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Highlights of the Bernese Oberland

5 Days & 4 Nights 4.9 Read 20 reviews
  • A short hiking break with flexible walks in the Bernese Oberland.
  • Walking beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, staying at chalet-style hotels.
  • Chocolate-box Swiss villages of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald.
  • Fresh alpine air and delicious food— bubbling fondu overlooking the peaks.
  • The flexibility to shorten/extend your walks by mountain railways.
A short 4-night walking break taking in the must-see highlights of the Bernese Oberland, with a choice of varied hikes at your fingertips. Stay beneath the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in charming family-run chalet-style hotels with great food and views to die for. The Jungfrau region’s excellent mountain railways link the idyllic Swiss Alpine villages of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald. You can make great use of the extensive web of trains, cable cars, funiculars and buses to extend or shorten your hikes as you like, or just sit back and admire the view…

What To Expect

This tour offers 3 days of classic alpine walking, with a choice of varied hikes, whilst staying at family-run chalet-style hotels in 3 picture-postcard alpine villages. A fantastic network of trains, cable cars funiculars and buses will whisk you up and down the mountains, allowing you to explore and hike as little or far as you like.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy to moderate’ overall, as the walks are around 4-14km, but many you can shorten with mountain transport (payable locally or you can opt to purchase a Jungfrau Travel Pass in advance) or skip altogether.

The routes and footpaths are not technically difficult, but a good level of fitness is recommended so you can relax and enjoy the scenery.  Our routes follow wide tracks, paths and sometimes narrower mountain paths occasionally with steep slopes above and below—as with most Alpine walking a good head for heights and sure-footedness is required. Cable cars and trains can be used to avoid the steepest ascents and descents, but some steep sections are unavoidable— the Eiger Trail and the First to Bachalpsee hikes are the most demanding days, with ascents and descents ranging up to 1050m of ascent/descent, in your route notes we have detailed how these days can be made easier.

Please be aware that earlier in the season there may be some residual snow lying in patches, but this will not require any special equipment or skills; walking poles are recommended.

Navigation

All the hiking trails in Switzerland are very well marked with yellow route signs, indicating distances and directions to all destinations. The network of paths and trails in the Bernese Oberland is also comprehensively way-marked as are all the variations we suggest. We provide you with detailed route notes, maps, GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure smart phone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

Stay 4 nights in traditional Swiss chalet-style hotels (of a 3-star standard). The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are on request and a supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, and you can opt to add a 4-night half board supplement to your arrangements. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival.
Included
  • 4 Nights in 3-star family-run chalet-style hotels.
  • 4 Breakfasts.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations (days 2, 3).
  • Detailed route notes, info pack, maps, GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure navigation app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support.
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Travel to Mürren and from Grindelwald.
  • Entrance fees (eg. Jungfraujoch excursion).
  • Public transport (eg. railways, cable cars, chairlifts, funiculars, buses).
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal equipment.
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
  • Half board supplement.
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass or rail travel within Switzerland.

When To Go

This trip is available to start daily, from the end of June to early October. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and mid-September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair.

Getting to the Start

The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken.  You can fly into Bern (2 hrs away), Zurich or Basel (3 hrs), or Geneva (3h45). Train timetables and details of public transportation in Switzerland are available via the excellent travel planner at www.sbb.ch

Getting from the End

From Grindelwald most train connections are via Interlaken Ost (35 mins).  Travel times are as follows from Grindelwald to city train stations (Hauptbahnhof/HB): to Bern (1h40), Zurich (2h40), Basel (2h40), or Geneva (3h30); Again, please see SBB’s website for timetable planning. Further information regarding travel advice will be in your comprehensive pre-departure information pack.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jackets and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Mürren Day 2 Choice of walks/travel to Wengen 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 3 Eiger Trail/Travel to Grindelwald 8.5 miles / 13.5 km Day 4 Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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