The two most iconic mountains in the Alps, the Eiger and the Matterhorn, are icons for good reasons – they are can-you-believe-that stunning, both of them. The Eiger anchors the Bernese Oberland, fairytale Swiss Alps, an area filled with wildflowers, waterfalls, and quiet trails to remote alpine inns. Get away from it all. The Matterhorn highlights the southern Alps, a region packed with the highest peaks in Switzerland, and the best hotels in the Swiss Alps. Zermatt is the perfect base to indulge in a bit of the good life.
Can you have it all? We say yes. On our Eiger to the Matterhorn tour, you start with a fantastic 4-day inn-to-inn hike through the fabled Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau region and finish with 3 luxurious nights in Zermatt, at the foot of the sturdy and unforgettable Matterhorn. Still enough time to explore our favorite places, like the Tschingelhorn inn and Mürren, and to find your own special place at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going. Our guides will help you find the right pace and learn a bit about the culture, the flowers, and the history the Alps. They’ll make sure you catch the right train and luggage gets to the right room. Plus they make great lunches! If you want to truly relax and not worry about a thing, this guided group Eiger to Matterhorn is a great combo of inn-to-inn exploration with a luxurious finish.
Grindelwald – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train with your included rail pass to the Alpine village of Grindelwald, stunningly set at the base of the massive Eiger, one of the most famous and dramatic mountains in the world.
Grindelwald is truly breathtaking, and one glance around will tell you that you’ve arrived in the Alps. We’ll meet in the afternoon and will enjoy dinner together this first night as we talk about the trip to come.
Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg Pass. If conditions are right, we can take the Eiger Trail right to the base of the mountain, with countless waterfalls cascading off its vertical cliff faces.
The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps. We’ll descend via a favorite, little used trail to the gorgeous views of Biglenalp, glaciers cascading down the mountains. Finish in the car-free village Wengen for a restful night.
Tschingelhorn inn – We’re heading out on an adventure today. Our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen Valley floor. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is reminiscent of Yosemite Valley, with numerous waterfalls cascading down either side of the valley. Truly an unbelievable sight.
After a break for lunch, we’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen Valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Tschingelhorn is a simple mountain inn set in a stunning location, looking across the valley at the Jungfrau Mountain, Rottal Glacier, and numerous impressive waterfalls. There is no luggage transport, but we’ll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal… this is always a favorite stop!
Mürren – We have a couple of trail options today – the first, a panoramic climb over a high ridge with breathtaking views in every direction, the second, a beautiful wooded hike filled with waterfalls. Weather and our own mood will help make the choice, but they are both great.
Both trails lead to the Sefinen valley then up through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and other surrounding mountains. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.
Zermatt – After breakfast, we’ll take a morning transfer to Zermatt, the historic village at the base of the Matterhorn, the most iconic peak in the Alps, maybe in the world. 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.
Zermatt – We like to get off the beaten path in Zermatt, and it’s not as hard as you might think. 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. After an invigorating day on the trail, return for some relax time at the hotel and maybe hit up the spa. Dinner will be on your own to explore tonight in Zermatt.
Zermatt – There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. We can 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. You’ll have the option to hike or take the gondola down. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of Zermatt.
depart – After a beautiful week, today you say good-bye to the Matterhorn and depart for your post-tour destinations.
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