Our week in the Swiss Alps are a dream-come-true for those with a taste for amazing scenery and cool mountain air in June. Wander the beautiful medieval towns of Bern and Lucern. Visit Interlaken and stay in Lauterbrunnen, the prettiest valley in the Alps. Hike to an overnight stay in an alpine hut watching the sun set on the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. White water raft exhilarating rapids, hike beside a glacier and toboggan down mountains. Marvel at Swiss engineering as cog railways and cable cars haul us up steep inclines while we watch waterfalls tumble down from snow capped peaks. Cuckoo birds, cow bells and the odd train are the only sounds in the Alps. Who knew an adventure vacation could be so peaceful?
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Enjoy the yodeling choir and alphorn concert we came upon on one morning on Mt Pilatus
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Fly overnight to Zurich, Switzerland from whichever airport is convenient for you.
Assemble at Zurich Airport at 8.30am. Load van and drive to the capital city, Bern and walk the cobbled-stoned streets of this beautiful 16th century town. The Aare River snakes through the medieval city and offers beautiful views from a myriad of vantage points. We’ll discover Bern’s ornate fountains, monuments, cathedral and clock tower on our walking tour of the city. Enjoy lunch at an outdoor café then drive to Thun near Interlaken. We’ll take a short tour of this 800 year-old castle and see armor, weapons, furnishings and dungeons. There are great photos to be had from the towers. Drive up to the Lautebrunnen Valley set in a beautiful hanging valley. Dine on the balcony of our charming hotel.
Breakfast at our hotel before visiting nearby Trummelbach, which is a series ofglacier waterfalls inside a mountain. Climbing through this mountain, you’ll be amazed by tunnels carved out by water and gravity. Drive into the beautiful city of Interlaken. For those of you who would like to tandem paraglide, Interlaken is the perfect location. Your cost will be about $180. The views in the air of the Jungfrau and the two lakes are spectacular. We’ll picnic on the lawn and watch you land! Back up in the Lautebrunnen Valley we’ll change into hiking boots and ride a cable car to 5000’. We’ll hike up through woods and pastures to the alpine hut called Lobhornhutte at 6,500’. This is a two-hour hike through forest and meadow and we take our time and go at a pace that suits our least capable participant. Sometimes we hear the cuckoo bird calling in the fields! Your hard work is rewarded with the views as the sun sets on the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. Dinner is a typical hearty Swiss mountain stew and dessert. We sleep dorm style typical of Swiss huts and we’re cozy under plenty of blankets. There are no showers this evening.
After a typical Swiss hut breakfast we’ll hike back down to the cable car and return to Lautebrunnen. Drive to Kandersteg and board the vehicular train taking us through the mountain to Goppenstein. The wonders of Swiss engineering never cease! Drive to the hot mineral pools of Leukerbad for a soak and lunch. It’s great to relax after our big hike the day before. Drive to Tasch and board a train for a short ride to Zermatt. Check into our accommodations for a two-night stay. You’ll have time before and after dinner to shop and explore this town of the rich and famous, lying at the base of the Matterhorn.
This morning take a cog-rail train ride up to Gornergrat offering us sweeping views of not only the magnificent Matterhorn but also Gorner Glacier and Monte Rosa, the highest mountain in Switzerland. Our hike down to Riffelberg offers great photo op’s of the Matterhorn. These world-class vistas make for indelible travel memories. If it’s a clear day we’ll see 29 of Switzerland’s 35 highest summits. We’ll lunch in Riffelberg then hike down to Riffelalp and catch the train back down to Zermatt. You’ll have time before and after dinner to enjoy the great shopping – or local highlights like seeing children leading sheep though the streets.
After breakfast we’ll catch a train out of this carless village, re-board our van and it’s a 45 minute drive to Moerel. Board a cable car up to Reideralp and another cable car to Moosfluh at 7000’ high above the mighty Aletsch Glacier which forms on the Jungfrau Mountain. You can hike a one-hour loop seeing different views of the glacier or you can hang out at the top and enjoy a picnic lunch. On the ride back down you’ll have views of all the tiny villages on the other side of the valley. This afternoon we head east through the heart of the Alps with a stop at a cheese factory where we can watch the cheese being made. We’ll climb twisting mountain roads over high passes and see glaciers and tumbling falls. Drive along picturesque valleys right out of Heidi, with cows at peace in the fields. There will be stops for irresistible pictures along the way. Our destination is Laax where we’ll stay in a charming country hotel. Dinner will be at our hotel.
Day 6 Today we’ll raft the Vorderrhein River near the headwaters of the Rhein, the longest river in Europe. The six-mile trip includes some class 3 rapids and spectacular white cliffs as the river winds through a limestone gorge. Afterwards we’ll picnic by the river. Later that day we drive to Lucern, the most beautiful city in Switzerland. This is a free evening to wander the streets, explore the old town and the famous lion statues, cross the covered bridges and to eat when and where you choose.
Our adventure to 8000’ Mt Pilatus, offering panoramic views of Lucern, involves five different forms of transport. We’ll take a two-hour ride on a steamer across Lake Lucern to Alpnachstad. This is so relaxing and affords great photographic opportunities. Next we’ll board the cog-railway with an impossibly steep track all the way to the top of Mt Pliatus. Likely there will be locals entertaining up there with the famous alphorns. This is a perfect place to lunch outside. Sometimes the cloud swirls in and minutes later, poof, its gone! Later, we’ll take the cable car down to Frakmuntegg. Here we’ll ride Switzerland’s longest toboggan (luge) track. It takes us through tunnels and we can go as fast or as slow as we like. It’s great to be a 10 year old again! An ingenious pulley system hauls us slowly back up to the start and its fun to pass only feet away from cows clanging their bells as they munch grass.Then we cable car down to Kriens and catch a bus back to Lucern. It’s a two-hour ride back to Zurich where we check in at our hotel near the airport. Farewell dinner at our hotel. Tour ends.
Use the hotel shuttle to transfer to the airport. Board flights back to USA.
Hello Susan, this is Lois. I had a great time on the Alps trip. Cheryl always does a fantastic job - makes you feel like you haven't missed a thing, and you haven't! We drove through some beautiful clean country, rafted and cruised on a lake. We rode in ski-lift cars to the top of a mountain and heard beautiful yodeling and the huge horns. We rode horses and hiked. The feeling of accomplishment when we reached our destination was exhilarating - the flowers, the icy streams, snow covered mountain peaks, the sun coming out to shine on the peaks just before setting - all this because you pushed a little harder and made the climb!If you can make the trip, don't miss it. Cheryl is as flexible as time and customer endurance allows. She does not miss a single detail so you don't have to do anything but show up. Her trips are well planned and she is a very caring, supportive person who encourages you to try. One thing I will complain about - she does not schedule much time for shopping. Can you imagine!
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