Switzerland Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $5,799 - $6,399 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Switzerland Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun-Aug 2025: Jun-Aug

From $5,799 - $6,399 /person

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 your family with a cold beer or a rich hot chocolate. Prepare for the height of Switzerland. Prepare for the Swiss Alps. 

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Highlights

  • Hike with family across 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 
  • Celebrate the Swiss way as you dine on traditional fondue and raclette and sample delicious regional wines and chocolates 
  • Relax in Leukerbad's thermal spring waters, whose natural mineral riches are believed to have therapeutic benefits 
Switzerland Family Walking and Hiking Tour map

Switzerland

Start Interlaken

End Zermatt

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Experience a quintessential active adventure in Switzerland with breathtaking hikes • Kick it all off 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. 

Accommodations
The Cambrian

(1 night)

Night 1

The Cambrian
Adelboden
Premiere Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

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 your family over the toughest ups and downs • Traverse a thermal gorge on a 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. 

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Les Sources des Alpes
Leukerbad
Premiere Hotel

This cozy historic property which has hosted the likes of Picasso, Tolstoy and Dumas welcomes us just as warmly with its on-site thermal waters. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Catch a scenic train ride to Zermatt, a picturesque village with stunning views of the Matterhorn • Hike with your family through the Zmutt Valley • Pause in a historic mountain hamlet for a lunch of local dishes like rösti, sausage and apple strudel, accompanied by delicious lager • Visit the herb garden for Ricola's world-renowned candy and teas • ​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 family dinner featuring local cheeses and chocolate fondue marks the last night of this grand alpine hiking adventure. 

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

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)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. 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.

From $5,799 - $6,399 /person

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

The Cambrian
Adelboden

Premiere Hotel

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

Nights 2-3

Les Sources des Alpes
Leukerbad

Premiere Hotel

This cozy historic property which has hosted the likes of Picasso, Tolstoy and Dumas welcomes us just as warmly with its on-site thermal waters. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

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)

From $5,799 - $6,399 /person

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