Why not extend your time in the Swiss Alps by combining Alpine Arosa with Klosters, with magnificent hiking opportunities
See what's planned
- Discover Switzerland along the well-marked tracks, meadowland, forests and alongside fast flowing glacial rivers.
- View outstanding alpine scenery enjoyed from two Swiss centres.
- Take a gondola ride up the Rinerhorn before staring a spectacular high level walk.
- Take challenging mountain walks through beautiful alpine valleys and mountains.
- Explore further by making use of the very efficient Swiss transport including rail and gondolas.
- Enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine at our comfortable alpine hotels.
- Travel with ease with the Arosa Card and Davos Premium card, both included in the price of the holiday.
- Walk above the treeline and experience breathtaking views.
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. Please see individual holiday dates for more information.
- Return flights from London to Zurich
- Airport transfers by train
- Half board en suite accommodation
- Arosa Card and Davos Klosters card, with free travel and free or reduced entry to some local attractions
- All local transport costs.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This Grade 7 walking holiday is challenging and requires stamina. The holiday consists of full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. The walks are mostly on good waymarked paths and tracks with some narrow and steep rocky areas. At any time of year there may be areas of snow to cross. There are more challenging walks on some days with vertiginous mountain paths in some parts and plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is required. The actual walking time can take 5-8 hours a day and could involve as much as 800-1260m of ascents and descents on some days. The maximum altitude reached in Arosa is approximately 2896. The maximum altitude reached is unlikely to be more than 2900m in Klosters. The walks on this holiday are weather dependant and may change depending on the local conditions. See the itinerary section for more information.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
The Excelsior Hotel
We fly to Zurich Airport and travel the very scenic journey via Chur to Arosa by train.
Transfer Time = 3h
The Excelsior Hotel
During our time in Arosa, our walks will start from the village of Arosa and others will require us to take a cable car, train or the occasional local bus. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:
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 gives you free travel on local transport and reductions on many local attractions.
We say goodbye to beautiful Arosa and travel by train to Klosters to continue our holiday in a fine Swiss idyllic.
During our time in Klosters, our walks will start from the village of Klosters and others will require us to take a cable car, train or the occasional local bus. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:
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.
We bid farewell to Switzerland and travel the scenic journey by train back to Zurich Airport for our return flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
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.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
We 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 Rebecca Allen at [email protected] 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 wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
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
Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.
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 screen
- 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
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
- Head torch
- Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!
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
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holidays in Arosa. The local tourist office website for Arosa has pictures and videos of the area, there is also a link to live webcams. 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 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
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
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.
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
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.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information
on security and local laws for travellers, together with current
passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible
precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays
of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day,
and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
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
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Stamina is the key to these holidays, which will typically be in the Alps or the Dolomites.
There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable.
Expect about 800 - 1000m of cumulative ascent and descent each day.
Discover more about our walking grades