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Zermatt

At the foot of the Matterhorn
 
From your 4-star Superior hotel in the traffic-free, high Alpine town of Zermatt, enjoy walks beneath the mighty Matterhorn, a ride on the famous Gornergrat cog railway and outstanding Swiss hospitality and cuisine.
 

Holiday information

 

Iconic Zermatt

Enviably located within touching distance of one of the world’s most recognisable mountains – the magnificent, pyramidal Matterhorn – Zermatt ranks high among Switzerland’s most scenic destinations; its beauty enhanced by the clarity of its fresh Alpine air, preserved by the electric taxis and horse-drawn carriages that have taken the place of motor vehicles in the town. It is also perfect walking country, with hundreds of kilometres of waymarked paths leading past lakes, across meadows and into rockier landscapes high above.
Take your pick of these, or enjoy a ride on the spectacular Gornergrat cog railway, which offers spectacular panoramic views as it climbs through beautiful pine and larch forests to reach the summit of the Gornergrat at over 3,000 metres above sea level.
 
 

Itinerary

  • Kandersteg to Zermatt: 2.5hrs by train
    Today begins with a transfer by rail from Kandersteg to Zermatt, where you stay in the elegant Hotel La Ginabelle.

    You may wish to spend your first afternoon in Zermatt enjoying the hotel facilities, exploring the Matterhorn Museum – which gives an interesting insight into the village’s infamous mountaineering history – or taking a trip on the iconic Gornergrat cog railway for wonderful, far-reaching views. If you do decide to stretch your legs, we provide notes for a short circular walk (see days 8-9: Blatten circuit).
  • Choice of walks from Zermatt: 7.5km to 22km
    With over 400 kilometres of waymarked paths around Zermatt, there is walking suitable for all levels. The network of cable cars (pay locally) gives access to some of the higher trails and can help to shorten some of our routes should you wish.

    Riffelalp, Blauherd & the lakes (grade 2): 16.5km, 5hrs; 575m ascent/1150m descent
    After a ride on the iconic Gornergrat cog railway up to Riffelalp, you explore the lakes to the east of Zermatt below the Findel glacier. Be sure to bring your camera; on a clear day the pyramidal form of the Matterhorn is perfectly reflected in the glassy waters of Stellisee. The descent back to town takes you through ancient hamlets and forest, and passes some of the region's finest mountain restaurants. There is the option of taking the lift from Sunnegga to reduce the descent.

    The Matterhorn Glacier Trail (grade 2): 17.5km, 5hrs; 370m ascent/1700m descent
    At nearly 3,000 metres, the Trockener Steg lift station to the south of Zermatt is the starting point of the Matterhorn glacier trail, which takes its name from the glaciers which sweep down from the Italian border. Following this, you head through the rocky moonscape beneath the Matterhorn's impressive east face (passing close enough to the mountain to see climbers coming down from the summit) before descending to Schwarzsee ('Black Lake'). You could descend from here by gondola, but to do so would be to miss out on the beautiful larch forest and hamlets of the lower slopes.

    Höhbalmen & Zmutt (grade 3): 22km, 7hrs; 1300m ascent/descent
    This rewarding walk climbs north-west of Zermatt – away from the pistes – and follows a high, remote trail with exceptional views of the north face of the Matterhorn. It descends back to Zermatt along the Zmutt River, passing through ancient hamlets. This is a long day, with no option of using lifts to reduce the ascent or descent, but there is an excellent mountain restaurant along the way where you can refuel.
     
    Blatten circuit (grade 1): 7.5km/2hrs; 280m ascent/descent
    This low-level, circular walk from the south end of Zermatt up to the traditional hamlet of Blatten (complete with a highly rated restaurant) is perfect for a relaxed day or in low cloud. Discover historic buildings amid lush pastures, with the option of a short detour into the Gorner Gorge.
 

Accommodation

For your stay in Zermatt, we have chosen an elegant and charming 4-star hotel.
Hotel la Ginabelle

Bedrooms

 
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  • 3 nights: 01 September 2020 - 10 October 2020 & 27 June 2021 - 10 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 7 Oct 2020 £495 £82
    27 Jun - 7 Oct 2021 £495 £82
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    £ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per room)

    Hotel la Ginabelle, Zermatt
    'Comfort' with balcony & Matterhorn view: 01 Sep - 10 Oct 2020 £15
    'Comfort' with balcony & Matterhorn view: 27 Jun - 10 Oct 2021 £15
    Superior with balcony & Matterhorn view: 01 Sep - 10 Oct 2020 £25
    Superior with balcony & Matterhorn view: 27 Jun - 10 Oct 2021 £25
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners,
    3 breakfasts
  • rail Kandersteg-Zermatt
  • detailed documentation
 
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