Swiss Alps: Matterhorn, Zermatt & Interlaken

  • Overview
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    9 days


    Level 2


    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

    From fresh meadows to glacier-covered mountains and quaint villages to hip mountain hamlets—tasting chocolate and other Swiss treats along the way—your family will explore remote alpine regions on this Switzerland family vacation! Your family is sure to fall in love with Switzerland’s remote outdoor playgrounds.

    Recommended Age: 8+

    Breathe Fresh Zermatt Air

    The small town of Zermatt has been closed to cars since 1961, making a truly fresh place to peruse shops and take quiet countryside strolls.

    Ride the Gornergrat Bahn

    The Gornergrat Bahn is the highest altitude rack railway in all of Europe, offering incredible views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

    Go Tubing on the Matterhorn

    No matter what time of year it is, you can go snow tubing on the slopes of the mighty Matterhorn.

    Venture Through Interlaken

    Ride a gondola to the top of the Niederhorn, hike through fields of wildflowers, and ride an electric Swiss trotti-bike down a mountain side.

    Conquer a Ropes Course in Lucerne

    Get a high flying and active experience climbing across ropes and obstacles at the base of legendary Mt. Pilatus.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Switzerland

    Days 2-4


    Ride the Gornergrat Bahn

    We’ll go for a ride on the the Gornergrat Bahn, Europe’s highest-altitude rack railway without a tunnel, to the summit of Gornergrat. During the ride we’ll stop for breathtaking views of the 10 glaciers and 29 mountains out in the distance.

    Take a Cable Car to Furi

    Ride in a cable car out to Furi, once a farming community that’s now filled with playgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and a 300-foot-high suspension footbridge overlooking Gorner Gorge.

    Visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

    Go snow tubing and build a snowman—in the summer!—at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Then travel 50-feet below the glacier to visit a glacial palace where everything is carved from ice, including an ice slide and ice benches to relax on.

    Ride Aerial Cableway

    We’ll take to the Swiss Alps, exploring them with a ride on Europe’s highest aerial cableway and summit station to Klein Matterhorn, stopping at 12,740 feet. Kids will have the chance to help drive the cable car!

    Hike Back to Zermatt

    On a short hike from Furi to Zermatt, our leisurely walk offers views of the Matterhorn, Breithorn, and Adlerhorn peaks, as well as stunning looks at Zermatt.

    Visit Gorner Gorge

    Take a quick walk from Zermatt to Gorner Gorge, where we’ll cross wooden walkways that overlook cliffs carved out by the powerful Gornervispe glacial river.

    Days 5-6


    Swiss Chocolate Experience

    We’ll have a“Swiss Chocolate Experience, learning what makes Swiss chocolate so exceptional, watching local chocolatiers work their craft and tasting some chocolatey goodness!

    Friends Across Borders Activity

    Take part in the friends across borders activity, where kids will get to meet their Swiss pen pals. Both kids and adults will get a chance to bond during a fun-filled cooking class, making rosti and a chocolate dessert.

    Gondola Ride to the Summit of Niederhorn

    Drive to the nearby town of Beatenberg, to ride the gondola to the summit of the Niederhorn to take in glorious views of the iconic peaks Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

    Ride a Trotti-bike

    We’ll take a ride down from Niederhorn Mountain via trotti-bike, a scooter-like bike without a seat. We’ll find great views to stop and take pictures and enjoy fresh mountain air.

    Hike to Vorsass

    Hike on a popular trail with views of Lake Thun and the big 3 mountains of the Swiss Alps – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Sightings may include eagles, bearded vultures, mountain goats, and ibex.

    Days 7-8


    Experience Ballenberg

    Visit Ballenberg, an open-air museum, that features 100 original buildings brought from all over Switzerland to this picturesque valley.

    Lucerne Walking Tour

    We’ll have an exploratory walk through lovely, lakeside Lucerne. Wander down the warren of narrow lanes through the Altstadt, the Old Town, to sun-splashed squares bordered with brightly painted houses and decorated with beautiful murals.

    Boat Ride on Lake Lucerne

    Take boat ride on scenic Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, a rail station located at the base of the legendary Mount Pilatus. We’ll enjoy the breeze off the lake and the scenery as we cruise across the lake.

    Ride Cogwheel Train to Mount Pilatus

    Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, winding up through lush meadows carpeted with alpine flowers, past stunning mountain streams and impossibly steep rock faces, to the top of Mount Pilatus.

    Explore a Rope Park

    Experience an on-mountain adventure with a cable-car ride to Frakmuntegg, home to the sprawling Pilatus Rope Park. Kids and adults can turn into acrobats, climbing rope ladders and cables, and crossing aerial log bridges on any of the seven suspension-rope trails, each offering varying levels of challenges.

    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $5990PP
    Teen $5990PP
    Child $5690PP


    20th Anniversary Special
    Adult $5990PP
    Teen $5990PP
    Child $5690PP

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $400 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes 

    Accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Hotel Bristol

    Get a warm welcome to Switzerland at the Hotel Bristol, a mid-sized hotel near the town center within view of the most legendary peak in the village, the Matterhorn. With comfortable, modern style, free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and a newly renovated spa area with relaxation room, this hotel will be a perfect start to your family’s alpine adventure.

    Hotel Carlton-Europe

    Centrally located on the famous Höheweg Promenade—the main thoroughfare lined with hotels, restaurants, shops and gardens—the Hotel Carlton-Europe provides easy access to the town and its surrounding areas. In addition to its location near a railway station, the hotel’s family-friendly amenities include an on-site children’s playground and four separate restaurants. This is a comfortable headquarters for families to maximize their stay in this magnificent lake-region village.

    Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne

    Experience lakeside serenity during your time in Lucerne at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne, perched on the shores of the extraordinary Lake Lucerne. With 189 rooms featuring chic décor, satellite television, Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms, families are sure to enjoy staying here against a gorgeous backdrop of mountain-and-lake splendor.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.