Switzerland Adventure Vacations & Hiking Tours

switzerland tours

Switzerland is renowned for its picturesque towns and iconic hikes; discover the best of them on our Switzerland Adventure Vacations & Hiking tours.

From the mountain towns of Davos and St. Moritz to the breathtakingly green valleys of the Upper Rhone valley, these Switzerland adventure vacations and hiking tours are sure to delight all your senses. Spend days wandering stone laden streets and walking pristine trails high above St. Moritz. When hunger strikes, treat yourself to world-famous swiss chocolate and sip coffee overlooking Lake Geneva. Travel through towering mountainous terrain via train and stay the night in cosy mountain hotels and lodges. Discover for yourself why Switzerland is a much-loved adventurer's paradise on a Switzerland adventure vacation and hiking tour.

Switzerland Trips

Europe

Swiss Alps Adventure

  • Duration 7 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Take a journey from the lakeside village of Obstalden, along the UNESCO world heritage route of Chur to St Moritz, to the renowned resort town of Davos. Hike mountaintops with 360-degree views, experience the excitement of a Via Ferrata and bike through the Rhine river valley. Then, by night, stay in traditional Swiss castles and delightful mountain hotels. 

Trip Start: Zurich, Switzerland Trip End: Zurich, Switzerland

Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc

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  • Duration 12 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 4 
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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Experience unmatched beauty as you hike, bike and kayak on our Tour du Mont Blanc. While most trips circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif by foot, we've taken it a step further to also explore the history, culture and cuisine of France, Italy and Switzerland.

Trip Start: Geneva Trip End: Geneva
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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best month to go to Switzerland?

The best time to visit Switzerland is between April and October, though winter sports enthusiasts may prefer December to March. The country has four distinct seasons, each with its own attractions. The spring months of March to May bring Alpine blooms, flowering trees and cows heading out to pasture.

Is 1 week enough for Switzerland?

Switzerland is a small country compared to many of its European neighbors, but you'll still need more than a week to take it all in. If a week is all you've got, our Swiss Alps Adventure is perfect!

How safe is Switzerland?

Switzerland is one of the least dangerous countries in Europe and worldwide. The population is generally very wealthy which makes the crime rate relatively low. Of course, there are small issues with pickpocketing and petty theft, but it's nothing tourists need to be afraid of.

Do I need a visa to visit Switzerland?

If you're a citizen of USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - you will be issued a 90-day tourist visa upon entry into Switzerland. Citizens from the UK and other EU countries obviously need not worry about this. If you’re a citizen of another country please check with your nearest embassies about entry requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

What about vaccinations in Switzerland?

You don't need any vaccinations for Switzerland. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Switzerland?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Switzerland trips?

Accommodation
On your Switzerland trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. For the most part you'll stay in nice, locally owned, beautiful family run hotels in great locations, with private bathrooms, free wifi, great breakfasts and warm local hospitality.

Transport
Your transport will be a mixture of private vehicle, bike and your very own two feet on our trips in Switzerland. You'll spend most time hiking or biking everywhere though! All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except two lunchs and two dinners. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

How many people are there on each of your Switzerland trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Switzerland?

Well-known Swiss dishes include raclette and fondue (molten cheese eaten with bread or potatoes), rösti (fried grated potatoes), muesli (an oatmeal breakfast dish) and Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (veal and mushrooms on a cream sauce). A typical breakfast in Switzerland includes a bowl of cereal with milk, bread rolls with jam or butter, swiss croissant and coffee, muesli and yogurt or tea. Lunch may be as simple as a sandwich or it could be a complete meal, therefore dinner could then be a full main course or simply bread, cheese and meat. Switzerland is also best known for its milk chocolate, with Swiss chocolate containing more milk than most chocolate, offering a distinctly smooth and creamy flavour and texture you won't find elsewhere!

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Switzerland?

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc CHF.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

Is tipping expected in Switzerland?

Tipping is not expected in Switzerland however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides at the end of an awesome trip and US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

What is the time zone in Switzerland?

For the majority of the summer season Switzerland is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Switzerland?

Switzerland operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

What is the weather like in Switzerland?

Switzerland is characterized by cold winters in mountainous areas, and hot summers in plains, along with a lot of precipitation. The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August, the warmest months, the daytime temperature ranges from 18 to 28 °C (65° - 82° F) and in Spring and Autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° - 59° F). You can have a week of rain as well as a week of cloudless skies almost any time of the year.

What is there to do in Geneva?

You can catch a local train from the airport to the centre of town, and Geneva is right on the shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), so it’s quite lovely to walk around and explore. We recommend a boat cruise of the lake and river, and a walking tour or explore of the Old Town as a starting point. The history of La Vieille Ville, Geneva’s Old Town, can be traced back 2,000 years. It is where you will find many of Geneva’s most interesting attractions and sites like the Barbier-Mueller Museum, the St. Pierre Cathedral (for CHF5 you can go to the top of the cathedral and the views are more than worth it), the International Museum of the Reformation, The Art & History Museum and the Tavel Mansion - it is one of the largest Old Town’s in Europe. The Old Town is built on a hill side south of the Rhone River, and has picturesque narrow meandering cobble stone streets lined with historic grey-stone buildings which now hold boutiques, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The United Nations is a great place to check out too, and you can get there through the Botanical Gardens, either walking or biking, or catch local buses.

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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