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Valais - Highlights of the Swiss Alps

Tour Code: CHE04

An 8-day holiday to the traffic-free village of Bettmeralp, high in the Swiss Alps, in search of the region's varied wildlife and spectacular mountain scenery.

8 days from £1895(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1695 SRS: £140

Situated in the canton of Valais, the charming traffic-free village of Bettmeralp is our base for this single-centre holiday. From our family-run hotel we will explore the beautiful forests, valleys and high peaks of the surrounding mountains in search of the region’s varied wildlife. We will make daily excursions on foot, and by cable cars and chairlifts, looking for alpine flowers in the meadows above our hotel as well as butterflies such as Alpine Grayling, Mazarine Blue and Titania’s Fritillary. We will also take time to enjoy some of the area’s special birds, including Black Redstart, Serin and Fieldfare around the village, and high-altitude species such as Ring Ouzel, Citril Finch and Alpine Chough on the mountain slopes above.

  • Enjoy 7 nights in a family-run hotel in the traffic-free village of Bettmeralp
  • Spectacular scenery in Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Alpenrose, Mountain Avens & Globeflower, plus Alpine Marmot near our hotel
  • Varied butterflies including Alpine Grayling, Mazarine Blue & Titania’s Fritillary
  • Look for Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Nutcracker & Red-backed Shrike
  • Take the famous ‘Glacier Express’ & visit Zermatt & the Matterhorn
  • Wonderful displays of primulas, orchids & gentians
  • Led by expert naturalist guides


All included in the price.


A comfortable, family-run hotel in the delightful Swiss village of Bettmeralp, with specatcular views towards the Matterhorn. All rooms are en-suite.

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Geneva, transfer by train & cable car to Bettmeralp

Days 2/7 Natural history excursions from Bettmeralp

Day 8 Transfer Geneva and fly London

The Swiss canton of Valais lies in the heart of the Alps and is home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe. The charming, traffic-free village of Bettmeralp will be our base for this new single-centre holiday, where — from our family-run hotel — we will explore the beautiful forests, valleys and high peaks in search of the region’s varied wildlife. Above Bettmeralp lies the stunning Aletsch Glacier. The glacier’s 27 billion tons of ice slowly flows down into Valais from the dramatic slopes of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and lies within the 825-square-kilometre UNESCO ‘Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area’, the first World Heritage Site to be designated in the Alps.

After a short flight to Geneva we will travel first by train, following the mighty Rhône along the length of the Rhône Valley, before completing our journey to Bettmeralp by cable car, the only way reach the village. Each of our daily excursions will be on foot, though we will make full use of the extensive network of mountain cable cars and chairlifts to thoroughly explore the area and avoid trekking uphill where possible! At this time of year the meadows above our hotel are not only home to colonies of comical Alpine Marmots, but will be filled with a stunning array of Alpine flowers too. Species such as Alpenrose, Mountain Avens and Globeflower are common, along with an abundance of Primulas, orchids and gentians. Rarer Alpine specialities may include Black Vanilla Orchid and Androsace chamejasme. The sun should bring out a wide variety of butterflies including Common Swallowtail, Alpine Grayling, Mazarine Blue and Titania’s Fritillary, whilst back in the village, and in the adjacent Aletsch Forest, we will look for Black Redstart, Fieldfare, Nutcracker and Red-backed Shrike.

Finally, having enjoyed the views of the mighty Matterhorn across the valley, on one day we will descend and join the final section of the famous ‘Glacier Express’, taking us to Zermatt and then to the Matterhorn itself. Continuing on the mountain railway up to the Gornergrat, we will enjoy the spectacular views and carpets of Alpine flowers, whilst watching out for high-altitude birds such as Snow Finch, Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Ring Ouzel, Citril Finch and, of course, the characterful Alpine Choughs.

For more information please download the detailed tour itinerary.

Apollo (Jon Stokes)Spring Gentians (Jon Stokes)Bettmeralp (Kerrie Porteous)Alpine Choughs (Arto Hakola)Pedicularis verticillata (Steph Warburton)Red Vanilla Orchid (Steph Warburton)Dark Green Fritillary (Jon Stokes)Large Wall Brown (Jon Stokes)Black Vanilla Orchid (Jon Stokes)Swallowtail (Jon Stokes)Alpine Accentor (Martin Pelanek)Black veined white (Jon Stokes)Snow Finch (Martin Pelanek)Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetela) (Steph Warburton)Androsace chamejasme (Steph Warburton)Aletsch Glacier (Kerrie Porteous)Bettmeralp village  (Kerrie Porteous)Views across Bettermalp and Valais  (Kerrie Porteous)Bettmersee  (Kerrie Porteous)Aletsch Glacier  (Kerrie Porteous)Hotel Bettmerhof  (Kerrie Porteous)Enjoying the sun at Hotel Bettmerhof  (Kerrie Porteous)False Heath Fritillary (Jon Stokes)Campanula barbata  (Kerrie Porteous)Alpine Marmot  (Kerrie Porteous)Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia) (Steph Warburton)Rhododendron ferrugineum (Steph Warburton)Saxifraga oppositifolia (Steph Warburton)Gentiana acaulis (Steph Warburton)View to Riederalp  (Kerrie Porteous)

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Sun 25th June 2017 - Sun 2nd July 2017



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