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Grison Alps

Experience the best of Swiss Alpine beauty with a 2-week walking holiday seamlessly blending Arosa and Klosters. These two captivating destinations offer an extensive network of picturesque trails through meadows, forests, and alongside pristine rivers, allowing you to immerse yourself in the breath taking landscapes while enjoying the charm of traditional Swiss villages

  • Switzerland

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Mountains

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    Sep

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Walking grade

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel with ease with the Arosa Card and Davos Premium card, both included in the price of the holiday.
  • Stay in a centrally located hotel with everything you need on your doorstep.
  • Travel on superb and reliable Swiss local transport.
  • View outstanding alpine scenery enjoyed from two Swiss centres.
  • Discover Switzerland along the well-marked tracks, meadowland, forests and alongside fast flowing glacial rivers.
  • Embark on challenging mountain walks through beautiful alpine valleys and mountains.

This two week holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Alpine Arosa and our one week holiday in Klosters.

Two weeks in Switzerland - you won't want to leave!

Arosa has all the ingredients for the perfect Alpine holiday. The village itself lies between 1700m and 1800m, so many walks start with a short ascent through trees, but beyond that the landscape opens into alpine meadows with peaks in every direction. Higher up you enter the realm of the ibex, and certainly for the higher grade options this is a peak-baggers dream. The Aroser Rothorn is a challenging walk reaching nearly 3000m, but there are lesser peaks such as the Schiesshorn, Weisshorn, Tiejer Flue and Matlishorn. The attraction of the area extends beyond these peaks to the remote valleys and ridges and the pretty villages such as Tschiertchen. The beautiful grassy ridge above Langwies is a joy and the remote walk passing the tiny collection of barns at Alp Farur is both wild and charming. Arosa is at the end of the spectacular train line, opening up walks between the village and Chur on the valley floor. Several cable cars from the village centre can whisk you to well over 2000m.

The Swiss village of Klosters is an idyllic Graubünden village, tucked away at the confluence of four valleys where much of the old world charm of an alpine Switzerland remains. A patchwork of picturesque flower-filled meadows cover the lower slopes and the sound of cowbells often accompanies you on your walks. Higher up we may see Marmots and maybe even the Chamois or Ibex which find their summer home amidst the high peaks. The hiking opportunities here are magnificent and extensive, with routes progressing through meadowland, forest and alongside fast flowing glacial rivers up to exposed high level terrain. The well marked tracks are generally good underfoot, but at higher levels as we snake up and around the jagged peaks there are some tougher ascents and descents. Some of the hikes we'll enjoy include a ridge walk to the Weissfluh, a walk along a wonderful ‘Panoramaweg’, and a walk starting with a gondola ride up the Rinerhorn, so the hiking is spectacular from the outset. The hike descends to the village of Monstein, where you might like to relax with a local craft beer.

Transport is excellent in both Arosa and Klosters. We are close to dramatic and spectacular train lines, opening up the number of walks from traditional alpine villages. There are cable cars from the villages whisking you to well over 2000m, to mountain peaks and ridges. The Arosa card and Davos Premium card are included in the cost of the holiday and provides free travel on local transport and reductions on many attractions. 

There are paths from the villages frequented by black squirrels, lots of marmots and a cornucopia of flowers. We follow high alpine meadow trails decorated with a rainbow of colourful flowers, hiking is spectacular from the outset. Our first departure in June will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora.

  • Return flights from London to Zurich.
  • Airport transfers by train.
  • En suite three and four star hotel accommodation on a half board basis.
  • Arosa Card and Davos Klosters card, with free travel and free or reduced entry to some local attractions.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

19340

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arosa

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

You fly to Zurich Airport and travel the very scenic journey via Chur to Arosa by train.

Transfer Time = 3h

Day 2-7

Arosa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Your itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During your time in Arosa, the walks will start from the village of Arosa and others will require you to take a cable car, train or the occasional local bus. The walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    812/537m

Today’s walk takesyou through flower-rich woodland above the upper reaches of the Schanfigg Valley, taking in the magnificent alpine mountain views from the Langwiesser Aussicht. You climb to Rot Tritt at 2006m for more views of the diverse lush and rocky landscape, before morning coffee at the Ochsenalp Mountain Restaurant. The afternoon sees you return via the Scheidegg Lake and across the lower slopes of the Arosa Weisshorn to the cable car middle-station for an enjoyable ride down into Arosa.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    655/1076m

Arosa’s Untersee lake marks the start of today’s walk from where you cross the rolling valley and climb steadily up the far slopes of the Schanfigg Valley to the delightful alpine village of Medergen at 2000m. A picturesque coffee break at Alpenrose, a beautiful mountain ‘Hütte’ overlooking the valley, is very much welcomed before you drop down to the pretty old Alpine villages of Chüpfen and Dörfli and cross through abundant flower meadows down to Langwies. You wind your way down into the valley to catch the train back to Arosa, crossing the vertiginous Langwieser Viaduct.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    7.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    366/1558m

No trip to Arosa is complete without a visit to the top of the impressive Arosa Weishorn! You enjoy a cable car ride up to this dramatic 2653m peak for incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The walk takes you steeply down to the luscious Carmanna Pass, before crossing the lower slopes of the Platenhorn to the Hornlihutte for lunch. 

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

The Ramozhütte is a small hostel operated by the Swiss Alpine Club, located high in the remote and dramatic Welschtobel Valley. Today’s walk, regarded by many clients as the highlight of the tour, takes ou along the sweeping rocky valley and through the lush alpine forests, with a well deserved stop for a picnic lunch at the Ramozhütte.

One free day will be organised during the week, you can use your Arosa Card on any of the local cable cars. Alternatively take the very scenic modern railway line down to Chur. The Arosa Card is included and will be provided on the first day of your holiday. It provides you with free travel on local transport and reductions on many local attractions. 

Day 8

Klosters

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You say goodbye to beautiful Arosa and travel by train to Klosters to start your 7 night holiday in a fine Swiss idyllic.

Day 9-14

Klosters

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time in Klosters, the walks will start from the village of Klosters and others will require you to take a cable car, train or the occasional local bus. The walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420m

You take a gradual ascent from the scenic alpine village of Monbiel to the surrounding sweeping high meadows and colourful decorative flowers of the Sardasca valley. This fertile land is filled with an array of wild flowers from 1300m to 1700m, a wonderful walk to capture striking pictures.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    545/600m

After a scenic train ride to nearby Davos, you ascend gently through woodland to Schatzalp, a 19th century art nouveau hotel with its historic and pretty alpine garden.  You follow a scenic route just above the tree line with endless wild flowers and panoramic views over the dramatic Davos valley. You will discover many reminders of the 1860's, where Davos was put on the map as a health resort and Europe's capital for pioneering a treatment for Tuberculosis. The end of the walk finds you in the tiny alpine settlement of Frauenkirch, from where either a bus or train whisks you back to Davos to catch a train back to Klosters.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    5.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    730m

A ride above the trees in the Madrisa gondola takes you high into the breath taking mountains, before a dramatic climb through intricate limestone rock formations to an easily rounded summit guarded by the fearsome cliffs at the Saaser Calanda. Here, you find dramatic rocky views, a rainbow of flowers, verdant rolling hills and steep valleys; a truly awe-inspiring spot for a picnic lunch!  Returning to the gondola after lunch, you can enjoy a post-walk afternoon drink at a mountain restaurant.  

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/1030m

You once again take the Madrisa gondola to the start of a high-level walk to an alpine medicinal herb garden. You wind your way down through the garden to continue beside a rushing stream to circle back over the open mountainside. You welcome a picnic lunch surrounded by colourful flowers, alpine woodland and rocky backdrops. After lunch with a view, you follow the paths to descend through the alpine woodlands, wind through the verdant Schlappin valley,  to the spring meadows directly above the hotel. Although the descent today is impressive, the well maintained and high quality paths make the amount of descent surprisingly easy and very enjoyable.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420m

Today you walk the Gotschnagrat circuit, this magnificent high level walk takes you on a hike under, around and over the rocky spires of Gotschnagrat and Casanna, dramatic mountains of the Plessur Alps with panoramic views of the surrounding lush green hills and rocky mountainous landscape. You pass various habitats, perfect for a wide range of flowers, especially orchids and of course splendid views at all times.

One free day will be organised during the week, you can use your Davos Klosters Inclusive Card on any of the local mountain lifts. The Davos Premium Card is included and will be provided on the first day of your holiday. It gives you free travel on local transport and reductions on many local attractions. 

Day 15

Klosters

Meals

Breakfast

You say goodbye to Switzerland and travel the scenic route by train back to Zurich Airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Jul 2024 - 17th Jul 2024 (14 Nights)

4th Sep 2024 - 18th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Zurich 
  • Airport transfers by train c.3hrs
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Faern Arosa

Nestled amidst the two picturesque lakes of Arosa, Hotel Faern Arosa is just a brief stroll away from both the train station and the Weisshorn Cable Car. The spa facilities at Faern Arosa Altein are quite impressive, featuring two indoor pools equipped with underwater massage jets and refreshing waterfall showers. Additionally, a hot tub, steam bath, and sauna are at your disposal. As well as a fitness centre and seasonal outdoor tennis courts are also within reach from the hotel. When it comes to dining, the à la carte restaurant specializes in serving authentic local cuisine. A bar is located on the premises, as well as a terrace providing panoramic city views. Every room at Faern Arosa comes with ensuite facilities, flat-screen TV, coffee machine, safe, desk and free Wi-Fi. Guests can indulge in a variety of recreational activities in the entertainment area, including billiards, table tennis, pinball, and table top football.

Hotel Sport

Klosters is an unspoilt mountain resort with a romantic village atmosphere. It is a popular resort in both winter and summer. In winter it is a haven for winter sports such as skiing, winter walking, snowboarding and snowshoeing. In summer Klosters attracts nature lovers with its herb gardens, alpine adventure parks and 700km of hiking trails! Klosters has many services including bakeries, post office, pharmacy, bank, station, cafe's, small supermarkets and a tourist office; all of which are a short walking distance from our hotel. 

You stay in the comfortable family run Hotel Sport. The hotel is ideally located between the villages of Klosters Dorf and Klosters Platz - a short walk or bus ride will bring you to either one. The hotel is surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers, making for a perfect picturesque stay! There are a number of facilities to enjoy such as a bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, bowling alley, mini golf, tennis and table tennis courts! Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel.

You stay in comfortable en suite rooms. Rooms are equipped with Austrian style beds which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Single rooms include single beds. Room facilities include:

  • En suite with either a bath or shower (single rooms include only a shower)
  • Mini fridge
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone 
  • Safe
  • Some rooms have balconies or patio area

Tea/coffee making facilities are not included in the rooms but tea, coffee and hot water is available from the drinks machine in the dining room.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Switzerland

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.
The euro is widely accepted in Switzerland, however occasionally change may be given in Swiss Francs. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout Switzerland.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

You will fly between London and Zurich airport and return. On dates where regional flights are available, the group may need to wait until all flights have landed before travelling to the hotel as the transfer may be together. Travel between the airport and the two centres on arrival and departure is by rail and takes approximately 3 hours. There is a change of trains at Zurich and Chur on your travel to Arosa. Please be aware that your leader may be leading both weeks of our two-week holiday so may require to leave on the morning of day 8 to return to the airport to bid farewell to our departing Arosa 1 week group and greet our arriving Klosters 1 week group. This may mean that you require to travel by rail from Arosa to Klosters independently. Please ask your leader for details. 

Land only package: This applies if you will be organising your own travel arrangements, and travelling to the hotel independently to the rest of the group. You will still be entitled to receive a rail ticket. This enables you to travel by train between the airport and your first centre. To obtain this pass ahead of your holiday then please email Megan Bassett at megan.bassett@rambleworldwide.co.uk with your travel arrangements and we can organise the delivery of your individual specific ticket, in good time before your holiday. Please be aware that the passes are not usually delivered to our offices until two weeks – ten days prior to the departure date. You will be sent your pass after this time.

If you are joining and leaving in Switzerland, it is assumed, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel . If this is not your intention, please let us know, in writing, at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday and will be taken in the hotel restaurants. Breakfast at both hotels are a continental buffet including cereal, yoghurt, fruit and salad. Dinners are a three-course menu with locally sourced traditional Swiss dishes. Both hotels can cater well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. Lunches are not included and can typically be taken at mountain restaurants or as picnics, often in scenic locations. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Switzerland

Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two prong round pin continental pug adapter which will fit into any three prong receptacle. More information can be found at www.power-plus-sockets.com

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. You may find the following map of the area useful: 3309T - Arosa - Switzerland 1/33 333 Map, which can be obtained at The Map Shop.

The local tourist office website for Arosa has pictures and videos of the area, there is also a link to live webcams. 

The Klosters local tourist office has pictures and videos of the area; there is also a link to live webcams too.

Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers  you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Switzerland

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Switzerland.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Switzerland

  • Capital

    Berne

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc

  • Language

    German; French; Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • February

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • April

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • May

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • June

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 121mm

  • July

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • September

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

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