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Guided Classic Peaks: Murren and Zermatt

Discover Mürren and Zermatt – arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland – on this relaxing and invigorating tour

Guided Classic Peaks: Murren and Zermatt

Discover Mürren and Zermatt – arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland – on this relaxing and invigorating tour

    Support
  • Guided Group,
    Style
  • Village Retreats,
    Activity Level
  • Relaxed to Moderate,

Ask us for our two favorite villages in the Swiss Alps, and we will point you to Mürren and Zermatt. So different and so memorable.

Mürren is a tiny pastoral paradise, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, cows, flowers and trails. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. Zermatt is lively and thrumming with energy, dominated by the incomparable Matterhorn and boasting some of the best hotels in the Alps (which is saying a lot). They are the perfect pair.  We’ll lead you out on hidden trails to powerful viewpoints, and pamper you with a luxurious hotel for the evenings.

If you want a stunning, rejuvenating trip to the Alps, you won’t find a better combination than Mürren and Zermatt. One of the many joys of basing in one hotel for a few days is getting to know that place. You unpack at your hotel and leave it be for awhile. Explore the hidden corners. Try the yogurt and Muesli one morning, the eggs and croissant the next. On this trip, we will wake up, exhale, explore for a bit, come home, relax, enjoy a great dinner together, and get a great sleep. Then we’ll do it again!

Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going. Our guides will choose the right trails and uncover the best viewpoints. Along the way, you can learn a bit about the culture, the flowers, and the history of the Alps. They’ll let you know when it’s time to go and where you’re going to. No need to worry about anything. If you want to truly relax, hike on a flexible itinerary, and not think too much, this guided group Classic Peaks is just right.

    Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
    Departures
  • Not offered
    Cost
  • $3895 Per Person
  • $350 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-3

Murren

Murren is an absolute hiker’s paradise. You need to see this place to believe it. Take a cable car up and up, into the sky, to find a car-free village with astounding views of the Eiger and Jungfrau. Hike to hidden valleys, huge waterfalls, remote mountain huts, and panoramic viewpoints.

Days 4-7

Zermatt

Next we’ll ride the rails on a scenic Swiss train to Zermatt. It is not often that a place can be so famous yet still so surprising. But Zermatt is truly one-of-a-kind, with amazing hotels and the most powerful mountains on Earth. Enjoy a luxurious stay in our favorite 4-star hotel and explore the myriad trails of the Matterhorn region by day.

Included

Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 6 nights in 4-star village hotels. All breakfasts, picnic lunches, and 5 dinners are included. You will also receive a 2nd class 3 day Swiss rail pass for arrival, transfer to Zermatt, and departure.

What's great about this tour

  • Perfect flexibility for easy, moderate or epic hiking days
  • A relaxed village retreat-based tour with 2 stops in 6 nights
  • Luxurious and welcoming 4-star hotels in both villages
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size
  • Epic mountain scenery… Eiger, Jungfrau, Matterhorn
  • Our two favorite villages in the Alps.
  • Scenic, varied and relaxing

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Mürren

Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Mürren. The trip itself is incredibly scenic, and takes about 4 hours. Mürren is an idyllic, car-free village, perched atop a sheer 3000 ft. cliff above the waterfall-filled Lauterbrunnen valley.  Picture Yosemite with a Swiss village on top, and you’re pretty close!

There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Mürren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness. We’ll meet and talk about our tour before settling in for our welcome dinner at our wonderful 4-star home here in Murren.

Hotel Eiger
  • Dinner

Day 2

Mürren

One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden. Here we cross the Schiltbach stream, and start a steep and invigorating ascent to the local peak of Bryndli.

We’ll take our lunch enjoying birds-eye views of Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen valley, perhaps with a soaring golden eagle for company. From here the trail levels off, and becomes a scenic stroll through flowery meadows to a quiet alpine Rotstock hut. The return trail back leads over a small ridge for more show-stopping views before dropping back down to Mürren.

Hotel Eiger
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Mürren

The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn – considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region. This is also a nature preserve, and contains many of our favorite hiking trails.

We love to hike to the small farm at Obersteinberg, where the proprietors keep cows and make cheese by the same simple methods that haven’t changed for centuries.  Step back in time, pick some wild blueberries along the way, and enjoy some of the area’s prettiest waterfalls on this incredible hike.  Dinner will be on your own to explore tonight in Mürren.

Hotel Murren
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

Zermatt

After breakfast, we’ll take a morning transfer by train to Zermatt, the lively village at the base of the Matterhorn.  Wow, it’s pretty here.  The village itself is dense and atmospheric, and 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.

The Hotel Europe is one of our favorite hotels in the Alps, with friendly owners, great food and world-class views. Always memorable. You’ll have a chance to check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the some time at the hotel spa before settling in for our first dinner in Zermatt.

Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Zermatt

We like to get off the beaten path in Zermatt, and the Trift valley is ideal for quiet trails and sweeping views. If you’d like a big hike today, the views from the Hohbalmen ridge are truly unbeatable, your own private Matterhorn soaring above it all.  Unbelievable!

Or for a more moderate day, we can take a secret trail to a favorite viewpoint above town (not quite so high as Hohbalmen), then enjoy a refreshing stop at the Trift inn, known for their fruit tortes and homemade ice tea made from local alpine herbs.  Why not? Afterwards, we’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of town.

Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Zermatt

Taking quiet trails through fields and light larch forest, we have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat.  Usually we start with the historic cogwheel train to the half-way point at Riffelberg.  From here, we’ll hike past marmots and small glacial lakes to what has to be one of the finest viewpoints in Europe.

The jumbled mass of the ginormous Gorner glacier stretches out before us, and behind that, Dom, Monte Rosa, the Breithorn, and the Matterhorn form a spectacular white-clad backdrop of mountains. After a visit to Gornergrat, return to town by cogwheel train for a final night and celebratory dinner.

Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

depart

After our final hearty Hotel Europe breakfast, we’ll find room for one last croissant, then say our good-byes and hop on a train for our post-trip destinations.

  • Breakfast

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