Exclusive Zermatt and Matterhorn: Small Group Tour from Basel | La Vacanza Travel

Exclusive Zermatt and Matterhorn: Small Group Tour from Basel

Duration: 11 to 12 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Basel-Stadt, Basel

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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Basel
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Embark on an unique small-group tour from Basel to Zermatt, traversing the scenic landscapes of half of Switzerland by train. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the alpine charm with a village walk in Zermatt, accompanied by awe-inspiring Matterhorn views. The adventure reaches new heights with an ascent on the cogwheel train to the summit of Mount Gornergrat with views to an incredible glacier world and Matterhorn Mountain. Limited to a select few, this personalized journey ensures an intimate and unforgettable experience, seamlessly blending picturesque train travel, cultural exploration, and breathtaking mountain vistas in the heart of Zermatt.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Basel SBB Station, Centralbahnstrasse 22, Basel 4051 Switzerland

Your tour starts with the train ride from Basel to Visp (two hours). The intercity train takes you in one hour to Bern.

Pass By: Bern, Bern, Bern Mittelland District, Canton of Bern

Berne is called the "Federal City" and functions as the capital of Switzerland. As the seat of the city and large parts of the cantonal and federal administration, it is the largest center of public administration in the country

Pass By: Thunersee, Thun Im Berner Oberland Bernese Oberland, Thun 3600 Switzerland

Lake Thun is a fjord lake in the Bernese Oberland on the northern edge of the Alps.

Pass By: Lötschberg Basistunnel, 3940 Steg-Hohtenn, Switzerland

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a 34.6-kilometre-long railway tunnel that crosses under the northern Alpine chain at the Lötschberg between Frutigen in the Bernese Oberland (Canton of Bern, Switzerland) and Raron (Canton of Valais, Switzerland) and was put into operation in 2007. This base tunnel is part of the Lötschberg-Simplon axis of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), which runs from Basel via Bern-Thun-Spiez to the Lötschberg and on via Brig-Simplon-Domodossola to Milan and Novara-Genoa, and next to the one running parallel Gotthard axis forms a second route for the transalpine rail freight traffic of the European Corridor (Rotterdam-Genoa).

Pass By: Visp, Visp, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

Visp is a municipality in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is located at the entrance to the Vispertal at the mouth of the Vispa in the Rotten. The small town is the capital and largest municipality in the district of Visp.

Here you get off the intercity train and change direct onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Railway. The cogwheel train takes you within 55 minutes to Zermatt

Pass By: St. Niklaus, St. Niklaus, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

The Mattertal is one of the southern side valleys of the Rhone Valley in Valais. It is one of the valleys that have cut deep into the Valais Alps to the south, up to the main Alpine ridge (there is also the border ridge between Switzerland and Italy) and open to the north towards the Rhone, the main geographic axis of Valais. Three of the four highest mountain massifs in the Alps lie in the valley's border.

Stop At: Zermatt, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

Walk through the old part of the alpine village of Zermatt with it's typical wooden houses.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge, Kirchbrucke -, Zermatt 3920 Switzerland

Visit the viewpoint for the typical Zermatt village picture to the Mt. Matterhorn

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mountaineer's Cemetery, Kirchstrasse, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

The graveyard shows you, how closed the success to climb Mt. Matterhorn and the risks are. It's part of the history of Zermatt, that accidents on high alpine climbing happens.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Monte Rosa Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 80, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

The hotel Monte Rosa is where the first ascent to Mt. Matterhorn startet. Several information about the first ascent and it's historical tragedy are available here.

Stop At: Zermatt GGB, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

On a 30 minutes cogwheel train ride you get up to 10000ft altitude. In this high alpine area, beautiful views to Mt. Matterhorn and the glaciers await you. Mt. Gornergrat is in all year snow.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bahnhof Gornergrat 1, Zermatt 3920 Switzerland

The Gornergrat is a mountain ridge at an altitude of 3135 m above sea level. M. It is located about three kilometers east of Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Gornergrat is located between the Gorner Glacier and the Findel Glacier and offers views of more than 20 four-thousanders, including Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and the Liskamm.

The Gornergratbahn runs from Zermatt (1620 m above sea level) to the Gornergrat, overcoming an altitude difference of almost 1500 metres. At the terminus (3089 m above sea level) on the southwestern tip of the ridge is the Kulmhotel, which is the highest mountain hotel in Switzerland.
Visit the scenic viewpoint with the all year snow or have a look at the multi-media experience world, which shows the Matterhorn and its surrounding alpine world in all dimensions, will fascinate both young and old and is even a great place to visit on the Gornergrat when the weather is not so good.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Zermatt, Zermatt, Canton of Valais, Swiss Alps

After returning from Gornergrat, your travel back to Basel will take place (3 hours). You trave on the same way back as you arrived in the morning.

  • all taxes, fees and handling charges
  • local guide operated by Swiss Travel Guide
  • all transportation fees
  • priority boarding pass for Matterhorn railway
  • all entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Zermatt GGB
  • Entry/Admission - Gornergrat

  • travel to starting point in Basel SBB
  • food and drinks during the tour
  • personal expenses during the tour
  • gratuities welcome for the tourguide
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Departure Time

08:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


11 to 12 hours

User's Reviews


09 Sep, 2023

Our guide, Michael was terrific. We had a lovely day. The weather did choose to cooperate but it would have been great either way - good weather just made it spectacular. The restaurant he chose for lunch was exceptional and since it was a gorgeous day we got to enjoy a leisurely and delicious lunch out on the patio. We had a really nice walk through town. We then went up the Gornegrut cog railway to the top to see the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa and spent about 1.5 hours wandering around and enjoying the views at the top of the mountain. We were so lucky we had made no other plans and that Michael was our guide because evidently not everyone gets this much time and it would have been a travesty to have less time from our personal perspective. The only disappointment is that we were crammed in 2nd class on the trains to and from Zermatt as they were so crowded and it would have been much better at the price we paid (plus tips, etc.) if La Vacanza Travel had sprung for 1st class seats which weren't that much more expensive but were definitely less crowded. Especially, since you are paying for your own lunch. Assuming based on our research on train fares that most of the fee you pay goes to the tour guide and La Vacanza Travel.


17 Aug, 2023

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would definitely give Michael 10. He is a knowledgeable and interesting guide who goes above and beyond to make sure your experience is the best ever! All facts about Basel, Zermatt, The Matterhorn and the train system are at the ready. Michael is a consummate professional!


09 Jul, 2023

Very glad we did this trip but wish we had been given more time in Zermatt itself. Guide kind of insisted we all eat lunch at this one place that was very nice but not what I wanted to do with what little time we had. The Matterhorn did not disappoint. Guide (Michael) was very knowledgeable and a sweet heart to carry my shopping bags.


08 Jul, 2023

Spectacular place and Michael was An excellent tour guide Very helpful to have a guide to help navigate the Swiss trains


20 May, 2023

was not as advertised, lucky the guide on his own extended the times. There is no way to get back to Basil in 2 hours as you stated

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Beautiful countryside and view of the Matterhorn


Once in a lifetime view


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