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Swiss Alps: Matterhorn, Zermatt, & Interlaken


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The hills are alive and they’re beckoning your family for this eight-day Switzerland Family Adventure! From fresh meadows to glacier-covered mountains, quaint villages to hip mountain hamlets—tasting chocolate and other Swiss treats along the way—you’ll journey to some of the most remote alpine destinations in the world. Whether riding a train to the top of the Matterhorn, a cable car to a mountaintop ropes course or gazing across Lake Lucerne, your family is sure to fall in love with Switzerland’s remote outdoor playgrounds.

2018 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
06/23 - 07/01 $5,990 $5,690
07/21 - 07/29 $5,990 $5,690

Smart Traveler Advantages: book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

Triple Discount: $400 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Groups: Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

Price includes: Accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Days 1-2: Depart Home / Arrive Geneva

Welcome to Switzerland! Meet your group at the Geneva Airport for a transfer to the alpine village of Zermatt, set in the shadows of the mighty Matterhorn. 

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Enjoy the fresh, crisp air of a town that’s been closed to traffic since 1961, replaced by horse-drawn carriages that line the town’s main street, Bahnhofstras-se. Step further back in time, strolling through the narrow alleyways of old Zermatt, “Hinterdorf” (rear village) past barns, stores, stables and old houses built between the 16th and 18th Centuries.

Days 3-4: Ride the Gornergrat Bahn / Visit Glacial Ice Palace / Hike from Furi to Zermatt

Enjoy an “elevated” experience, riding Gornergrat Bahn, Europe’s highest-altitude rack railway without a tunnel, which ends with breathtaking views.  

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As you ride on Gornergrat Bahn you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from the summit that includes 29 mountains over 4,000 meters, including the Matterhorn (elev. 14,692 feet). Then ride Europe’s highest aerial cableway to a glacial palace, made of ice, carved 50 feet below the mountain’s surface. Wrap up the afternoon with a leisurely hike from the charming mountain town of Furi back down to Zermatt, offering sweeping views of the Matterhorn and the village below. 

Days 5-6: Have a "Swiss Chocolate Experience" / Hike in the Swiss Alps / Take a Cooking Class with locals / Ride a Trotti-Bike

Learn what makes the Swiss brand of chocolate so exceptional, take a cooking class with local kids, and ride like the Swiss do: on a trotti-bike. 

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Enjoy a change of scenery in Interlaken. Watch local chocolatiers make their specialty and learn what makes Swiss chocolate so exceptional (Yes, you’ll taste some too!). For the “Friends Across Borders” event, American kids will meet their Swiss pen pals, then join in a hands-on cooking class to make rosti, traditional Swiss potato pancakes, as well as a chocolate dessert. Finish up the last part of this tour with a gondola ride, heading down the mountain the “Swiss way,” on a seat-free scooter bike called a “trotti-bike.”

Days 7-8: Visit an Open-Air Museum / Stroll through Lucerne / Explore Mount Pilatus Ropes Course 

En route to Lucerne, visit an open-air museum featuring historic buildings from throughout Switzerland, stroll the storied village of Lucerne and try a ropes course at the top of Mount Pilatus. 

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Travel by train to Lucerne, stopping at Ballenberg and its open-air museum that features 100 original buildings brought from all over Switzerland. Arrive at Lucerne in time for a self-guided walking tour to view the town’s iconic 14th-Century Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke); see Museggmauer, a fortified wall that has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state; and witness the beautiful shores of Lake Lucerne. End this Swiss experience with a ropes course at the base of the legendary Mount Pilatus. 

Days 9: Depart Zurich / Return Home

This is the last day of your Switzerland family vacation. A member from the Thomson Family Adventures team will help with your transfer to the airport for your trip home!

Hotel Bristol

Get a warm welcome to Switzerland at the Hotel Bristol, a mid-sized hotel near the town center within view of the most legendary peak in the village, the Matterhorn. With comfortable modern style, free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and a newly renovated spa area with a relaxation room, this hotel will be the perfect place for your family to relax during your adventure. 

Hotel Carlton-Europe

Centrally located on the famous Höheweg Promenade—the main thoroughfare lined with hotels, restaurants, shops and gardens—the Hotel Carlton-Europe provides easy access to the town and its surrounding areas. In addition to its location near a railway station, the hotel’s family-friendly amenities include an on-site children’s playground, free Wi-Fi, and four separate restaurants. This is a great, comfortable place to explore the best parts of Interlaken from. 

Radisson Blue Hotel
Experience lakeside serenity during your time in Lucerne at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne, perched on the shores of the extraordinary Lake Lucerne. With 189 rooms featuring chic décor, satellite television, Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms, your family is sure to enjoy staying here against a gorgeous backdrop of mountain-and-lake splendor.