11 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 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.
Here are some ideas for your custom family vacation in Switzerland!
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.
Fly to Lucerne, Switzerland
Hike Mt. Rigi
From the village square in Rigi Kaltbad, ascend 1,089 feet through the rock chapel and secluded forests to Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of Mt. Rigi. Enjoy a panoramic view of the surruonding lakes and snowy peaks, then stop by Chaesernholz on the way down for some authentic Alpine cheese.
The best whitewater rafting in the Swiss Alps is on the Lutschine. Hop in your raft below the Eigher North Face and rush down the surging Class III-IV rapids, through the mountains and into Lake Brienz of the Interlaken Valley. It’s an exhilirating rush from start to finish. Jump in the water for a swim afterward!
Schynige Platte to First Summit Hike
Hike the rugged, beautiful mountain trail from Schynige Platte summit station to First, a minor summit on the slopes of Schwarzhorn.
Gondola Ride to the Summit of Niederhorn
In the nearby town of Beatenberg, ride the gondola to the summit of the Niederhorn. From there, take in glorious views of the iconic peaks: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Ride a Trotti-bike
Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you ride down from Niederhorn Mountain via trotti-bike, a scooter-like bike without a seat. Take in scenic views, breezy mountain air and stop for pictures at your leisure.
Hike to Vorsass
Hike up Niederhorn on a popular trail, taking in views of Lake Thun and the big three mountains of the Swiss Alps – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – as you go. Keep an eye out for the area’s abundant wildlife, including eagles, bearded vultures, mountain goats and ibex.
Climb through Gorner Gorge (3-4 hours)
Enjoy an adventure in Zermatt on the spectacular glacier-polished rocks of Gorner Gorge. Climb above thundering waters on a dynamic fixed rope route, featuring suspension bridges, abseil stations, zip-lines and an unforgettable view!
Optional: Snowshoeing on the Matterhorn (additional cost)
This 4-mile snowshoeing trek leads you through an ethereal mountainous snowscape, the lakes of Theodul Glacier and past snow-covered Alpine giants, such as the Matterhorn, the Dent Blanche and the Gabelhorn. The total ascent is 616 feet and the descent is 1,751 feet.
With your guide, walk through the Old Town of Bern – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and visit some of the highlights, including the Federal Palace, the Zytglogge Clock Tower, the four bears in BearPark and the Cathedral and Tower.
Dates & Prices
08/06-08/16Adult $7990Teen $7990Adult $7690
$400 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $590 for single accommodations
Large Group Discount
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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Accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
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.
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