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Alps Village to Village Hiking Tour

The Eiger Trail, Iconic Matterhorn & Mont Blanc


Experience picturesque alpine hamlets and sweeping mountain vistas in Switzerland and France on this unforgettable hiking trilogy of the Alps. Tackle the legendary Eiger Trail at the foot of the Eiger's notorious north face, which has challenged mountaineers for over a century. Traverse canyon trails to discover imposing views of the iconic Matterhorn, and complete your tour in Chamonix, where the majestic Mont Blanc looms over the charming town. From Grindelwald to Zermatt to Chamonix, this 10-day tour will inspire and challenge even the most seasoned hiker.

10 Days

From: $6,995

Experience picturesque alpine hamlets and sweeping mountain vistas in Switzerland and France on this unforgettable hiking trilogy of the Alps. Tackle the legendary Eiger Trail at the foot of the Eiger's notorious north face, which has challenged mountaineers for over a century. Traverse canyon trails to discover imposing views of the iconic Matterhorn, and complete your tour in Chamonix, where the majestic Mont Blanc looms over the charming town. From Grindelwald to Zermatt to Chamonix, this 10-day tour will inspire and challenge even the most seasoned hiker.

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Highlights


  • Take in the quintessential "must-sees" of the Alps - perfect for every avid hiker
  • Traverse spectacular mountain passes and alpine trails with an all-star guiding team
  • Follow in James Bond's footsteps to the summit of Schilthorn and dine with 360-degree vistas

Alps Village to Village Hiking

Start: Geneva, Switzerland  End: Geneva, Switzerland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Geneva & Explore Grindelwald

    Day 1

    After your arrival in Geneva, transfer by private van to the picturesque village of Grindelwald (3,392'). Located in Switzerland's Bernese Alps, this postcard-worthy alpine village is a popular outdoor enthusiast's destination year-round. Dominated by the north face of the Eiger looming in the background, Grindelwald is the perfect entree to the ultimate Alps adventure. Check into the hotel and enjoy some down time or explore the area before the welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kirchbuehl
    Accommodation: Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike from Grosse Scheidegg to Bort

    Day 2

    Start your trilogy adventure with a transfer by local bus to Grosse Scheidegg (6,437'), a mountain pass in the Bernese Alps where you hike a series of trails past verdant meadows and alpine lakes. Stop for lunch near the tranquil Bachsee Lake (7,470') before hiking down to Bort (5,180') with its striking views of the Eiger, where a gondola will whisk you back to Grindelwald.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kirchbuehl
    Accommodation: Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

    Activity: 6 hours/9 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain & 2,300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 25-minute local bus

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Kleine Scheidegg

    Day 3

    Today a gondola takes you to Holenstein (5,340'). Follow an easy trail that leads to Kleine Scheidegg, a splendid mountain pass located in the Bernese Oberland region and the lookout point of the Eiger's impressive north face. Admire icefalls and epic peaks, following beneath the great north face before heading back to Grindelwald, for a great night's sleep after a full day's adventure. Tonight the dinner is on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kirchbuehl
    Accommodation: Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & 1,500' elevation loss

    Transportation: 10-minute local bus transfer & scenic train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Arrive in Zermatt, Gateway to the Matterhorn

    Day 4

    This morning, take a private van transfer along the beautiful mountain road from Bernese Oberland to the Wallis region, and the renowned mountain resort of Zermatt (5,276'). On the way, stop in Kandersteg for a gondola ride and rigorous hike above Oeshinensee, a beautiful glacier lake surrounded by the Blumlisalp peaks. Arrive in Zermatt this afternoon, known as the gateway to the iconic Matterhorn. One of Switzerland's most vibrant mountain towns, it's packed with boutiques and restaurants. This evening, enjoy dinner in town at one of the many restaurants in Zermatt.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly
    Accommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Activity: 4 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,200'elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3.5 hour private bus transfer & short taxi or train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Alpine Pastures with Matterhorn Views

    Day 5

    Head to the village of Zmutt this morning on a light hike through lush alpine meadows. Stop for lunch in the charming village of Blatten for a taste of its famous rosti. Take a leisurely stroll back to Zermatt or venture back via the Gornerschlucht into the spectacular river "gorge" traveling on catwalks and ladders. The remainder of the afternoon is free to take advantage of the charms of the alpine village and have dinner on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly
    Accommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Activity: 4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,000' elevation gain & 1,000' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Head to Gornergrat for an Unmissable Mountain Panorama

    Day 6

    The Gornergrat (10,200') is one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the Alps. Here the glorious views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa are unforgettable. To get there, you will take the cogtrain to Rieffelalp (7,300') and hike up to the famous Rieffelsee (9,120'). On the way back, pass by famous Rieffelsee lake where lucky hikers can see the Matterhorn reflected in its surface! Return to Zermatt by train.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly
    Accommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,600' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 25-minute scenic train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Arrive in Chamonix, the Cradle of Alpinism

    Day 7

    This morning, after a short transfert to Tasch, transfer (1.5 hours) by private van through the Valais wine region. Well-loved for its wines, this area is an unique combination of soil types, microclimates, and sun exposure. Say goodbye to Switzerland and cross the border into Vallorcine for a short hike before stopping for lunch at a local inn. Continue hiking, entering into the Chamonix valley, with Mont Blanc dominating over this cradle of mountaineering. Your hike ends in Montroc where the local train will take you to the hotel. Enjoy a dinner in town tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Prieure
    Accommodation: Lykke Hotel and Spa Chamonix

    Activity: 3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & 300' elevation loss

    Transportation: 10-minute taxi, 1.5-hour private van transfer & short train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take in Views of the Mont Blanc Massif

    Day 8

    This morning, set out to Les Houches, the entrance to Chamonix Valley. The hike today offers beautiful panoramas of the Mont Blanc massif and its glaciers. The alp of Chailloux, located above Les Houches on the southern slope, is accessible by various paths including the famous "Tour du Mont Blanc" and "GR 5". Dinner is on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Prieure
    Accommodation: Lykke Hotel and Spa Chamonix

    Activity: 5 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & 2,000' elevation loss

    Transportation: 15-minute private bus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Toast an Epic Adventure Trilogy

    Day 9

    Board the famous red cogwheel train for a morning ride through the steep slopes to Montenvers, a town situated above the Mer de Glace, "Sea of Ice" glacier. The trail winds up above the tree line a breathtaking view of the Chamonix Needles before ending in Plan de l'Aiguille. Take a sky tram down into town, a panoramic views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps before ending the trip with a farewell dinner in Chamonix.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Prieure
    Accommodation: Lykke Hotel and Spa Chamonix

    Activity: 3.5 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & 500' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Geneva

    Day 10

    After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport for homeward-bound flights.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been leading Alps adventures for over 50 years and we know the best village-to-village routes in this magnificent mountain range.

  • This well-crafted itinerary covers the must-see Alps in only 10 days, including the iconic peaks of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, with comfortable stays in three charming Alpine villages.

  • We work with professional local guides, who are truly the best in the Alps. Many of our Alps-loving guests return to hike with them year after year!

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


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minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $7,795 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $7,595 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $7,395 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Laurent L.

Laurent L.

Laurent hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Alps trips, he has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times! When he isn't guiding for MT Sobek, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides. During the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains and will share her enthusiasm and in-depth experience with you during your trip.

Sebastien G.

Sebastien G.

Born and bred in Chamonix, Sebastien learned how to walk on the trails of the Alps. He graduated with a degree in Sport, Tourism & Local Development and qualified as an esteemed Accompagnateur en montagne or International Mountain Leader while living in Southern France. Since then, he has been found trail running all over the mountains from the famous GR20 in Corsica to the Swiss Alps to Andalusia in Spain. In his spare time, he teaches high school students on alpine flora and fauna—and on the skill sets required to become a mountaineer guide.

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After your arrival in Geneva, transfer by private van to the picturesque village of Grindelwald (3,392\'). Located in Switzerland\'s Bernese Alps, this postcard-worthy alpine village is a popular outdoor enthusiast\'s destination year-round. Dominated by the north face of the Eiger looming in the background, Grindelwald is the perfect entree to the ultimate Alps adventure. Check into the hotel and enjoy some down time or explore the area before the welcome dinner.

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Start your trilogy adventure with a transfer by local bus to Grosse Scheidegg (6,437\'), a mountain pass in the Bernese Alps where you hike a series of trails past verdant meadows and alpine lakes. Stop for lunch near the tranquil Bachsee Lake (7,470\') before hiking down to Bort (5,180\') with its striking views of the Eiger, where a gondola will whisk you back to Grindelwald.

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Today a gondola takes you to Holenstein (5,340\'). Follow an easy trail that leads to Kleine Scheidegg, a splendid mountain pass located in the Bernese Oberland region and the lookout point of the Eiger\'s impressive north face. Admire icefalls and epic peaks, following beneath the great north face before heading back to Grindelwald, for a great night\'s sleep after a full day\'s adventure. Tonight the dinner is on your own.

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This morning, take a private van transfer along the beautiful mountain road from Bernese Oberland to the Wallis region, and the renowned mountain resort of Zermatt (5,276\'). On the way, stop in Kandersteg for a gondola ride and rigorous hike above Oeshinensee, a beautiful glacier lake surrounded by the Blumlisalp peaks. Arrive in Zermatt this afternoon, known as the gateway to the iconic Matterhorn. One of Switzerland\'s most vibrant mountain towns, it\'s packed with boutiques and restaurants. This evening, enjoy dinner in town at one of the many restaurants in Zermatt.

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Head to the village of Zmutt this morning on a light hike through lush alpine meadows. Stop for lunch in the charming village of Blatten for a taste of its famous rosti. Take a leisurely stroll back to Zermatt or venture back via the Gornerschlucht into the spectacular river "gorge" traveling on catwalks and ladders. The remainder of the afternoon is free to take advantage of the charms of the alpine village and have dinner on your own.

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The Gornergrat (10,200\') is one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the Alps. Here the glorious views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa are unforgettable. To get there, you will take the cogtrain to Rieffelalp (7,300\') and hike up to the famous Rieffelsee (9,120\'). On the way back, pass by famous Rieffelsee lake where lucky hikers can see the Matterhorn reflected in its surface! Return to Zermatt by train.

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This morning, after a short transfert to Tasch, transfer (1.5 hours) by private van through the Valais wine region. Well-loved for its wines, this area is an unique combination of soil types, microclimates, and sun exposure. Say goodbye to Switzerland and cross the border into Vallorcine for a short hike before stopping for lunch at a local inn. Continue hiking, entering into the Chamonix valley, with Mont Blanc dominating over this cradle of mountaineering. Your hike ends in Montroc where the local train will take you to the hotel. Enjoy a dinner in town tonight.

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This morning, set out to Les Houches, the entrance to Chamonix Valley. The hike today offers beautiful panoramas of the Mont Blanc massif and its glaciers. The alp of Chailloux, located above Les Houches on the southern slope, is accessible by various paths including the famous \"Tour du Mont Blanc\" and \"GR 5\". Dinner is on your own tonight.

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Board the famous red cogwheel train for a morning ride through the steep slopes to Montenvers, a town situated above the Mer de Glace, \"Sea of Ice\" glacier. The trail winds up above the tree line a breathtaking view of the Chamonix Needles before ending in Plan de l\'Aiguille. Take a sky tram down into town, a panoramic views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps before ending the trip with a farewell dinner in Chamonix.

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After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport for homeward-bound flights.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. This tour is for good walkers, who seek to discover this magnificent region, without having to challenge themselves every day. You should be able to walk 7-10 miles with 2000' - 3000' of elevation per day. You do not need to be a great athlete to do this tour, but being in good shape is highly recommended.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

6 hours/9 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain & 2,300' elevation loss

Day 3

6 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & 1,500' elevation loss

Day 4

4 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,200'elevation gain & loss

Day 5

4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,000' elevation gain & 1,000' elevation loss

Day 6

5 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,600' elevation gain & loss

Day 7

3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 300' elevation gain & 300' elevation loss

Day 8

5 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & 2,000' elevation loss

Day 9

3.5 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain & 500' elevation loss

Accommodations


Pleasant 3-star accommodations in gorgeous surroundings, and lovely hotels complete with saunas, Jacuzzis, and swimming pools.

Hotel Butterfly
Hotel Butterfly

A part of the Best Western Signature Collection, Hotel Butterfly occupies a quiet location in the center of Zermatt. Alpine-style rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and all come equipped with flat-screen TVs. Guests can unwind at the wellness area with a Finnish sauna, an infra-red cabin and a steam room, and enjoy the on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.

Hotel Bella Vista
Hotel Bella Vista

The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated retreat with magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn. Rooms feature modern design and wellness amenities. The onsite spa includes saunas and a steam room, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking through beautiful alpine scenery.

Hotel Kirchbuehl
Hotel Kirchbuehl

Situated in a calm setting amidst the towering Swiss Alps, this hotel offers very cozy chalet-style accommodations. Travelers can look out onto the UNESCO Heritage Jungfrau Aletsch, and enjoy delicious Bernese cuisine with high quality ingredients from the region. It was recently rated in the top 10 for "Best Family Hotels in Switzerland". The spa is impeccable with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and bubble bath along with an indoor pool and fitness center. Hotel Kirchbuhl is a wonderful place to refresh the body and spirit!

Hotel Le Prieure
Hotel Le Prieure

Hotel Le Prieure is a four-star classic alpine chalet, nestled in an historic building at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix's city center. Cozy up to the fireplace with a drink at the bar or relax at the full service spa, complete with outdoor sauna and indoor swimming pool. Rooms boast balconies with views of Mont Blanc or the Aiguilles de Chamonix.

Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald

The 4-star Hotel Sunstar is a wellness and seminar hotel located in Grindelwald. Its comfortable bedrooms provide a cozy feeling, and come with all the amenities you'll need for a restful stay. You may also choose to pamper yourself at their Wellness Oasis, where a wide range of massage, sauna, and spa treatments are available - including Roman-Irish baths with hydro-massage showers.

Lykke Hotel and Spa Chamonix
Lykke Hotel and Spa Chamonix
Designed to wrap guests in a soothing slow travel experience, Lykke Hotel & Spa is a 4-star property nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc. Rooms are decorated to bring nature inside and feature balconies, most with a mountain view. The restaurant uses local and natural ingredients inspired by traditional Scandinavian style. An indoor pool, sauna, hammam, and herbal tea room invite further relaxation.

Weather


The weather in the Alps is always unpredictable. We could encounter snow in the morning and sun in the afternoon.

 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

A MT Sobek representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall at the Geneva airport on Day 1 between 1:30pm and 2pm, and the group will depart for Grindelwald at 2pm.

How does this trip compare to your Tour du Mont Blanc trip?

This trip is designed to be a bit easier than our Tour du Mont Blanc trip. There is less elevation gain and loss, and the days are shorter.

If I want to take a break from hiking, can I skip a day on this trip?

Yes. Because we spend several nights at certain hotels on this trip, you may choose to stay at the hotel and rest, read, or simply enjoy the views.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.

I might need to do some work while on this trip. Is there Wi-Fi at the hotels?

Yes. But we hope you won't have to use it.

What happens if my flights are delayed en route?

We will provide your guide's phone number on the trip's Final Details email. Our guides will help you to join the group and arrange transfers if necessary.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

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