Self-guided Great Alpine Classics

Switzerland, France Village-based

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

Self-Guided Tour

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Description

This tour covers 4 classic mountain destinations - hike beneath the Jungfrau, Mont Blanc and Matterhorn mountains, and ride the Glacier Express to the peaceful Engadine region. All four areas contain numerous unforgettable hikes and vistas that make this tour a classic in every sense! Our welcoming hotels, walkable villages, and beautiful locations make this a perfect choice for non-hikers as well.

Your tour starts in Chamonix, France, the stylish and historic village at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. After 3 nights there you continue on to Mürren, a gorgeous car-free village perched dramatically atop a cliff surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaceful scenery. Then you'll transfer by train to Zermatt, another hiker's paradise, nestled beneath the incomparable Matterhorn. Finally you're off on the Glacier Express train to Pontresina, the scenic and serene jewel of the St. Moritz lakes region. Along the way, you'll stay in absolute comfort in traditional, exquisite 3 and 4-star hotels. If you don't have enough time for the full tour, we offer shorter versions of either half of the Alpine Classics tour, West or East.

Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel - a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice - which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.

You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant most nights. 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. Typically we leave off all dinners in Chamonix and Mürren, and one dinner in both Zermatt and Pontresina, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

Map of Self-guided Great Alpine Classics

Itinerary

Included Standard tour: 12 nights prepaid 3-star hotels 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Geneva-Chamonix airport transfer 2nd class 4 day Flex rail pass Glacier Express reservations Glacier Express lunch Deluxe tour: 12 nights prepaid 4-star hotels 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners Geneva-Chamonix private airport transfer 1st class 4-day Swiss Flex rail pass Glacier Express reservations Glacier Express lunch also included: topo maps detailed route descriptions sightseeing suggestions train schedules local contact for questions