Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

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9 Days



Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure

9 Days Starting and ending in Milan

Visiting: Italy, Switzerland

Tour operator:

Active Adventures

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 6

Physical rating:

High, Activity level 4

Age range:


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Tour Overview

Experience the kaleidoscope of colors of the Italian and Swiss Alps on this spectacular alpine adventure! From the pink hues of the sun rising on Monte Rosa (Italy’s second highest peak), to the steely grays of the great granite cliffs, to the pure white of the snow-covered Matterhorn and surrounding glaciers, to the inky blue alpine lakes; this adventure is a treat for the senses! Experience the beauty of hiking epic mountain trails, soar above breathtaking landscapes on dramatic cable car rides, e-bike through larch-scented woodlands, and kayak pristine lakes - all the while enjoying charming alpine culture. At the end of each action-packed day, you can sit back with a well-earned drink – and we can’t travel to Italy and Switzerland without mentioning the cuisine! Fresh pasta, Swiss fondu, local cheeses, tasty traditional dishes, all washed down with Italian wines, served in delightful chalet-style hotels with stunning mountain views.


  • Bike: to Vogogna

  • Hike: Monte Rosa Trail | Europaweg Trail

  • Kayak: Lake Orta

  • Plus.. Passo dei Salati Cable Car | Sant’Anna Cable Car | Monte Rosa | The Matterhorn | Explore Saastal Region | Explore Zermatt

  • Plus.. Monte Moro Pass | Passo Salati Cable Car | Monte Rosa | The Matterhorn | Explore Saastal Region | Explore Zermatt

  • Hike: Mattmark Lake, Monte Rosa Trail | Europaweg Trail


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Day 1:Arrive In Milan, Head To Alagna
Accommodation Name: Hotel Monte Rosa
Meals Included: Dinner

After we meet this morning, we’ll transfer to Varallo for a visit to the world heritage site of impressive Sacro Monte perched atop a ridge overlooking the village. We’ll enjoy a tasty snack before continuing to the beautiful mountain village of Alagna. After checking into the hotel, we’ll settle in with a welcome drink, and briefing session complete with a packing check in preparation for the next few days’ hiking.

Day 2:Spectacular Cable Car Rides, Start The Monte Rosa Hiking Trail
Accommodation Name: Rifugio Ferraro
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

It’s our warm-up day! From Alagna Valsesia 1,190 meters (3,904) we’ll transfer to Passo dei Salati at 2,900 meters (9514 feet) by cable car. After a short acclimatization stop, the descent will begin to Staffal 1,850 meters (6,070 feet) in the Lys Valley. We’ll then board another spectacular cable car ride to ascend to Sant’Anna at 2,180 meters (7,152 feet) to start the trek. We’ll then follow the path to the 2,727 meter (8,947 feet) Colle della Bettaforca. Not that there is also the option to reach this destination by lifts! We’ll begin the descent to our accommodations for the night, the Rifugio Ferraro at an altitude of 2,072 meters (6,798 feet) where we will enjoy a wonderful local dinner. Hiking:7 kilometers (4.3 miles); + 550 meters (1,804 feet) from Sant'Anna; - 650 meters (2,133 feet) to Rifugio Ferraro from Colle della Bettaforca.

Day 3:Hike And Cable Car From Italy To Switzerland
Accommodation Name: Hotel Base Camp Zermatt
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Awakening to the crisp mountain air, we’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast before descending to Piani di Verra. Next we’ll ascend along the beautiful Curtoz Valley to reach Colle delle Cime Bianche at 2,894 meters (9,495 feet). The ‘up and down’ continues with a short descent then ascent by cable car to the mountain of Testa Grigia - literally “gray head” – at 3,480 meters (11,417 feet). It’s time to farewell Italy for a few days as we cross the border to Switzerland by descending into the Zermatt Valley. After soaring over the Teodul Glethscer (Theodul Glacier) to Trockener Steg at 2,939 meters (9,642 feet), we’ll then continue by cable car to the picturesque village of Zermatt. There is the option from Testa Grigia of continuing to Zermatt using the lifts to the Little Matterhorn at an altitude of 3,883 (12,740 feet). Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional Swiss dinner in town! Hiking:17 kilometers (10.6 miles); + 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) from Piani di Verra; - 850 meters (2,789 feet)

Day 4:Hike The World-Renowned ‘Europaweg’ Trail
Accommodation Name: Hotel Active Grachen
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

You are in for a treat today as we transfer by minibus to Täschalp at 2,170 meters (7,119 feet) to hike along the scenic ‘Europaweg’ to Grächen. The Europaweg trail is considered to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, and offers panoramic mountain views including the iconic Matterhorn. Along the way we cross the spectacular ‘Charles Kuonen Bridge’ which is half a kilometer (a third of a mile) in length, and continue to the Europahütte, nestled in the heart of a larch forest. We’ll refuel with a snack before descending to Täsch and returning to Grächen at 1,620 meters (5,315 feet) for the night. Hiking:13 kilometers (8 miles); + 700 vertical meters (2,297 feet); - 1,380 vertical meters (4,528 feet)

Day 5:Hike The Altavia In Swiss Region Of Saastal
Accommodation Name: Hotel Monte Moro Saas Almagell
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The picturesque Saastal region beckons today! We’ll head up the valley along the scenic ‘Altavia’ - Grächen to Saas Fee trail - at an elevation of 1,772 meters (5,814 feet)
The trail continues to descend to Saas Grund at 1,559 meters (5,115 feet) where we’ll check into our hotel to enjoy a well-earned Swiss meal. Hiking:20 kilometers (12.4 miles); + 700 meters (2,297 feet); - 100 meters (328 feet) (to the Macugnaga cable car)

Day 6:Hike Swiss Trail, Cable Car Over To Italy
Accommodation Name: Hotel Flora Macugnaga
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

From Saas Grund, we start the trek from the Mattmark Reservoir, following the Saastal to reach the Monte Moro Pass at 2,868 meters (9,410 feet). We’ll then take the cable car back to Italy, to descend to the charming village of Macugnaga 1,307 meters (4,288 feet). After checking into the hotel, we’ll relish some delicious Italian cuisine in spectacular alpine surroundings. Hiking:8 kilometers (5 miles); + 700 meters (2,297 feet); - 100 meters (328 feet) (to the Macugnaga cable car)

Day 7:E-Bike To Vogogna, Explore Woodland Reserve
Accommodation Name: Hotel Il Bocciolo Orta
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The hiking boots are swapped out for some pedaling action today! After a short drive along the valley to the village of Piedimulera, we will take our E-bikes for a guided tour along the Toce River to the medieval village of Vogogna. Post-card perfect Vogogna is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, amidst the protected woodland reserve of Ornavasso and the beautiful lake of Mergozzo. After the ride we will drive to Orta San Giulio on the banks of the magnificent Lake Orta and celebrate with a beautiful dinner on the terrace of the hotel. Biking:25 kilometers (15.5 miles); 2.5 hours

Day 8:Kayak Lake Orta, Enjoy Farewell Dinner
Accommodation Name: Hotel Il Bocciolo Orta
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today we’ll take to the water kayaking Lake Orta! This is a stunning experience meandering between the lake coastline, and the sensational villas overlooking it. We’ll kayak to the island of San Giulio for a break, and then continue to Orta San Giulio. We’ll end that day on Bagnera Beach at the Circolo Canottieri Lago d'Orta for our last meal together, reflecting on the incredible adventure of the past eight days. Notes:Approximately10 kilometers (6 miles), 2.5 hours

Day 9:Ciao For Now!
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to transfer to Malpensa airport where we’ll say “ciao!”

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation for the entire period you are with us.

  • Guide

    All guiding services. We have an experienced trip leader with every trip and to provide extra local knowledge. You'll get the highest level of service from our guides and from our experienced team behind the scenes. We’re always here for you and we always go the extra mile!

  • Meals

    All your meals except where indicated in the itinerary. In some locations, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we’ve found people prefer to check out the options on their own. Alcohol is not included, although we do spring a few drinks here and there!

  • Transport

    All ground transportation and cable cars from trip start to end.

  • All activities and equipment for those activities as described in the itineraries including hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking, except the optional extra activities available at additional cost.

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Rental gear

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Optional

    Pre/Post accommodation, Optional extra activities, Gratuities for your guides

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    As an Activity Level 4 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this trip. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the activities much more. Typically, hikes on this trip range between fourand six hours to complete, with a day each of biking and sea kayaking. You should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills, down hills and steps. With a little preparation you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

  • What accommodation do we stay at on this trip?

    We’ve selected the accommodation on the is trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Italy. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and mountain lodges during the overnight hike on day 2, known locally as rifugio’s. If you've selected a single supplement for your trip, the overnight hike is not included as no single rooms are available in the rifugio's, and the single supplement price takes this into account.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement.

  • What should I know about the overnight hike to Rifugio Ferraro?

    During the overnight hike to Rifugio Ferraro you’ll be spending one night in a mountain lodge, known locally as rifugio’s. All rooms have individual beds (no double beds) and share bathrooms. All rooms have individual beds (no double beds), and share bathrooms. The rooms are mixed gender and can range from 4 beds to 6 beds, so you will be sharing a room with others, no single rooms are available. Meals are served in the restaurant and there’s a bar that accepts euros and credit cards if you fancy a drink. You’ll only be carrying the gear on the list your guides will provide you with the night before - your excess gear and luggage will be transported directly to the accommodation in Zermatt on Day 3, and will be waiting for you when you arrive. You’ll will be provided with a pair of slippers and, for those who wish, a shower towel.

  • Where does the trip start?

    On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at the "Juice Bar" in Terminal One, just outside the arrivals area (between exits #7 & 8), at 11am, or the Hotel Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport at 11:30am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in Milan, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days. You'll also need an overnight trekking pack for the overnight hike, though your daypack could double as your overnight trekking pack if you bring along a 30-40 litres size (2000- 3000 cubic inches).

  • What flights would you recommend?

    Arrival: We recommend arriving in Milan by 9am. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start. Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Milan after 1pm for both domestic and international. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

  • Where does the trip end?

    Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) at 10:30am, or the Hotel Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport at 11am.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1996

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travellers Against Plastic

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?


  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?


  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

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Reviews of this Operator

Carmelita Perez  

Great Company


Active Adventures is a great way to go if your idea of a perfect trip is getting out and hiking, bicycling and kayaking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, with guides who are local, experienced, fun, flexible and take excellent care of their clientele.

Dave, United States  

Northern Italy Adventure, Dolce Vita


My wife and I went on the Dolce Vita trip with Active Adventures and we both feel that it was one of our top 3 holidays ever. We LOVED our guides (Andrea & Enrico - one for the mountains and one for the Lakes Region kayaking). The natural beauty was amazing but the care our guides took of the group was truly beyond our expectations. Bravo to Active Adventures for partnering with such amazing local guides who are not only knowledgeable but funny and a true pleasure to be around. We LOVED this trip and plan to do more!

Jodi, United States  

Tortuga, November 2021


The trip was wonderful – better than ever imagined. Snorkelling was the highlight of the trip. I never thought we would snorkel so close to sea turtles and with sea lions – it was fantastic. Walking near blue-footed boobies and their chicks and stepping around sea lions, it was unbelievable. We even got up close to white-tipped sharks. We had a group of 13 that went In September 2021, and it was a truly remarkable experience for all of us.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Active Adventures allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 90 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Active Adventures allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform active adventures, 90 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Active Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of active adventures charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Testing For trips in the United States:?Vaccination is not required. All guests must adhere to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations and guidelines.

    For all International trips (all destinations except the United States):?All guests aged 13 years and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of travel.?
    We accept vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
    Adults who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result (official paper or official electronic record) showing the test was carried out no later than 72 hours before the trip starts. Testing must be performed by an approved entity.
    Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test (where applicable) must be provided prior to the start of your trip (only official vaccination card or electronic record will be accepted).
    Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test must include identifying information (full name), as well as the vaccination or the test dates.
    Proof of Vaccination must demonstrate the final dose of the vaccine was administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of your trip.
    You will be required to upload Proof of Vaccination into your Travel Wallet prior to departure.
    If Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Test is not produced at the commencement of travel with us, you will not be allowed to travel. You will not be eligible to receive a refund of any sums paid to us if this occurs.??
    Guests must comply with any additional vaccination or testing requirements and/or additional health and safety measures that are required to travel in their chosen destination. We recommend using?CIBT for up-to-date requirements.?
    We do not grant any exceptions to this vaccination and testing policy.?

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