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Switzerland Adventure Vacations & Hiking Tours

Switzerland Trips


Tour du Mont Blanc


  • Duration 12 days
  • 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 Mont Blanc in an unparalleled way – by hiking, biking, and kayaking your way around the massif. You’ll delve deep into the history, culture, and cuisine of France, Italy, and Switzerland with plenty of time to soak in the views.

Trip Start: Geneva Trip End: Geneva


Swiss Alps Adventure


  • Duration 7 days
  • 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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Let the Swiss Alps charm you as you hike mountaintops with 360-degree views, experience the excitement of a Via Ferrata, bike through the Rhine River valley, and stay in traditional Swiss castles and delightful mountain hotels.

Trip Start: Zurich Trip End: Zurich


Switzerland Family Vacation


Operated by our sister brand Austin Adventures

  • Duration 7 days
  • 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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Bask in the glory of some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery on this family-friendly Swiss adventure! Hiking to biking, chocolate tastings to train travel, your family will experience all the Swiss Alps have to offer.

Trip Start: Zurich, Switzerland Trip End: Zurich

Why Choose Active Adventures

Do It Yourself
With Active Adventures
Hours of research to plan
Expertly planned by professional adventurers
Which accommodations to book?
Premium accommodation booked for you
Which trails to explore? How to book?
Iconic & lesser-known trails booked for you
Which restaurants to suit all?
All meals included: delicious & to suit all
Unguided; reliance on impersonal travel books
Caring guides; passionate about what they do
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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.
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Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full.

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. Please note CFAR insurance can only be purchased within 14 days of booking. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

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Guest Reviews from Switzerland Adventures

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Swiss Alps Adventure - September 2023

Great trip

"Lots of beautiful scenery, adventure, and fun! read more

"Lots of beautiful scenery, adventure, and fun! read less

4 Stars (5 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - September 2023


"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be… read more

"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be challenging, the scenery was awe inspiring and well worth the effort! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Hiking exceeded expectations!

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The… read more

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains/passes were beyond spectacular (pictures did not do them justice). The daily hikes were challenging but doable, and the guides and itineraries were such that all skill levels could reasonably participate. Everything about the trip, from the accommodations, to the food, to the knowledge and friendliness of the guides, was excellent. Being my 7th trip now with Active Adventures, I continue to come back because I know I’ll always have a terrific experience, and this trip again did not disappoint! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Mt Blanc!

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling… read more

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling of biking and kayaking for diversity. read less

4 Stars (121 reviews)


Swiss Alps Adventure - August 2023

A wonderful trip to Switzerland

"Our family was traveled multiple times with Austin Adventures domestically in the U.S. Our children… read more

"Our family was traveled multiple times with Austin Adventures domestically in the U.S. Our children have grown up with their trips. This was our first international trip with Active Adventures, and our first adult trip (we went the adult trip route now that our youngest is 17). The trip did not disappoint, and all of us LOVED it. Switzerland was beautiful. We felt that we explored parts of Switzerland that we would not have picked on our own. Likewise on activities - we would have never thought of doing a via ferrata, and it was AWESOME. We enjoyed mountain views from not just vehicles, but biking, hiking, and climbing. The food and lodging picks were excellent. When weather didn't cooperate as planned one day, our guides developed a really fun and creative plan B. They also came up with a great suprise activity on our last night. Small tour groups are fun, and we enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. The trip is very active, and we were glad we were in decent physical shape. We also felt that our guides did a great job of keeping things interesting and physically challenging, yet safe and not overwhelming. Our guides also worked really hard behind the scenes so that all we needed to do was show up and have fun. Everybody in our family would rate this trip as our favorite one to date. And that is saying a lot since we have loved all our prior Austin trips. Our kids are now asking when we are doing another one. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)


Swiss Alps Adventure - July 2023

Swiss Alps Adventure

"Our guides Ronnie and Peter made this trip awesome. They went above and beyond to… read more

"Our guides Ronnie and Peter made this trip awesome. They went above and beyond to show us the very best parts of the Alps. There was so much care and intention in everything they did for us. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)


Swiss Alps Adventure - July 2023

Phenomenal in every way!

"We did an Active Adventures trip to Switzerland in July 2023. Neither of us… read more

"We did an Active Adventures trip to Switzerland in July 2023. Neither of us had been, and always up for an active adventure, this seemed perfect for us. We're not really "group" people and were worried about getting "stuck" with people who weren't compatible, but we were fortunate not only to have only two other guests in our group, but they happened to be perfectly matched with us in terms of fitness and lust for adventure. They were awesome, and we formed genuine friendships with them and our guides.

Our guides were Peter and Ronnie, and they had everything to do with why our experience was so great. Obviously personable, warm, and "tuned in" to their guests, they were also willing to adjust our schedules when it was advantageous to do so. We tended to finish the planned activities quite early (partly because there were only four of us, and we were a bit quick), so they would improvise and tack on additional activities that always proved to be a welcome accoutrement. We were exhausted, exhilarated, and sated at the end of every day ~ exactly what we were hoping for!

We worried that we'd be bike riding "in the Alps," so we opted for ebikes. Not really necessary, as most of the biking is quite flat. The hiking can sometimes be straight up, so be prepared for some stiff hikes, although not overly strenuous. If you can do the Via Ferrata, DO IT! We've done one before (Peru), and this one was every bit as wonderful. It's truly a highlight.

The accommodations and meals were amazing. The servers and hotel staff all knew our guides well, so we were treated to impeccable service (I'm sure it would have been in any case). They choose locations that are stunningly beautiful and provide access to everything the areas have to offer. Our guides took care of absolutely every detail, from caring for and storing the bikes to tipping the Via Ferrata guide, preparing snacks for the activities, and providing history and culture details that we were hungry for.

As an aside, if you happen to get either Peter or Ronnie as your guide, consider yourself lucky. They work well as a team, showing one another immense respect and playing off each other's strengths - but be sure to treat yourself to some of their personal stories. They're both adventuresome, and have the most amazing experiences ~ I couldn't get enough! Ask Peter about his biking tour through the U.S. with his wife and kids ~ you'll think you're in the middle of the most intriguing docudrama you've ever watched. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)

Danna Van,

Swiss Alps Adventure - July 2023

Outstanding trip!

"Everything was top notch on our trip to Switzerland. Great guides, great itinerary and very… read more

"Everything was top notch on our trip to Switzerland. Great guides, great itinerary and very organized. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - July 2023


"I can not say enough positive things about the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. … read more

"I can not say enough positive things about the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. The hiking, the guides, the driver(s), the accommodations and, of course, the food were all fabulous. The hiking was challenging, but so worth it for the views. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and our looking forward to our next adventure.

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5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - July 2023


"Amazing hikes, great food, exceptional guides and an unforgettable experience! TMB does not disappoint! read more

"Amazing hikes, great food, exceptional guides and an unforgettable experience! TMB does not disappoint! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - June 2023

Incredible Trip for the Senses

"This trip was amazing. The guides were top notch, the food was fantastic. … read more

"This trip was amazing. The guides were top notch, the food was fantastic. I loved the lodgings. Not the fancy American hotels, but real alpine inns and hotels. The owners at the smaller inns were so nice and would do anything to make your visit better. It was very much an ACTIVE adventure. Wish I had done it when I was younger and more fit. read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - June 2023

A trip well worth the experience

"I would highly recommend this trip for those able to do so physically and financially.… read more

"I would highly recommend this trip for those able to do so physically and financially. It was a very challenging physical trip but my wife and self pushed ourselves to complete it. The tour is not cheap but having the burden removed from worrying about individual logistics, lodging, meals, problem resolution made the expenditure well worth it. read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - June 2023

Tour Du Mont Blanc in June

"This was my first time doing an alpine adventure that involved snow. I couldn’t… read more

"This was my first time doing an alpine adventure that involved snow. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction into mountaineering! I left the planning worry behind and just enjoyed the adventure that awaited! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - June 2023

One of my favorite trips of all time

"Father/Son trip- highly recommend. My 19 year old son and I did the… read more

"Father/Son trip- highly recommend. My 19 year old son and I did the Tour du Mont Blanc via Active with Jean Marc and Hollly(both outstanding!) and we can’t say enough about the trip. Everything from meals, hotels, transportation and guide services were top notch. read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - October 2022

Challenging and Fabulous

"What an adventure the Tour du Mont Blanc trip was for us. My husband… read more

"What an adventure the Tour du Mont Blanc trip was for us. My husband and I had been looking forward to this trip for three years and it did not disappoint. We loved being outdoors and active throughout the trip and found it challenging but fabulous! Our four female guides were top notch, knowledgeable and kept us safe and were fun to be around. Their attention to detail was appreciated along with their after lunch delicious snacks and surprises throughout the trip. We enjoyed the meals and small towns and would have been okay with one more additional day to explore on our own, especially the town of Annecy, France. Having a day to kayak and mountain bike were nice additions to the hiking. Active Adventures from the beginning and throughout the whole process was organized and easy to work with and we would definitely look to take future active adventures with them again. read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)

Maria, United States

Our Mont Blanc Circuit... from a Guide's Perspective

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?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit 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?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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