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Switzerland Family Breakaway Walking & Hiking Tour

A Summer Adventure in the Swiss Alps

  • 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 to your heart's content
  • Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, the epitome of luxury, with stunning views of the Matterhorn

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 immense glaciers. Where chalets welcome you and your family with a cold beer or 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, 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  Discover the intricate age-old process behind 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 Catch the Glacier Express train to Zermatt, a picturesque village with stunning views of the Matterhorn and a strong mountain-climbing heritage and culture  Continue your hike through the Zmutt Valley  Pause for a lager or slice of apple strudel in a historic mountain hamlet Visit the herb garden that serves as the source for Ricola's world-renowned candy and teas.

Days 5-6 Jaw-dropping views of Gornergletscher, a glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or cogwheel train  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  A festive dinner featuring raclette and fondue marks the last night of this grand alpine hiking adventure.

Where better to enjoy majestic mountain beauty than in the land where five-star service was invented? I hope you and your family will join us to discover this stunning landscape—spectacular summits, wildflower-strewn meadows and sparkling lakes—on foot and with the help of an impressive network of gondolas, cable cars and funiculars. Evenings, settle into eminent old world hotels that have been pampering their guests since the 1800s.
Mark Selcon- Regional Manager - Greater Europe

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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(+$620 to $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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The Cambrian

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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)

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Where better to enjoy majestic mountain beauty than in the land where five-star service was invented? I hope you and your family will join us to discover this stunning landscape—spectacular summits, wildflower-strewn meadows and sparkling lakes—on foot and with the help of an impressive network of gondolas, cable cars and funiculars. Evenings, settle into eminent old world hotels that have been pampering their guests since the 1800s.

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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 6 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.

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 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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Switzerland designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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.

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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 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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ

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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