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Walking Holidays in the Alps - part two

Posted by adam@cowsystems.com at 05:57 on Wednesday 14 July 2010

See Part 1: Walking holidays in the Alps

Walking the Secret Goms Valley in SwitzerlandWalking the Secret Goms Valley in Switzerland

 
Secret Goms Valley Walk, Switzerland

8 days
Start point: Obergestein

Discover one of Switzerland's best-kep secrets - fantastic walking through snow-capped peaks, postcard-pretty villages and meadows ablaze with wild flowers. This stunning independent walking holiday explores the undiscovered Goms Valley in Southern Switzerland close to the Italian border. A long-time favourite with Swiss hikers, it’s a region of outstanding natural beauty and, during your week, you will discover some breathtaking sites: majestic snowy mountains, thundering waterfalls and the Aletsch, Europe’s longest glacier. You'll mostly be following the well-marked paths alongside the infant River Rhone as it gushes between wooden bridges on its way to Lake Geneva – look out for marmots, red starts and golden eagles circling above.

For more details and how to get there and back by train, see: Secret Goms Valley Walk, Switzerland


Walking holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland

8 days
Start point: Gstaad

Discover the crytral clear lakes, impressive mountain ranges and gorgeous meadows (all accessible via well-marked trails) from your base - an elegant 4-star hotel with excellent levels of service and gourmet cuisine. Built in traditional chalet style, Hotel Steigenberger enjoys a privileged location in the beautiful southern hills of the Bernese Oberland, overlooking the pretty Alpine villages of Gstaad and Saanen.  As well as maps, you will be given a fully researched set of independent walking route notes, allowing you to explore the gentle hills, valleys and mountains at your own pace.

For more details and how to get there and back by train, see: Walking holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland

Walking through picturesque villages like GrimentzWalking through picturesque villages like Grimentz
Walking to the Matterhorn, Switzerland

7 days
Start point: St Luc, Switzerland

This high altitude route offers rewarding and completely flexible walking through the breathtaking scenery of the little-discovered Val d’Anniviers, a high valley in the French-speaking Valais  with a strong individuality, picture-book villages and sunny climate. Walk self-guided through mountain paths at your own pace, with your luggage transported ahead. On a clear day you will glimpse the mighty Matterhorn beyond the head of the valley. Indulge in the high standards of hospitality, with delicious cuisine (featuring lake and river fish, game in season, and mountain cheeses) and tasty wines from the Rhône Valley below.

For more details and how to get there and back by train, see: Walking to the Matterhorn, Switzerland


Foothills of Mont Blanc Walk, Switzerland

8 days
Start point: Les Marecottes

Embark on this superbly varied walking holiday with awe-inspiring vistas of the Swiss Alps, Matterhorn, Dents du Midi and Mont Blanc. Your base will be the family-friendly Hotel Aux Mille Etoiles, a traditional Swiss chalet, beautifully renovated with en-suite rooms and a large indoor swimming pool. The hamlet of Les Marécottes is perched high above the Rhone in the little known Valley of the Trient and is an enchanting contrast of wobbly hay lofts, rickety old barns and immaculate chalets sporting intricately carved balconies bright with red geraniums. The vast network of paths is perfectly signposted, impeccably maintained and cater for all tastes.

For more details and how to get there and back by train, see: Foothills of Mont Blanc Walk, Switzerland


Views of Lake Lucerne and the snow-covered peaks beyondViews of Lake Lucerne and the snow-covered peaks beyondWalking around Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

7 days
Start point: Lucerne

This week long holiday will take you through diverse landscapes, from mountain ridges to meadows. With impressive mountains and landscapes all around, Lake Lucerne is Switzerland's most idyllic lake. Historic steamers ply the resplendent blue waters, connecting the handsome city of Lucerne with the picturesque villages along the shore. High above the lake, walkers enjoy the magnificent peaks and views. This unique walk combines excellent walking with thrilling boat, rail and cable car journeys (all included) that take you right to the heart of the mountains, avoiding too many steep parts on foot.

For more details and how to get there and back by train, see: Walking around Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

See Part 1: Walking holidays in the Alps

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