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Switzerland Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Swiss Alps Adventure from Interlaken to Zermatt

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. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,699 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices

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Start Interlaken / End Zermatt

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

Highlights
  • Behold panoramic vistas of the winding Gornergletscher, the second-largest ice field in the Alps 
  • Unwind in Leukerbad's mineral-rich thermal spring waters, believed to have therapeutic benefits
  • Hike amid snowcapped peaks into meadows where dairy cows graze—the ultimate alpine experience
  • Savor delicious regional wines and chocolates and dine on traditional Swiss fondue and raclette
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Discover quintessential Switzerland with breathtaking hikes | Start with a ridgeline walk above the Adelboden Valley | Ascend with your family by gondola to the Wildflower Trail and Hahnenmoos Pass | Alpine pastures, tumbling waterfalls and glistening glaciers stretch out before you. 

The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland
The Cambrian
Adelboden
| Premiere Hotel

Spectacular views of the Bernese Oberland surround us at this mountain retreat with modern design sensibilities. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3

Take family hikes from from high mountain passes to wildflower-strewn meadows | A challenging route to Leukerbad leads past a shimmering glacier-fed lake and over Gemmi Pass | At a traditional farm, discover the age-old process behind Swiss cheese | Traverse a thermal gorge on a bridge that looks onto a thundering waterfall | Cable cars whisk you over the toughest ups and downs | Indulge in a rejuvenating soak in Leukerbad’s healing waters.

Les Sources des Alpes, Switzerland
Les Sources des Alpes
Leukerbad
| Premiere Hotel

An elegant hotel celebrated for its scenic setting, delightful cuisine and spring-fed thermal baths. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Relax with your family on the Glacier Express train to Zermatt, a picturesque village with stunning views of the Matterhorn | Hike through the Zmutt Valley | Linger over a lager or slice of apple strudel in a historic mountain hamlet | Visit the herb garden for Ricola's world-renowned candy and teas | Experience 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 | Magnificent vistas and crisp morning air abound en route to an alpine lake | A festive family dinner featuring raclette and fondue marks the last night of this grand alpine hiking adventure. 

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, Switzerland
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
Zermatt
| Premiere Hotel

Set in the heart of Zermatt, this landmark luxury hotel was built in 1879 under the shadow of the Matterhorn. (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: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 6 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 7 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 5 | 8 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 7 miles | 3200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 4 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 5 miles* | 2800 ft. gain
Level 5 | 6 miles* | 3300 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 1100 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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 & 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.

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