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About ECHO Trails
ECHO Trails walking, hiking, biking & rail tours take you out of the city into breathtaking scenery and fresh Alpine air. Come along for a tour of jaw dropping alpine vistas, quaint villages and working farms, hear the story at historic places and enjoy the picturesque countryside. Our passion is to share the incredible beauty around Lucerne and in the central Switzerland area. ECHO Trails works in tandem with Switzerland's efficient public transportation system and depending on the tour, we use a combination of local buses, trains and/or boats for transfers to and from our end destination. ECHO Trails native English-speaking, guided half- or full-day walking, hiking, biking tours are tailor-made for you. There are half-day, full day walks, hikes, bike tours and rail tours to choose from. Even with limited time you can have a genuine Swiss outdoor experience. Small groups – maximum 15 people per tour,
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Heart of the Alps Private Hike with Transport from Lucerne

Spend a day in the Swiss mountain countryside with this Mt. Titlis region hiking tour, bookable for up to eight people. With your own private guide, you'll travel from Lucerne to Engelberg by train, then ride in a cable car to the start of your hike. The circular route takes in camera-worthy views of the north face of Mt. Titlis along with the waterfalls, lush green pastures, and grazing cows that typify the alpine landscape here. Stop for lunch at a farm to enjoy homemade specialities, then visit a cheese maker in a monastery before your return to Lucerne. Food is at your own expense.
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10 hours
from $410.00

Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour

Check out the elegant villas and castles of Lucerne with this half-day walking tour, and take in sweeping views of the lake and the mountains that frame it. In a group, you'll stroll from Meggen to St. Charles Hall, past Schloss Neuhabsburg and onto Schloss Meggenhorn, a palatial estate fashioned like a French chateau. The tour is packed with tales of the castles' famous residents -- from Habsburg rulers to German royalty to Russian financiers -- and includes a refreshment stop at the Hotel Hermitage on the lake.
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4 hours
from $253.47

Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne Cruise

Hop on an e-bike to explore the Swiss Knife Valley, a scenic region near Lake Lucerne that's also the home of the famous Victorinox pocketknives. With a private guide and an e-bike, you'll pedal with ease on a 24-mile (40-km) route along off-road trails and through forests and farmland. Hear the story of Swiss legend William Tell at Hohle Gasse, assemble your own Swiss Army knife at the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Center, then return to Lucerne for a 2-hour boat cruise on the lake.
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9 hours
from $472.36

Zermatt Guided Day Hike

Lace up your boots to hit the hiking trails of Zermatt with your own personal guide. Avoiding a large group with walkers of varying fitness and skills, the private tour is set up just for your own group so it moves at a pace that’s right for you. You’ll hike with a local guide from Zermatt’s scenic Gornergrat mountain along marked trails that lend themselves to sweeping views of mountain peaks, alpine flowers, and the Matterhorn, of course.
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8 hours
from $574.90

Grindelwald Guided Day Hike

Hike in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the Grindelwald – Jungfrau – Eiger Region

Hike on safe sign posted mountain trails in a hiking paradise with stunning views of dramatic moutain peaks and glaciers, green pastures and Alpine flora and fauna, often with cow bells clanking all around

Enjoy panoramic views of the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountain peaks

Three different hikes of 3 to 4 hours each, from easy to challenging, allow everyone regardless of level of fitness and hiking ability to enjoy a day in beautiful nature

Choose your hike on the day according to prevailing weather conditions and your energy levels

All hikes are inclusive of transportation with an expert local English speaking Swiss guide who is happy to answer any questions about Switzerland –the country, its heritage, and its culture.
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8 hours
from $688.96
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diana M wrote a review May 2020
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I HAD THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER THANKS TO WISH-WELL🥳🥂💃🏿.I had sooooooooooooooooooooo much fun .Its worth celebrating every year 🥂❤️
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Pioneer37232696419 wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our 13 day trip was one of best train experiences we have had. Rene being very familiar with the area and his past experience as a travel agent probably makes him and his Echo-tours group one of the best agents to work with. All of his rail tours are with small groups which
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded Apr 16, 2020
Many thanks for sharing your Swiss Alps Rail experience..It's a pleasure to hear your expectations were matched and / or possibly exceeded. Wishing you many more fun and enjoy trips. With best, René Welti
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derek m wrote a review Jan 2020
Truckee, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
In September our family spent 9 days in Switzerland celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We had an amazing time with Echo Trails. Owners René Welti and Suzanne Cairns gave us the full travel experience by train and boat visiting so many amazing places including
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded Jan 12, 2020
Many thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your recent Swiss alps trip with us. We definitely enjoyed being your guides through some of Switzerland's most scenic places. Wishing you many more happy and memorable travel trips. With best Swiss regards, René Welti
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Mary P wrote a review Oct 2019
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Andre was a great guide - as we were able to customize our tour - and really get to know the area. We were able to choose the difficulty level of our hike - and experience the toboggan ride. We rode the cable car -and also got a trip on the lake. We had a definite shifting of
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded Dec 31, 2019
Thank you very much for your Private tour of Mt.Pilatus experience comments along with your Andrea cudos. Yes, Andrea always looks to match your "wish list" needs and I'm very glad it worked out for you. Wishing you many more memorable safe travel experiences. With best, René Welti
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Tanya B wrote a review Oct 2019
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Andre and Julia were my guides for a fantastic, informative walk through the Lucerne countryside. They were very friendly and very knowledgeable about all things Swiss. They also gave me tips on hiking in Switzerland that helped me for the remainder of my stay.
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Response from Rene W, Owner at ECHO Trails
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Many thanks for sharing your ECHO Trails tour experience. Your comments about Andrea & Julie will be forwarded and glad to hear you received helpful tips for the rest of your Swiss visit. René Welti
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