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Walk in the Home of the Matterhorn

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  • Holiday code
    W07ZE
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $2585per person, tour only
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  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Flight inclusive package includes rail tickets between Zurich airport and Zermatt, plus a Swiss Half Fare Card
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, high peaks
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James Langtry says...
Hotel Europe &Spa in Zermatt was excellent - top tip; they have an electric car and will pick up and drop off from railway station on arrival and ...
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Switzerland: Valais

Walk in the Home of the Matterhorn

  • Stay in Zermatt, home of the majestic Matterhorn, legendary amongst mountaineers
  • Choose from over 400km of exceptional walking trails through this mountainscape
  • Witness the Matterhorn's glistening reflection along the magnificent Five Lakes trail
  • Visit Rothorn 'the chocolate-box side of the Matterhorn' at 3,103m with a spectacular panorama

Situated at the foot of the famous Matterhorn and surrounded by thirty-eight 4,000m high mountains, (more than any other village in the Alps) Zermatt, is the ideal base for your walking holiday in Switzerland. With a selection of 400km of trails, walks are as fascinating as they are varied and always benefiting from the most stunning backdrops.

Zermatt is at the head of a valley about an hour from the main Rhone Valley and unless you want to spend a lot of time travelling by public transport, it is best to walk locally. This is fine because there are plenty of routes to choose from for a week's holiday, with outstanding mountain panoramas to be had. The various mountain railways and cable cars are an attraction in their own right and our walk suggestions make good use of these assets, enabling you to enjoy the travel and get to a good height for your walking with minimal effort on your part.

You can walk up to the hut on the slopes of the Matterhorn which is the start point of ascents of the mountain itself. Or walk along a section of the EuropaWeg (one of Switzerland's long-distance walks) along the valley side from Zermatt to Tasch and enjoy stunning views of both settlements. Walk from Zermatt up to Trift and on to Hohbalmen where you will likely see more marmots than people. If you have a head for heights try the walk that takes in the spectacular Gorner Gorge using a walkway fixed to the rocks above a swirling torrent. Take the cable car to Rothorn (3150m) and then walk back to Sunnegga passing three beautiful alpine lakes and unrivalled views across to the imposing Matterhorn.



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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrive in Zermatt

Arrive in Zermatt, taking some time to explore this beautiful mountain resort. Below are just a selection of the many walks that are available in and around Zermatt.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 2: Gornergrat, Riffelsee and Grunsee 15KM/9.5MILES OR 7KM/4.5MILES OR 5 KM/3MILES

This is a great walk to start your Swiss adventure! Enjoy one of the great mountain railways, Gornergrat, complemented by outstanding views all the way to the summit. Your descent begins by a small church and a viewing platform towards the Matterhorn, Gomer Glacier, Monte Rosa, Taschhorn and Weisshorn. Follow the path to Grunsee Lake, another great spot for spectacular Matterhorn views before continuing to Zermatt.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 3: Approaching the Matterhorn 14KM/9MILES OR 9KM/6MILES

All walkers based in Zermatt will surely want to get as close as possible to the magnificent Matterhorn; that's exactly what this walk is all about! Take the Matterhorn cable car up to Schwarzsee at 2,570m where you can get even closer to this imposing mountain along a suspended metal walkway. Having admired the views and breathed the fresh air, return to Schwarzsee the way you came to embark on the rest of your walk down to the lake and the tiny church of Maria zum Schnee. Continue all the way back to Zermatt.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 4: Zermatt's Lake District 8KM/5MILES

Starting with a train to Sunegga, you'll ascend along the Marmot Trail where you'll wander past a series of wooden sculptures about these animals alongside several small lakes. It's well worth taking a break at Lake Stellisee for a clear reflection of the Matterhorn shimmering in the water. Return to Zermatt via train from Sunegga.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 5: The Klein Matterhorn & Gorner Gorge 18KM/11.5MILES OR 9KM/6MILES

Visit the highest viewing platform in Europe, detour to a mountain hut, then descend mountain slopes to a narrow gorge where a steady head is needed. Having reached the top of Klein Matterhorn, you will want to spend a good hour there. Admire the panorama, with nearby Breithorn especially impressive, and Cervinia in Italy far below the summer skiing run. At no extra cost, walk around the Glacier Grotto, reached through a tunnel.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 6: The Trift & Hohbalmen Circuit 19KM/12MILES OR 11KM/7MILES

No transport assistance here! A long climb leads to an unspoiled open landscape with the best mountain panoramas in the Zermatt area. The return is along an attractive valley. Best saved perhaps for later in your holiday when you can overlook where you have been earlier in the week - we're sure with fond memories.
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 7: Zmutt Valley circular 14KM/9MILES

Enjoy a leisurely walk up the Zmutt valley with wonderful views of the Matterhorn and back across the valley to the Monte Rosa and Liskamm. You'll head up the right side of the valley with incredible mountain panorama and plenty of path-side flora; you may even see marmots on the rocks by the river!
Overnight Hotel Europe & Spa (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 8: Depart Zermatt

Say fond farewells to Zermatt as you depart on the train.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Europe & Spa, Zermatt

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Located just 700m from the train station and ski lifts, this traditional family run 4* hotel offers a fantastic spa area with jacuzzi, sauna and steam baths. Most rooms have a balcony, the superior rooms have splendid views of the Matterhorn. Buffet breakfast is taken in the wood panelled dining room as is the gourmet dinner in the evening, with many Swiss specialities using local and seasonal ingredients.

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Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


James Langtry, 29/08/2023

Hotel Europe &Spa in Zermatt was excellent - top tip; they have an electric car and will pick up and drop off from railway station on arrival and departure. Cicerone travel book on Zermatt & Saas Fee is very good with well described and various walks & other useful info. The App Swisstopo has excellent maps. The Glacier express is good but the local trains (despite the need for changes to do the same route) is very good and usually less busy. We were not sure the extra expense of the GE worth it



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts & dinners

Comprehensive route directions provided prior to departure

Flight inclusive package includes rail tickets between Zurich airport and Zermatt, plus a Swiss Half Fare Card


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Daily from 22nd Jun 2024 to 20th Oct 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts & dinners

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

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To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'Check availability' button below.