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Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour
Switzerland Walking & Hiking Tour

Precision. You strive for it at work. Hope for it in a mechanic. But for a vacation? Precision permeates the Swiss Alps. The way the mountains cut into the sky. The snow perfectly crowns each cap. Glacial lakes shimmer precisely. The people are direct. Friendly, but direct. Your accommodations are perfect, especially the personal touches and Matterhorn views at the Riffelalp Resort. Even the cable cars, gondolas and funiculars always arrive on schedule. When you come to the Swiss Alps, prepare to be pampered, awestruck and exhilarated, precisely.

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, so you need to be comfortable with the alpine elevation and many remote routes.

Day 1 Experience quintessential Switzerland with breathtaking hikes starting with a ridgeline walk above the Adelboden Valley  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 Get the skinny on Swiss cheese at a traditional farm Traverse a thermal gorge on a suspension bridge that looks onto a thundering waterfall  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 Riffelalp Resort, the epitome of luxury, with panoramic views of the Matterhorn  Catch the Glacier Express train to Zermatt, a picturesque village that is blissfully automobile-free En route through the Zmutt Valley, stop for a lager or slice of apple strudel in one of the historic mountain hamlets Feast on fondue paired with regional wines.

Days 5-6 Jaw-dropping views of Gornergletscher, a glacier with bright blue pools and deep crevasses, reached by foot or cog railway 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 of Zermatt  Enjoy a tour of historical Zermatt with local expert Edith Villeger.

Trip Highlights
  • 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 paired with regional wines
  • Riffelalp Resort, the epitome of luxury, with stunning views of the Matterhorn
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Premiere Inns

The Cambrian (1 night): Spectacular views of the Bernese Oberland surround us at this mountain retreat with modern design sensibilities. (pool, spa)

Les Sources des Alpes (2 nights): An elegant hotel celebrated for its scenic setting, delightful cuisine and spring-fed thermal baths. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Riffelalp Resort (2 nights): A "stylish resort sanctuary offering breathtaking panoramas of the Matterhorn from a 7,300-foot wooded plateau above Zermatt," said Andrew Harper. (pool, spa)

Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
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
3* 300
4* 500
2 5* 1300 7 1500
3 3 700 6 900 8 2200
4 4* 1300 5* 1300 6 2600
5 3* 2000 4* 2900
5* 3000
6 2 300
4 300

* Includes a shuttle

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/29-7/4 Price: $5098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/27-8/1 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/3-8 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/5 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $660 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $6,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $6,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $5,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.

Guest Trip Reviews

It was the trip of a lifetime for me. Every morning I arose excited for what the day held. I was never disappointed. We met terrific people, the scenery was fantastic, we learned so much about the area, and just loved our leaders.
Nancy Daugherty - Chathan, NJ

This was a truly outstanding adventure. Not even one day of pouring rain could diminish the fun and sense of accomplishment. The hotels were spectacular; our leaders better than first-rate.
Stan Collender - McLean, VA

The scenery was breathtaking (what can beat the Matterhorn, touched with fresh snow, looming over its surroundings from a clear blue sky on a sunny day?), the accommodations and food were excellent, and the Backroads leaders were the tops in every way.
Gail McCann - North Attleboro, MA