• Discover the Swiss Alps: Zurich to Zermatt

  • Discover the Swiss Alps: Zurich to Zermatt

  • Discover the Swiss Alps: Zurich to Zermatt

  • Discover the Swiss Alps: Zurich to Zermatt

An extraordinary alpine journey from Zurich to Zermatt

Days: 11 | From: $13,380 per person

  • Enjoy accommodations at best-in-class boutique hotels.
  • Curated tours with excellent private guides. You’ll have an instant local friend with insider access!
  • Experience the best of the Swiss alpine, enjoy world-famous cheese and local wines, and be inspired by the iconic Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Swiss Alps. Your journey begins in Zurich, where you'll explore the city's history, art, and cultural treasures. Next, embark on a scenic tour of Appenzell, complete with a lovely alpine stroll and cheese tasting. Travel to the Bernese Oberland for an E-bike tour and indulge in a unique Raclette and cave exploration in the awe-inspiring St Beatus Caves. Discover the majestic Jungfraujoch in Grindelwald with a light glacier gorge hike and traditional mountain hut lunch. Head to Saas Fee, enjoying wine tastings in Sierre along the way, and explore the glaciers and high meadows. Conclude your journey in Zermatt with an excursion to the iconic Matterhorn. From the stunning Jungfraujoch to the iconic Matterhorn, this itinerary promises an immersive Swiss experience, with each day filled with new discoveries and breathtaking vistas.

*All itineraries can be adjusted to travelers' individual fitness levels and interests.

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At a glance

  • Zurich
    3 nights: Discover the history, art and culture of Zurich and explore Appenzell.
  • Grindelwald
    3 nights: Experience the Bernese Oberland via mountains peaks, verdant trails, electric-blue lakes and stunning caves.
  • Saas-fee
    2 nights: Sip the best Swiss wines and take in breathtaking glacial vistas.
  • Zermatt
    2 nights: Taste the best local cheeses and experience the iconic Matterhorn.

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:


Beautiful view of the Limmat and the Grossmünster from the air

Welcome to the picturesque city of Zurich, the gateway to your Swiss Alps adventure. Upon your arrival at Zurich Airport, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide who will assist you with your transfer to your charming hotel in the quaint historic city center. Take the rest of the day to relax, explore on your own and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

Accommodations: Sorell Hotel St Peter, 3 nights

Discover Zurich's captivating blend of comfort and cosmopolitan flair at the Sorell Hotel St. Peter, your urban sanctuary in the heart of this incredible Swiss city. Nestled between the Sihl and Limmat rivers, with the main railway station and lake promenade a short stroll away, this hotel offers the perfect balance between city immersion and tranquil respite. Thoughtfully designed rooms, ranging up to 98 m2, blend functionality with modern Swiss design. Unwind in the inner courtyard garden, relax in the cozy lobby, or stay active in the fitness area during your stay.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Zürich Bellerive au Lac, Widder Hotel, Storchen Zurich, AND OTHERS.
Day 2:

History, Art and Gardens

Beautiful cozy street in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland

Embark on an enchanting journey through Zurich’s historic center as you explore its concealed alleyways and charming squares during a guided walking tour. Following this, your adventure continues with a visit to the Kunsthaus Art Museum, where you’ll savor a delicious lunch and gain insightful knowledge about the exhibitions from your expert guide. Later, you’ll meander through the lush gardens and scenic lakeside of Zurich, including the serene Botanical Garden, the exquisite China Garden, and the idyllic Zurichhorn area nestled along Lake Zurich’s shore. Finally, set off on a boat ride to the opposite side of the lake, where you’ll discover the renown Belvoirpark, one of the region’s oldest gardens.

Accommodations: Sorell Hotel St Peter, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Appenzellerland, Cheese and Alpine Lakes

Seealpsee in the Swiss Alps with a boat and a view of the Säntis

Journey to the enchanting Appenzellerland from Zurich this morning. Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Alpstein mountains and the serene Seealpsee Lake. Begin your adventure with a hike from Wasserauen to Gross-Hütten, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet a local farmer at his dairy, where he crafts delicious cheese and butter from his cows. Savor a delightful cheese tasting before continuing your hike along the shores of Seealpsee, with the iconic Säntis mountain as a breathtaking backdrop. Later, return to Wasserauen and Appenzell, where you’ll wander through the town’s colorful, quaint alleys and admire its charming houses.

Accommodations: Sorell Hotel St Peter, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Thun, Lakes, Waterfalls and Grindelwald

Thun cityspace with Alps mountain and lake in Switzerland

Embark on a scenic train to the Bernese Oberland region. Your day unfolds with a captivating exploration of the idyllic village of Thun, followed by a memorable lunch experience and delightful boat ride to Interlaken. Later, you’ll hop on an E-Bike to pedal your way from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, a valley known for its 72 enchanting waterfalls. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Trümmelbach Falls, a cascading waterfall nestled inside the mountain. As the day winds down, you’ll hop on a train and make your way to Grindelwald, where you’ll spend the night in this charming alpine village.

Accommodations: Bergwelt Grindelwald, 3 nights

Nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, the Bergwelt Grindelwald hotel is a picturesque mountain retreat offering a unique blend of alpine charm and modern comfort. With stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, this inviting hotel provides a serene escape for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. From cozy rooms to excellent amenities and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, Bergwelt Grindelwald embodies the essence of an alpine getaway, making it the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty and outdoor adventures of Grindelwald and beyond.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Fiescherblick Hotel, Aspen Hotel, AND OTHERS.
Day 5:

Jungfraujoch and the Eiger

Aerial view jungfraujoch

Visit the iconic Jungfraujoch. Begin with a breathtaking gondola ride to Kleine Scheidegg and ascend further aboard the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station. Here, you’ll find yourself in a realm of ice, snow, and rock, a world shaped by nature’s grandeur. These mountain railways offer a unique blend of historical and modern: the gondola, a recent addition from 2020, whisks you from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher in just 15 minutes, while the cogwheel train, dating back to 1912, harks back to an era of pioneering mountain rail travel. Upon returning from Jungfraujoch, your hike commences from Eigergletscher, leading you beneath the towering Eiger north face, a colossal cliff that reaches over 1500 meters (~4920 feet) into the heavens and bears witness to numerous mountaineering tales and tragedies. Arriving at Alpiglen, you have the choice to either board the train for a scenic descent to Grindelwald or continue your scenic trek through gentle pastures to reach the village.

Accommodations: Bergwelt Grindelwald, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Moutain Vistas and Glacial Gorges

Rosenlaui glacier gorge in the Reichenbachtal valley in Switzerland

Ascend to Schreckfeld via a scenic gondola ride, offering an stunning start to your day. The panoramic trail from Schreckfeld guides you along an elevated path to Grosse Scheidegg, where the view of the imposing Eiger and Wetterhorn rock faces standing side by side is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Departing from Grosse Scheidegg, your journey continues through the pristine Reichenbach valley, surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. Recharge with a traditional lunch at the Schwarzwaldalp inn. Your path then leads to Rosenlaui, its name harking back to the Rosenhorn mountain’s avalanche (laui). Here, you’ll explore the Rosenlaui glacier gorge, a remarkable formation carved into the rock over millennia. Finally, return to Grindelwald, bringing a fulfilling day to a close.

Accommodations: Bergwelt Grindelwald, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Discovering The Heart of Switzerland's Wine Country on E-Bikes

Vineyards in canton Thurgau in Switzerland, autumn leaf colors

Explore Switzerland’s oldest vineyards on e-bikes today. Depart from Grindelwald and head to Visp. Get ready for an exhilarating e-bike adventure along the scenic Rhone River, following the vineyard route through the heart of the canton’s main valley. Upon reaching Susten, veer off the path and embark on a short ascent to the charming town of Leuk, perched on a terrace above the valley floor. Here, you’ll encounter Switzerland’s oldest vine, dating back to 1798 and still thriving. Continue your journey to Sierre, a town that marks the border between German and French-speaking Switzerland, where you’ll savor the region’s exquisite wines. Conclude your day transferring back to Visp and onward to Saas Fee. Saas Fee, nestled in the Swiss Alps, is a picturesque mountain village renowned for its stunning alpine scenery and is a gateway to countless alpine adventures.

Accommodations: The Capra, 2 nights

The Capra, nestled in the charming alpine village of Saas Fee, is a true gem among mountain retreats. With a perfect fusion of contemporary luxury and Swiss tradition, this boutique hotel offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests seeking the ultimate alpine experience. The Capra's well-appointed rooms, gourmet dining, and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks make it an ideal sanctuary for those seeking relaxation and outdoor adventure alike, ensuring an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Walliserhof Grand Hotel & Spa, AND OTHERS.
Day 8:

Guided Hike of Your Choice

Cute welsh sheep on the high alpine pasture in Switzerland.

Embark on a tailor-made day of hiking from the charming village of Saas-Fee, where the beauty of the Alpine landscape unfolds before you at your own pace and according to your unique preferences and abilities. With an experienced local guide by your side, you can customize your hiking adventure, choosing from a range of trails that suit your skill level, whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll through wildflower-laden meadows or a more challenging ascent to capture panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Your guide will provide invaluable insights into the local flora, fauna, and the rich history of the region, ensuring that your hiking experience is informative and rewarding.

Accommodations: The Capra, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Zermatt and Horu Käserei

Sunny summer morning in Zermatt village with Matterhorn (Monte Cervino, Mont Cervin) peak on backgroud. Beautiful outdoor scene in  Swiss Alps, Valais canton, Switzerland, Europe.

Head to Zermatt today . Bid farewell to picturesque Saas-Fee as you transfer to the neighboring valley of Mattertal and then upwards to the idyllic Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge. Take a moment to savor a cup of coffee at the charming mountain inn, and then embark on a breathtaking hike towards Zermatt. Along the way, the iconic Matterhorn will gradually come into view, providing a mesmerizing backdrop to your adventure. The trail gently guides you to Zermatt, where, in the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the rich tradition of cheese-making at the Horu Käserei.

Accommodations: 22 Summits Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

The 22 Summits Boutique Hotel in Zermatt stands as a pinnacle of alpine elegance and hospitality. Nestled in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, this boutique gem offers a truly luxurious experience, seamlessly blending modern comfort with traditional Swiss charm. Impeccably designed rooms, gourmet dining, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas make it a haven for a memorable alpine sojourn at the heart of Zermatt's breathtaking landscape.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Hotel Firefly, Schweizerhof Zermatt, AND OTHERS.
Day 10:

The Iconic Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Alps located between Valais, Switzerland and the Aosta Valley, Italy. It has a pyramid peak and is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. 

The great mountain is a world renowned landmark, a popular tourist destination and famous for mountaineering.

Ascend to the breathtaking heights of the Klein Matterhorn, nestled at an impressive elevation of nearly 4,000 meters above sea level. Here, an awe-inspiring panorama unfolds before you, offering vistas ranging from the iconic Matterhorn to Switzerland’s loftiest peak, the Dufourspitze, along with a multitude of other majestic 4,000-meter (~13,125 ft) peaks that grace the Swiss landscape. Venture inside the mesmerizing ice cave to witness the formation of the glacier. Afterward, the gondola whisks you back to Furi, where a short and scenic walk leads to the quaint hamlet of Zmutt. Delight your taste buds with a traditional Valais plate at the Jägerstube inn, featuring dried mead, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked bread, before embarking on your final hike along a gentle path that guides you back to Zermatt.

Accommodations: 22 Summits Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11:

Uf Widerluege!

Say good-bye to your guide today and take the train back to Zurich for your departure home or on to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add time in the Bernese Oberland for additional alpine and gastronomic adventures.

  • Explore the vineyards of Montreux and stunning city of Geneva.

  • Visit Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, with its beautiful lakes, villas, and amazing cuisine.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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