Walking in the French & Swiss Alps Overview

Walk the French and Swiss Alps on a hiking tour. See chateaux, glaciers and the mighty Matterhorn mountain on this adventure. Trek through Chamonix, Montenvers and Zermatt, discovering the beautiful alpine scenery of France and Switzerland.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,465
      CAD $2,495
      AUD $2,595
      EUR €1,795
      GBP £1,555
      NZD $3,075
      ZAR R23,620
      CHF FR2,225
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Walk through France and Switzerland to discover the natural beauty of the Alps

Hugging eight European countries, the 1,200-km-stretch of the Alps is a year-round playground for adventure seekers and R&R experts alike. Whether you stroll, hike or saunter around this incredible landscape, prepare yourself for incredibly picturesque views that must be seen to be believed. Ambling through quaint towns, navigating sleek glaciers and gaping at the haunting mountains of this region, you might just feel like you’ve entered a scene from a postcard that never ends. With a banquet of snow and adventure sports on offer, boutique shopping to be done and a hot chocolate always on the boil, the Alps are home to a distinctive and unbeatable cultural identity.

  • Hike around the scenic route of Mont Blanc
  • See the Alps from above on a cable car journey
  • Walk the undulating trails of Col du Balme for terrific scenic views
  • Explore the underbelly of France’s biggest glacier
  • Check out Switzerland’s charming medieval village Sion
  • Be dwarfed by the monstrous Matterhorn mountains

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Chamonix, France
  • Finish:

    Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    Cable car, Private vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Aiguillettes des Possettes walk, Day lift pass, Gorner Gorge, Plan Praz walk

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    270kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $2,465
    CAD $2,495
    AUD $2,595
    EUR €1,795
    GBP £1,555
    NZD $3,075
    ZAR R23,620
    CHF FR2,225
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $308
    CAD $311
    AUD $324
    EUR €224
    GBP £194
    NZD $384
    ZAR R2,952
    CHF FR278
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Walking in the French & Swiss Alps Summary

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Day 1 Chamonix

Bienvenu (welcome) to Europe’s mountaineering capital, Chamonix. Home to the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, this is a snow lover's paradise. Explore the snowy slopes by foot, skis or board; otherwise, take a more relaxed approach and catch a ride on the highest cable car in the world. Shadowed by mighty Mont Blanc, wander winding cobbled streets, people watch in a French cafe or seek the thrill of the mountain by bike or paraglider.

Day 2 Chamonix Valley

Discover this beautiful alpine area on a walk up Col du Balme. The long walk is worth it for the jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the Alps in its totality. Bask in the success of your first climb with a packed lunch and an extraordinary view. From there, stroll a wide, rocky trail to Vallorcine before catching a bus back to Chamonix to refuel at a fine French bistro.

Day 3 The Classic Grand Balcon Sud - Chamonix

With a pass that allows unlimited access to this amazing valley for two days, it is time to get better acquainted with this mountainside and start exploring it by foot and chairlift. With bearings gathered, venture to the summit of Brevent for a spectacular outlook of the entire valley. Then follow the rolling Grand Balcon Sud path to La Flegere on one of the most popular walks in the region due to its striking mountain view.

Day 4 Montenvers - Chamonix

Today give those legs a rest and relax in Chamonix - or move around the mountainside by cable car. Chug along the railway tracks on a historic train to the bottom of Mer de Glace to explore the largest glacier in France. At 7 km long and 200 m thick, take an ice cave adventure into the heart of this man-made ice grotto. Walk the 6 km trail to Aiguille de Midi and see if you can spot the Matterhorn in the distance. Jump on another cable car and take in the full perspective of the valley from the top of the rugged mountain to the base of the glaciers.

Day 5 Sion - Zermatt

It is rest, relax and recover time in Switzerland’s most sun-blessed town, Sion. Explore one of Switzerland’s oldest cities, from the triumphantly towering hilltop castles to the quaint medieval town below. Then journey to Zermatt and visit the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn. Sitting at 4,800 m, this monster towers over the modest township below, creating a picturesque scene to remember.

Day 6 Zermatt Valley

Time to discover Switzerland by foot. The hills will come alive as you stroll through the idyllic meadows and rolling green hills of the region. In the shadow of the Matterhorn, cross a glacier river on the round trip back to Zermatt, but not before discovering the old world lifestyle of some small hamlets of the area.

Days 7-8 Zermatt

Before bidding farewell to the Alps, spend a few free days discovering the Zermatt Valley region. Understand the immense danger of the Matterhorn by visiting the Mountaineers’ Cemetery and the town’s museum. Jump on the Gornergrat Bahn for more glorious mountain scenery, or find your way to the top of any of the observation towers interconnected by cable cars for a spectacular view of the Matterhorn. Otherwise, relax in one of the many rustic mountain restaurants, put your feet up and succumb to the delicious cuisine.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,465
      CAD $2,495
      AUD $2,595
      EUR €1,795
      GBP £1,555
      NZD $3,075
      ZAR R23,620
      CHF FR2,225
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