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2015 Guided Tours  

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France

Tour du Mont Blanc (inn-to-inn tour)

overnight in many small inns like this along the Tour du Mont Blanc The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the classic inn-to-inn tours in the Alps. It's truly an epic trek - a great opportunity to meet hikers from around the world and enjoy an rich variety of cultures, cuisines and views. In keeping with the adventurous nature of the tour, we've designed a spirited itinerary, and four of our nights will be spent in traditional gites - simple inns with shared sleeping rooms, lively atmospheres, and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Hike through three countries and unforgettable landscapes.

2015 Departures: August 1-11
September 3-13
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See our Mont Blanc photo gallery

Italy

Dolomites Traverse - Gardena to Cortina (inn-to-inn tour)

hiking hut-to-hut in the Dolomites The valleys of Gardena, Funes and Badia form a magical area with a delightful mix of Tyrolean, Italian and Ladin cultures, while Cortina d'Ampezzo is the pearl of the Dolomites - a lively village surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks. Traversing this region leads you through pleasant villages, past historic huts, to WWI relics, and along miles of great hiking trails on this incredible Dolomites hut-to-hut adventure. We'll spend 6 nights in 3-star village hotels and 4 great nights in comfortable huts and remote inns high above the valleys on this moderate inn-to-inn hiking tour through the Italian Alps.

2015 Departure: July 4-14
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Tour du Mont Blanc (inn-to-inn tour)

overnight in many small inns like this along the Tour du Mont Blanc The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the classic inn-to-inn tours in the Alps. It's truly an epic trek - a great opportunity to meet hikers from around the world and enjoy an rich variety of cultures, cuisines and views. In keeping with the adventurous nature of the tour, we've designed a spirited itinerary, and four of our nights will be spent in traditional gites - simple inns with shared sleeping rooms, lively atmospheres, and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Hike through three countries and unforgettable landscapes.

2015 Departures: August 1-11
September 3-13
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See our Mont Blanc photo gallery

Switzerland

Bernese Oberland Highlights (inn-to-inn combo tour)

lunch break during a hiking tour in the Bernese Oberland, one of our favorite tours in the Alps Our Bernese Oberland Highlights tour combines great dayhikes from comfortable village hotels with a short and spectacular inn-to-inn hike. Enjoy outstanding stops at 3 and 4-star hotels as well as the most breathtaking and memorable inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. Starting with 2 nights in Wengen, we'll hike to the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley for 1 night at the charming mountain inn of Obersteinberg. We'll continue to Mürren for 2 nights there, followed by 2 more in quiet Kandersteg. Enjoy first-class hotels, and plenty of flexibility for longer or shorter hikes each day.

2015 Departures:   June 21-28
July 11-18
Sept 14-21
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Bernese Oberland Traverse (inn-to-inn hiking tour)

hiking near Murren on the Bernese Oberland tour Our signature tour, on this tour we'll move often, staying in a different location most nights, as we hike this breathtaking and challenging section of the Alpine Pass Route, honored by Backpacker magazine as the World's Best Hike. Spend 4 nights in charming mountain inns - remote, memorable spots, and 6 nights in comfortable 3-star village hotels. Our luggage is transported separately, so you can hike unencumbered. This is inn-to-inn hiking at it's finest!

2015 Departures: June 29-July 9
July 20-30
Aug 14-24
Aug 24-Sept 3
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Bernese Oberland Traverse, Parts A and B (inn-to-inn hiking tour)

lunch break during a hiking tour in the Bernese Oberland If you don't have time for the full tour, consider joining us for half the Bernese Oberland Traverse. Part A starts in Meiringen and crosses two moderate passes on the way to Mürren. Part B picks up in Mürren, with two strenuous passes on the way to the Gastern valley near Kandersteg. Part A is slightly easier, with more villages and more famous mountains. Part B is more challenging with quieter trails and destinations. Both are superb!

2015 Departures, Part A: June 29-July 4    Part B: July 4-9
July 20-25 July 25-30
August 14-19 August 19-24
August 24-29 Aug 29-Sept 3
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Classic Peaks (village-based walking/hiking tour)

The Monch above Murren on the Classic Peaks Hiking Tour Murren and Zermatt are arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland, combined here in one great tour. Murren is nestled in the heart of the Bernese Oberland region, gazing directly at the Eiger and Jungfrau and surrounded by miles of quiet hiking trails. Zermatt is tucked at the end of a long valley dominated by the Matterhorn and numerous other impressive peaks.

2015 Departures: June 2-8 
June 28-July 4
July 25-31
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Grand Tour (village-based walking/hiking tour)

view of the Matterhorn from Zermatt, perhaps the most famous peak in the Alps Stay in luxurious inns, enjoy classic train rides, and hike three of the grandest mountain destinations in world. Tour beautiful Mürren, explore quiet Pontresina, then ride the Glacier Express across the Alps and stay high above Zermatt at the 5-star Riffelalp Resort. World-class hotels and great hikes in perfect combination.

2015 Departure: June 21-28
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Hiker's Haute Route (inn-to-inn hiking tour)

High huts and remote passes are a daily highlight on the Hiker's Haute Route The Hiker's Haute Route consists of a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt, marked by high, steep passes, quiet trails, and stunning mountain scenery. It's one of the classic hikes across the Alps, with a wild beauty deserving of its name. It's also a very strenuous tour, with many passes to cross and great valleys to see. We'll be starting in France, in the world-famous mountain village of Chamonix, hiking through the wild and beautiful Swiss countryside on our way to Zermatt.

2015 Departure: July 15-25
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Jungfrau (village-based walking/hiking tour)

Hiking the Blumental above Murren on the Jungfrau Hiking Tour The Jungfrau and Eiger mountains are the highlights of an incredible rock wall stretching across the entire region. Visit Mürren, a quiet car-free village perched at the edge of a sheer cliff, and Grindelwald, with a dramatic location at the base of the Eiger North Wall. Everybody's perfect picture of the Swiss Alps - age-old glaciers, colorful wildflowers, towering waterfalls, and peaceful villages.

2015 Departures: June 8-14   
August 2-8
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Matterhorn (village-based walking/hiking tour)

Hiking below the Matterhorn in Zermatt See the storybook village of Zermatt, at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, and either quiet Kandersteg or Saas Fee. The Matterhorn is the most captivating mountain in the Alps, dominating an area of surpising richness. Our June and August tours will visit Kandersteg, another gem, with hidden valleys and a gorgeous lake. The July trips will visit Saas Fee, a lesser-known mini-Zermatt surrounded by impressive glaciers. Our walks lead us to wild gorges, colorful flowers, peaceful lakes surrounded by soft larch forests, and enchanting, traditional alpine hamlets. Truly a hiker's paradise!

2015 Departures: June 14-20   
August 8-14
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Jungfrau + Matterhorn Regions (village-based walking/hiking tour)

Eiger near Grindelwald This two-week guided tour takes us to the heart of the most breathtaking mountain scenery anywhere! Start in Mürren, for the best hiking in the Swiss Alps, at the foot of the Jungfrau. Then it's on to Grindelwald, nestled at the base of the fearsome Eiger North Face. After 2 nights in Kandersteg or Saas Fee, we move to the world-famous hiking center Zermatt, tucked against the Alps' most monumental mountain, the Matterhorn. This tour has a little of everything, and is a perfect introduction to the Swiss Alps.

2015 Departures: June 8-20   
August 2-14
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See Jungfrau Tour photos and Matterhorn tour photos

Tour du Mont Blanc (inn-to-inn tour)

overnight in many small inns like this along the Tour du Mont Blanc The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the classic inn-to-inn tours in the Alps. It's truly an epic trek - a great opportunity to meet hikers from around the world and enjoy an rich variety of cultures, cuisines and views. In keeping with the adventurous nature of the tour, we've designed a spirited itinerary, and three of our nights will be spent in traditional gites - simple inns with shared sleeping rooms, lively atmospheres, and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Hike through three countries and unforgettable landscapes.

2015 Departures: August 1-11
September 3-13
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See our Mont Blanc photo gallery

Trail Running Switzerland (combo trail running tours)

Running along a trail between St Luc and Zinal If you like to get out on the trails and run, you'll love our latest adventure. Together with Run the Alps, we've developed these tours with runners in mind. Two guides and flexible length runs or fast hikes make them appropriate for experienced and intermediate runners alike. Rolling terrain, rather than the steepest trails, gives us a chance to stretch our legs often. We are offering 4 different running itineraries. The Eiger Ultra and Matterhorn Ultraks tours will feature village-based runs with guaranteed space available for the races (optional). The UTMB and Bernese Oberland runs will be supported inn-to-inn adventures. Come run with us for any of these great trips!

2015 Departures: July 15-21 (Eiger Ultra)
July 21-29 (UTMB)
July 29-August 4 (Bernese Oberland)
August 12-18 (Bernese Oberland)
August 19-25 (Matterhorn Ultraks)
August 25-Sept 2 (UTMB)
Or read more tour details on Run the Alps.

United States

Northern Arizona Highlights (lodge-based hiking tour)

hike Sedona, Arizona with unforgettable sunsets The high country of Northern Arizona is blessed with the ideal climate for spring and fall hiking. Prescott, Sedona and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are all world-class hiking destinations, with towering granite and red sandstone cliffs, beautiful lakes, and green forests. Take the historic Grand Canyon train from Williams, stay in gorgeous hotels, and enjoy spectacular sunsets over the high Arizona desert!

2015 Departures:   March 1-7    May 10-16
March 17-23 Sept 28-Oct 4
March 29-April 4 October 12-18
April 12-18 November 2-8
April 26-May 2  
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Arizona Red Rocks (lodge-based hiking tour)

Scenic hiking trails skirt Granite Dells behind Granite Lake Our summer tours of the red rock country of Northern Arizona are beautiful and memorable. Visit Prescott, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Sedona on this tour of some of the most beautiful country in the Southwest. Blessed with an ideal climate and supreme natural beauty, Arizona is a wonderful family vacation spot, with abundant sun, easy hikes, cool lakes and a rich history!

2015 Departures:   May 25-30
June 1-6
June 8-13
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Arizona Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure (camping)

Savor the sunrise as you hike into the Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world and the jewel of the US National Park system. Experience the wonder of the Grand Canyon by hiking to the bottom and camping by the Colorado river. Start with 1 night in a comfortable lodge at the South Rim of the Canyon and spend 2 nights camping with our experienced guides as you hike the South Kaibab - Bright Angel loop. An experience for the ages!

2015 Departures:  custom dates available
Permits for hiking the Grand Canyon are available 4 months in advance. We will not be running this tour in the summer, but will have availability in the fall, winter and spring.
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Arizona-Utah: Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion (lodge-based hiking tour)

orange rocks contrasted against a beautiful blue sky in Zion National Park The Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion are three of the most spectacular National Parks in the US Southwest, and we've combined them here into one great trip. Fall is an ideal time for hiking in the Southwest, and we hope you'll join us on this classic circuit.

2015 Departure: October 4-10
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Private Guided Tours (inn-to-inn, village-based, train or combo tours)

If you would like a guide for your trip but don't want to join one of our guided group tours, contact us about a private guided tour. Choose your own dates, your own itinerary, your own travel companions! We'll take care of all the details, customized to your needs. You can choose from one of our existing itineraries, or work with us to create the itinerary of your dreams. Perfect for family get-togethers, corporate retreats or even a personal trip for 2, we'll provide extensive travel planning, great hotels and experienced guides to make your trip a memorable one.

Our private guided tours can be surprisingly affordable. Here are some of our standard tours, with pricing based on the following number of people per guide:

2-3
4-5
6-7
8+
Private Jungfrau tour
6 nights
$4450
$3700
$3250
$3000
Private Matterhorn tour
6 nights
$4750
$4000
$3550
$3300
Private Grand Tour
6 nights
$6850
$6100
$5650
$5400
Private Bernese Oberland Traverse
5 nights
$4150
$3500
$3050
$2800
7 nights
$5100
$4400
$3900
$3600
10 nights
$5950
$5200
$4650
$4300
Private Bernese Oberland Highlights
7 nights
$5100
$4400
$3900
$3600
Private Haute Route tour
8 nights
$5500
$4550
$3950
$3600
10 nights
$6100
$5050
$4400
$4000
Private Tour du Mont Blanc
8 nights
$5500
$4550
$3950
$3600
10 nights
$6100
$5050
$4400
$4000
Private Dolomites Traverse
6 nights
$5200
$4250
$3750
$3400
10 nights
$6000
$4950
$4300
$3900

Self-guided Tours (inn-to-inn, village-based, train or combo tours)

"We had the best time in Switzerland! It is the ultimate hiking destination. The people are great, the hotels are wonderful, the food is excellent, the country is clean (how about those public bathrooms!?), the hiking trails are well marked, and the scenery is beautiful, and your itinerary and attention to detail were PERFECT. We will be going again (maybe next summer- in August this time), and we wouldn't even consider traveling there without you setting up the trip."
    -Blake Simpson, Self-guided Bernese Oberland, 2000
Take your own walking tour of the Giessbach Falls, one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Alps
If you're an independent hiker and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to do a self-guided hiking tour. Our self-guided tours include prepaid hotels with breakfast and dinner, a Swiss rail pass for travel to and from the airport or border (Switzerland tours only), hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), instructions for independently sending luggage ahead, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly.

We offer self-guided versions of all of our village-based hiking tours and of many of our inn-to-inn tours. In addition, both private guided tours and independent self-guided hiking tours are available at surprisingly affordable prices. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten one of our existing tours, or create a customized tour of the Swiss Alps from scratch, let us know. We've organized hundreds of independent self-guided tours over the past 10 years, and have extensive expertise in Switzerland and the surrounding areas of France and Italy. We will be happy to work with you to build the hiking or train-based vacation that best suits your needs. We can help you choose among the mountain villages of Mürren, Wengen, Grindelwald, Kandersteg, Guarda, Pontresina, Zermatt, Riederalp, Zinal, Ortisei and Chamonix. Add city stops like Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Lugano, Montreux, or extensions to Italy's lake Como or Cinque Terre regions.hike your own pace with a private or self-guided tour

Our Swiss Sampler tours are designed specifically with non-hikers in mind. These include scenic train rides through the Alps, more city stopovers (Lucerne, Lugano, Montreux) and easy light walks and non-hiking ideas in some of Switzerland's most spectacular mountain villages. All of your hotels, railpasses, maps and reservations are arranged so that all you need to do is enjoy your trip. Our 8-day Best of Switzerland and 13-day Swiss Sampler self-guided tours are designed for a more relaxed sightseeing tour of Switzerland.


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