Guided Classic Peaks: Mürren and Zermatt

Switzerland Village-based

On this village-based guided tour, discover Murren and Zermatt - arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland...

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Tour Cost
  • $3695 per person
    $300 single supplement
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Description

Murren and Zermatt are arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland. Murren is nestled in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region, gazing directly at the Eiger and Jungfrau and surrounded by miles of quiet hiking trails. Zermatt is tucked at the end of a long valley dominated by the Matterhorn and numerous other impressive peaks. The two villages provide a nice contrast to each other, while giving you a chance to explore two of the premier hiking regions in the world. We’ll stay in comfortable and classy 3 and 4-star hotels in each village, enjoying some of the finest hiking in the Alps on our 5-7 hour dayhikes, returning to the same hotel each night. See the main sights that you won’t want to miss and many small, off-the-beaten-path places as well. In general, we like to avoid the more crowded areas, and seek out the more peaceful trails.

Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our hotel – delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for the task ahead. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, where you’ll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!

We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, or perhaps do a bit of shopping in town. After that, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one night in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

Map of Guided Classic Peaks: Mürren and Zermatt

Itinerary

Day 1

Mürren – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Mürren. The trip itself is incredibly scenic, and takes about 4 hours. Mürren is an idyllic, car-free village, perched atop a sheer 3000 ft. cliff above the waterfall-filled Lauterbrunnen valley (picture Yosemite with a Swiss village on top).

There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Mürren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness.  We’ll meet and talk about our tour before settling in for our welcome dinner.

  • Hotel Bellevue or Edelweiss
  • D

Day 2

Mürren – One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden. Here we cross the Schiltbach stream, and start a steep and invigorating ascent to the local peak of Bryndli. 

We’ll take our lunch enjoying birds-eye views of Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen valley, perhaps with a soaring golden eagle for company. From here the trail levels off, and becomes a relaxing stroll through flowery meadows to a quiet alpine hut at Bogangen. The trail back leads over a small ridge for more great views, before dropping back down to Mürren.

  • Hotel Bellevue or Edelweiss
  • B / L / D
  • trails from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen valley

Day 3

Mürren – The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn – considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region. It’s also a nature preserve, and contains many wonderful hiking trails. 

One of our favorite hikes leads to the small farm at Obersteinberg, where the proprietors keep cows and make cheese by the same simple methods that have been used for centuries. This part of the valley also contains some of the area’s prettiest waterfalls. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Mürren.

  • Hotel Bellevue or Edelweiss
  • B / L
  • trails from Mürren to Obersteinberg

Day 4

Zermatt – After breakfast, we’ll take a morning transfer to Zermatt, the lively village at the base of the Matterhorn. It’s nice to start with a walking tour of the village that takes you past 400 year-old houses and into the history of this fascinating town. 

You’ll have a chance to check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the wonderful pool and spa before settling in for our welcome dinner at the very friendly Hotel Europe.

  • Hotel Europe
  • B / L / D
  • Zermatt village tour walk

Day 5

Zermatt – We like to get off the beaten path in Zermatt, and the Trift valley is ideal for quiet trails and sweeping views.

Take a secret trail to a favorite viewpoint high above town, then enjoy a refreshing stop at the Trift inn, known for their homemade ice tea made from local alpine herbs. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of town.

  • Hotel Europe
  • B / L / D
  • trails in Trift valley

Day 6

Zermatt – Taking quiet trails through fields and forest, we have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat, past marmots and small glacial lakes, to what has to be one of the finest viewpoints in Europe.

The jumbled mass of the Gorner glacier stretches out before us, and behind that, Dom, Monte Rosa, the Breithorn, and the Matterhorn form a spectacular backdrop.

  • Hotel Europe
  • B / L / D
  • trails to Gornergrat

Day 7

depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.

  • B
Included 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels

also includes:
all breakfasts and lunches, 5 dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
1st class 3-day Swiss Pass Flex

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