The ultimate Alps odyssey? It’s our unique five-country adventure on the best trails of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria! You’ll cross five borders on foot, with extraordinary hikes below Mont Blanc, to the Matterhorn from both the Italian and Swiss sides, and across the Tyrolean Alps of Germany and Austria. We connect one hiking realm to another with cog rails, cable cars, and Switzerland’s famed Glacier Express. Our team of Trip Leaders brings style, camaraderie, and fun to this incredible experience of the Alps. Ours is a journey of cultural discovery, too, encountering a range of Europe’s alpine enclaves and traditional cuisines. A mountain adventure like this would be hard to find anywhere else!
I have wanted to do this trip for years! It really was an amazing trip on so many levels, and I just loved it. The beauty, the small villages, our guides, and the hiking itself were memorable and special.
— Laurie N., San Anselmo, CA
Chamonix, France / Aosta, Italy / Zermatt, Switzerland
In Chamonix, a breathtaking gondola ride brings us across the Vallée Blanche Glacier for a close look at the icy flanks of Mont Blanc. Heading from Italy into Switzerland, a dazzling amphitheater of mountains surrounds us on our hike along the Grand Balconeta trail to Cervinia, right at the foot of the Matterhorn, and down the Theodul Glacier for amazing views of this pyramidal peak.
A spectacular rail journey on the Glacier Express carries us to St. Moritz in the Upper Engadine Valley. After a hike along the edge of the Morteratsch Glacier, we take a cable car to our high lodge for an alpine sunset and an overnight right among the high peaks.
Maria Alm, Austria / Funtensee, Germany / Salzburg, Austria
Our hike along the Inn River leads among classic Swiss hamlets, then brings us over the remote Futschol Pass from Switzerland to Austria. From Maria Alm on the mountainous Austria-Germany border, hike into Germany to a lovely lakeside lodge. A descent through a glacier-carved landscape brings us to crystalline Lake Königssee, encircled within near-vertical rock walls, and we conclude our five-country odyssey in beautiful Salzburg. Depart on Day 14.