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We love reminiscing about the great experience that we had. We hope to return soon with friends and family. - R.T. - Wisconsin

Hiking in Appenzell and the Alpstein

Appenzell abounds with rich Swiss tradition--and you'll see it in the food, the architecture, and the people. This half-canton of only 66 square miles is packed with more charm and cultural richness than is found in many countries. All this tradition is cradled and protected by the surrounding mountains, the Alpstein range, which would be foreboding were it not for the intricate network of trails and dozens of welcoming guesthouses and mountain hotels dotting the range.

World-class Alps Hiking in Exquisite Mountain Scenery

The Alpstein Range is reminiscent of a mini-Dolomites with limestone spires that seem to plunge their way through the lush alpine meadows. With all this jaw-dropping scenery, you'd think Appenzell would be crowded, but not so. It does a wonderful job of preserving its rural charm peaceful setting. Views stretch out in all directions and on any given day you gaze out over Austria's Tirol, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, and of course other peaks of the Swiss Alps. A trek in the Alpstein range is a classic mountain experience, filled with a superb combination of expertly crafted trails, wonderful accommodations, delectable cuisine, aromatic Appenzeller cheese, and great company on the trail.

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Zurich. Transfer to Appenzell

Day 2 – Alpstein, Bollenwees

Day 3 – Alpstein, Meglisalp

Day 4 – Alpstein, Mt. Säntis

Day 5 – Ebenalp, Wildkirchli

Day 6 – Zurich

Day 7 – Depart Zurich

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Tour Price

$3,495 USD per person double occupancy

$299 single supplement

Reserve your place on this tour with a $500 per person deposit

Trip Dates

22 July 2018 - 28 July 2018

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Begin and conclude your adventure in the town of Appenzell, full of traditional charm, rural customs, fancifully decorated buildings, and amazing cheese
  • Stay in three of the famous mountain guest houses in the Alpstein range, known for their high standard of comfort, welcoming hospitality, and exquisite settings
  • Climb the famed Lisengrat on a cable-assisted route to the summit of Säntis, eastern Switzerland’s highest peak
  • Descend to Ebenalp and conclude your Alpstein traverse visiting Wildkirchli caves, a fascinating Paleolithic site and hermitage in ancient times