included


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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 Dates & Prices tab.

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The Cambrian

Cambrian

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

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)

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Zermatt (2 nights)

Set in the heart of Zermatt, this landmark luxury hotel was built in 1879 under the shadow of the Matterhorn. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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The most fabulous hiking experience I've ever had.

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from Kerrville, TX

Comments about Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour:

The leaders were extremely dedicated to making sure we were well informed and happy. I was the slowest hiker (also the oldest) in the group, but I was never made to feel I should go faster. They were very attentive to me, but not hovering. I enjoyed going at my own pace and the serenity of sometimes being alone in the most beautiful places in the world. And I always felt safe.

 
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Fantastic Trip!!!! One of the best!

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from Ohio

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Met all of our expectations and truly brought Switzerland into full view! It was so much more than we had expected.

 
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What a terrific trip!

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from Medford, MA

Comments about Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour:

It was a really wonderful trip! This was my fourth Backroads trip, and one of the things that always impresses me is how seamless everything appears to be from the guests' point of view. I am sure there is a lot of work and sometimes some scrambling that goes on for the leader or the hotels behind the scenes, but it is not evident to the guests. The whole experience proceeds quite gracefully.

 
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Just amazing!

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from St. Louis, Mo.

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Our second Backroads trip. Both were terrific. Trip leaders Erin and Primoz were excellent--above and beyond again and again and again. They made a great trip even better. Just great customer service--smart, professional, organized, sweet and, well, just darling. Loved Switzerland and the Matterhorn. Great hikes, hotels, food. Really, just kind of perfect! Thanks!

 
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Amazing trip!!!!

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from Cincinnati

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Heidi our guide was so wonderful! Made every day special!

 
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A room with a view!

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from Greenville South Carolina

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The whole trip is fantastic, as all Backroads trips are. I'm not in the best shape and lagged behind the group a little on some hikes but the guides are professionals, and not to worry, they are there for you.
The best part about this trip, the view of the Matterhorn from my bed

 
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One of my best Backroads trips ever....

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The guides were sensational and it was beautiful there!

 
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Backroads gave me the perfect vacation once again!

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from Walnut Creek, CA

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Top notch in all aspects: guides, accommodations, food, hikes.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 2* 300 4* 500
3* 300
2 6* 1300 7* 1500
3 4 700 6 900 8 2600
4 4* 1300 5 1300 7 3200
5 4* 2100 6* 3300
5* 2800
6 2 1100
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes well-maintained paths and rugged mountain trails, with some steps, rocky sections and steep descents. Most activities on this trip take place at elevations of 4,000–7,000 feet (and up to 10,000 feet), which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Thanks to the marvels of Swiss transportation, no support van is needed on this trip; we often use cable cars to access the best high-altitude hikes.

* Includes shuttle.

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Switzerland

What Wine Goes with Chocolate?

On our hike over the Gemmi Pass we connect two distinct and fascinating regions on the same day: you start out in Bernese Oberland, where the language and culture are Swiss-German, and end your journey in the French-speaking wine region of the Valais. So after fuelling up with that amazing hot chocolate at breakfast, you can toast the day's exploits with a rich red or crisp white from the vineyards you spotted on your way down the valley trail.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Switzerland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

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.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Switzerland has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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.

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.

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

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Switzerland that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,998 pp dbl occ

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