What to Expect

What to Expect

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    From the moment you register for an excursion with Alpine Adventure LLC, you have direct access to your lead guide by email, phone or text.

    Guests are picked up and dropped off at the airport or train station depending on your travel plans. Accommodations are at 4-star and 3-star superior hotels—all rooms with private bath.  Breakfasts are buffet with a wide array of items depending on the hotel.  Most include cheeses, meats, cereals, bread, yogurt, fruit, eggs, bacon, juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Dinners are gourmet Swiss and European cuisine.  We are also happy to make arrangements for special dietary requirements.  Lunch we have at huts or mountain restaurants.  A pic-nic option is also available.

    We take First Class coaches on trains when transferring between villages.  An important part of the Switzerland experience is enjoying their trains.  First Class coaches are never crowded allowing you to relax and enjoy the passing scenery.

    We also provide help with arrangements if you will be in any of our tour locations before or after your time with us.  This includes hotel reservations in Zurich, meeting you at airport even if you fly in a day early, provide train schedules, provide recommendations for places to see and any other assistance we can offer.

    With some trips there are free days when we do not hike.  We are happy to make arrangements for other activities.  By staying several nights in one location you can make any day a free day if you wish.  There are many options for things to do when not hiking.  Your guide will help with ideas.

    Our hikes are structured to provide options for all abilities. Each day, you have a choice of easy, moderate or strenuous hikes.  Options are presented before dinner.  Most hikes conclude in the late afternoon, leaving time to explore the village, followed by an evening of fine dining and camaraderie in the comforts of the hotel.

    I want to compliment you on a really great excursion of our hiking trip.  It was perfect in that, there was flexibility to meet the multitude of hiking desires of the group.  I applaud your knowledge of the hiking trails, the mountains, and Switzerland.  
    I had a great time.
    Debra Orf , Zermatt, Kandersteg and Wengen 2018

    Easy Hike: 4-6 miles, 0-1500 feet of elevation gain

    Moderate Hike: 6-11 miles, 2000 to 3000 feet of elevation gain

    Strenuous Hike:  6-16 miles, 3000 to 5000 feet of elevation gain

    If you can’t do an entire tour there is the option to do a portion of the trip (call or email for details)

    • We offer three leveles of hiking each day:
      Easy, Moderate, Strenuous, plus Mountaineering Options
    • 3 and 4-star accommodations
    • Gourmet dinners
    • Bountiful buffet breakfast
    • First class train travel between villages
    • 45 years of experience leading hikers in the Alps
    • Relationships with our family owned hotels going back for generations
    • Meet you at airport on arrival and take you to check-in counter for departure
    • Help with planning for those coming to Switzerland before or after the trip



    Forty years of organizing and leading hikers in the rugged, pristine Alps has taught us that hiking is just one part of the journey. Accommodations are just as important. To make your visit to the Alps as comfortable as possible, we have selected family-owned and operated inns, each with its own unique charm. All of our selected inns in Switzerland and Austria are three and four-star rated, and offer private baths, superior European cuisine, and friendly staff. We take great pride in our selection of accommodations and have built long-lasting relationships with the owners of our inns.

    Things to Do When You Are Not Hiking

    Each week of a tour has scheduled free time when we do not hike, allowing you the opportunity explore on your own. Tours lasting six nights have one free day; 12-night tours offer two free days. Switzerland and Austria both have great public transportation systems. Trains, buses, cable cars, and boats make it easy and convenient to travel to areas we do not visit as a group. Upon registration, you will receive information on things to see and do, and we will gladly assist with free-day plans before and during your trip.

    Each guest on our Switzerland hiking trips receives either a Swiss Rail Pass or a 30-Day Half Fare Card depending on the trip.  The Half Fare Card provides a 50% discount on trains, buses, boats and cable cars.  The Swiss Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on Swiss public trains, buses, and boats. The pass is also valid for discounts on many gondolas and cable cars, and admission to museums. In Austria, guests receive local travel cards that allow free travel on local trains, buses, and cable cars. For guests who will remain in Switzerland or Austria before or after their hiking tour, we can extend the duration of the pass at a greatly reduced price.

    Tour Details

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      Transfer & Ground Transportation

      All transportation with the group in country is covered in the trip cost and all luggage transfers are included.

      Baggage Handling

      ONE (1) piece of luggage per person will be transported from the clearance of customs at the Zurich, Munich or Edinburg airports to the day of departure. A second suitcase may be transported at a charge of $70, however a second suitcase is strongly discouraged.


      Breakfast and dinner are included in the tour package. Typical breakfast items include fresh breads, croissants, pastries, assorted cheeses, fruits, meats, cereals, coffee, and juices. All our family-run inns take great pride in the preparation and presentation of fabulous meals that feature a variety of local and European cuisine. Guests who request a vegetarian dining experience will be pleasantly surprised by the creativity of our chefs.

      Lunches are taken at small mountain inns and tearooms. Our guests are usually astonished by the variety and quality of the food that may be enjoyed in these remote retreats. Lunch is not included in the tour cost. Guests should budget approximately $20-$40 U.S. per day for lunch. A picnic option is also possible.

      Tour Escort-Guide

      Your tour escort will meet you after clearing customs at the Zurich, Innsbruck or Edinburg airports, and will escort you again when checking-in for your flight home.

      Price Does Not Include:

      • Airfare and airport taxes
      • Gratuities for assistant guides
      • Passport expenses
      • Lunches and snacks
      • Excess baggage charges
      • Items not on the regular menu
      • Travel independent from group or on free-days
      • Entertainment not included in the itinerary
      • Health, accident or baggage insurance
      • Optional gratuities to hotel staff

      Tour Insurance

      Insurance is available and encouraged to cover such items as baggage, emergency evacuation, health, accident, and trip cancellation. A descriptive brochure will be sent to each tour member after booking.


      All tour members must have valid passports. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after your arrival date in Switzerland, Austria or UK. No visa or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens.

      Guided Tour Cancellations

      Cancellations must be received in writing to Alpine Adventure LLC by email or post.  There is no cancellation fee for 10 days from trip registration.  After 10 days there is a fee of $350 for cancellations received up to 60 days prior to trip start date.  There is a $750 cancellation fee from 60 days to 33 days before trip start date. If a cancellation is made fewer than 33 days prior to departure until 15 days, we will refund amount recovered from hotels (if any).  Contracts for each hotel are different so a refund may or may not be possible, therefore travel insurance is strongly encouraged.  No refunds are available for cancellations less than 15 days from the trip start date.

      Self Guide Tour Cancellations

      Alpine Adventure Trails Tours refund policy for custom self guided trips are specific to each trip.  Items considered in the amount of the refund include amount refunded from hotels, rail and transportation cost (that cannot be recouped from provider), trip planning cost, postage cost and any ancillary charges unique to the trip.


      Alpine Adventure LLC or its agents act only in the capacity of agent for the passengers, tour members, in all matters pertaining to travel or accommodations whether by plane, rail, bus, boat, cable car, chairlift or any other means of conveyance. They shall not be liable for injury, damage or loss occasioned by neglect or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the tour, any hotel proprietor, car rental organization or other persons supplying services or materials in connection with the tour. Alpine Adventure Trails LLC reserves the right to withdraw a tour or make changes to the published itinerary at any point should conditions warrant, or if deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience or safety of the tour guests. Alpine Adventure LLC is the principal and is coordinating the ground arrangements for all accommodations, services, and programs as constituting the tours. The tour participant waives any claim against the tour operator for any damages to or loss of property, delays, acts of God, injury or death of persons, substitution of equipment, beyond the control of the tour operator.