The Matterhorn region is the classic Swiss hiker’s paradise. The village of Zermatt is historic and fun, and the Matterhorn is one of the world’s defining mountains, anchoring a region filled with great hikes and jaw-dropping views. On this guided tour we’ll, we’ll spend 2 nights in Saas Fee, and 4 nights in Zermatt. We’ll stay in comfortable and classy 4-star hotels each night, taking 5-7 hour dayhikes during the day.
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 upcoming tours. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, where you’ll get to choose between an easier walk 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! hike beneath the Matterhorn in Zermatt
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps do a bit of shopping in town or relax in our fun hotel pool and spa. After that, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant. These are usually multi-course feasts, featuring both local and international specialties like chicken, fish, or cheese fondue. Our hotels enjoy excellent reputations for their fine cuisine. We will leave one night in Zermatt free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Saas Fee – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train and bus to our meeting point in Saas Fee, a high car-free village in Switzerland’s southern Valais region ringed by mountains and glaciers.
There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to our meeting point will be easy and scenic. We stay in the center of town in a comfortable 4-star hotel. (Hotel Metropol)
Saas Fee – Among the great dayhikes in Saas Fee is a beautiful balcony walk through larch forests and past numerous waterfalls for a great introduction to this glacier-ringed valley.
We have a few options today. An easier option leads us from a rustic mountain restaurant, past glacial moraine walls and back to town. Those who’d like a longer alternative can continue on a circuit of the valley, finishing at a scenic restaurant where we can catch a cable car for the descent to town. (Hotel Metropol)
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.
Afterwards, take a short hike above Zermatt for views of the surrounding mountains, perhaps to the centuries-old hamlets of Zum See and Zmutt, before returning to the wonderful spa and friendly reception at the Hotel Europe. (Hotel Europe)
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 Zermatt. (Hotel Europe)
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. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Zermatt. (Hotel Europe)
Zermatt – There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. We’ll take one that leads us to a suspended wooden walkway through a narrow river gorge.
After a thrilling walk through the gorge, we emerge and continue on high ridge above town. Perhaps we’ll make the strenuous climb up to the Hornli hut (a sort of Matterhorn base camp) to enjoy fabulous, close-up views of the Matterhorn and and a sweeping look back at the valley below. (Hotel Europe)
depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.
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