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Guided Alpine Hiking and Rail Tours
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Replenish your batteries on an alpine hiking trip. You'll experience breathtaking scenery at every turn you take. This is truly the best way to experience the inspiring landscape and interact with locals.

We provide a variety of authentic active and all-inclusive tours - from gentle strolls through alpine meadows to challenging mountain treks, including the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt - Classic or Deluxe - the choice is yours.

  • Owner operated Swiss Alps specialist for over three decades;
  • Specialized in inn-to-inn alpine hiking tours;
  • Tours are led by professional and trusted hiking guides;
  • We know the towns. We know the trails. We know the culture;
  • Overnights in carefully chosen inns, small hotels and classic mountain huts;
  • Authentic experiences in small groups between 6 and 10 guests;
  • Small groups guarantee personal care, individual freedom and flexibility;
  • Enjoy the breath-taking views of the Alps on guided or self-guided tours.

If you are looking for the best hiking trips in the Swiss Alps - this is for you! Come and join us on a unique and inspiring alpine hiking adventure!

Scenic Swiss Alps by Rail - The Grand Train Tour


The Bernina Express crossing a rail bridge
The Bernina Express on one of the many bridges in the Albula region

Scenic Rail Trip Map

Dates:
June 17 - June 26, 2017 (Sold out)
July 10 - July 19, 2017
July 24 - August 02, 2017 (Sold out)
August 14 - August 23, 2017 (Sold out)
September 18 - September 27, 2017
October 02 - October 11, 2017

Price: USD 4595 per person, double occupancy from Zürich or Geneva

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Accommodation in carefully chosen inns, 3 and 4 star hotels, first class rail and cruise tickets, most meals, all ground transportations including mountain railway excursions, admissions and expert guide.

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Hiking level: Easy - easy walks of about one to two miles per day

This tour is a treat for railway lovers and has all the ingredients a visitor to Switzerland expects. First class trips on legendary trains such as Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Golden Pass through spectacular scenery from Lucerne to the Jungfraujoch, Interlaken to Zermatt and St. Moritz as well as a trip on the Golden Pass Chocolate train between Montreux and Gruyères.

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Cheese, Chocolate, and the Scenic Alps


The view to Gruyères castle
Village and Castle Gruyères on a hill

Map of the Savouring Switzerland tour

Dates:
August 01 - August 09, 2017

Price: USD 3895 per person, double occupancy from Zürich or Geneva

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Accommodation for 8 nights, most meals, all ground transportation, train and mountain excursions, luggage transfers and admissions including an expert guide.

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Hiking level: Moderate - 1 to 2 hours walking per day on well-maintained trails.

Enjoy the splendor of the Swiss Alps on easy hikes through alpine meadows and vineyards while snacking on chocolate, alpine cheeses and artisan breads, washing it all down with a delicious glass of local wine. Switzerland has perfected the culinary European delights and boosts more Michelin stars per capita than any other country. You'll savour Swiss specialties on farms, in castles, alpine huts and specialty restaurants and you'll participate in the Sierre Wine Festival.

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Classic Haute Route Chamonix to Zermatt


Dent Blanche
Dent Blanche (4356 m / 14291 ft.) in the Valais Alps

Map of the Haute Route Chamonix to Zermatt

Dates:
July 03 - July 14, 2017
July 09 - July 20, 2017
July 17 - July 28, 2017
July 24 - August 04, 2017
July 31 - August 11, 2017
August 14 - August 25, 2017
August 21 - September 01, 2017
August 28 - September 08, 2017
September 04 - September 15, 2017
September 11 - September 22, 2017

Price: USD 4595 per person, double occupancy from Geneva

Single Supplement: USD 499

Included: Expert trip leader, all accommodations (9 nights in hotels and 2 nights in mountain huts); most meals, ground-, rail- and mountain-transportation, admissions and luggage transfer.

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Hiking level: Strenuous - for experienced hikers in good physical condition.

This is the ultimate classic trek across the Swiss Alps between Chamonix and Zermatt - from the foot of Mont Blanc to the foot of the Matterhorn. The Alpine hiking tour takes you through lush meadows, fir forests, and picturesque villages; you skirt glaciers and hike along glistening lakes and experience commanding views and alpine wildlife; manage steep ascends and cross challenging passes. Along the way you pass within view of the 14 highest peaks in the Alps. You only hike with a day pack - your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel.

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Deluxe Haute Route Chamonix to Zermatt


Hiking in Switzerland
Hiking the Haute Route

Map of the Tolkine Tour of Switzerland

Dates:
July 18 - July 28, 2017
August 08 - August 18, 2017
September 01 - September 11, 2017
September 03 - September 13, 2017 (Sold out)

Price: USD 4395 per person double occupancy from Zürich or Geneva

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Expert trip leader, all accommodations, most meals, all transport tickets including luggage transfer and admissions.

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Hiking level: Strenuous - for experienced hikers in good physical condition.

The Deluxe Haute Route trek from Chamonix to Zermatt is very similar to the classic trek listed above, though accommodations are nicer and without the two nights in traditional huts, therefore starts out on a slightly different route.

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Best of the Swiss Alps


The Lauterbrunnen Valley - In the footsteps of Tolkien
The Lauterbrunnen valley and the first two of the Staubbach falls to the right

Map Best of the Alps Tour

Dates:
July 17 - July 25, 2017
August 08 - August 16, 2017

Price: USD 3895 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Z├╝rich

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Expert guide, all accommodations and most meals, all transportation including luggage transfers and admissions.

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Hiking level: Moderate - easily adapted to those who want easier hikes. Well groomed hiking trails.

This is alpine hiking at its best in the glorious and breathtaking mountains of Zermatt and the Jungfrau region. Cable cars and cog wheel trains take you to the top of the mountains from where you will hike along easy trails past glistening lakes, and through alpine meadows and experience some of Switzerland's most beautiful waterfalls. You'll visit the Jungfraujoch with Europe's highest railway station on a train excursion and you'll take an easy hike on Europe's longest glacier, the Aletschgletscher.

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Appenzell Inn-to-Inn


Hiking through the lush green Appenzell landscape
The intensely green Appenzell landscape with the Alpstein Massif

Map of Appenzell Inn-to-Inn Tour

Date: July 17 - July 23, 2017

Price: USD 3295 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zürich

Single Supplement: USD 299

Included: Expert guide, all accommodations (3 nights in hotels and 3 nights in mountain guesthouses), most meals, all transportation including luggage transfers, admissions and eBike rental.

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Hiking level: Moderate. Some trails have steep drop-offs but are well maintained though you've got to be sure footed.

Appenzell has very distinct traditions that only can be experienced here and nowhere else in Switzerland. The canton is known for its lush and exquisite green landscape and is dominated by the Alpstein massif with towering limestone pinnacles and its highest peak, Mount Säntis. You'll hike on panoramic trails with stunning views as far as Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany. You'll overnight in mountain huts and hotels and ones even on a working farm. The last day is crowned by a guided eBike ride through the lush Appenzell landscape with a stop at a cheese dairy to fill up on calories.

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Swiss Bliss


Mürren above the Lauterbrunnen valley
Mürren high above the Lauterbrunnen valley as seen from Gimmelwald. To the right the village of Wengen.

Map Best of the Alps Tour

Date:
August 14 - August 22, 2017

Price: USD 3895 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zürich

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Expert guide, all accommodations, most meals, all transportation including luggage transfers, bike rental and admissions.

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Hiking level: Moderate - adaptable hikes on well groomed trails and an easy bike ride.

Easy hikes and an easy bike ride will let you discover the scenic splendor of Lucerne, the Jungfrau region, Gruyères and Zermatt with its prominent peak, the Matterhorn. Even though these regions are well loved by tourists, you'll visit undiscovered places, experience pounding waterfalls, immerse yourself in the alpine culture and learn the art of cheese and chocolate making at the source. You'll ascend on gondolas and descend on a zip line and scooter (if you wish) or on foot.

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Engadin Inn-to-Inn


The Engadin is especially beautiful in the fall
View from Guarda toward the hamlet Bos-cha

Map of the Engadin Inn-to-Inn hiking map

Date: June 26 - July 03, 2017

Price: USD 3495 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zürich

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Expert trip leader, all accommodations in hotels and inns, most meals, all transportation including luggage transfers, admissions.

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Hiking level: Moderate - easy walking between 5 and 7 hours per day.

The Engadin Valley in Switzerland's largest canton - Graubünden - is the valley of special traditions, stories and myths, of houses with thick walls and deep windowsills where people and animals lived under the same roof and walls covered in rich scrafitto decorations. The Engadin is the valley of larches, mineral springs, and deep blue lakes near St. Moritz. It's surrounded by a wreath of mountain peaks and home of Switzerland's only National Park with an abundance of wildlife. You'll wander from village to village with only a day pack - your luggage will wait for you at each destination.

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Explore the Jungfrau Region


Wellhorn and Rosenlaui Glacier
Wellhorn (3192 m / 10472 ft.) and Rosenlaui Glacier

Map of the Jungfrau Region hiking trip

Dates:
July 06 - July 14, 2017
July 28 - August 05, 2017
August 19 - August 27, 2017
September 04 - September 12, 2017

Price: USD 3795 per person, double occupancy from Geneva or Zürich

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Expert guide, all accommodations (6 nights in hotels and 2 nights in mountain hotels), most meals, all transportation including luggage transfers and admissions.

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Hiking level: Moderate - for experienced hikers in good physical condition, capable of walking 5 to 7 hours per day.

Ah the Jungfrau region, often called the most beautiful place on earth. The snowcapped mountain trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, lush meadows, lakes, thick forests, countless waterfalls and traditional villages mark this region. Most visitors only scratch the surface but you will go deeper and explore the Obersteinberg with scenic views, hike in Mürren and Gimmelwald, visit the romantic Bachalp lake and cross over the "Grosse Scheidegg" into the Rosenlaui Valley that even left Goethe speechless. Of course, a trip up to the Top of Europe through the legendary North Face of Mount Eiger is included.

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In the Footsteps of Tolkien


Jenins - In the footsteps of Tolkien
The village of Jenins - home of the Greisinger Middle Earth Collection

Map of the Tolkien Tour of Switzerland

Dates:
September 14 - September 22, 2017

Price: USD 3795 per person, double occupancy from Zürich

Single Supplement: USD 399

Included: Accommodation for 8 nights in first class hotels; Specialist trip leader and our resident Tolkien authority Alex Lewis; First class Swiss Rail; all ground transportation including mountain transport and trams; luggage transfers; admissions

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Hiking level: Easy - walking for 2 to 3 hours per day on well-graded walking paths.

Did you know that The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Middle Earth were all conceived by the author after a formative trip through the Swiss Alps in 1911 at the age of 19? Get inspired and fuel your own creativity by following his footsteps. A special treat: Tolkien scholar Alex Lewis is the expert guide, an Oxford educated writer and past Chairman of the Tolkien Society.

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