We bid ciao to Italy and hallo to Switzerland today! Highlights included the Simplon Pass to Zermatt, Cheese Fondue, and an evening free to explore on our own.
Adventures by Disney Italy & Switzerland
Day 1: Stresa, Italy
Day 2: Stresa, Italy
Day 3: Stresa, Italy
Day 4: Como, Italy
Day 5: Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 6: Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 7: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 8: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Day 9: Auf Wiederseh
Adventure Guide Pictures
Pasta Making at Home
Breakfast at Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
We woke up to watch the sunrise, enjoy one final (and delicious) buffet breakfast and then were off to Zermatt. Adventures by Disney makes changing resorts and locations a breeze. You simply leave your packed luggage outside of your room at the designated time and they magically whisk it from one room to the next. No lugging, hauling, dragging or lifting required.
The Simplon Pass to Zermatt
We boarded our motor coach to cross the high mountain Simplon Pass between the Pennine Alps and the Lepontine Alps in Switzerland. Dating back to the Stone Age, the winding Simplon Pass was constructed by Napoleon! We made a stop for VAT tax refunds and then one other stop for the freshest, coldest water, pics and snacks! Hallo Switzerland!
Considered the most beautiful of the Alpine villages, the automobile-free Zermatt lies at the foot of the highest mountains in the Alps and basks in the splendor of the Matterhorn. We had so much fun boarding the short train that took us into the village with Marcello. Marissa stayed behind to organize getting all of our luggage. No lugging anything cumbersome on Adventures by Disney. :-) The kids have all bonded so well that they split off from the adults as soon as we got on the train.
Cheese Fondue Lunch
Our first meal in Switzerland was everything we had hoped and more. We dipped into the delicious melted cheeses of the Alps in a lovely private room at the back of the most charming restaurant. We learned that this Swiss specialty, with shared French and Italian origins, dates back to the late 17th century.
Mont Cervin Palace Hotel Arrival
As our Adventure Guides checked us in, we were off to explore the stunning Mont Cervin Palace Hotel. The Mont Cervin Palace is part of Zermatt – and Zermatt is part of the Mont Cervin Palace. This special connection has grown over 160 years. This idyllic place has no cars (and no air conditioning!), just tranquility, clean air and mountains.
Our two rooms were SO comfortable, that it took everything we had to resist diving into bed, where we have the most stunning views of the Alps!
Gornergrat Railway & The Matterhorn
After a quick refresh, we were back with our guides to take the Gornergrat Railway for the most spectacular views of the Matterhorn! For 125 years, the cog railway has been taking our guests from the village at 1600 metres up to 3100 metres above sea level. The journey is resplendent, with views of the Matterhorn and Alps. And, our visit just happened to fall on the 158th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn!
The panorama at the top is spectacular with mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see. The north face of the Matterhorn is directly behind us here!
Before we split up for free time on the mountain or in Zermatt, our guides treated us each to a piece of Toblerone – chocolate shaped like the Matterhorn.
The Valais Sheep
Always up for adventure and anything with animals, we began an hour hike down the mountain on our own in search of the Valais sheep!
These famous sheep have spiraled horns, black faces and ears and the white woolly coat – which is special in itself. From late June to early September, a whole herd of them graze on the Gorgergrat, always accompanied by their Shepardess. To find them, you can use a GPS locater, but I can tell you it wasn’t easy! The trails are narrow and rocky, as well as steep in some places. We were literally over the moon when we heard the first baaaaaaa. We couldn’t see them yet, but we weren’t even sure if we were on the right train unitl that point. It was a beautiful adventure we will never forget. How often do you get the chance to pet a herd of wild sheep grazing under the Matterhorn in Switzerland?! (Whit’s whole YEAR is made!)
As we continued down on foot, we came across this lovely sight!
We all had the evening free to dine and explore on our own. The guides will always make recommendations and assist with reservations. The boys are on a mission to consume as much cheese as possible, so we opted for another traditional Swiss restaurant. Our dinner at Whymper-Stube completely delivered in ambiance and cuisine! While the boys did fondue, I opted for raclette and it was AMAZING!
We also loved popping in the shops in the charming little village.
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