Hiking Adventures through Five Countries

Overview

The ultimate Alps odyssey is our unique five-country adventure on the best trails of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. And in true WT style, we’ll have you crossing these international borders all on foot. Our hikes bring us to epic Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn (from both the Italian and Swiss sides!), and across the Tyrolean Alps of Germany and Austria. We connect one glorious hiking realm to another with cog rails, cable cars, and Switzerland’s famed Glacier Express train. Our team of two to three Trip Leaders brings style, camaraderie, and wonderful fun to this incredible experience of the Alps.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Chamonix, France / Courmayeur, Italy / Zermatt, Switzerland

From Chamonix, a breathtaking gondola ride carries us above the icy flanks of Mont Blanc up to Point Helbronner, then down to Courmayeur. Heading into Switzerland, we hike along the airy Grand Balconeta trail to Cervinia on the Italian side of the Matterhorn. We’ll have up-close views of the Swiss side of this famed peak as we descend to Zermatt.

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Days 5-7
Upper Engadine, Switzerland

A spectacular rail journey on the Glacier Express brings 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.

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Days 8-14
Maria Alm, Austria / Funtensee, Germany / Salzburg, Austria

We trace along the Inn River through classic Swiss hamlets, then hike across the remote Futschol Pass into Austria. After crossing into Germany, we overnight at Karlingerhaus, set amid limestone towers, then descend through a glacier-carved landscape to spectacular Königssee, a vast turquoise lake enclosed by rock walls. We celebrate our five-country odyssey in beautiful Salzburg. Depart on Day 14.

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Highlights

Highlights

Great hikes, the perfect team of Trip Leaders, and Europe’s best mountain scenery—nobody else offers a journey like this!
Unique experience of the distinctive cultures and cuisines of five alpine countries—you can’t do this on your own
Hand-picked hotels include the Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix) and Hotel Walther (Pontresina)

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $7595  
Arrive: Chamonix, France
Depart: Salzburg, Austria
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 5 nights charming inns, 3 nights alpine lodges with semi-private rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

13 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes between 6,000-11,500 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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