Looking for the ultimate Alps odyssey? We’ve created a one-of-a-kind, five-country adventure that links the best trails of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, and crosses five international borders, all on foot. Our extraordinary hikes bring you below Mont Blanc, to the Matterhorn from both the Italian and Swiss sides, and across the magnificent glacier-clad 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. Our team of Trip Leaders brings style, camaraderie, and wonderful fun to this incredible experience of the Alps.
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
Our journey begins in Chamonix, where a breathtaking gondola ride brings you across the Vallée Blanche Glacier for a close look at the icy flanks of Mont Blanc. Heading into Italy and Switzerland, a dazzling amphitheater of mountains surrounds you on a 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 you to St. Moritz in the Upper Engadine. After a hike along the Morteratsch Glacier, take a cable car to our lodge for an overnight among the high peaks.
Maria Alm, Austria / Funtensee, Germany / Salzburg, Austria
Our hike along the Inn River leads among hamlets and forests, then crosses the remote Futschol Pass into 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 you to Königssee, encircled within near-vertical rock walls, and on to Salzburg. Depart on Day 14.
The ultimate Alps trip, with a variety of great hikes, delicious cuisine, and Europe’s best mountain scenery—nobody else offers this trip!
Experience the distinctive cultures and cuisines of five alpine countries
Hand-picked hotels include the Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix) and Hotel Walther (Pontresina)
5 nights hotels, 5 nights charming inns, 3 nights alpine lodges with semi-private rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
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.