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The Zermatt area has a total of 250 miles of well-marked footpaths which will take you through pine-scented mountain forests to the shores of calm Alpine lakes and to ice-blue glaciers. Zermatt has been a prime destination for walkers and mountaineers for over 150 years.

As well as gentle valley walking, large areas are protected zones which offer plenty of opportunities for challenging and remote walking, including access to the slopes of the Matterhorn itself.

Mountain railways make it easy to reach the high altitude rambling areas. There are many mountain cabins and restaurants ready to offer a warm welcome and a leisurely rest to enjoy the spectacular views all around.

The Centre

Zermatt is a Swiss German speaking village located at the eastern end of the Canton of Valais. It has the advantage of being totally car free.

Electric taxis and buses will get you around to all the major places of interest but as the distances are not great most people prefer to walk. There is a very Swiss feel about Zermatt despite there being all the benefits of a village catering for international visitors.

The bustling main street is full of restaurants and shops selling all you might need during your stay. We have chosen hotels in quiet areas. The walking areas are quickly reached from the village either on foot or by using the three main rail or cable car systems that whisk you high above the village to start your walks.

The Walking

The village is situated at the foot of the famous Matterhorn and is surrounded by thirty eight 4,000m high mountains, more than any other village in the Alps, so the walking always benefits from the most stunning backdrops.

You can walk up to the hut on the slopes of the Matterhorn which is the start point of ascents of the mountain itself. Or perhaps walk along a section of the EuropaWeg (one of Switzerland’s long distance walks) along the valley side from Zermatt to Tasch and enjoy stunning views of both settlements.

If you have a head for heights try the walk that takes in the spectacular Gorner Gorge using a walkway fixed to the rocks above a swirling torrent.

Take the cable car to Rothorn (3150m) and then walk back to Sunnegga passing 3 beautiful alpine lakes and unrivalled views across to the imposing Matterhorn. Walk from Zermatt up to Trift and on to Hohbalmen for a walk where you will probably see more marmots than people. We could go on and on and on ….!

Our self guided Walk Booklet has walks from a 2 hour valley stroll with a 190m climb to an 8 hour walk with an ascent and descent of 1100m.


Walk Grading

Self guided - Easy Moderate & Challenging

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Hotel La Ginabelle **** - 4 Star

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You will feel at home from the moment you step through the door of La Ginabelle located in a quiet area of Zermatt. We offer superior category rooms which are larger and many have views towards the Matterhorn.

The family Abgottspon-Schell have been in the hospitality business for generations and built La Ginabelle in a traditional Swiss style. Being new it has the largest spa and wellness area of any hotel in Zermatt; indoor and outdoor swimming pools jacuzzis and sauna. Dinner in the elegant restaurant is 5 course and vegetarians are well catered for.



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Hotel Europe Zermatt **** - 4 Star

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Snow closes some of the paths up to May but most open in June and remain so until mid October when early snow may restrict the number of routes available.

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In preference fly to Geneva or Zurich from where the train journey time is just over 3 ½ hours with one change. Alternatively fly to Basel (4 hours 10minutes).

There are flights as follows:

Zurich non-stop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Birmingham Manchester Edinburgh and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Geneva non-stop from Heathrow Gatwick London City Luton Stansted Southampton* Bournemouth* Jersey Exeter* Newquay*, Bristol, Cardiff* Birmingham, East Midlands, Norwich* Doncaster* Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle* Glasgow*, Edinburgh, Aberdeen* Belfast and Dublin. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

Basel non-stop from Heathrow, London City, Luton, Liverpool, East Midlands and Manchester. Connecting flights from most UK airports.

* Winter only

Train

You can travel by train from London utilizing Eurostar and TGV it takes just under 11 hours

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Zermatt

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Zurich. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

  • With flights prices also includes Rail Transfer Tickets between Switzerland airport and hotel, as well as a Swiss Half Fare Card (50% discount on local travel – valid for a month)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Europe****

Dates

7 nights half board*

With Flights (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)

7 nights half board*

Own International Flights 

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night

15 Jun – 30 Jun 13 Sep – 30 Oct

1124

759

123

10

01 Jul – 12 Sep

1224

859

123

10

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Room supplements (per person per night):

  • Superior room £20

  • Superior single room £45

La Ginabelle****

Dates

7 nights half board*

With Flights (includes Rail Transfer Tickets & Half Fare Card)

7 nights half board*

Own International Flights 

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night

25 May – 07 Jul

1014

649

105

20

19 Aug – 13 Oct

1064

699

115

20

08 Jul – 18 Aug

1114

749

125

20

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Room supplements (per person per night):

  • Superior room £12

  • Deluxe room £28

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Fly – Rail Luggage

Take advantage of the unique fly/rail baggage system which allows you to travel light between airport and your centre. When your cases arrive your hotelier will collect them for you. On your return deposit your luggage at the railway station (not available from all stations) and the next time you see it is at your UK airport carousel. £16** per back per direction.

Getting about

The Swiss transport system has a well earned reputation for being the best in the world. The trains are modern clean and run to schedule (late trains make the news in Switzerland!). We provide a personal timetable for all customers showing the relevant train times (including platforms) for transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel for both arrivals and departures. We help to make the journey very much part of your holiday by providing helpful notes offering advice on changing trains and selecting the best seats to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience travelling on the distinctive yellow post buses the lake steamers and many cable cars and funicular railways which will whisk you to high alpine meadows and mountain tops.

Swiss Transfer Card


This is included with all of our Swiss holidays if you purchase flights with us. Gives free transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel. Any reasonable route is permitted. Useful for very short stays and on hotel to hotel treks where you plan to walk all the way. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Transfer Card for £120 per person (prices subject to change).

Swiss Half Fare Card

This is included on a couple of our Swiss holiday if you purchase flights with us. Gives 50% discount during your stay for all rail and post bus services plus discounts on most funicular railways, chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars. Useful for those arriving by car. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Half Fare Card for £105 per person (prices subject to change).

Family Card

Free travel on most transport for all children under 16 years traveling with their parents; provided free of charge with any of the travel cards listed above.

Two & Multi Centre Holidays - Switzerland

Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that traveling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you. We will make all hotel reservations and provide the rail ticket between the centres free of charge** if the total stay is over 11 nights. For holidays over 13 nights we upgrade the rail travel between centres to First Class free of charge**. For example why not combine Zermatt with Davos having 7 nights in each resort in 4* hotels and journey between the two on the ‘Glacier Express’?

** As long as a Swiss Half Fare has been purchased



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