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Self-guided Deluxe Grand Tour

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

Self-guided Deluxe Grand Tour

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

  • Self-Guided,
  • Village Retreats,
  • Scenic Journeys,
    Activity Level
  • Relaxed to Moderate,

When tourists first started coming to the Alps in the 1700 and 1800’s, their travels, known as “The Grand Tour”, were always first class.

We’ve recreated that here… the best hotels in the best mountain villages in the Swiss Alps.   Stay in distinctive, luxurious hotels like the 5-star Riffelalp Resort in Zermatt and acclaimed 5-star Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina.  Travel by 1st class rail along the Glacier Express.

Your tour starts in Mürren, a gorgeous car-free village perched dramatically atop a cliff in the Bernese Oberland.  Continue to Zermatt, a hiker’s paradise, nestled beneath the incomparable Matterhorn.  Ride the Glacier Express train  on a scenic cross-country journey to Pontresina, the serene jewel of the St. Moritz lakes region.  If you want to do the Swiss Alps in style, you want this tour.

  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • Jun 01 – Sep 30, 2022
  • $4890 per person
  • $850 Single room

Days 1-3


Start in the Bernese Oberland, in beautiful car-free Mürren.  This is the land of fairytales, where mountains, waterfalls and wildflowers abound.

Days 4-5


Then it’s off to Zermatt, to the base of the iconic Matterhorn.  Stay in absolute luxury at the 5-star Riffelalp Resort above town.  Incredible!

Days 6-8


Now the Glacier Express takes you across the country in style, to the Engadine region, where we base in mellow Pontresina.  The impeccable Hotel Kronenhof is a fitting finale.

Your tour includes 8 nights in luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, with all breakfasts and 4 dinners. You’ll get a 4-day 1st class Swiss rail pass for your travels, with Glacier Express reservations and lunch on the train. You will also receive topo maps, detailed route descriptions, and sightseeing suggestions. We are always available by phone if you have questions during your tour.

What's great about this tour

  • Ultimate flexibility for easier or moderate hiking days
  • A relaxed village retreat-based tour with 3 stops in 7 nights
  • World-class 4 & 5-star hotels and 1st class rail
  • Scenic 1st class Glacier Express train
  • 3 classic mountain regions – Bernese Oberland, Zermatt, Engadine
  • A great choice for non-hiking spouses and friends who would prefer to spend time relaxing

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