A Swiss walking trip,
Tread Alpine meadows, snowy peaks and mountain villages with Ramblers Walking Holidays
Switzerland was made for walking. Breathe in fresh mountain air, stroll across wildflower-dotted Alpine meadows and gaze up at snow-dusted peaks – these are landscapes that are best explored on foot. And who better to help you explore them than the experts at Ramblers Walking Holidays, who have teamed up with the Swiss Tourist Board to offer you the chance to win a place on one of their Alpine hiking trips.
With three-quarters of Switzerland made up of either mountains or forests, Ramblers Walking Holidays tap into its rugged side with a set of unique itineraries, including the Arosa Village trip. Here, you’ll hike along high ridges grazed by ibex, then make for the tip of either Aroser Rothorn or the less taxing – but no-less spectacular – Schiesshorn and Tiejer Flue. Alternatively, the Walking the Trail of the Bernina Express trip traces the railway – a true feat of engineering – both on board and on foot, to the sound of cow bells and the scent of freshly scythed grass, visiting the mountain enclaves that stud the route.
And then there’s the Winter Walking in Kandersteg tour, which proves summer isn’t the only season for lacing up your boots. Hike snow-blanketed meadows, the white-hatted trees of Oeschi Forest to Risetenegg for a postcard-perfect winter valley scene below.
Slow it down
For those seeking a gentler pace, sister-brand Adagio holidays slows things down. Stroll floral fields against the backdrop of the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau from Wengen or just chill beneath the Matterhorn in the sleepy village of Zermatt. There, cable cars and mountain trains are a leisurely way to reach high panoramic paths. Meanwhile in the Italian speaking southern canton of Ticino, wander palm-fringed lakes and the piazzas and cobbles of bankside towns, bringing a Mediterranean feel to your walk despite being in the shadow of the Alps.
All these Swiss trips might put you in the heart of the mountains but the Ramblers Walking Holiday and Adagio range of over 200 small group tours, stretch from the wild coast of South Africa to the canyons of the USA. With a whole world of experience and an ethical approach to supporting local communites, they’re the ideal experts to help you take your first steps on an Alpine escape and to see just what makes Switzerland so special.