Best of Swiss Alps

Season: from 15 June to 30 September

8 Days Best of Swiss Alps Trek

Guided or Self-guided tour 
Switzerland
Level: Easy to medium
Season: 15 June to 30 September
Date: 20-27 Sep 2019
Cost: from S$ 3120

On this trip, you will venture into two of the most well-known regions of Switzerland (Engadine and Valais), passing by quaint villages such as St Moritz and Zermatt, all of them showcasing unique architecture not seen anywhere else. With the accessible treks you will be led on, you will be savoring the sceneries of the Matterhorn and the numerous 4,000-meter-high summits from Valais. Your views will not only be peppered with the panoramas of glaciers, great lakes and summits, but you will also get the unique opportunity to take the Glacier Express Train (the world’s slowest express train), the Bernina Express Train, a UNESCO attraction, and travel on the authentic Gornergrat rack-train with an astonishing panoramic view on the Alps

Day 01: Zurich/ St Moritz – Sils
Day 02: Sils – Maloja – Lake Cavloc – Sils +300 m, about 4 hours of walking. Return from Maloja to Sils, (3km by bus)
Day 03: Sils – Val Roseg and the Bernina glaciers About 3 hours of walking, +300m, -850 m.
Day 04: Val Roseg – Ponteresina – Morteratsch glacier About 5 hours of walking, + 500m, -700 m.
Day 05: Morteratsch – Zermatt, by the Glacier Express
Day 06: Zermatt: Matterhorn, Zermatt valley and many peaks About 5 hours of walking, +/- 600m.
Day 07: Zermatt: Gornergrat
Day 08: Zermatt – Zurich or extension on own
8 days, 7 nights
BEST OF SWISS ALPS TREK

Day 1 Zurich – Sils (Drive about 3 hrs)
Arrival at Zurich airport, meet & transfer along the Lake of Zurich via the Julier Pass, 2300m to your hotel in Sils (1750m), a charming village in-between 2 lakes where Nietzche used to come to rest and where his house is now an open museum. Overnight in a 3* hotel

If you do not want to include the taxi transfer from Zurich airport to Sils: Meet at St Moritz Station from 1400hr. Transfer by taxi to Sils.

Day 2 Sils – Maloja – Lake Cavloc – Sils | +300 m, about 4 hours of walking. Return from Maloja to Sils, (3km by bus)
Stroll up to the quaint village of Isola, on the lake shores that lead to the beautifully scattered forest of Cembro pines to the village of Maloja, (pronounced “Maloya”) so dear to the painter Ségantini. Splendid climb on the le Val de Cavloc and its lake where the Piz Salecina reflects. Maloja is right at the foot of Piz Longhin, which is the source of the rivers joining the Rhine, the Danube and the delta of Po. Overnight in 3* hotel in Sils.

Day 3 Sils – Val Roseg and the Bernina glaciers | About 3 hours of walking, +300m, -850 m.
Get ready for an exciting day starting with a short transfer to Corvatsch where we take the cableway 300m from the Fuorcla Surlej Pass at 2755 m over the Val Roseg, facing the Morteratsch glaciers, the Bernina (4049m), the Scerscen peak (3971m), the Pic Roseg (3920m), and the Sella and Glüschaint peaks: a magnificent glacial cirque. Overnight in the beautiful mountain hotel Roseggletscher.

Day 4 Val Roseg – Ponteresina – Morteratsch glacier | About 5 hours of walking, + 500m, -700 m.
Descent by horse barouche to Ponteresina, a very beautiful village of the Upper Engadine. Board Bernina Express to Morteratsch, followed by a walk up the Val Morteratsch to the Morteratsch glacier. Enjoy the view on the Piz Palu, the Piz Cambrena and the Bernina (4020m). It’s one of the most beautiful mountain circles in the Alps! We may walk until the Boval lodge (2459m), savouring the sight of the Bernina glacier throughout. Overnight in in hotel Morteratsch, close to the glacier.

Day 5 Morteratsch – Zermatt
Today begins with a private transfer to St Moritz, followed by another transfer to Zermatt via the Glacier Express, a unique experience as it is “the world’s slowest express train”! An adventure of 7.5 hours during which you will cross 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and the Oberalp pass at 2033m before the descent to Chur at 590m. You then continue to Zermatt, the capital of Swiss mountaineering, at the foot of Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. Overnight in a 3* hotel.

Day 6 Matterhorn, Zermatt valley and many peaks | About 5 hours of walking, +/- 600m.
Stroll around Zermatt with scenic views over the Matterhorn, the valley of Zermatt and many “4000m” mountains. Don’t miss the balcony leading to the refuge of Schönbielhütte to the East of Zmutt, a small alpine village with almost exclusively wooden construction. Walk in the direction of the lodge and back. Overnight in a 3* hotel.

Day 7 Zermatt : Gornergrat | 4h30 | -1500m
A great variety of walks are possible starting in Zermatt. We recommend that you take the walk to Gornegrat because of the breath-taking views of the Matterhorn, the exceptional glaciers of Monte Rosa and the other surrounding peaks. The rack railway will take you up 3090m to the ridge of Gornergrat. This railway was built between 1896 and 1898 and is considered one of the 7 marvels of alpine tourism! Expect a one hour trip to clear 5 kms of railway and 1500 m of ascend. Several different itineraries lead you back to Zermatt; we especially like the ones by Riffelalp or Findelm, from 3 to 3 1⁄2 hrs of walking. Overnight in a 3* hotel.

Day 8 Zermatt – Zurich (Drive about 3.5 hrs)
Departure after the breakfast via a taxi transfer to Zurich airport.
If you do not want to include the taxi transfer from Zurich airport to Sils: End of the stay after breakfast at Zermatt.

8 Days Best of Swiss Alps Trek
Guided or Self Guided
Min 4 pax
LAND Price per person in SGD
Tour Code: EUR-BSA-08

Price Per Person in SGD4 pax5 pax6 pax7 pax8 pax
With Private Transfer on D1 & D8Guided59905400510048804660
Self-Guided40003830382037003620
Without Private Transfer/ Taxi on D1 & D8Guided49904780450043004160
Self-Guided32203180315031403120
Single supplement520

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation in double rooms (7 nights; triple room in case of 3 individual men or women who do not want to pay the single supplement)
  • 7 packed lunches (not on Day 1)  ~ ONLY for guided tour; 7 dinners
  • English speaking tour guide for guided tour or Road book with 1/25 000 maps and detailed topos, vouchers for the hotels and touristic information. 1 travel documents for 2 or 3 persons for Self-Guided Tour
  • Private transfer from Zurich Airport to Sils, on Day 1 + Private transfer from Zermatt to Zurich Airport, on Day 8 (if chosen)
  • Cable car (Day 3); Descent to Pontresina by horse barouche (Day 4); Private transfer from Morteratsch to St Moritz (Day 5)
  • Glacier Express from St Moritz to Zermatt (Day 5); Bernina Express from Pontresina to Morteratsch (Day 6)
  • The rack-railway of the Gornergratt (Day 7)
  • Other internal transfers according to the program
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All other transfers not mentioned
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Site visits and entrance fees
  • Drinks and Lunch on Day 1
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
More information
LEVEL
From 2 to 5/6 hours of walking and / or 300 to 700 meters of elevation gain and 300 to 1000 meters of negative elevation in the day, no technical difficulty, easy to medium paths and trails.

LENGTH
8 days, 7 nights,  5 days walking.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
You only carry a small rucksack with the necessary essentials for the daily hike. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle. You take your luggage with you during the train or bus transport.

ACCOMMODATION 
Double room in good standard hotels (3* hotels and mountain hotels on Day 3 & Day 4, all in very convenient locations). If there are 3 individual men or women, we may book a triple room (no need to pay for the single room supplement), if preferred.

PlaceTypeNights
Sils3* Hotel Maria or similar2
Val RosegMountain Hotel Roseggletscher1
MorteratschHotel Morteratsch1
Zermatt3* Hotel Garni Testa Grigia or Bristol Hotel or similar3

FOOD
Half board with breakfast and dinner.
Packed lunch include for the guided tour only.

ORGANISATION
Self-Guided: We are in charge of the accommodation reservation, 1/25 000 maps and detailed topos, vouchers for the hotels and touristic information. 1 travel documents for 2 or 3 persons.

Guided: English-speaking, French qualified mountain guide (official diploma).

BOOKING
4-8 persons.

START / END
Start: Day 1 according to your arrival time from 14h at St Moritz station or pickup from Zurich Airport as per choice
End: Day 8, at Zermatt station (after breakfast) or at Zurich Airport

DATES
At your convenience, from 15 June to 30 September.
When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible.

Getting There
IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE to Zurich Airport.
Train :
Zurich airport -> St Moritz, duration about 3.5 – 4.5 hrs.
Zermatt -> Zurich Airport , duration from 3.5 to 4 hrs