FAMILY VACATION

Switzerland Family Vacation

  • 7 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      Hikes on our Level 2 adventures are considered easy to moderate in difficulty.

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  • Trip Start: Zurich
  • Trip End: Zurich
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Experience the ultimate family vacation in the Swiss Alps as you hike, bike, and travel by train to witness incredible landscapes and charming culture.

With the Swiss Alps as your backdrop, spend a week basking in the glory of some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Hike near the storied Swiss mountain towns of Davos and St. Moritz. Sail mostly downhill on bike rides along emerald lakes, and through the Rhine River Valley vineyards. Ride the efficient Swiss trains through the UNESCO World Heritage route via Chur, Bergün, and St. Moritz. This Switzerland family vacation is sure to inspire everyone’s sense of adventure and forge forever memories.

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Switzerland Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Zurich Trip End: Zurich

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  • Day 1Arrive in Zurich, ride along the Walensee, surrounded by the Alps

  • Day 2Travel to Unterterzen, hike around Flumserberg

  • Day 3Take a scenic train ride to St. Moritz, bike from Sils Maria to St. Moritz

  • Day 4Experience a Via Ferrata for majestic views of the Alps

  • Day 5Hop on a scenic train ride to Davos, hike above the village, relax in Klosters

  • Day 6Cycle through the Rhine River valley

  • Day 7Take a scenic transfer back to Zurich, depart home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Zurich, ride along the Walensee, surrounded by the Alps

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    After departing Zurich, you’ll be whisked away into the stunning village of Weesen along the jaw-dropping Walensee. You’ll have nothing but smiles as you ride your bicycle along the lake taking in the scenery of the Swiss Alps. Stop lakeside in the village of Walenstadt for a lunch with the possibility to swim. In the afternoon, cycle between fortresses through the Rhine River Valley. Hop into the tiny country of Liechtenstein.

    Feel like a king in a castle at the Hotel Schloss Ragaz, as we have a welcome feast.  
    Accommodation: Hotel Schloss Ragaz, Bad Ragaz

    Accommodation: Hotel Schloss Ragaz, Bad Ragaz
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Biking: Up to 23 miles (37 kilometers), easy

  • Day 2

    Travel to Unterterzen, hike around Flumserberg

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    This morning you’ll travel to Unterterzen, then ascend the cableway to Flumserberg where adventures are awaiting. You’ll start with a short hike around Flumserberg to enjoy the crisp alpine air, later stopping for lunch and a feast of stunning views at Maschgenkamm. Flumserberg offers a ropes course and a mountain coaster (called flumser) for adventures, and possibilities for paragliding (not included in the trip price and weather dependent).
    Accommodation: Hotel Schloss Ragaz, Bad Ragaz
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Hiking: 3 or 7 miles (5 or 11 kilometers), easy or moderate

  • Day 3

    Take a scenic train ride to St. Moritz, bike from Sils Maria to St. Moritz

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    This morning, embark on an unforgettable train journey through the UNESCO world heritage route of Chur, through Bergün, ending in St. Moritz. Mesmerizing scenery will greet you the entire way on one of the most scenic railways in the world.

    A quick drive will bring you to Sils Maria, where you’ll have time for lunch on your own before setting off on a scenic bike ride along three emerald lakes back to St. Moritz (and beyond to the hidden gem of Zuoz if you want to push further – we’ll get you a transfer back!)

    This evening, enjoy a lovely lakeside dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel Waldhaus, St. Moritz
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4

    Experience a Via Ferrata for majestic views of the Alps

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    Experience the thrill of a Via Ferrata, where you are safely attached to a fixed cable, with metal rungs, pegs, and ladders for assistance which allows for a simple and safe way to experience rock climbing 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level. The views of the Alps draped with glaciers, are truly breathtaking when experienced from the heights of a Via Ferrata.

    For those who are looking for a little less of an adrenaline spike, you have the option to go on a guided nature hike instead of Via Ferrata. Your guides might be able to organize a traditional cheese fondue for lunch.

    This evening, unwind at the hotel after a memorable day in the Alps, or decide to take a stroll to do some star gazing after dinner on your own.
    Accommodation: Hotel Waldhaus, St. Moritz
    Meals:
    Breakfast, Lunch

    Via Ferrata: 4 Hours

    Hiking: Geological and native plants hike (alternative activity): Varying distances

  • Day 5

    Hop on a scenic train ride to Davos, hike above the village, relax in Klosters

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    Enjoy a lovely breakfast before embarking on another unbelievable train ride through the Alps. After arriving in Davos, you’ll take a funicular straight up the mountain to set off for a stunning panoramic hike above the charming village. High up in the mountains you might spot ibex and edelweiss. Have lunch on your own at a mountain hut as the locals do before hiking down to Davos. 

    A short transfer takes you to our hotel in the charming and unspoiled mountain town of Klosters. You will sleep well with the sound of a 
    mountain stream below your window.
    Accommodation: Piz Buin, Klosters

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Hiking: Optional Hike above village: Varying distances

  • Day 6

    Cycle through the Rhine River valley

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    Start your day with an epic downhill bike ride through the stunning Rhine River valley. Pass by vineyards and mountain peaks as the scenery unfolds around you.

    Make your way back to Bad Ragaz to enjoy another night in the castle and a final dinner with your travel companions.
    Accommodation: Hotel Schloss Ragaz, Bad Ragaz
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Biking: 18 or 25 miles (30 or 40 kilometers), downhill, easy

  • Day 7

    Take a scenic transfer back to Zurich, depart home

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    After breakfast, a scenic transfer takes you to Zurich where you will be dropped off wherever you please – at your hotel, the airport, or the train station.
    Accommodation: Not applicable
    Meals: Breakfast

    *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate.

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Included

  • Our own highly experienced guides and leader, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your adventure
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Flights as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities, including bikes (where bike rides are applicable)
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants, and activities
  • All park and other entry fees
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip we'll pick you up at the Engimatt City-Garden at 8:30am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at this hotel directly or any other hotel in Zurich, though you must make your own way to this pick-up point at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Zurich Airport in time for flights below, Zurich train station or a hotel of your choice in Central Zurich around 12pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Zurich at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the host city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Zurich after 1pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days. 

You may also like to bring along a small camelbak to carry your water in and a layer of clothing for when you’re on the bike trail. 

Can you tell me more about the bike and gear included?

We most commonly use the Cannondale Adventure 800 Rigid, with straight or racing handlebars, 27 speeds and seat suspension.

If you want to bring your own cycling gear such as cycling shoes, pedals, helmet or seat (no seat stems please!) we’d be happy to help fit them for you - note; if you’re bringing your own shoes please also bring your own pedals, to be sure they match! All bikes come supplied with the following equipment: safety flag, rear rack and pannier, front bag with map holder, a water bottle cage, flat or toe cage pedals, helmets (small/ medium/large/XL) and water bottles, though we don’t provide electrolytes.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides
Rental gear

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe 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 and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide. You are welcome to tip an equivalent amount in the local currency. There are plenty of ATM’s and banks in the larger towns of Europe.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling 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 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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