Self Guided Tours: Switzerland

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Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th C. villages with their fascinating architecture cling to the hillsides and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This trek follows the length of ...

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Swiss perfection is embodied in the world famous Jungfrau region, the very heart of the Swiss Alps, and hiking beneath the dramatic glaciated peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau lures mountain enthusiasts from around the world. Picture postcard views surround you in every direction, and the fabulous system of lifts, cable cars and funiculars makes hiking in this lofty region accessible for families ...

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Lose yourself in Appenzell, a unique corner of Switzerland where airy mountain trails, punctuated by steel cables and iron pegs to aid the hiker, lead you through a world of striking landforms, traditional Swiss hamlets, and well-appointed mountain houses that are never more than a day’s walk apart. Beginning in the quirky and colorful village of Appenzell, this 6-day point-to-point hiking tour ...

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Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Traverse, is a fabulous introduction to ...

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Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Trek, is a fabulous introduction to ...

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Most feel this is the Alps ‘ most classic route. Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. A traverse through Switzerland ‘s most classic terrain, this traverse of ...

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The Engadine is one of Switzerland’s most enchanting and intriguing regions. Cute storybook villages, delicious food, welcoming inns, and hiking trails for every skill level entice the avid hiker. For those who enjoy a little magic, the medieval castles, ancient Roman settlements, and an official language called Romansh lend an air of mystery and wonder. We know that you’ll love this trip ...

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Everyone at Ryder/Walker feels that the Engadine is among the most beautiful places on the planet.  Combine the physical beauty of the mountains with the culture and color of the villages and you have an experience awaiting you that should not be missed.  We have been offering many varieties of trips throughout the Engadine and surrounding regions for decades. We thought it would be exciting to ...

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Hiking the Sciora range of the Switzerland's Engadine region.

This self-guided inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Swiss Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, you will hike from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia with the ...

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The Mer de Glace and Mont Blanc above Chamonix, France.

This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You will hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe’s highest summit, Mont ...

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Moderate inn to inn hikes link the fabled villages of the Jungfrau region in this quick tour for those with other stops on their European itinerary. Starting in the the booming alpine center of Interlaken, this loop explores the Lauterbrunnen valley with its cascading waterfalls, and visits sleepy Murren, the busy alpine center of Grindelwald, beneath the impressive north face of the Eiger and the ...

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This self- guided trek links the Swiss villages of the hiker’s haute route and allows simpler logistics, a shorter hiking time and a grand finish along a high level route into Saas Fee. You will cross the Valais by a number of high passes and connect a number of small villages with their blackened timber houses and slate roofs while enjoying outstanding views of the Pennine alps, including the ...

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Ascona, Switzerland in the region of Ticino.

A sweet, laid back Italian way of life blends with the beauty of the Swiss Alps in the sun-drenched Italian speaking part of Switzerland known as Ticino. With 2,500 average hours of sunlight per year, you’re sure to find blue skies and sparkling waters during this 8-day Ticino Swiss Lakes District hiking tour. One of the great charms of the Ticino is the region’s culture, a mix of Italian ...

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For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limted amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means “speed” in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around the east side of Mont Blanc, and finishes ...

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Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures.

Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls and chalet-studded valleys. To relax at a chic café in downtown Chamonix, gazing skyward at the glistening ramparts of ...

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Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the mountain air carries an aroma of hot-spiced wine, and jingle bells ring as horse drawn sleighs carry excited travelers to their cozy mountain homes. This is the season for roasted chestnuts, fireside dinners and bubbling fondue. Each alpine region celebrates ...

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