Testimonials

Thank you for a wonderful trip that we will remember for a lifetime! Boulder fields, ladders, snow, ice, rocks, huts, cows, cheese, chocolate—this trip had it all. I can now check off a major milestone on my bucket list and I can REST! Thank you! - L. & K. M. - Colorado

Itinerary

Day 1 – Lucerne

Arriving Geneva or Zurich, transfer to the beautiful Lake town of Lucerne. We'll have time for an afternoon outing before a welcome dinner and orientation. D

Day 2 – Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald

The Jungfrau railway takes you to the Alpine crossroads of Kleine Scheidegg. From here, a dramatic cog-wheel climb takes you into a tunnel through the Eiger on an ascent to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, before descending the Eiger Trail where you find yourself face-to-face with the legendary Nordwand—the North Face of the Eiger. We will dine on hearty local specialties like rösti and älpermagronen. BSD 

Day 3 – Cheesemaking on Eigeralp, Grindelwald

We ascend to a high alpine meadow where we're on hand for the morning production of alpcheese over an open fire. you'll be involved in the cheesemaking process and enjoy a satisfying homemade farm breakfast. In the afternoon we ascend the Lauterbrunnen Valley to explore a ten-tiered underground waterfall. BSD

Day 4 – Gruyères

We will depart Grindelwald and continue to the walled medieval village of Gruyères. In the prealp of the French-speaking Fribourg canton we stay in the walled medieval village of Gruyères where we enjoy the wonderful cheese of the region and explore the 800-year-old castle. There’s no better place to enjoy fondue than in Gruyères. BSD

Day 5 – Gruyères

While in Gruyeres we can't resist a morning walk to Broc and a visit to Maison Cailler, where all of your senses can be wrapped up in the wonderful world of Cailler Chocolate, Switzerland’s oldest chocolate brand --followed by unlimited tastings. BSD 

Day 6 – Montreux

Today we travel to the Lake Geneva Riviera to walk through the UNESCO World Heritage site Lavaux Terraced Vineyards and enjoy a tasting at a prominent local cellar. We visit a lively local market and select the cheese for our evening's cheese course. At Läderach, Switzerland's premier chocolatier, we learn the art of making ganache and truffles from a master chocolatier. Evening in our 4-star hotel above Montreux and overlooking Lake Geneva. BSD

Day 7 – Rhone Valley, Zermatt

Morning ride through the terraced vineyards of Lake Geneva and the Rhone Valley on our way to Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is cradled in stunning mountain scenery and shadowed by more 4000-meter peaks than any place in the Alps. For the afternoon your guide offers the best afternoon Zermatt activities of a historical walk through town and a visit to the Matterhorn museum. BSD

Day 8 – Zermatt and on to Zurich

This morning we will take the famous cogwheel railway to the Gornergrat for superb views of over twenty-five 4,000-meter peaks. At Riffelsee you’ll have dramatic views reflecting the Matterhorn. Afternoon train to Zurich and a farewell dinner together. BSD

Day 9 – Depart Zurich

Depart for return trip or onward travel.

Cheese ceremony in Bernese Oberland.

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as easy. You should be in good physical condition and capable of walking 1 to 2 hours per day on well-maintained and graded walking paths with a vertical elevation gain of up to 500 feet per day, at an elevation up to 10,000 feet above sea level.