Switzerland Active Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    11 days

    Activity Level


    Active 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.
    Minimum Age


    Ideal Age



    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Lucerne, Switzerland

    Days 2-3


    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.

    Days 5-7


    Whitewater Rafting

    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.

    Days 8-9


    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.

    Day 10


    Explore Bern

    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.

    Day 11

    Depart Zurich

  • Dates & Prices

    2021 Dates


    Adult $7990
    Teen $7990
    Adult $7690

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $400 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    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.

    Alumni Discount

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

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price includes 

    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.

  • Hotels

    Radisson Blu Lucerne

    In the shadow of the Matterhorn, the Hotel National Zermatt is a great place for families to stay while exploring Switzerland. The same family has run the National Zermatt since it opened and their commitment to friendliness is unmatched. This quaint hotel feels more like a rustic cozy cabin with clean and conformable rooms. With free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a pool this hotel has everything that your family will need to enjoy your stay. The hotel is also in a perfect location to explore the different trails and mountain peaks that have made Zermatt famous!

    Hotel du Nord

    The Hotel du Nord is located near the center of Interlaken. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hair dryers, digital TV, a safe and direct phone line. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast.

    Hotel National

    The Hotel National is located in Zermatt, surrounded by the mountains of Valais. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, TV, telephone, safe and laundry service. The hotel also has a pool, gym and spa.

    Hotel Schweizerhof

    The Hotel Schweizerhof is located in downtown Zurich. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, TV, security drawer and air conditioning. The hotel also has a fitness center, spa and restaurant.

    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.

    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.

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Starts at



11 days

Activity Level


Active 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.