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Wild Switzerland: Peaks, Lakes & Glaciers

Discover Alpine Landscapes, Enchanting Villages & Luxury Lodges on a Swiss Mountain Adventure
9 Days
13
From $8495
Matterhorn. Eiger. Jungfrau. Schilthorn. Switzerland’s mountains ring familiar for their storied encounters. With nearly 100 summits that measure above 13,000 feet, the Swiss Alps are the extravagant result of a collision between the African and Eurasian tectonic plates. Their sheer peaks rise above twisted valleys where waterfalls pour from perennial glaciers. High-country snows feed terraced vineyards and pastoral foothills where every grazing cow wears a bell—and every dairy farmer makes a cheese more delicious than her neighbor’s. With the impacts of climate change evident in its receding glaciers, Switzerland is at the forefront of protecting its wild places and promoting sustainability. And while thrill-seekers have long flocked to Switzerland’s alpine heights, no climb is necessary for a true mountain adventure. Find your own pace in this country where valuing nature is a cherished civic duty.

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Trip Highlights

  • Ride the Train to the MatterhornRide first-class on the famous Glacier Express between two iconic Swiss mountain towns, St. Moritz and Zermatt, concluding at the base of the Matterhorn
  • Survey the Alps from GornergratAscend by cog railway to the Gorgergrat above 10,000 feet for unobstructed views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa Massif and Gorner Glacier
  • Explore by Rail, Boat & on FootLook for wildlife in Swiss National Park, cruise Lake Geneva, and survey the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau towering over the Lauterbrunnen Valley

An Unsurpassed Encounter with Swiss Nature

Switzerland is hardly an undiscovered destination. But there are more secluded sides of it that few slow down enough to see. Our itinerary is meticulously crafted for the wildest possible encounters with Swiss natural wonders while enjoying the comfort of luxury mountain inns. 

  1. A Distinct Nature Focus
    Our emphasis is Switzerland's natural beauty, from the Bernese Alps to remote mountain lakes, a national park, and lesser-known local conservation areas adjacent to globally famous resorts. While we include some special cultural highlights like Montreux's world-famous wine terraces, our aim is a total immersion in Switzerland's most astounding natural landscapes, whether by cog rail, gondola or hiking trail.
  2. Travel with Just 13 Guests...and TWO Expedition Leaders
    With a small group, we can explore Switzerland's more remote nature highlights and stay in intimate and historic hotels off limits to large bus tours. With fewer people, you get a much more peaceful and personalized experience. And with two guides, we can break into even smaller groups for activities with varying levels of physical exertion—the choice is yours!
  3. Survey Alpine Views from Distinctive Boutique Lodges
    Special accommodations in nature enhance your trip. In the pedestrian village of Murren, we access our guesthouse on the steep mountain slopes by gondola. And when we're in iconic alpine towns like St. Moritz and Zermatt, boutique lodges offer fabulous mountain views and close access to nature adventures.
  4. First-Class Rail Travel aboard the Glacier Express
    Riding the Glacier Express on an all-day journey through the Swiss Alps is a bucket-list railway experience—and we do it in style, traveling first class from St. Moritz to Zermatt in rail cars with panoramic windows.
  5. See Globally Recognized Natural Treasures
    Switzerland is a country that works hard to conserve its alpine beauty and natural resources. We include several of its proudest conservation achievements, from the 100+-year-old Swiss National Park to hiking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Lake Oeschinen and Jungfrau-Aletsch.
  6. Outstanding Naturalist Expedition Leaders
    With a deep knowledge of Switzerland's alpine geology and range of ecosystems, our two Expedition Leaders will enhance your adventure in a way that makes you feel enlightened as well as personally cared for. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Rewarding Switzerland Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you get our exclusive guarantee, promising that we will meet the lofty expectations set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most impressive guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  8. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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