The Eiger and the Matterhorn are perhaps the two most stunning mountains in Switzerland. The Eiger is in the Bernese Oberland, stereotypical Swiss Alps, an area filled with wildflowers, waterfalls, and quiet trails to remote alpine inns. 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 memorable views. On this self-guided tour you’ll spend 4 nights inn-to-inn hiking in the Bernese Oberland region at the foot of the Eiger, followed by 3 nights taking day hikes around Zermatt and the Matterhorn You’ll stay in comfortable and classy 3 to 4-star hotels each night, with one night in a memorable mountain inn.
Your typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel – delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives you the energy needed for the upcoming hikes. Soon you’ll be out on the trail, where you’ll get to choose between an easier walk or more strenuous hike for the day.
You should finish around 4 pm each day, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps do a bit of shopping in town or relax in your hotel pool and spa. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your 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.
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 fearsome) mountains in the world.
Settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner this first night. With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world, anchored by the mighty North Wall of the Eiger.
Wengen – Today you’ll explore the Grindelwald Valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg Pass. Perhaps you’ll take the Eiger Trail right to the base of the mountain, with countless waterfalls cascading off it’s 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. you’ll descend via a favorite, little used trail to the car-free village Wengen for a restful night.
Tschingelhorn inn – Your trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen Valley floor. The Lauterbrunnen is reminiscent of Yosemite Valley, with numerous waterfalls cascading down either side of the valley.
After a break for lunch, you’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen Valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Based on the time of year you may also be staying at Obersteinberg or having an additional night in Murren. This 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 you’ll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal… this is always a favorite stop!
Mürren – You 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.
Both lead 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, and you’ll be on your own for dinner tonight in town.
Zermatt – After breakfast, you’ll take a morning transfer by train 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 your hotel this evening.
Zermatt – We’d like you 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.
Zermatt – There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. You’ll take one that leads you to a suspended wooden walkway through a narrow river gorge.
After a thrilling walk through the gorge, you emerge and continue on high ridge above town. Perhaps you’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, you’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from your hotel on the outskirts of Zermatt.
depart – Today you say good-bye to the Matterhorn and depart for your post-tour destinations.