Zermatt & the Mighty Matterhorn

In the shadow of 4,000-metre peaks
Explore the beautiful landscapes that lie beneath the iconic Matterhorn on this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday. Staying in the traffic-free village of Zermatt, in an elegant and traditional hotel, you have access to a wide range of walks as well as a useful network of mountain lifts.
Zermatt & the Mighty Matterhorn. 3 nights
Zermatt & the Mighty Matterhorn. 3 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Zermatt

Situated in the south of Switzerland, close to the Italian border, the name Zermatt is synonymous with the Matterhorn. Walkers and mountaineers have long been drawn to the village, eager to tackle the mountains which surround it and whilst our chosen routes are a little less extreme, they will give you memorable views in all directions. This is perfect walking country, where waymarked paths lead past lakes, across meadows and into rockier landscapes high above.
Zermatt is one of the iconic Alpine villages and is delightfully traffic-free. The railway line reaches the heart of the village, from where villagers and tourists travel about by electric vehicles and horse-drawn carriages, preserving the peace and clarity of the mountain air. Upwards from the village is an extensive network of mountain transport; the famous Gornergrat cog railway takes you to 3,089 metres for a superb panorama of 29 peaks over 4,000 metres including the mighty Matterhorn whilst the various cable cars which operate during the summer months give access to some fantastic high-altitude walking routes. Away from the hiking trails there is also a vast range of indoor and outdoor activities or you may prefer to stroll around the peaceful village centre, where the Matterhorn Museum gives an interesting insight into the infamous mountaineering history of the village and surrounding peaks.


Walking & more

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  • An introduction
    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 level trails and can help to shorten some of our routes should you wish.
  • 6.5km to 20km

    Blatten (grade 1): 6.5km, 2.5hrs; 230m 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.

    Lakes walk (grade 2): 15.5km, 5hrs; 495m ascent/1070m 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.

    Matterhorn Glacier Trail (grade 2): 15km, 5hrs; 270m ascent/1560m descent
    The glaciers which sweep down from the border with Italy appear tantalisingly close on this high-level route. After a gondola ride to Trockener Steg at nearly 3,000 metres, you cross a stark landscape dotted with glacial lakes and dominated by the classic Matterhorn east-face view, which looms ever larger as you come within one kilometre of this iconic mountain. Your could descend from Schwarzsee ('Black Lake') to Zermatt by gondola (deduct 5km), but to do so would be to miss out on the beautiful larch forest and hamlets of the lower slopes.

    Höhbalmen & Zmutt (grade 3): 20km, 7.5hrs; 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.

    Zermatt town trail
    We also provide notes for a walking tour of Zermatt, taking in all the key sights – the old village, historic hotels and churches – as well as several hidden corners and locally popular bars and restaurants.
    Views from the Blatten circuit
    Explore the lakes to the east of Zermatt
    Blatten (grade 1): 6.5km
    Lakes walk (grade 2): 15.5km
    Glacier trail (grade 2): 15km
    Höhbalmen and Zmutt (grade 3): 20km


Your accommodation for this break is an elegant and charming hotel situated a few minutes' walk from centre of Zermatt.
Hotel la Ginabelle



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Prices & travel options
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  • 3 nights: 15 June 2024 - 13 October 2024 & 15 June 2025 - 13 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 Jun - 14 Aug 2024 £955 £120
    15 - 31 Aug 2024 £895 £120
    1 Sep - 10 Oct 2024 £815 £280
    15 Jun - 14 Aug 2025 £995 £125
    15 - 31 Aug 2025 £935 £125
    1 Sep - 10 Oct 2025 £850 £295
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return rail/bus from any Swiss airport. A Swiss Half-Fare Card is also included, providing you with half-price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel la Ginabelle, Zermatt
    'Comfort' with balcony & Matterhorn view: 15 Jun - 13 Oct 2024 £20
    'Comfort' with balcony & Matterhorn view: 15 Jun - 13 Oct 2025 £21
    Superior with balcony & Matterhorn view: 15 Jun - 13 Oct 2024 £35
    Superior with balcony & Matterhorn view: 15 Jun - 13 Oct 2025 £36

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel la Ginabelle, Zermatt (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 13 Oct 2024 £165 £200
    15 Jun - 13 Oct 2025 £175 £211
    Zürich, Geneva or Basel
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
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    Bristol - Geneva (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
    Glasgow - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Humberside - Basel (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
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    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Luton - Basel easyJet 
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    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
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    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
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    Manchester - Zurich Lufthansa,  Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
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    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Basel airport to Basel SBB (0h20), rail Basel SBB to Zermatt (3h20), transfer Zermatt station to hotel (0h02) included 1330
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Zermatt station (0h02), rail Zermatt to Basel SBB (3h20), bus Basel SBB to Basel airport (0h20) included 1430

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to Zermatt (3h55), transfer Zermatt station to hotel (0h02) included 1430
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Zermatt station (0h02), rail Zermatt to Geneva airport (3h55) included 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Zermatt (3h40), transfer Zermatt station to hotel (0h02) included 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Zermatt station (0h02), rail Zermatt to Zürich airport (3h40) included 1400
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 1 dinner
    3 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • return rail travel from any Swiss airport

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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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