Trip Number:  


Aug. 3-12, 2018


First Publication: 1705            Last Publication: 1806

Web Instructions: Feb17, hiking, cultural 

Web Notice:

Our trip will be based in Chamonix, France, and Zermatt, Switzerland. In
Chamonix, we will be surrounded by Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in
the Alps and many of our hikes will have views of the mastiff and its
glaciers. We will then head over to Zermatt where we will have views of
another great mountain -- the Matterhorn (the sixth highest peak in the
Alps and one of the best known because of its unique shape) -- while we
hike through charming Swiss villages, past alpine tarns (lakes) and
through alpine meadows. Anticipated highlights include hiking for five
(5) spectacular days, rides in mountain gondolas and funiculars (an
underground cabled railway), a tour of Geneva, a visit to Chamonix's
L'Aiguille du Midi where you can choose to step out onto The Void and
visiting "the most attractive hamlet" in Switzerland -- Findeln. We will
take time to explore the towns, meet the locals and socialize! This trip
is designed for social and fit people wanting some luxury of hotels and
good meals at the end of the day. This is a trip for experienced hikers
who enjoy an active vacation. You should be fit enough to walk up to 8
miles per day for several days in a row with a day pack in all different
weather conditions. You will be required to carry your personal gear
(i.e., rain gear, pack lunch, extra layers, water, etc.) for each hike.
Elevation gains/loss will range between 1100' and 4300' over the course
of the week. Our pace will be moderate so that we may enjoy the scenery
and gain an appreciation for these beautiful countries. If you enjoy a
fast pace, you may be disappointed as we intend to stop and take time to
take pictures, meet the local residents, and socialize with each other.
Our accommodations will be at comfortable inns and hotels. The towns we
are visiting are small but very popular. All single travelers will be
paired with a same gender roommate. Switzerland has a very good public
transportation system which we will be using for some of our travels.
Everyone must be able to carry/drag their own luggage. The trip costs
$3,350 which includes: eight (8) nights of lodging, eight (8)
breakfasts, four (4) pack lunches, six (6) group dinners, five (5)
hiking days, one (1) 8-day non-consecutive Swiss Travel Pass, one (1)
Geneva lake/city tour, all ground transfers, and emergency medical and
evacuation insurance. Your round-trip airfare to Geneva which we
currently estimate at $1,100 is not included. We look forward to an
exciting, fun trip and expect all who join us to pitch in to help each
other have the best time ever.

Info Tag:

For details contact L Cindy Martell, cbmartell@verizonnet; CL Barbara
Dyer,, 508-735-3281 between 3 and 9pm.

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