About Echo Trails
ECHO Trails is a Trip Advisor “Hall of Fame” designated tours company providing five years of consecutive “Certificate of Excellence”.
In our TripAdvisor reviews, read first-hand about the amazing experiences and wonderful memories that people have enjoyed on our walking, hiking and biking tours.
ECHO Trails tours began in 2011 with the philosophy “Relate & be Visitor-focused.” We initially focused on guided day tours in the Lake Lucerne region. Our successful philosophy has now grown to include guided day tours in other areas of the country as well as multi-day hiking and rail tours.
The acronym ECHO stands for Ecological, Culture, Heritage and Outdoors, and represents some of the main things you want to do and know about when you visit a new place.
We offer visitors guided day tours led by locally-based native English-speaking guides who can communicate the salient features of the area in terms you understand. Their fluency allows them to share their Swiss story and experiences too. This emotional communication connection, coupled with the ability to “relate to visitors” makes the ECHO Trails experience unique and different to all other native Swiss-led tours.
The pace of the tours is leisurely with plenty of time to take photos and to get as much information from your guide as you want: A stop at a local scenic restaurant is always included, and we exclusively use the efficient Swiss public transportation system (buses, trains, boats, cable-cars) for all our transfers allowing you to get an authentic flavor of daily life here.
OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE YOU A “WOW” EXPERIENCE!
We invite you to join one of our English-speaking guided day tours to experience the beauty of the area. Our day tours provide visitors with an opportunity to interact with locals and get a real and authentic sense of the place.
Our team of fluent English-speaking guides all live nearby and are happy to answer any questions about Switzerland – the country, its heritage and its culture. Our guides are also passionate about sharing their Switzerland story; chief adventure officer, René Welti is a Swiss-American, Swiss-certified hiking guide with a 25+ year career in tourism who has led more tours and trips to and through Switzerland than he can remember.
All our guides are selected on their ability to “relate to visitors” and to provide you that “Most Memorable” day of your Swiss visit. Our guides have personally hiked all the tours and know each route (as well as alternatives for that just-in-case situation) so as to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience for the participants.
Our memberships and affiliations
- Lucerne Tourist Office – Friendly Host the first year it was created
- Adventure Travel Trade Association – Member
- World Tourism Forum Lucerne – USA Ambassador
- SKAL International – Member