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How to Spend 1 Week in the Swiss Alps

How to Spend 1 Week in the Swiss Alps

A week is the perfect amount of time for a Swiss Alps getaway. Hit the ski slopes, savor the views from one of Europe’s highest peaks, enjoy a scenic train ride, and more. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Hop on a train

The snow-blanketed peaks and glittering glaciers of the Swiss Alps provide a magical backdrop for a train ride. Get on the Bernina Express for a journey across the Italian border, passing natural wonders such as Lej Nair Lake. To avoid the hassle of booking train tickets, join a tour that includes round-trip transfers by car and time to wander around Tirano (Italy). Or, take a full-day trip on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt, with views of Gotthard Pass and the Matterhorn.

Day 2: Hit the slopes

St. Moritz is one of Switzerland’s most popular resorts, and you’ll find plenty of options for skiing, snowboarding, and more. Prebook your lift pass for Corvatsch—or to escape the crowds, hire a guide and head off-piste to check out Bivio. Summer travelers can hike the area’s excellent trails. 

Days 3–4: Explore Lucerne’s lakes and mountains

Plan a night or two in idyllic Lucerne. Spend your first day walking around the historic Old Town, followed by a cruise around Lake Lucerne and a cheese fondue dinner. On your second day there, do the popular Golden Round Trip, which includes a boat cruise, a ride on Europe’s steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus, and a cable car ride back down. 

Days 5–6: Have an Interlaken adventure

Known as Switzerland’s adventure sports hub, Interlaken offers ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Explore the town’s two lakes, visit Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, or try a new-to-you activity such as paragliding. The next day, ride to the “Top of Europe,” the 11,332-foot (3,454-meter) summit of Jungfrau mountain.

Day 7: Marvel at the Matterhorn

South of Interlaken, the car-free town of Zermatt is the gateway to the mighty 14,692-foot (4,478-meter) Matterhorn, one of Europe’s highest peaks. Take a cable car ride up to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, then a journey on the cogwheel railway to the neighboring Gornergrat—views of the Alps the entire way. While you’re in town, pick up some Toblerone Swiss chocolate (whose logo features the Matterhorn).

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

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Enhance your experience of Jungfrau’s Alpine majesty on an exhilarating full-day excursion from Interlaken to the Top of Europe. Travel to Grindelwald and board the new state-of-the-art gondola Eiger Express to the Eiger Station. Then change into a cogwheel train up the Jungfraujoch pass and arrive at Europe’s highest railway station, known as the 'Top of Europe'. Absorb magnificent panoramas of snow-capped Alpine spires; gaze at the jagged peak of Europe’s largest glacier; and explore a fairytale ice palace while enjoying illuminating commentary from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

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Paraglide above the Swiss Alp peaks on a tandem flight with transport from Interlaken. At the launch spot in Beatenberg, listen to a safety talk with a small group of no more than 10 people, and then take off with a guide. Gaze down at Lake Thun and the snowy summits of the Jungfrau as you soar above the alpine landscape; the views are as breathtaking as the flight.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.27
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Zermatt Village plus Mt. Gornergrat Private Tour

Zermatt Village plus Mt. Gornergrat Private Tour

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See the Matterhorn from the summit of the Gornergrat on a 6-hour, private from Zermatt that includes entrance fees and tickets for the Gornergrat railway. Explore the Alpine village of Zermatt, learn about local mountaineering history, and visit the Matternhorn Museum, where you’ll find exhibits on Valaisian traditions and mountain expeditions, as well as footage of the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.
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  • 6 hours
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St Moritz Private Guided Panorama Hike

St Moritz Private Guided Panorama Hike

Explore the Engadine valley region with ease on a hiking tour led a by a local, ideal for beginners to intermediates. Discover sights such as Piz Bernina and the Morteratsch Glacier as you follow scenic trails through Val Muragl and Pontresina, benefiting from your private guide’s undivided attention for a more personalized perspective. Reserve your energy for hiking with two nights in St. Mortiz, meals, and transfers included as per itinerary.
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  • 1 day
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Ski Touring Guide in Bivio, Swiss Alps

Ski Touring Guide in Bivio, Swiss Alps

Head off the beaten track and experience the beauty of the Swiss Alps on this 1-day ski touring experience in Bivio. Step into your touring skis and head into the snowy wilderness of the Swiss Alps with a guide. During your day, climb up the steep mountainside far from the groomed pistes, and admire spectacular views over the surrounding peaks and valleys. When your climb is done, rest up a while then ski back down through pristine powder snow back to base.
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