In the fairytale mountain beauty of Switzerland, we've designed a WT-style journey using the remarkable Swiss system of cable cars and cogwheel trains to whisk you high up into the Alps for spectacular—yet moderate—hikes. At mountain-ringed Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland, we'll hike panoramic trails above the lake. In the famed Bernese Oberland, crowned by the summits of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, a gondola carries us to incredible high paths with views stretching across the top of Europe. We'll hike through fragrant fields of gentian and edelweiss above turquoise Lake Oeschinensee, and for our grand finale, we head to charming Vevey for wine tasting and hikes through the World Heritage-listed vineyards on Lake Geneva.
Arrive: Lucerne, Switzerland
Depart: Vevey, Switzerland
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
The Hotel des Balances is, hands down, the place to stay in Lucerne. Set right on the waterfront and in the heart of Lucerne's Old Town, it's just steps from the famous covered Chapel Bridge. The breakfast buffet is extraordinary, with everything from smoked salmon to muesli and fresh-baked bread,...
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
Centrally located in the quiet little village of Murren, the Drei Berge Hotel is an absolutely charming place to stay, with great chalet-style decor, friendly owners who are consummate hosts, good hiking trails right out the front door, and—the best part—breathtaking views of the massive peaks of the Eiger, Monch,...
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Situated in a quiet garden-like setting just outside the village of Kandersteg, the Waldhotel Doldenhorn is a great place to relax after our day's hike. Spa facilities include a large pool, two Jacuzzis, and saunas, and its two dining venues—one for fine dining and the other conveying a traditional rustic...
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
This classic, historic hotel is set right on the lakefront promenade in the heart of Vevey. Relax? on the terrace and sip a drink while gazing at the waters of Lake Geneva with the stunning backdrop of the Savoy Alps, or take a dip in the...
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"This was my first Wilderness Travel trip and everything exceeded my expectations! Switzerland in general, the accommodations, and the guides were above and beyond anything I had expected. I was amazed at how many different talents the leaders possessed. They seemed to be experts in wine tasting, food, music, hiking, history, and travel, just to name a few. I felt very much ‘taken care of’ and I certainly appreciated that."
"This trip struck the right balance between recreation (adventure/exercise/sense of accomplishment - the hiking), education (culture, history, stories), relaxation (nice hotels, fine dining, wine, no decisions except do I want duck or lamb), and relations (meeting and getting to know people on a personal level, sharing experiences, building friendships). First time in decades I didn't worry about work on a vacation."
"Fantastic—the best of my six trips with Wilderness Travel!"
"This was a fabulous trip featuring spectacular scenery and a variety of hikes on mountain trails, along streams, near lakes and waterfalls, and finally in lovely vineyards. Using the efficient Swiss transportation system, our guides moved us around to perfection."
"The hiking on this trip was incredible each and every day. The views were spectacular and the places we hiked were so unique. It was so neat to hike really hard all day, and then come home to a nice dinner and comfortable hotels in such peaceful and beautiful settings."
"The holiday of lifetime! From the choice of hiking routes to the way we were exposed to Switzerland's history and culture, to the hotels and meals that beautifully illustrated the types of cuisine that are part of the Swiss way of life—this trip exceeded my expectations in every way."
Salt Spring Island, Canada
"The hikes exceeded our expectations every day. All seemed to agree that it was the most scenic WT trip experienced."
"The trip was brilliantly planned and executed from start to finish, with memorable picnics, fantastic trip mates, brilliant guides, and the most fantastic mountains and valleys."
Santa Fe, NM
"Of our many WT trips, this may be our favorite, with great leaders, spectacular scenery, fantastic hikes, wonderful hotels and food, and a view of the heart of Switzerland that will remain with us forever."
San Antonio, TX
"Our trio of guides kept us laughing up hill and down, plied us with delicious Swiss chocolates when the going got rough, and made the most amazing picnic spreads showcasing the local cheeses and fresh seasonal produce. There was even champagne and raspberries on one memorable train ride! Their enactment of Willam Tell and how Switzerland came to be was worthy of a crossbow purchase for next year's trip."
Harbour Island, Bahamas
"I wanted a 'Heidi' experience...hiking, cowbells, high mountains, fantastic landscapes...We got all of that and so much more! This trip wasted no time getting us to hiking in the best areas, and the group leaders were beyond charming and accommodating. Just the best trip ever!"
"We enjoyed the structure of the trip—nice combination of cultural experiences as well as hiking adventures. The quality of the accommodations and the food were outstanding."
"Everything about this trip was exceptional: the hiking, the guides, the area chosen, the accomodations, the food, and learning so much about the country and its customs. Both guides gave us enthusiastic overviews of our itinery each day, which was so helpful. I loved having fresh salads everwhere we went—our Trip Leader Robert even carried lettuce on one outing to ensure we had salad for lunch. Now that is service!"
Salt Spring Island, Canada
"A great adventure in a beautiful country!"
Sandra and Steven F.
"This trip really exceeded my expectations. The variety of hikes, the awesome scenery, the added benefit of two wonderful guides—it was one of the best trips I have ever taken!"
New York, NY
"This was my first trip with Wilderness Travel and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The trip far exceeded my expectations. All three guides exhibited a love for travel that was contagious. They showed genuine respect and appreciation for the unique characteristics of the specific areas we visited. I am looking forward to signing up for more trips in the future."
"The trip was well organized and lots of fun. Beautiful scenery and excellent leaders."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.