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Switzerland 9-day Guided Walking Tour Level 3/4
All accommodation in both Zurich and Wengen; All transportation once in Switzerland including an 8 day Swiss Rail Pass; All breakfasts and dinners; All museum entrance fees; All train tickets on private trains including Gornergrat Matterhorn train and cable car rides. Fully escorted with tour guide 24/7.
Beverages (beer, wine) with meals, (laundry, phone calls, room service).
"One of the advantages of Small Group Tours is it allows us to alternate days of the itinerary to fit the best weather during your tour! This means we can ensure the absolute best day to visit Matterhorn so that it won't be in the clouds! Along with our other days in the Alps of the Berner Oberlands."
Arrive in Switzerland by plane.
You will be met at the airport to ensure you find your way to the hotel. After checking into your hotel in Zurich we will hop on a train headed for the city center. You will see the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. We will start this day with a ferry ride down the River Limmat, the ferry will glide down the river that winds through the city and out onto Lake Zurich. After our ferry ride we walk from the lake into the city where we will see 3 major cathedrals, Grossmunster, Fraumunster, and St.Peters. We will walk the quaint back streets of Zurich which offers a glimpse into the local life of Zurich. We will end our day with a dinner together and the stroll down the famous Bahnhofstrasse. We will do our best to stay awake and beat the ever present, jet lag!
Zurich to Swiss Alps
We will say goodbye to the big city and hello to the Swiss Alps. After checking into our Alpine hotel we will hit the trails for the first time. We will take the train into Lauterbrunnen Valley and ride the cable car up to Grutschalp, from here we will begin our hike. Our hike will take us through Alpine pastures, quaint villages, and offer the view of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungrau. After a long hike we will head into Lauterbrunnen and take in a quick city tour then it is on to dinner for a much deserved meal!
Today we start right outside our hotel in the village of Wengen and will spend a full day out on the trail. The network of trails offered in this valley is amazing and the views will be sure to take your breath away. We will hike up to Kleine Scheidegg where the views of the big three Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau are spectacular! After an amazing day hiking in the Alps we will return for dinner and reflect on the beauties of the day!
Wengen to Bern
We will leave the trails today and head to the capital city of Switzerland in the medieval city of Berne. You will be quickly transported back to the middle ages and be engulfed in the cities charm and beauty. We will stroll down the covered arcades and visit the Parliament building, the Berne Cathedral, and of course the Bears. After Berne we will hop on a train to Thun, one of the prettiest city you will ever see. After our busy day in the city we will end with a delicious dinner
Bern to Oberlands
Back to the trails in the Swiss Alps. Today's journey will take us on some of the most breath taking hikes that can be found in the Berner Oberlands. Today we will cover two separate hikes that will include a train ride. Be sure to have your trek poles ready and camera in hand because you will be using both
Bern to Zermatt
A Swiss hiking tour would not be complete without a day hike in the Zermatt region. We will board a train that will take up all the way to the quaint village of Zermatt nestled below the towering Matterhorn. We will take the Gornergrat Train to the top and then hike our way down, all the while enjoying the views of the majestic Matterhorn. Have a full day on the trails we will do some souvenir shopping in Zermatt and board the train back to our hotel for dinner
Today we will head into the valley of Grindelwald. This beautiful valley has towering views of the Eiger and Wetterhorn Alps. There is something for everyone here with zip lines, trotti bikes, paragliding, alpine slides, and so much more. On this our final day in the Alps for hiking we offer a very challenge hike for those who are up for it. Or for those who would like to relax today there is the option of a lighter hike and then some shopping in the village. We have a great dinner in our Alpine hotel and share our adventures we had that day!
Berner Oberland to Luzern
We will say goodbye to Berner Oberland and leave the trails for the streets once again, this time visiting the beautiful city of Luzern. We will take a two hour train ride on the famous Golden Pass Train that will traverse up a steep mountain pass. Our city tour in Luzern will include several cathedrals, Chapel Bridge, a stroll along the lake, and of course the Lion's Monument. After a full day in the city we will head to Zurich for a scrumptious final dinner
After our morning breakfast we will say our Goodbyes and head to airport in Zurich.
If you prefer to drive yourself but would like to follow our itineraries and hotel choices we can help you with a brand new Renault vehicle - minimum 21 days - and have your itineraries and hotels ready for you.
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