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Matterhorn (Village-based hiking/walking tour)
hike beneath the Matterhorn in Zermatt
Meet: Zermatt
Visit: Zermatt, Leukerbad
Length: 7 days, 6 nights in 3-star hotels
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous,   5-7 hours/day,   1000'-3500' elevation gain/loss
2010 Departure:   June 20-26
Tour Cost:  $2695 per person
$200 single supplement

The Matterhorn region is the classic Swiss hiker's paradise. 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 jaw-dropping views. On this guided tour we'll spend 4 nights in Zermatt followed by 2 nights in Leukerbad, a small village in a nearby valley with wonderful hiking opportunities and regenerating thermal spas. We'll stay in comfortable and classy 3-star hotels each night, taking 5-7 hour dayhikes during the day. In Leukerbad, we'll have time to visit a spa fed by thermal hot springs after our hikes.

Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our hotel - delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for the upcoming tours. Soon we'll be out on the trail, where you'll get to choose between an easier walk or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well! hike beneath the Matterhorn in Zermatt

We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps do a bit of shopping in town or relax in our fun hotel pool and spa. After that, we'll enjoy dinner together at our 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.

While hiking in Zermatt and Leukerbad, we have literally dozens of hikes to choose from each day. We've described some of our favorite hikes here, but expect your own tour to vary slightly.

Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Zermatt. There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Zermatt (4 hours) will be as easy as it is scenic. You'll have a chance to check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the wonderful pool and spa before settling in for our welcome dinner at the very friendly Hotel Europe. (Hotel Europe)
Day 2 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. Then perhaps up to the Findeln glacier, hiking through larch forests and passing numerous small lakes with the Matterhorn towering in the distance. Afterwards, we'll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of Zermatt. (Hotel Europe)
Day 3 Taking quiet trails through fields and forest, we have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat, past marmots and small glacial lakes, to what has to be one of the finest viewpoints in Europe. The jumbled mass of the Gorner glacier stretches out before us, and behind that, Dom, Monte Rosa, the Breithorn, and the Matterhorn form a spectacular backdrop. (Hotel Europe)
Day 4 There are many peaceful trails criss-crossing the larch forests outside of Zermatt. We'll take one that leads us to a suspended wooden walkway through a narrow river gorge. 2008 group photo in ZermattAfter a harrowing walk through the gorge, we emerge and continue on to the enchanting, centuries-old hamlets of Zum See and Zmutt. Perhaps we'll make the strenuous climb to the Schwarzsee lake, or even 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. (Hotel Europe)
Day 5 Leaving Zermatt, scenic train and bus ride in the morning brings you to the end of a neighboring valley and the quiet village of Leukerbad. Here you'll enjoy the slower pace of this tiny village to go with great mountain views. One short hike leads toward the end of the valley to Fluekapelle, a tiny chapel tucked below impressive cliffs. (Hotel Escher)
Day 6 A long and dramatic hike climbs leads up a serpentine path to the historic Gemmipass. Visit a small inn on the edge of an alpine lake and savor the high mountain views before returning to the village by cablecar for a soak in one of the thermal spas. (Hotel Escher)
Day 7 After breakfast at our hotel, we'll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.

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Arrive: Plan to arrive the day your tour starts at the latest (flights from the US usually depart the day before). The closest airports to Zermatt are Geneva and Zurich. There are train stations in each airport that will take you to Zermatt.
Depart: Plan departure for the day after your tour ends at the earliest. The closest airports to Leukerbad are Geneva and Zurich, both of which are about 3 hours away. Plan on one night at a hotel in your departure city if you have a morning flight (we can help with this if you like). We recommend that you get the Swiss Card rail pass for this tour.

Dates don't work? Check out our similar Great Alpine Classics and Haute Route Highlights tours.



Self-guided Matterhorn, Standard:
6 nights in 3-star hotels, 6 dinners, 2nd class railpass
Self-guided Matterhorn, Deluxe:
6 nights 4-star hotels, 6 dinners, 1st class railpass

taking your time on an indendent tour in Zermatt If you're an independent hiker and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to arrange the Matterhorn tour as a self-guided hiking tour.

This self-guided tour includes prepaid hotels with breakfast each morning and dinners listed above, a Swiss Flexipass railpass for 3 free days of rail travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cablecars, hiking maps, detailed route descriptions, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly.

This tour can be customized to fit your needs. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten the tour, upgrade hotels (or go rustic), or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience across the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.

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