Guided Tours

TOUR 5: Sils Maria and Zermatt (Bernina Alps and Matterhorn Tour)

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Tour Description:

Take in the Matterhorn and postcard-worthy village of Zermatt at its base, nestled in the Pennine Alps, as well as the splendor of the Bernina Alps from the small town of Sils all in the height of Switzerland’s sunniest season. We will travel 1st Class from St. Moritz to Zermatt aboard the famous Glacier Express train, crossing the Alps through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges with fantastic scenery and an audio tour about the history of the areas we pass.  You listen with headphones so you can tune out and simply enjoy the magnificent scenery if you prefer.

Hiking Sils provides wonderful options for all levels of hiking and the views are absolutely breath taking.  You will see towering peaks  covered with snow and glaciers, wide valleys with beautiful snow melt rivers and streams.  On the free-day in Sils many like to go to Soglio a very small medieval stone village near the Italian border.  It is quite beautiful.  After Sils it is on to Zermatt the heart of the Alps to see the Matterhorn.

Tour Cost:

$4,950; single supplement: $290


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July 22 – August 2, 2019 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Sils Maria & Zermatt, Switzerland


  • July 22: meet guides in Zürich by 10 a.m. and travel by train to Sils Maria
  • July 23 & 24: day-hike mountains above Upper Engadine Valley
  • July 25: free day to explore on your own
  • July 26: day-hike mountains above Upper Engadine Valley
  • July 27: take the famous Glacier Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt
  • July 28 & 29: day-hike mountains above Matter Valley
  • July 30: free-day to explore on your own
  • July 31 and August 1: day-hike mountains above Matter Valley
  • August 2: travel by train to Zürich arriving by 10:30 a.m. for return flight

 

Hotels:
– Zermatt, Switzerland: Hotel Silvana
– Sils Maria, Switzerland: Hotel Post

Highlights – Zermatt: The Matterhorn and the Matter valley, surrounded by 30 peaks topping 4,000 m (13,000 ft.); the Monte Rosa massif and Dufourspitze, the highest point in Switzerland; Gornergrat, a cog railway that travels 3,089 m (10,134 ft.) to an impressive overlook; and the Klein Matterhorn, the end point of Switzerlands’s highest cable car at 3,820 m (12,533 ft.) are each and everyone a reason to visit Switzerland.  When you put them all together it makes Zermatt one of the the best destinations in the Alps.  Having such impressive gondolas and cable cars and cog trains to our trail heads helps us keep above tree line affording incredible views of an area that holds 3/4 of all 4000-meter peaks in the Alps

Highlights – Sils Maria: Sils Maria a small village as charming as one can be is just 20 minutes from glitzy St. Moritz.  St. Moritz is well know for good reason it is in the center of some of the best hiking and outdoor activities in Switzerland as is Sils Maria but without the glitz just unmatched charm.  The Upper Engadine is certainly one of the most impressive landscapes in Switzerland. Sils Maria The gate to the romantic Fex Valley is idyllically embedded between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana. With only 750 inhabitants, Sils presents itself in an introspective, familiar and inviting manner. Besides the tremendous natural experience, the cultural offerings are also exquisite.

 

Guides: Shannon Harris, Carrie Carlquist and John Breivogel

Call 888/478-4004 to book your vacation or for more details.