Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours provide a great balance between a guided group tour and planning a trip on your own. They are meticulously organized itineraries that combine the freedom to travel on your own with the support of having your own personal travel planner. We'll organize all of the reservations and logistics, buy appropriate rail passes, recommend favorite hikes and sights, and arrange a trip that meets your specifications. There's no guide and no group, so you'll make your own decisions, choose your own pace, and enjoy Switzerland at your leisure. As Swiss travel specialists, you can count on knowledgeable advice and superb vacation planning.

Alps

Inn-to-inn

Self-guided Bernese Oberland Traverse

Switzerland

Our signature tour, this superb trip covers the most scenic and challenging sections of the Alpine Pass Route across the Bernese Oberland region.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Bernese Oberland Traverse - Part A

Switzerland

A good choice for early-season hikes, families, and people of varying abilities…

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Bernese Oberland Traverse: Part B

Switzerland

This challenging stretch of Alpine Pass Route offers quieter trails and more off-the-beaten-path destinations...

Departures July – September

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Self-guided Dolomites Val Gardena Traverse

Italy

Nothing prepares you for the otherworldly beauty of the Dolomites...

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Great Dolomites Traverse

Italy

Nothing prepares you for the otherworldly beauty of the Dolomites...

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Hiker's Haute Route

Switzerland, France

The self-guided Haute Route tour links Chamonix to Zermatt via a spectacular series of trails with high passes, quiet trails, and stunning views.

Departures July – September

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Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc

France, Italy, Switzerland

A self-guided hike through 3 countries - France, Italy, and Switzerland - stopping at beautiful inns and enjoying unequaled variety.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc: 9 day Express

France, Italy, Switzerland

A shorter, express TMB hiking through 3 countries - France, Italy, and Switzerland - hits all the highlights of the full tour

Departures June – September

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Inn-to-inn-combo

Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights

Switzerland

The Switzerland of fairy tales resides in heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Engadine Highlights

Switzerland

Combining dayhikes with a superb 2-day inn-to-inn trek, this tour explores the rustic, preserved beauty of Switzerland's Engadine region.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Mont Blanc Highlights

Switzerland, France

On this independent variation of the Tour of Mont Blanc, we'll focus on our absolute favorite corners of the classic tour.

Departures June – September

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Leisure

Self-guided Best of Switzerland

Switzerland

If you only have time for a quick trip to Switzerland, our 8-day Best of Switzerland self-guided tour may be just the tour for you!

Departures January – December

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Self-guided Swiss Alps Sampler

Switzerland

Our best 12-night Swiss Alps tour, with great train rides, fantastic destinations, charming hotels, and the best sights the Swiss Alps have to offer.

Departures January – December

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Self-guided Switzerland's Scenic Trains

Switzerland

If you're interested in Switzerland, and would like to see as much as possible in a short time, our Scenic Trains self-guided tour is the one for you.

Departures January – December

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Village-based

Self-guided Classic Peaks: Mürren and Zermatt

Switzerland

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

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Dolomites Dayhikes

Italy

The Dolomites are Italy's alpine playground, an inspiring landscape of enormous limestone towers, colorful wildflowers, and lush green meadows.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Engadine Dayhikes

Switzerland

With charming villages, lofty trails, and flexible hikes, the Engadine tour is an excellent introduction to one of the world's greatest hiking areas.

Departures June – October

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Self-guided Grand Tour: Mürren, Zermatt, Pontresina

Switzerland

Stay in luxurious inns, enjoy classic train rides, and hike three of the grandest mountain destinations in world.

Departures June – October

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Self-guided Great Alpine Classics

Switzerland, France

For a dream trip to Alps, why not take in all of the grandest destinations, scenic train rides, and mountain vistas?

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Jungfrau

Switzerland

This self-guided hiking tour of the Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland is a perfect one-week introduction to Switzerland.

Departures May – September

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Self-guided Jungfrau + Matterhorn

Switzerland

The Jungfrau + Matterhorn tour provides perhaps the perfect combination of pretty villages and premier hikes in Switzerland.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Matterhorn

Switzerland

The Matterhorn is, quite simply, the most powerful mountain in the Alps and perhaps in the world.

Departures June – September

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Self-guided Mürren Tour

Switzerland

The self-guided Mürren tour is the perfect combination of a quaint village setting, gorgeous hiking, huge waterfalls, and spectacular mountain scenery

Departures June – September

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About Self-guided Tours

Why take a self-guided tour?

There are many reasons to take a self-guided tour to the Alps. Perhaps you don’t want to be part of a group, maybe you have your own family or group, or just prefer to explore on your own. Many people have restrictive travel dates that don’t match up with our guided tours, and a self-guided tour becomes the best option for your schedule. Plus, self-guided tours are more flexible (in the planning stages) and affordable than guided tours, generally running about 2/3 the cost of a comparable guided tour. We’ve designed self-guided tours as short as 2 days or as long as 3 weeks, and take pride in finding just the right itinerary for your needs. We can arrange quiet, intimate tours for two or larger getaways for groups of friends, work colleagues, or family reunions. You can stay in absolute luxury of 4 or 5-star hotels or take in the rustic ambiance of remote mountain inns or alpine club huts. The choice is yours!

We offer a variety of well-tested self-guided packages – self-guided versions of many of our guided tours that have proven to be very popular with our clients. We can also customize any of these tours to lengthen or shorten them, add inn-to-inn stretches or extended village stays, and upgrade or downgrade accommodations and rail passes. We only arrange self-guided tours in the areas we know and love best, and you’ll benefit from the experience and expertise accumulated as a former year-round resident of Switzerland and long-time hiking guide. We know the inns and the locations, and will direct you to the best options Switzerland has to offer.

Consider adding nights in Lucerne, Zürich, or Geneva at the end of your trip. We have comfortable, clean 3-star hotels and luxurious 4-star hotels all in great locations, or simple, affordable airport hotels can be arranged.

What will your self-guided tour include?

We try to make it easy for you, so you don’t have to worry about the details. Our self-guided tours typically include prepaid hotels with breakfast and dinner, an appropriate rail pass or airport shuttle for travel to and from the airport or border, train schedules, carefully written route descriptions, hiking maps with highlighted routes, a local support contact person, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly. Most of our inn-to-inn tours include luggage transfers or the option to add luggage transfers. We spend every summer in the Alps ourselves, and we’re constantly updating our materials to let you know what’s new, what’s changed, and what’s worth seeing.

Not included are lunches, drinks with your meals, some dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation not covered by your rail passes, taxis or ticket. Exact details vary slightly from tour to tour, so see the individual tour descriptions for complete details.

Our village notes and route descriptions are detailed and descriptive, with elevation guides, longer and shorter options, ideas for rainy days, and are customized to fit your trip. You’ll receive a comprehensive packet of information well before your trip to review, including suggested packing list and info on what to expect, and will have plenty of time to contact us with any questions!

Interested in what our trips are like? Take a look at our tour overview packet to get a general idea of how we operate and the kinds of materials you can expect. For more detail, you can see a typical route description and destination notes example. We put a lot of care and detail into your tour materials, try to anticipate questions you have, and to give suggestions for things you might not have thought of.

We use maps from the Swiss Topographic Office, works of art that are the best available, and include a larger fold-out map of the region as well as page-size maps for daily use with your route highlighted. View one of our hiking maps.

“I’ve gone through all the information and am so pleased and excited about our trip. You have done an amazing job of putting our trip together and have eliminated all the stress of planning a trip to an area we aren’t all that familiar with. You were so thorough with all the details that believe it or not, I don’t think I have one single question! Thanks ever so much.  I hope we have a chance to meet up with you in Switzerland. Please let me know if you are going to be in our area when we are there.”

F Petersen, Self-guided Jungfrau-Matterhorn tour