Jan 14-22, 2022
Listed price includes round-trip air; lift tickets not included in package.
Optional 4-night post-skiing extension in London ($1,135) returns January 26.
Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year – something this unique destination, straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, pulls off with international flair. Come to Zermatt and enjoy Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle. Enjoy the runs on endless pistes with a spectacular backdrop of mountains. At almost 4,000 meters altitude, Matterhorn Ski Paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. Apart from guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and extensive ski resorts anywhere in the world.
Our trip includes 7 nights (Sat-Sat) in the boutique 4-star Hotel Albana Real with full daily breakfast buffet and daily Swiss/European-based dinners including soup, salads, pasta, meat and fish. RT air from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Geneva (details below). Welcome drink upon arrival. Lift tickets not included. Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included (details below).
Hotel Albana Real welcomes us in an atmosphere that is both refined and relaxed. The luxurious hotel, equipped with a touch of Art Deco, invites us to rest and relax. Handcrafted wood carvings decorate the rooms and suites, decorated in soft colors and modern but quite rustic style. The hotel is a 2-minute walk to the ski shuttle, or about a 10-minute walk to the lifts. Free WiFi is included.
Entry into the hotel's wellness spa is included: Indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi & gym.
Listed cost is for double occupancy. A limited number of rooms may be available for single occupancy; request when registering and the trip leader will confirm availability and cost, and make an adjustment to your invoice if you can be confirmed.
Lift Tickets: Lift tickets are not included in the package. We plan to do a discounted group purchase of the 6-day International Ski Passes, which allow skiing at neighboring Cervinia, Italy, where many of us expect to venture a time or two (a great lunch stop!). We think the cost will be about $430.
If you request the ticket when you sign up (register) for the trip, we'll add the cost to your trip invoice once the price is confirmed, sometime in the fall (before final payments are due).
Or, you could wait and buy your lift pass at the resort.
Ikon Pass: The full Ikon Pass is good for 7 days of skiing at Zermatt, and the Ikon Base Pass for 5 days, but neither pass allows you to ski over to Cervinia. You can upgrade your pass on a daily basis to include Cervinia for 42 CHF/day (about $46) at a ticket window (2021 price; may change).
Trip Insurance: Emergency medical, evacuation & repatriation insurance (not cancellation insurance) is included. Note that this is not cancellation coverage and will not provide any relief if you have to cancel from the trip before it begins, whether for medical or other reasons. You may upgrade your coverage to include cancellation coverage by clicking on the link. It will take you to a flyer describing the options available, including a link to the detailed coverage plan. Note that the "Cancel for Any Reason" (CFAR) option must be purchased within 14 days of paying your initial deposit on the trip.
Return Home - or Continue to London: Saturday (Jan 22) those returning to the U.S. will fly to Dulles and those on the extension will fly to London (schedule farther below).
Itinerary for Basic Trip: (Subject to Change) Flights on United Airlines
(Return flight times updated 10/2/2021)
RETURN to Dulles:
Saturday, January 22 - United Airlines
London Option - $1,135
4-night post-skiing extension in London
returns to the U.S. Wednesday, January 26
Four nights (Sat-Wed) in the 4-star Strand Palace Hotel with daily breakfast and half-day guided city tour. Includes flight on Saturday, Jan 22, from Geneva to London.