Heart of Switzerland

From Lake Lucerne Across the Alps to Wine Country

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 3, moderate, according to our trip grading system. Our journey showcases the best of this alpine realm, with cable cars, gondolas, and even cogwheel trains taking care of steep ascents. Most hiking is between 4,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation on good trails over mountainous terrain. Each day will include anywhere from three to six hours of hiking, with options that give us time for visiting small villages and other interesting places en route. Of course, you are always free to skip a day’s hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. Our support vehicle will transport the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (sweater, camera, water bottle). Hiking experience is recommended (no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary), and all participants must be in good physical condition. Each evening we return to our comfortable hotels to sample the culinary delights that the Swiss Alps have to offer.

On most days, breakfast will be around 7:30 am. You should bring your packed duffel or suitcase to the hotel lobby when you come down for breakfast on days when we are changing hotels. We usually leave the hotel at around 8:00 or 8:30 am. Lunch will usually be either in a small village, a mountain lodge, or a picnic spot amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Our accommodations are in comfortable town- and village-based hotels. Although rooms are not always of uniform or of international size, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible.

Most meals are included in the trip cost (except when specified as “on your own”). Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often featuring cuisine the region is noted for. Vegetarians please note that we will accommodate dietary needs as best as possible, but it is a good idea to bring along protein bars and other supplements. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.


Mountain weather is fickle, and during the trip we are likely to experience a full range of weather conditions, ranging from blue skies with temperatures in the 70s to cloudy, wet and cold days on which rain gear and warm garments are necessary. At night, the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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