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‘Peak experiences’: The best country to visit for solo female travellers

Women have long been the primary planners of luxury travel, so it stands to reason they want their chosen destinations, hotels and tours to offer exceptional female-oriented experiences.

Switzerland has boldly risen to the challenge with the launch of 100% Women, an exciting new program delivering more than 200 tours, offers and events tailored specifically for women.

This unique initiative – created by women for women who are travelling in small groups or as solo travellers – positions Switzerland as one of the world’s safest, friendliest and most beautiful destinations for female globetrotters.

Switzerland is renowned for its snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes, pristine wilderness, crisp, clean air, chocolate-box villages and exceptional health and wellness retreats.

But this land-locked nation in the heart of Europe also delivers peak experiences infused with world-class luxury, culture, history, adventure, culinary and sports activities.

Allalin Glacier
Allalin Glacier © Florence Gross

100% Women: Experiences, tours and offers

Much of Switzerland’s tourism industry is inspired by pioneering women, whether mountaineers, hoteliers, vintners, chefs or guides.

With this in mind, Switzerland Tourism called out to the travel industry for offers exclusive to women travelling in small groups or as solo travellers.

More than 400 offers flooded in from guided and self-guided tours to unique experiences and events.

A jury chose the best among them and 220 are now available here, with additional commentary including portraits and stories of interesting women in Swiss tourism. Read on for some examples.

Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular solo female travel
Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular © Silvano Zeiter

Good food and fine wine are foundation stones of the Switzerland experience, so it’s no surprise many of the 100% Women tours focus on culinary delights.

Discovering wild herbs and how to cook with a herbalist; wineries; beer-based cooking, tasting and brewing courses; picnics; eating for wellness, and Ladies’ Chefs Tables are all offered as part of the program.

Some of Switzerland’s iconic winter sports – such as downhill and cross-country skiing; snow-shoeing; ice-skating; snowboarding; hiking by the light of the moon, and other peak mountain experiences – can be combined with yoga and life-coaching.

Many of the tours also combine wellness, mindfulness and pampering, wrapped up with luxury accommodations, gourmet cuisine and expert guides.

Buergenstock Resort
Buergenstock Resort © Ivo Scholz

100% Women: Destinations and hotels

While many of the offers are for women only, men and children are always warmly welcome in Switzerland with fun, culture and sports on offer for the whole family.

In Lucerne, for example, you can learn to make Swiss chocolate with a visit to Max Chocolatier’s atelier or embark on a guided tour of the city’s many cultural attractions.

Cook up a storm with Chatsorn Pratoomma, head chef at Spices Kitchen in the Burgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, a wonderful place to stay with its Alpine Spa and panoramic views of Lake Lucerne.

In beautiful Crans-Montana, book a half-day hiking tour with renowned herbalist Marlene Galletti on a fragrance-based adventure and cookery lesson based on fresh local produce.

Spend quality time in a classic mountain chalet and stay at the magical Hotel du Pas de l’Ours, a traditional village-style retreat with stone walls, wood beams and open fireplaces.

Max Chocolatier solo female travel tours
Max Chocolatier

Head for the majestic peaks of Engelberg for a snow-filled, women-only winter sports experience mixed with yoga to balance the body and mind.

The five-star Kempinski Palace Engelberg is welcoming is first guests in 2021, its 129 rooms and suites, restaurants and rooftop spa radiating contemporary Swiss hospitality.

Should your travels take you to Grindelwald, hotel owners Lena Goosmann and Janis Buergi walk their guests from Parkhotel Schoenegg to a historic mountain hut for one night.

Enjoy Swiss grill specialties cooked on an open fire in the evening before returning to the hotel the following day for pampering in the hotel’s indoor pool, solarium and panorama whirlpool.

In summer, enjoy E-bike, abseiling and canyoning tours of Interlaken and the surrounding countryside, discovering hidden places far from the tourist trail.

The imposing Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of an energetic day with its stunning views of the Jungfrau massif, monumental spa complex and two gourmet restaurants.

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa © Daniel Reichenbach

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Lead image: Arvigrat © Silvano Zeiter