Experience storybook alpine hamlets and sweeping mountain vistas in Switzerland, France and Italy 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 village. 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 a star guiding team
Follow in James Bond's footsteps to the summit of Schilthorn, to dine with 360-degree vistas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to Geneva airport for homeward-bound flights.
This MT Sobek-crafted itinerary covers the must-see Alps in only 12 days - see the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
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.
MT Sobek has been taking our travelers to the Alps since 1970 - we know the best hikes in these iconic mountains!
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Scenic gondola & train rides, hiking 3-7 hours per day through pristine alpine scenery, and leisure time in picturesque villages and towns.
Pleasant 3-star accommodations in gorgeous surroundings, and luxury hotels complete with saunas, Jacuzzis, and swimming pools.
The weather in the Alps is always unpredictable. We could encounter snow in the morning and sun in the afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.
Yes. But we hope you won't have to use it.
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.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"This trip takes you to some of the most iconic hikes in the world. My only disappointment was that the trip was over! Great guides and wonderful hikes."
MT Sobek Guest, Hiking the Alps Trilogy
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