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Alps Village to Village Hiking

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.

  • 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, to dine with 360-degree vistas

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Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Price: from $5,995

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

5-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

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.
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  • 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 our welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: 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!

    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

    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!

    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 us 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

    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!

    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, 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, dinner in town at one of the many restaurants in Zermatt.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated accommodation near the Matterhorn. With magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, this hotel has a beautiful aura. Travelers can enjoy coveted "Cheese Evenings" and unwind with wine and fondue in the onsite restaurant, which also offers a variety of delicious homemade specialties. The property also boasts an eloquently designed spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking amidst the beautiful alpine scenery. Each room is nicely designed with wood furnishing and comfortable bedding, creating a cozy environment complimented by the very quiet outside surroundings.

    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 Bella Vista

    The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated accommodation near the Matterhorn. With magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, this hotel has a beautiful aura. Travelers can enjoy coveted "Cheese Evenings" and unwind with wine and fondue in the onsite restaurant, which also offers a variety of delicious homemade specialties. The property also boasts an eloquently designed spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking amidst the beautiful alpine scenery. Each room is nicely designed with wood furnishing and comfortable bedding, creating a cozy environment complimented by the very quiet outside surroundings.

    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 Bella Vista

    The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated accommodation near the Matterhorn. With magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, this hotel has a beautiful aura. Travelers can enjoy coveted "Cheese Evenings" and unwind with wine and fondue in the onsite restaurant, which also offers a variety of delicious homemade specialties. The property also boasts an eloquently designed spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking amidst the beautiful alpine scenery. Each room is nicely designed with wood furnishing and comfortable bedding, creating a cozy environment complimented by the very quiet outside surroundings.

    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 the cradle of mountaineering. Our hike ends in Montroc where the local train will take us to the hotel. Dinner in town tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Prieure

    Hotel Le Prieure, completely renovated in 2015, is a classic alpine chalet in Chamonix's city center. Rooms have free wi-fi, safes, TV, complimentary tea and coffee, balcony, hairdryers, and en suite bathrooms.

    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 on 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

    Hotel Le Prieure, completely renovated in 2015, is a classic alpine chalet in Chamonix's city center. Rooms have free wi-fi, safes, TV, complimentary tea and coffee, balcony, hairdryers, and en suite bathrooms.

    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 for breathtaking view of the Chamonix Needles before ending in Plan de l'Aiguille. Take a sky tram down into town, offering panoramic views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps before ending the trip with a farewell dinner in Chamonix.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Prieure

    Hotel Le Prieure, completely renovated in 2015, is a classic alpine chalet in Chamonix's city center. Rooms have free wi-fi, safes, TV, complimentary tea and coffee, balcony, hairdryers, and en suite bathrooms.

    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

Alps Village to Village Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek-crafted itinerary covers the must-see Alps in only 10 days - see the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

Reason #02

MT Sobek's expert guides have been leading treks in this region for nearly 50 years, and this grand tour is not to be missed.

Reason #03

MT Sobek has been taking our travelers to the Alps since 1970 - we know the best hikes in these iconic mountains!

Meet your guides

Laurent Langoisseur

Laurent Langoisseur

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. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, and Haute Route trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! When he isn't guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice Mugnier

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 her great experience with you during your trip.

Sebastien Gros

Sebastien Gros

Born and bred in Chamonix, Sebastien Gros 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.

Activities

Scenic gondola and train rides, hiking 3-7 hours per day through pristine alpine scenery, and leisure time in picturesque villages and towns.

Lodging

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

Climate

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

FAQ

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 Bulletin. Our guides will help you to join the group and arrange transfers if necessary.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2022
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    +$700 single supplement
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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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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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