Lake Lucerne, the Bernese Oberland, and Lake Geneva’s Lavaux Wine Country

Note: The July 2 departure coincides with the annual Jazz Festival in Montreux.

Overview

In a land of fairytale mountain beauty, we’ve crafted a fantastic journey using the remarkable Swiss system of cable cars and cogwheel trains to bring you high into the Alps for spectacular—yet moderate—hiking adventures. Near enchanting Lucerne, you’ll hike the flower-filled meadows of Mt. Rigi and craggy Mt. Pilatus, with their wide panoramas of lakes and peaks, and in the Bernese Oberland, stunning trails bring you to the thundering waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and right beneath the regal peaks of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau—the magnificent North Face of the Alps. Our grand finale is in charming Vevey, where you’ll hike through exquisite terraced vineyards above Lake Geneva with the fabulous backdrop of the Savoy Alps.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Lucerne / Pilatus and Rigi / Murren

After hiking the high trails of Pilatus and Rigi, head to the Bernese Oberland, where the celebrated rock faces of the Eiger, Monch, and the Jungfrau create a jaw-dropping setting for our glorious hikes. One of our hikes brings you to the summit of Männlichen (7,687') for stupendous views of this enormous massif, while another leads across a spectacular pass to the Rotstock Hut. Our base is the quiet, car-free village of Murren, where the only sounds are of cowbells and waterfalls.

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Days 5-6
Kandersteg / Lake Oeschinensee

Based in the mountain-ringed town of Kandersteg, we hike to turquoise-hued Lake Oeschinensee, nestled in an amphitheater of sheer cliffs and snow-clad peaks, and to the Gasterntal Valley, where feathery waterfalls spill from high precipices.

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Days 7-9
Vevey / Lake Geneva

In the historic Lavaux wine region on Lake Geneva, terraced vineyards cultivated by seven generations of families rise high above the lake, producing one of Switzerland’s most distinctive wines. Here we enjoy wine tastings, vineyard hikes with great views of the Savoy Alps, and dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Depart on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

Cable cars and gondolas do the steep climbing—you enjoy the hiking and top-of-the-world views!
Spectacular rock peaks and glaciers of the Bernese Oberland, heart of the Swiss Alps
Picturesque alpine villages of Grindelwald, Murren, and Kandersteg
Wine country of Lavaux above Lake Geneva, charming Vevey, with its tiny but exquisite Old Town

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Lucerne, Switzerland
Depart: Vevey, Switzerland
Lodging: 8 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate trails, 2-6 hours a day, altitudes up to 7,900 feet, van support

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