Before there were guidebooks, before there were travel aps, before there were GPS watches, there were real live people called guides. Experts at the terrain, and at making travelers comfortable. And at discretion.
For our money, when we have enough of it on hand, traveling with a expert guide is still one of the best ways to go. This space is open to anyone who has been on a guided trip, dreamed of going on one, or is a guide.
This guided September 15 - 22, 2013 hiking trip crosses three linguistic and cultural borders and allows you to explore two of the most beautiful areas of Switzerland: Wengen in the Bernese Oberland, and Pontresina in Grissons. (This tour is also offered at other times by special arrangement for your group.) Those who have vacationed in the Wengen area describe the addictive quality of hikes based in and near this car-free village high on a hillside beneath the imposing trio of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch mountains. In recognition of this incredible beauty, the area, including Switzerland’s Aletsch Glacier, has been designated a World Heritage Site. Midway through the trip you’ll ride the justly famous Glacier Express across the Swiss Alps to Pontresina and the Engadine Valley in the canton of Grissons near the Lake District of Italy to the south, and Tirol in Austria. Four major passes lead up to this high alpine valley, which runs for 60 miles along a southern terrace of the Alps and has blue skies for over 300 days a year. The Engadine combines crisp, dry air, forests, lakes and glaciated peaks. This high-alpine area is famous for its flora and fauna, and superb views. This adventure is a big hit with all ages, including kids and adults. While the September 15 - 22, 2013 departure posted here is adults only, custom family tours can be scheduled throughout the summer. It is also available on a self-guided or private guided basis. Full details are posted at http://www.bredeson.com/switzerland.