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Switzerland - Zermatt, the Matterhorn and Eiger
8 days
Switzerland - Trip code SZM

Switzerland - Zermatt, the Matterhorn and Eiger Holidays

Enjoy exhilarating walking in the heart of some the most spectacular mountain scenery on the planet - the Swiss Alps. We stay in the shadow of the Matterhorn in the charming mountain resort of Zermatt, enjoy typical alpine hospitality at the Trift mountain hut and admire the emblematic north face of the Eiger. Superb hikes include a section of the famous 'Europaweg' high mountain route and a trek to the breathtaking turquoise lake of Oeschinensee.

Trip highlights

  • Zermatt - Picturesque mountain resort with breathtaking backdrop of the Matterhorn's north face Trift Hut -Enjoy generous alpine hospitality overnighting at this cosy hut high in the mountains Lauterbrunnen - Classic glaciated valley with 600m high cliffs and crashing waterfalls Murren - Car free, cliff-top village. Take the 'James Bond' cable car to the Schilthorn Matterhorn, Eiger and Jungfrau - Admire the snow-capped peaks of these alpine icons
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Moderate To Challenging
Combining moderate grade walks with some more strenuous hikes. This grade is ideal if you are fit and want to challenge yourself with a few longer, more demanding trekking days, possibly on difficult terrain or at higher altitudes.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Moderate to challenging
Max walking altitude (m)
2700

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Lunch: 5
  • Dinner: 1
Transport
  • Bus
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide
  • Driver(s)
Accommodation
  • 6 nights standard hotel
  • 1 nights simple hut
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Trip information

Country information

Switzerland Holidays & Tours

Climate

Summers are generally warm, or even hot, with a three-month period when rain rarely falls. When it does rain in this season, it is heavy and often accompanied by thunder. There are as much as eleven to twelve hours' sunshine a day in summer, but as with anywhere in mainland Europe it can occasionally be cold and wet. Early and late summer is generally the best times to visit this region.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Catholic

Language

German

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Cable car from Murren to the Schilthorn at 2971m (as featured in the James Bond Film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service') - 80 Swiss Francs for the return journey.

Clothing

The following are essential for your tour: Waterproofs - Breathable waterproof jacket and trousers made from material such as Gore-tex not only protects against rain and wind but also stops you from overheating. They breathe and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Thick fleece - A thick fleece pullover or zip-up jacket. (Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your fleece.) Technical t-shirts - Keep skin cool and dry in changeable conditions. Thin layers - Best way to keep warm when outside temperature is variable. Shorts - Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold. Gloves and hat - Gloves can be useful in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes. Bring a warm hat and sun hat. Socks - It is best to wear technical socks to help protect your feet against blisters. Long Trousers - For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. Jeans are not recommended.

Footwear

You will need walking boots with proper ankle support and good tread. Trekking shoes are not good enough for the walks as they do not give ankle support. In addition, you should avoid cheap boots found in high-street shops that are merely trainers with a higher canvas side sewn on. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight: should your luggage be delayed, your well broken-in boots will be irreplaceable. Bring comfortable shoesandals for relaxing in the evenings.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a waterproof daypack. A capacity of 35/40 litres is recommended as you will need to carry enough overnight clothes (spare underwear, T shirt and toiletries etc) for the overnight at the Trift mountain hut.

Equipment

You will need a water bottle (preferably 2 litres), torch and high factor sun cream. Trekking poles are recommended. It is a good idea to line your daysac with a good quality plastic bag. This will go a long way in protecting your gear from any rainstorms we encounter.Tap water is safe to drink from the hotels, but water sources along the trail may not always be drinkable. Using tap water rather than bottled water will help avoid creating plastic bottle waste. Energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek. All bedding, but not towels, are provided at the Trift mountain hut.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Service is included in Swiss restaurants, although it is polite to tip 10% if the service has been very good. Bar staff and café waiters expect a small tip or loose change.
Country Information

Switzerland Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£16
Dinner price
£23
Beer price
£5.2
Water price
£1.5
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Swiss Franc.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Euros.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival
ATM Availability
Local currency can be obtained using credit cards in ATM's.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


The family-run mountain hut at Trift has a both twin and dormitory rooms; all come equipped with bedding. We may be accommodated in either type of room, depending on the demand. There are two shared washrooms with cold flowing water. Warm showers are available at an extra cost of 5 Swiss Francs. Meals are taken in the cosy dining room where specialities of the house include home-made dried beef, rosti and ice-tea.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

2700

Non refundable permits

Switzerland Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory; Tetanus recommended. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option

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