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Switzerland 2 week Tour with active teens

Jul 16, 2012  like to mix vacation and travel - be active also
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

early July family trip from Zurich to Geneva with a 13 & 14 year old. Focus on hiking and biking. half train & second half in rental car.

Found Switzeralnd to be as advertized - expensive - plan on spending...

  • 1. Zurich

    arrived at airport in Zurich and sorted out some key logistics.
    Rail - Swiss Card or half price recommended - SBB has travel agent behind ticket office who can provide advice. Would do this in person.
    Mobile - recommend Orange - get the SIM card at Post Office. There is an Orange store that will help getting it work (you will likely need this)

    Recommended Apps
    SBB Schedule App
    Swiss Hiking App
    PostBus Schedulie
    Swiss Rail Map
    Google Translate

    If we didn't care for hotel, restaurant, etc. we just left it off the list

  • 2. Helmhaus Swiss Quality Hotel - Day 1
    Hotel Helmhaus, Zurich

    excellent location for walking along the lake or visting the old town and museums. Good family room, clean, etc As with everything in CH - expensive.

  • 3. Hotel Eiger and area activities - Days 2 - 5
    Hotel Eiger, Murren, Jungfrau Region

    Ask for renovated rooms. seem to be the best value - we started in the Belvedere and moved to Hotel Eiger.

  • 4. Jungfrau & Eiger Trail - Day 2
    Jungfrau, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern

    arrived in Interlakken and forward bags to Grindelwald. Took train to "top of europe" and returned to the Eiger station. Hiked the Eiger trail to Alpiglen then arrived in by last train to Grindelwald. watched "the beckoning silence" by Joe Simpson on YouTube that evening.

  • 5. Flying Wheels Electric Bike Tours - Day 3
    Flying Wheels Electric Bike Tours, Interlaken, Bernese Oberland

    hired 2 tandem e-bikes and did the Lauterbrunnen loop with frank as our guide. While priced high at 500 ChF it was a private trip and they worked hard to make it a great day.

  • 6. Faulhorn Hotel - Hike & Trotti Bike - Day 4

    Took the First gondola and hike to the mountain top Faulhorn Hotel (est. 1830) for lunch. Road the Trotti Bikes down on the return. Hike recommended as Top 10 on the Globe by Nat'L Geo

  • 7. C & M cafe und mehr
    C und M Cafe Bar Restaurant, Grindelwald, Jungfrau Region

    great restaurant with more variety - nice deck with excelent views. Went 2x.

  • 8. Saas-Fee - Day 5, 6, & 7
    Saas-Fee, Canton of Valais

    4 nites and 3 days in apartment. Did a trip over to Zermatt and was happy to avoid the tourist scene. Quick look at the Matterhorn but the weather trashed out our hike.
    Could have used Day 5 up better...
    The Alpine Music Festival was on in SF so for Friday night we watched the joined the locals at the town hall for a party

  • 9. Gpson to Saas-Grund Hike - Day 6

    follows the Walser trail. At and above treeline. Great views. Good restaurant on the trail towards the end. 5 hour hike altogether include godola ride to Gspon.
    On Swiss hiking app or MySwitzeraland.com website

  • 10. Trottie Bikes & Via Ferratta - Day 7

    Went to Sass Grund for the Monster Trotti - 11 km downhill.
    Did the canyon via ferratta with a guide from the Sass-Fee guides (Peter). This was great - our sons highlite. If you want to do the one on the Mountain make sure the gondola is operating in advance.

  • 11. Montreux Jazz - Day 8
    Montreux Jazz Cafe, Geneva

    train to Jazz festival. Took in the free afternoon show in the park
    App is available for the festival

  • 12. Gruyere - Hostellerie des Chevaliers - Day 8 & 9
    Hotel de Gruyeres Wellness & Seminaires, Gruyeres, La Gruyere

    after day in Montreux the calmness was aprreciated. Good hotel although the family rooms are in the attic. Would go with two rooms. Hotel is just outside the village and walkable from the train station. Nice folks running it.

  • 13. SlowUp Gruyere Bike Ride - Day 9

    local ride where the road around the lake is closed to cars and there is lots of food and festivities. Good family event. need to book bikes through SBB well in advance as there was probably 5000 riders.

  • 14. Stand Up Paddle Board - Montreux Chillon Castle - Day 10

    we returned to Montreux where we wandered town again then rented a car. we went to the pubic pool at the next town east called Villenuve. Right on Lac le Man and they rent SUP there. cool way to see the castle and a great spot to hand out and swim.

  • 15. Grand Hotel des Alpes - Chamonix - 3 nites
    Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie

    arrived in Chamonix after SUP via St Bernard pass. macchiato stop in Aosta, IT
    good hotel with helpful staff. stay away from street side family room as bars noisy and garbage trucks early.

  • 16. aguille de midi - hike - Day 11

    rode the midi to the top and returned to mid station - hiked across to the train at mer de glass. good hike. 1 hour wait for the midi though. would go early for better weather and shorter lines
    book store next to hotel has good trail guide/map for sale in english

  • 17. Lac Blanc Hike - Day 12

    good hike on opposite side of valley with great views of Mt Blanc, etc.
    Buy 2 day gondola pass
    Sport climbing world cup was on in town

  • 18. Casa Valerio
    Casa Valerio, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie

    liked this italian restaurnant - might need reservations

  • 19. Tour de France - Days 13 & 14

    spent 2 days following the TdF. One day on course and one day at the finish. another trip highlite. check the TdF website for things to do near the start/finish - wine tours, etc. we spent a day in Annecy -

  • 20. CERN Univers de particules
    CERN Univers de particules, Geneva

    cool stop for a tour esp after Higgs Boson particle discovery

  • 21. Geneva - last night

    spent last night at NH Hotel - pretty pricey for average digs
    went to Nyon for dinner and walked along the lake.