It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. - J.R.R. Tolkien

A Middle Earth Tour at the Source—the Swiss Alps

Much of JRR Tolkien's fascinating world was conceived in Switzerland. It's based on a formative trip the author made in 1911 at the age of 19. You can still find this world today in the Swiss Alps if you know where to look.

Spectacular Itinerary, Exclusive Features

Following Tolkien's route, we embark on a journey where you'll explore Interlaken, the Jungfrau, the Eiger, Grimsel Pass, and the upper Rhone, before concluding in Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn. We are guests at a new Tolkien museum and explore Tolkien's legendary landscapes on scenic trains such as the Glacier Express and the GoldenPass Line.

The magnificent snowcapped peaks of the Alps, the surging waterfalls and powerful glaciers are as likely to fire your imagination as they did Tolkien's. 

"This is a serious journey, not a hobbit-walking party" Gandalf

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Zurich

Day 2 – Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach Falls, Mürren

Day 3 – Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald

Day 4 – Meiringen

Day 5 – Grimselpass to upper Rhone, Zermatt

Day 6 – Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Day 7 – Glacier Express

Day 8 – Greisinger Middle Earth Collection

Day 9 – Depart Zürich

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Tour Price

$4,495 USD per person, double occupancy

$699 single supplement

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

Trip Dates

20 August 2018 - 28 August 2018

23 August 2019 - 31 August 2019

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Embark on the journey that inspired JRR Tolkien’s Rivendell in Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings
  • Experience exquisite walking trails, dazzling waterfalls, and legendary peaks like the Eiger and the Matterhorn
  • Ascend snowy Jungfrau by cog railway to Europe’s highest railway station and overlooking the Alps’ longest glacier
  • Visit the Greisinger Museum home to the largest Middle Earth and Tolkien memorabilia collection in the world