Today, Norm Goldman Editor of Sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as our guest Virginia Van der Veer, Hiking Director, Tanque Verde Ranch.
I was fortunate to live in
Tanque Verde Ranch is one of
I understand you will be leading a 15 day walking/hiking adventure in the Swiss
We take a small group of no more than 15 people. The hikes are geared to the intermediate hiker, with opportunities for easy walks or more advanced hiking. My husband I lead the hikes, so we can offer hikes at different levels each day, depending on the group. We leave the hotel after breakfast, and usually reach a mountain hut for lunch. We return to the hotel between and .
How much planning goes into these adventure tours and can you tell us something about the planning?
The planning involves setting the itinerary, making all hotel reservations, designing the brochure (which is on our Tanque Verde Ranch web-site), sending each participant a packet of information about the hiking areas, arranging transportation and luggage handling by Swiss Rail, and finally meeting everyone at the
Are you the only leader of the Swiss
My husband and I are the leaders of the Swiss Alps adventure. I speak German, the language of our areas in
Could you tell us something about the sleeping and dining accommodations during the 15 day adventure? What can participants expect?
Participants may expect to experience the high standards of Swiss Accommodations and cuisine. Except for the 4-star Swissotel in
What can hikers or walkers expect to see and explore during these hikes? Do you recommend that they do some research before setting out on these hikes or walks?
We provide a list of our hikes and their descriptions to each participant. Each evening, we choose our next day's hike from that list, depending on weather and how people are feeling. We let everyone know what they will experience the following day, so no research is really necessary. Our people may expect to walk through flower-filled meadows, see Swiss cows with bells on, walk below snow-capped peaks of the Matterhorn, Eiger and Jungfrau, buy Swiss cheese directly from the farmer who made it, ride a variety of cable cars and funiculars, have lunch at mountain huts with the most spectacular views in the world. Somewhere we always encounter the cows returning from the high alpine meadows, their head traditionally decorated with flowers and wearing their huge parade bells. It is a photographer's paradise!
What equipment should one have before signing up for these adventures and do you supply any of the equipment?
We give everyone a list of what to bring in the initial information packet. We don't supply equipment, though we always carry first-aid items in case of need.
What is the cost for these adventures and do the participants meet in
We meet everyone at the
As a romantic destination, would you suggest the Swiss
Absolutely! The mountains of
What is your favorite venue(s) during these hikes and why?
It would be difficult to choose one there are so many wonderful places. We have led these trips for 12 years and never tire of the beauty of the Swiss Alps.
Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?
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