This is one heck of a trip! Everything was perfectly planned. We’ve wanted to do this all of our lives, and now that we’re here, I can’t believe we waited this long. - J.M. - Washington

Recapture the Golden Age of Alpinism

From 1844 to1865 the attention of Europe was fixed on mountaintops during an era that came to be known as the Golden Age of Alpinism. During that twenty-one year span, most of the 4000-meter peaks in the Alps were first conquered. It started with the ascent of the Wetterhorn in Grindelwald, and concluded with the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

World-Class Hiking, Rich with Tradition

Join us as we link two mountains, both as iconic as they are fearsom. We recapture the Golden Age of Alpinism in a traditional traverse of the Bernese Alps, over the legendary Gemmi Pass, across the Rhone Valley and into the heart of the Pennine Alps. We make a dramatic entrance into Zermatt and experience a glorious conclusion at the base of the Matterhorn where you’ll be surrounded by more 4000 meter peaks than anywhere else in the Alps. 

Follow a Classic Route Through the Alps

We start our journey in Grindelwald and ascend the Eiger Trail into the glacial realm. Our route continues through the deep-cut Lauterbrunnen Valley where 72 waterfalls plunge off the upper rim. Stay the night in Griesalp, a remote alpine hamlet with a surprisingly luxurious hotel. You’ll skirt the shore of the Öeschinensee, the most beautiful lake in Switzerland, before dropping into Kandersteg for the evening. Then we follow the favored route of Jules Verne and Mark Twain over the Gemmi Pass into the resort of Leukerbad above the Rhone Valley. We make our grand conclusions by entering Zermatt with its stunning Matterhorn views. We take a the Gornergrat cogwheel railway, the highest train in Europe, and ascend to one of the finest panoramic views in the Alps. Here at the Gornergrat summit you'll be surrounded by more 4000-meter peaks than anywhere else in the Alps.   

Historic Hotels, Delicious Regional Cuisine

Throughout our journey we stay in historic hotels, selected specifically for this trip. We enjoy cuisine that reflects the great culinary tradition of the region, and we travel with expert guides who unfold the legends and lore of these spectacular mountains.

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Grindelwald

Day 2 – Eiger Trail from Grindelwald to Wengen

Day 3 – Wengen to Lauterbrunnen Valley and Murren

Day 4 – Murren to Griesalp

Day 5 – Griesalp to Kandersteg

Day 6 – Kandersteg to Leukerbad via the Gemmi Pass

Day 7 – Leukerbad to Zermatt

Day 8 – Zermatt

Day 9 – Zermatt hiking - return to Zurich or Geneva

View Detailed Itinerary

Trip Highlights

  • Ascend snowy Jungfrau by cog railway to Europe’s highest railway station and overlooking the Alps’ longest glacier
  • Cross the Gemmi Pass along the historic route used by Picasso, Lenin, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and even Sherlock Holmes.
  • Explore mountain trails around Zermatt on foot and by cogwheel excursion, with stunning views of the Matterhorn
  • Stay in historic inns and mountain hotels that have been handpicked to recapture the Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering

Tour Price

$4,395 per person double occupancy

$399 single supplement

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

Trip Dates

04 August 2017 - 12 August 2017

01 August 2018 - 09 August 2018

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