The mountain views are astonishing, but in Switzerland, the little things offer their own delight.
Three days staring at the majestic sweep of the Matterhorn haven’t dampened your enthusiasm. On yesterday’s walk you were admiring its chiseled beauty reflected in the Riffelsee. Today it’s the dream backdrop for a lunch of beer and rösti on a sunny terrace in the meadows above Zermatt. Of course, Switzerland’s other mountains aren’t too bad either. Earlier this week on your Swiss Alps hiking tour, Jungfrau’s snowy summit had you equally hooked, as you rose high above the clouds on the cog railway to Jungfraujoch, and watched it towering above the waterfalls of Lauterbrunnen’s deep green valley. Hard to say which peak wins the beauty prize. For now, all you know is that there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.
- Explore the arts and culture center of Zürich, hugging the Limmat River and Lake Zürich and surrounded by alpine peaks.
- Walk the length of Lauterbrunnen Valley, which boasts numerous waterfalls plunging down cliffsides, emerald-green pastures with grazing cows, and wildflower meadows.
- Follow a breathtaking loop trail along the Schynige Platte, a wide plateau atop a stunning mountain ridge.
- Hear the call of resident marmots in the Mattertal Valley and sit in silence as you wait for them to emerge from their underground homes.
- Enjoy ambles through quintessential Swiss landscapes, from deep-cut valleys where cowbells echo to high mountain slopes watched over by the Matterhorn.
- Ride historical cog-wheel trains through gently sloping valleys and up steep mountainsides, taking in magnificent vistas as you go.
- Indulge in the Swiss-style amenities—soothing spas, astonishing views, and meals of fondue, local dried meats, and rösti—at rustic-chic lodges.
Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt
This Belle Epoque, four-star hotel majestically presides over central Zermatt, where it enjoys some of the resort’s best views of the Matterhorn. It also offers traditionally comfortable rooms—non-air conditioned and including WiFi—outstanding service, and a spa area with a large panoramic swimming pool, whirlpools, a sauna, and a steam room. In the large, rustic dining room the emphasis is on hearty fare, with menu options ranging from à la carte to themed selections. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Savoy Baur en Ville
Beloved as a “grande dame” of Zurich, the Savoy Baur en Ville has anchored the city’s famed Paradeplatz since 1838. This elegant historic property is steps away from the Old Town, making exploring easy and convenient. During your stay, sample the Mediterranean and French cuisine at one of the hotel’s refined restaurants. Each air-conditioned room – graced with relaxing neutral tones, gold accents, Greek mythology motifs and hand-picked textiles from around the world – is artfully designed to exude the timeless sophistication of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Experience Zurich in style from this celebrated, well-polished jewel.
Inspired by the rustic simplicity of the surrounding Alps, the Hotel Schönegg occupies one of the oldest houses in this mountain village. Throughout your stay, you’ll have breathtaking views of the Jungfrau massif and of the delightfully charming Swiss chalets that comprise Wengen. Warm, calming wood tones and fine craftsmanship create an authentic and soothing atmosphere while the on-site Restaurant 1903 brings seasonal ingredients and creative cuisine to every meal. You can step onto the sun terrace each afternoon for coffee and cake, served daily, perhaps followed by a visit to the sauna. Fully renovated in 2012, the Hotel Schönegg retains its original turn-of-the-century charm without air conditioning, while providing state-of-the-art comforts and amenities such as WiFi. You’ll enjoy classic Swiss hospitality in a classic Swiss setting. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|12 meals: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and access to CW walking routes and downloadable maps on the Switzerland Mobility App (smartphone required)|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: A 4-day Jungfrau Travel Pass (215 CHF value) and a 4-day Peak Pass (221–245 CHF value), providing full, prepaid access to all cable car, train, funicular, and public transport in Wengen and Zermatt.|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|