We are still looking at all of our photographs with a sort of awe that we were really there—and already talking about wanting to go back. - K.K. - California


Day 1 – Arrive Zurich | Welcome and orientation

On arrival in Zurich or Geneva you’ll travel in the comfort of Swiss Rail to the beautiful town of Interlaken, the historic gateway to the Jungfrau Region. Settle in to your chalet style hotel in the town of Lauterbrunnen, a perfect base for discovering the splendors of the Bernese Alps over the next few days. Orientation and welcome dinner (D)

Day 2 – Lauterbrunnen Valley

The Lauterbrunnen Valley with its pastoral setting is surrounded by 72 waterfalls cascading down the high cliffs to the valley floor. This valley was Tolkien’s inspiration for Lord of the Rings, and it will certainly inspire you. You’ll have no trouble selecting a spot to start your first photographic session. Your subject might be a waterfall, a riverside meadow or a traditional 200-year-old farmhouse. Between morning and afternoon sessions we explore a ten-tiered underground waterfall which drains the Eiger Glacier. (BD) 

Day 3 – Gimmelwald | Mürren

You ascend by tram to the traditional alpine farming village of Gimmelwald which offers cliffside views over the Lauterbrunnen Valley and large timbered farmhouses with snow-draped peaks in the background. Our morning session in Gimmelwald is followed by a dramatic aerial tram ascent to the summit of the Schilthorn. Our afternoon setting is an alpine wildflower garden where you'll shoot edelweiss, gentians, and asters as you gaze out at the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. (BD)  

Day 4 – Grindelwald

Today we take a day trip to the nearby town of Grindelwald where we ascend by tram to a meadow above the timberline. It’s a popular place for paragliders to take off, and it’s also the perfect spot for views overlooking a string of 4000-meter glaciated peaks. We have picnic lunch waiting for us at the deep blue placid waters of Bachalpsee where we have an afternoon photo session. Our return to leads down a nature trail lined with wild orchids, lilies, and mountain berries. (BD)

Day 5 – Wengen

Our morning ascent by cogwheel train brings us to the car-free village of Wengen where you’ll be able to shoot the breathtaking views across the Lauterbrunnen Valley. From the heart of Wengen an aerial tram takes us to Männlichen, a ridgetop meadow that delivers panoramic views of the North Face of the Eiger (BD)

Day 6 – Gruyères

You’ll hate to leave the Jungfrau, but you’ll be instantly rewarded as you arrive in Kandersteg and ascend by cableway for our morning photo session at the Öeschinensee which we claim as the most beautiful lake in Switzerland—and no one who has seen it has ever disagreed.  Returning to Kandersteg, we cross the Jaun Pass to arrive in Switzerland's French-speaking region. You'll notice instantly notice the subtle changes in architecture and cuisine along with picture postcard views from every vantage point. The historic hilltop village of Gruyères is a classic medieval walled village filled with old world charm and abounding with vignettes waiting to be photographed—flowerboxes, cobblestone streets, fountains, ramparts, and a 12th century castle. (BD)    

Day 7 – Gruyères | Montreux |Zermatt

You're on hand for morning cheese making in Gruyères. We’ll take a brief break from our photography to visit Maison Cailler, the birthplace of milk chocolate where Nestlé produces Switzerland’s premier chocolates and where you’ll enjoy unlimited samples. Then from the pre-alpine hills of Gruyères we descend to the shores of Lake Geneva where we can't resist a morning photo session on the lakeside terraces of the Lavaux Vineyards. Nearby Chillon Castle, will captivate you, just as it did Lord Byron, with is as scenic lakeside setting. We conclude the day in Zermatt, a perfectly charming Alpine village set below the iconic Matterhorn. Evening in Zermatt (BD)

Day 8 – Zermatt | Return to Zurich

A Morning photo shoot in Zermatt can start as early as you like, with the sun cresting the horizon and illuminating the tip of the Matterhorn well before 6:00 a.m. Above Zermatt on the Gornergrat ridge you'll overlook the massive Gorner Glacier and be surrounded by more 4000-meter peaks than anywhere else in the Alps. In the afternoon we return to Zurich for a walk through the historic old town, and a visit to the Chagall windows of the Fraumünster Church, before a farewell dinner in a 500-year-old armory.  (BD)

Day 9 – Departure

Depart on return flight or to onward destinations (B)

The Matterhorn at dusk from Riffelsee Zermatt

Activity Level

Alpenwild tours are designed for people who are energetic, active and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as easy. You should be capable of walking about three miles per day on well-groomed and graded mountain trails, at an elevation up to 9,000 feet above sea level. On one day, a train will take you to an elevation of 11,400 feet.