Trip Overview

Enjoy a beautiful hiking trip in Switzerland in Summer 2020 through alpine meadows and hiking trails in Europe’s famous Swiss Alps. Explore this fabled trekking destination on foot and ride cable cars, toboggans, and scooter bikes while immersing yourself in Swiss culture and culinary delights – from gingerbread to fondue!

Begin your journey in Appenzell, a town of classic Swiss architecture and design. Hike Gontenbad’s high plateau to Jakobsbad (2,850 feet) and enjoy a fun toboggan run, then take a cable car up to Kronberg Mountain (5,450 feet) for views of the Alpstein Range. In the evening, enjoy Swiss music with “Talerschwingen”, a custom that mimics the sound of cowbells, and learn all about yodeling – Switzerland-style!

Stroll through St. Gallen’s Old Town, a charming, car-free village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its carved oriel windows and a library containing 8th century manuscripts. Read interesting Swiss lore on the fun placards stationed along the Pfeff ond Lischt Weg trail which winds through deep green countryside. At the summit of Ebenalp, explore the prehistoric caves of Wildkirchli, and wander through them, entering the sky-high Aescher Coffeehouse. The pure charm of the building’s traditional Swiss facade belies its extreme location built tightly into a 5,000 foot high cliff, with a sheer drop below its patio. Experiencing these thrills will earn you an appetite so learn how to make “Appenzeller Biber”, a traditional Swiss gingerbread with honey and nuts. Indulge in your creation. You earned it!

In beautiful Lucerne, tour the city’s historic sites and architectural wonders then head to the Benedictine Monastery in Engleberg for a class on preparing fondue. Up next, a high-alpine hike to Fürenalp takes you past pretty lakes and waterfalls, tiny mountain huts, and cows grazing in steep green pastures, each adding color to the steely surrounding crags. Learn about the Kneipp Cure in a mountain hut at the top of sunny Ristis-Brunni (5,610 feet), reached by cable car, thank goodness! Later, you’ll hike halfway down to feast on an authentic Älplermagronen (Swiss macaroni and cheese), followed by enjoying tea in Engelberger’s oldest farmhouse.

On your final day, enjoy a last morning hike then take two different cable cars to reach the peak of Mount Titlis at 10,000 feet for views of Titlis Glacier. Savoring a lunch of wine and cheese with a farmer at a traditional cheese maker’s alpine hut should put some wind in your sails so you can enjoy the exhilaration of riding a scooter bike all the way down the mountain!

Don’t miss this adventure-rich hiking tour of Switzerland featuring her most scenic and beautiful views, culture and cuisine – from every angle.

Main Attractions

  • Soak in Swiss culture, cuisine and countryside as you hike your way through the Swiss Alps from Appenzell to Mount Titlis
  • Enjoy riding cable cars, toboggans, and scooter bikes
  • Experience local Swiss hospitality in villages, coffeehouses, mountain huts, and local pubs
  • Take a stroll through Swiss history on visits to monasteries, farmhouses, Lucerne and St Gallen

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Bicycling
  • Cable Car Ride
  • Cave Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Cultural Performances
  • Handicrafts
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Spa Element
  • Walking
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, June 21 – Arrive in Appenzell
For those arriving this morning, make your way through customs and collect your luggage. You will find your guide with an AdventureWomen sign in the Arrivals Hall.

For those arriving before today, meet your guide at 11:00am at the Helvetia Bar Café at Terminal 2/ Arrival.

You will leave as a group for Appenzell at 11:30am.

Enjoy an introductory walk through Appenzell with your guide.

Have a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Switzerland!
Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Adler

Day 2

Monday, June 22 – Appenzell
Take the train from Appenzell to Gontenbad this morning. Walk on a high plateau on trails through meadows and moor to Jakobsbad (2,850 feet).

Enjoy a fun toboggan run at the bottom station, and then continue by cable car up to Kronberg Mountain (5,450 feet). You will have magnificent views of the first range of the Alps with its high peak – Mount Saentis (8,300 feet). Enjoy lunch on your own.

Choose to take the cable car and train back to Appenzell, or, if you’d like, get off the train in Gontenbad and walk back to Appenzell.

Visit a local museum – learn why women got the right to vote in Appenzell as late as 1991!

Enjoy dinner and Swiss music with Talerschwingen. Yodeling has its origins in the call from mountain to mountain – the way locals used to communicate from Alp to Alp. The central theme of this music is the love of nature. The Talerschwingen is a game – the player holds a bowl in the palm of their hand, and a coin is thrown in. The player has to run the coin along the edge of the bowl in spirals without the money flying out of the bowl. Try your hand!
Breakfast, Dinner

Walking Time: 2.5 hours

Overnight: Hotel Adler

Day 3

Tuesday, June 23 – Appenzell
After breakfast in Appenzell, take the train to St. Gallen. Enjoy the views along the way!

Explore the old town of St. Gallen with a guide this morning. Visit the Cathedral, built in the late Baroque period, and the Abbey Library, which contains manuscripts dating back to the 8th century. Enjoy lunch with your group at a local restaurant.

Enjoy a short hike this afternoon near Appenzell. Learn about the local farming “rules” and the typical local landscape.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Walking Time: 1.5 hours

Overnight: Hotel Adler

Day 4

Wednesday, June 24  – Appenzell
Take the train from Appenzell to Wasserauen. From there, take a cable car to Ebenalp (5,000 feet).

Descend from Ebenalp through the prehistoric cave of Wildkirchli. Stop at the Aescher, an amazing guesthouse built directly into the side of the mountain. Enjoy lunch during your walk.

Take the cable car back to Wasserauen, and then walk back to Appenzell.

Learn how to make the traditional “Appenzeller Biber,” a traditional gingerbread with honey and nuts.

Enjoy dinner with your group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Time: 4 – 4.5 hours

Overnight: Hotel Adler

Day 5

Thursday, June 25 – Appenzell to Engelberg
Say farewell to Appenzell this morning and drive to Lucerne.

Enjoy a guided walk through Lucerne, the “City of Lights.” Enjoy lunch on your own at a local restaurant.

Arrive in Engelberg this afternoon. After checking in to your hotel, take a brief introductory walk through the village.

This evening, learn how to prepare cheese fondue. Enjoy this scrumptious dinner in Engelberg.
Breakfast, Dinner

Walking Time: 2 – 2.5 hours

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue Terminus

Day 6

Friday, June 26 – Engelberg
Today’s narrow, well-marked trail rises steadily up to Zieblen. The impressive Mt. Titlis is always in view on this hike. Have a bite to eat in a cozy mountain restaurant. You can choose to take the cable car down the mountain, or to continue with your hike. If you hike, you’ll pass by Stäuber, the legendary waterfall. Enjoy a coffee and a snack in Uri, and take the cable car, the bus, or walk back to Engelberg. For those who do the whole hike, it will take approximately eight hours.

If you take the cable car back, you will have time to visit the Engelberg Abbey this afternoon. This village is centered around the monastery, and the tour will help you understand the history of the area.
Breakfast, Dinner

Walking Time: 4 – 4.5 hours or 7-8 hours

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue Terminus

Day 7

Saturday, June 27 – Engelberg
Ride the cable car to Ristis-Brunni (5,610 feet) this morning. Walk from Ristis to the Brunni. Arrive at a hut, experience the special “Kneipp Cure” by treading water. It helps your circulation. Hike down to a restaurant famous for its macaroni. Enjoy lunch and walk back to Engelberg.

Visit Engelberg’s oldest farmhouse and have tea with a local woman.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Walking Time: 3.5 – 4 hours

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue Terminus

Day 8

Sunday, June 28 – Engelberg
Hike from Engelberg to Truebsee, where you will get to walk around the Lake of Truebsee (5,890 feet). Take in the stunning views all around you.

Take two different cable cars this morning, traveling part of the way on the “Rotair,” Europe’s only revolving cable car, up to Mount Titlis (10,000 feet). It is the highest point in central Switzerland, offering breathtaking views of the Alps. Visit the Ice Cave in the glacier.

On the way back, stop again in Truebsee and hop on another cable car to Untertruebsee. Walk from there to the Gerschnialp (4,140 feet), where you will join a local farmer for a cheese and wine lunch at a cheese dairy and alpine hut. Sample the delicious local fare.

Ride scooters back down the mountain to Engelberg, or if you prefer, you can ride the cable car.

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening and celebrate the end of an exceptional AdventureWomen trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Time: 4 – 4.5 hours

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue Terminus

Day 9

Monday, May 28 – Engelberg and Depart
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the Zurich airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

 

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Traveling to Switzerland



Arrive: Arrive at Zurich International Airport (ZRH) on June 21, 2020 before noon.

Depart: Depart Zurich International Airport (ZRH) on June 29, 2020 any time. There will be one group transfer provided after breakfast to the Zurich Airport. If you need a private transfer, this may be at additional cost.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

 If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy more of a physical adventure and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Switzerland, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Switzerland.

Money

Swiss currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Many prices are also indicated in Euros; some merchants may accept Euros but are not required to do so. You should exchange money at an authorized bank or hotel. Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express. ATMs will be accessible throughout the trip.

Suggested Gratuities: Gratuities are included in your trip.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 23, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What's Included

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • A beverage (glass of wine/beer or soft drink) during dinners
  • Gratuities
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Switzerland
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages not included above
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Accommodations

Hotel Adler
Set right next to the automobile-free center of Appenzell in a traditional building with quiet, relaxing rooms. Enjoy local specialities in the cafe or on the sunny terrace enjoying views of the local mountains.

Hotel Bellevue Terminus
This traditional hotel is located in the center of Engelberg, not far from the train station and a bus stop. Creative international cuisine is served in the restaurant, and various bars in the hotel invite you to unwind after a rewarding day. The cable cars, as well as the pedestrian zone of Engelberg are just a short walk away.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

The climate in Switzerland is moderate - there is not excessive heat, cold, or humidity. Temperatures could rise into the low 80s, but it is cooler in the mountains. Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains and layers will be important.

You must have well-broken in, ankle-high hiking boots for this trip. Most activities involve walking on uneven terrain. You must also protect your legs against occasional overgrown trails. Durable, comfortable clothing is essential on this adventure. You will be spending the majority of your time in Switzerland outdoors. It is best to pack synthetic or merino clothing that can be layered. Informality and comfort are the rule.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Rain cover for daypack
  • 1 pair telescopic hiking poles
  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • 4-5 pairs hiking socks
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Gore-Tex pants
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 2-4 sports bras
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest) - optional
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686