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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.
This departure: Grade 4
We arrive in Zurich Airport and travel the picturesque train and bus journey to Wildhaus. We will spend 7 nights here at the Hotel Hirschen.
After breakfast, we will catch the bus from Wildhaus and take a gondola to Sellamatt to the start of Toggenburg’s sound trail (6km). Here we can expect a beautiful walk in the natural world of Toggenburg. We will spend a few hours following the path to Oberdorf where we will listen and interact with 26 sound installations. Along the path there are signs containing information about the creation and tuning each instrument. We will take the chairlift from Oberdorf to Wildhaus before returning to the hotel for an after hike Yoga lesson. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.
Today we will take a bus and train journey to Romanshorn to start our e-bike ride along Lake Constance and the surrounding shoreline villages (50km). This route will take you along the shores, through the picturesque colourful Swiss villages and through the outer fields surrounding the area. Please note it is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding an e-bike in Switzerland, these will be provided on the day. Once we reach our finishing point in Stein am Rhein, there will be time to visit the picturesque well preserved old town for a well deserved coffee break. The town is a great place for a unique photo as it received the very first Wakker Prize which is an annual award given by the Swiss Heritage Society for the conservation of its architectural heritage. There will be free time to explore the half-timbered houses and painted facades of Stein am Rhein. The rest of the afternoon will be at your own leisure. Maybe discover Stein am Rhein more before returning to Wildhaus or take advantage of the relaxing wellness area in the hotel? Dinner will be taken at the hotel.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before catching the bus and train to Teufen to visit the health centre of A.Vogel, a Swiss pioneer of natural health. His health centre lies in the hills of Teufen, overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside and the town below. The health centre is the location where Alfred Vogel lived, wrote successful health books and manufactured medicines from fresh plants. Here we will enjoy a guided tour through the medical plant centre and receive some useful health tips. There is time at leisure so you can explore the town or if you want to discover more, there is a short hike up the winding hills where you can learn more about A.Vogel from various signs along the path and even relax over a Swiss lunch in the hill top restaurant! Upon return to the hotel, there is an empowering Pilates lesson before dinner.
Today is a free day where you can enjoy time at your own leisure. Make use of your local Oskar guest card with unlimited train, bus and boat rides in the region as well as some included mountain excursions. Why not visit Mount Säntis or Mount Hoher Kasten with its rotating restaurant? Or take a boat ride across Lake Constance or even relax in the hotels wellness area? The local Oskar guest card is included in the holiday price and will be provided at the beginning of the holiday. Your tour leader will be able to give you more information on places to visit on your free day.
We take a bus and train to Gotenbad to spend the morning hiking Dr. Kneipp’s bare foot path. The trail takes you across the Goten Moor to the Kronbergbahn valley station called Jakobsbad. The unique and therapeutic sensation of barefoot hiking across fields, muddy paths and gravel tracks will relax your mind and body. Your feet will also be silky smooth! We will then let the gondola whisk us to Mount Kronberg to enjoy the herb and flower path on top of the mountain. Upon our arrival at the hotel, we can participate in another yoga lesson to continue today’s relaxing aura. Dinner will be taken in the hotel.
A local guide will meet us in Drei Weiheren where we will be taken on a Nordic walking tour overlooking the city of St. Gallen. Drei Weiheren is the three ponds, an area of peace in the middle of the city and are popular swimming spots. We will break here during the day and maybe have a chance to swim if we have time! In the afternoon there will be free time to visit St. Gallen independently and enjoy the wellness area of the hotel before our final alpine dinner at the hotel.
We will require your height during the booking process so we can ensure suitable Nordic walking equipment is pre-arranged for you.
We will return to Zurich Airport via bus and train for our flight back to the UK.