The Switzerland On Foot Tour is a guided walking tour combining some of Switzerland's medieval historic Old Towns with the top three scenic mountain walks in Switzerland.
We explore the beautiful Engadine Valley in the scenic St. Moritz area in the canton of Graubunden, the land of the mountain goat and Heidi's home.
One of the world's top train journeys, the famous Glacier Express, takes us to Zermatt at the foot of impressive Matterhorn, perhaps the most photographed mountain the world.
Here, surrounded by forty-seven 4000 metre or more high peaks, impressive glaciers and deep gorges, we walk along tranquil paths in the Swiss canton of Valais.
Finally, in the famous Jungfrau Region, surrounded by the beauty of the Bernese Alps, we walk along alpine trails with the famous peak of Eiger beside us.
Additionally, we travel to the medieval Old Towns of Bern and Zurich and visit scenic Interlaken and Lucerne.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Optional Single Supplement: $860 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $430 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
Full-time Tour Leader services and local guides at various locations.
All accommodation and transport, two meals daily (hotels & local restaurants).
All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.
Gratuities for driver/s, restaurant staff, porters (if available).
International airfare to/from the tour.
Tour Leader gratuities, one meal a day (usually lunch), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'.
Optional trip cancellation insurance.
Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, packing and shopping.
Zurich is an EXCEPTION to our usual policies governing airport transfers. Because the airport is served by a fast, efficient, and affordable train service from/to city centre, we have found that organizing escorted road transfers (slow, costly) does not provide the usual degree of convenience and comfort that once can usually expect of such of a service. Accordingly, we do not provide or sell transfer services in Zurich, preferring instead to provide instructions on how to easily make your own way on arrival (per person cost approx US$6).
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in early summer when temperatures are warm, though rain, mist, showers can still occur any time. Summer's long daylight hours maximize exploration; our fall date will feature cooler temperatures but less chance of rain.
Transport and Travel Conditions
We will use several forms of transport on this trip - from private bus, local bus, cable car, and various trains. Most of our longer journeys will be accomplished using Switzerland's extensive and efficient public rail service (tickets in 2nd class). This is an ambitious trip with lots of moving around and train journeys and connections. You MUST be able to manage with your own luggage at rail stations and from station to hotels nearby. Hotels are usually located very near stations, which usually have escalators where applicable. Soft-sided wheeled bags, NOT heavy hard-sided baggage, are best as you will likely be transporting your luggage from hotel to/from station. The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized. Given the nature of this itinerary you will walk with your luggage more than you may expect on a conventional bus tour.
Remember that with train travel you keep your luggage with you throughout the journey; putting it on the racks above your seat, between the seats or at the end of the car. There is usually no separate baggage car. Unlike travelling by air, you do not check your bags in; you can access to your bags throughout the journey. For days on which we have sightseeing en route to our final destination your luggage is kept in storage, to be collected again for our onward journey (such days are indicated in the full itinerary).
Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our walks/hikes that go beyond town/city walking tours on pavement or cobblestones, to hiking on "natural" surfaces (ie gravel) and pathways that feature some elevation gain/loss as opposed to reasonably flat terrain. Such hikes are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way. This activity does not occur every day, but as per our tour itinerary, even when not on a "hike," we will be on foot quite a lot on uneven surfaces and stairs (we're in the Alps!). Please note that some of our hikes feature sections that are downhill for extended distance. While the slopes are not particularly steep, we suggest walking poles to take the pressure off.your knees.
The beauty of hiking in Switzerland, is the myriad options one has to explore according to one's comfort level and ability. Some of the hikes/walks described in the itinerary can be extended/shortened according to preference, ie should you reach a junction, or a place where there is a gondola or a chairlift, your Tour Leader can suggest, for example, that those who have had a enough and want to return to the village, can take this lift down and "we'll see you at dinner." Similarly, if some group members want to extend their day, there may be options to carry on and take another route back down later. Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. Generally speaking, however, we can advise that our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in.
All trip members should have good hiking experience, but there is no technical climbing experience necessary. Most hiking is at altitudes between 1800 and 2500m (6,000 and 8,000 ft). Our day hikes return to our hotel at the end of the day; there is no need to carry/transport our large luggage while hiking. Similarly, for days on which we have sightseeing en route to our final destination, your luggage is kept in storage to be collected again for our onward journey (such days are indicated in the full itinerary).
For daily summary of our hiking activities, please refer to the tour itinerary.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located mid-range, 3-star hotels/inns throughout. Hotels are modern and comfortable; single rooms may be smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Full-time Tour Leader, driver/s.
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Our hotel is officially certified by Hotellerie Suisse as a Business- and Boutique-Hotel. Enjoy your time, whether you want to explore the city or doing business in Zurich.