Switzerland : Valais

Walking in Val D'Anniviers

Trip code: W07VD 5 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 1 to 3

14.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Based in the French speaking region, truly stunning walks are on offer
  • Walk along glacier-fed lakes or up to the summit of Bella Tola at 3,050m
  • Witness panoramic views of the Rhone Valley and the imposing summits of the Swiss, French & Italian Alps

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • 'Pass Anniviers' - discounted cable cars and free Postbus between villages
  • Flight inclusive package includes rail tickets between Zurich airport and St Luc, plus a Swiss Half Fare Card

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Located in the French speaking part of Switzerland, Val d'Anniviers offers some truly stunning walks. High above the Rhone Valley, Val d'Anniviers has an excellent postal bus service linking the small precariously perched villages, each with its own charm and history, enabling a large number of one way walks to be enjoyed. Cable cars and a funicular railway transport you to over 2,290m allowing you to explore even higher or to gently walk down to another wooden roofed village and return back to base by postbus. Enjoy wonderful weather here with an above average number of sunny days for Switzerland.

Val d'Anniviers is dotted with tiny villages some originating in the 13th century, each with its own traditions and character, many little changed by time. Some are on the valley floor, others cling to the valley side. Our chosen base is St. Luc (1,680m), an un-spoilt typical village of the region, which clings to the mountainsides.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in St Luc

Arrive in the lovely Swiss town of St Luc, Val d'Anniviers. Below are just a selection of the many walks that are available in and around St Luc.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details

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Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

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Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 2: Chandolin Circular (10km/6.2mi)

A gentle walk to begin your trip. Follow the trail along the valley sides, going out at a high level over open heathland and then descending to the Botanical Walk. Return through the woods below or link to the Illgraben Circuit for a longer day (extra 6km).

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details

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Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 3: The Bisse Walk (8km/5.0mi)

After a short, sharp ascent, this becomes a delightful and easy walk by the bisses (irrigation channels). Journey through woodland down to the valley where you have the option to extend this walk with the 'Navisence Trail'.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details



Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 4: Bella Tola Ridge & Lakes (18km/11.2mi)

To ascend and walk this ridge you should be an experienced mountain walker, reasonably fit and with a good head for heights. It’s certainly worthwhile – the views are absolutely magnificent. But if the ridge itself is not for you, a shorter and lower route which still leads into mountain scenery and passes the three lakes, is possible, although the path may not always be distinct here. The final section of our descent is very demanding but can be omitted.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details



Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 5: The Valley Villages Tour (20km/12.4mi)

A mostly low level walk connecting the pleasant lower villages of Val d’ Anniviers, with various options because you are always near the postbus service route.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details

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Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 6: Through the Woods to Vercorin (12km/7.5mi)

An easy walk with plenty of views through the trees, partly on quiet roads and mostly on the level until the final descent near Vercorin. It can be done in half a day, giving time to explore Sierre on your return journey.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details



Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 7: Lac de Moiry Circuit (13km/8.1mi)

A high or low level circuit of the Moiry Dam, which as all reservoirs looks best when full. Beware of exposed snowy pockets on the high path, a route which should be avoided by vertigo sufferers. The side streams to be crossed on the high route may mean problems after much rain.

You stay at Hotel Bella Tola.

hotel details



Hotel Bella Tola, St Luc

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Nestled in the heart of Valais, in St Luc, this historic hotel subtly melds old-world furniture with warm alpine decor. Founded in 1859 by the Pont family, many features of the hotel have been carefully retained. The beautiful spa is inspired by the surrounding alpine setting and offers an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, ice-fountain, and three massage rooms. The Chez Ida Restaurant proposes a creative cuisine oriented to everything in season with an extensive wine list devoted to excellent Swiss wines.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 8: Depart St Luc

Say fond farewells to St Luc as you depart on the train.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £166.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £166.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Geneva with EasyJet, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways London Heathrow to Zurich, then rail Zurich Airport to St Luc via Sierre and Vissoie.

Return: Rail St Luc to Zurich Airport via Vissoie and Sierre, then British Airways Zurich to London Heathrow.

Flight inclusive package includes rail tickets between Zurich airport and St Luc, plus a Swiss Half Fare Card (50% off all public transportation in Switzerland, including most mountain railroads; valid for one month).

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Communication was good, and we felt we were kept up to date with our booking. Any queries were promptly answered.

Stuart Revell, 11 Jul 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 1 to 3

14.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from £1589

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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