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Self-guided flexible walking tour Best of the Bernese Oberland In Style
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Highlights

  • A stylish week of flexible alpine walking, staying in historic 4-star hotels.
  • A choice of varied hikes beneath the iconic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
  • The chocolate-box wooden chalets of Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald.
  • Platefuls of steaming rösti and pots of bubbling fondu, at mountain cafés.
  • An optional Jungfraujoch visit & the thrill of riding cable cars and funiculars.

Stay 7 nights in historic 4-star hotels with views to die for, whilst enjoying a choice of alpine walks beneath the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, icons of the Swiss Alps. Each evening, you’ve the option to dine at your gourmet hotel-restaurant, replenishing serving classic 4 or 5-course Swiss feasts.

This tour is based in 3 traditional villages; Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald; criss-crossed by a superb web of mountain railways, meaning you can shorten or lengthen your walks as you wish. There’s also the option to visit the Jungfraujoch, at 3454m it is the highest railway station in Europe, where a wonderland of ice, snow and rock awaits, overlooking the sweeping Aletsch glacier.

DAY 1: Arrive Mürren

Overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its 72 waterfalls, Mürren’s car-free streets are perfect for an evening wander, admiring the wooden chalets and backdrop of jagged peaks. Relax as you make yourself comfortable at your historic 4-star hotel, your base for the next 2 nights.


The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken, 2hrs from Bern, 3hrs from Zurich or Basel, 3h45 from Geneva. 


Overnight: Mürren


DAY 2: Schilthorn/choice of walks from Mürren

Mürren is nestled amidst a trio of iconic peaks; the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Jungfrau region is a hiker’s paradise, with around 500km of superb way-marked trails. You can make good use of the cable cars, railways and funicular services to shorten or lengthen your hike as you wish! Each day we offer a variety of suggested walks to get you exploring the alpine meadows and mountain slopes.


Another option for today is to ride the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn, where you can admire 200 other peaks from the Skyline viewing platform at 2970m. There’s also a 360° restaurant and interactive Bond World 007 exhibition; paying homage to the thriller ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Return to your hotel where you can opt to enjoy a sumptuous 5-course dinner. 


Flexible walking: 4-14km


Overnight: Mürren


DAY 3: Choice of walks/travel to Wengen

You’ll find Wengen just across the Lauterbrunnen valley from Mürren, perched at the top of vertical cliffs springing with waterfalls. You have a choice of rewarding walks at your fingertips, which you can combine with mountain transport to adjust your walk as you wish.


Trains run from Mürren to Grütschalp, from where you can descend by cable car to Lauterbrunnen. The railway from here winds its way up to the car-free alpine village of Wengen, situated on a sunny plateau with outstanding views to the Jungfrau. Spend your next 2 nights here at your second historic 4-star hotel; why not treat yourself to a glass of Bordeaux from the specialist wine cellar.


Flexible walking: 4-13km


Overnight: Wengen


DAY 4: Männlichen cable car, walk to Kleine Scheidegg/Wengen

A must-do walk is the aptly named Panorama Trail, reached by the Männlichen cable car (2342m). The trail traces the foot of the Männlichen chain, through woods and alpine pastures with views of the mighty rock walls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and untouched Trümmelbach Valley to Kleine Scheidegg (2061m).


Reward yourself wth a cold beer, steaming plate of rösti and melting raclette at this celebrated mountain pass, with breath-taking views to the Eiger, Lauberhorn and their glaciers.  From Kleine Scheidegg you can also ride the railway up to the Jungfraujoch, the highest point reachable by rail in Europe (also see Days 6 & 7). 


You can board the Wengernalp railway back to the village or continue your walk further.



Flexible walking: 5-12km


Overnight: Wengen


DAY 5: Eiger Trail/Travel to Grindelwald

One of our favourite Swiss walks is the Eiger Trail from Eigergletscher (a short train ride from Wengen) to Alpiglen. This high route brings you right in front of the famous North Face itself; look up and right to see the metal ladders and perhaps even a climber or two setting off on an adventure.


Soak up the views over the Wetterhorn and the Grosse Scheidegg before continuing on a zig zag trail down to Alpiglen. Here you can jump on board the train, or walk further via Gletscherschlucht to Grindelwald, your base for the next 3 nights.  Ease any weary muscles in your hotel’s sauna, saltwater Jacuzzi or whirl pools.


Remember, you can also take cable cars or the train all the way from Wengen to picture-postcard Grindelwald, and there are easier/shorter walks to choose from.


Flexible walking: 5-13km


Overnight: Grindelwald


DAYS 6 & 7: Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks

A must-do optional excursion during your stay in the Bernese Oberland is the ‘Top of Europe’ Jungfraujoch, easily reached by rail from either Wengen or Grindelwald. From Kleine Scheidegg, the cog-wheel railway climbs steeply up to the Jungfraujoch (3454m).


At the very top you’ll find an ice palace with ice sculptures, a viewing plateau, restaurants and panoramic “Sphinx” observation terrace with views over the Aletsch glacier, the longest alpine glacier at 23km.


From Grindelwald you’ve a choice of walks; explore the Grosse Scheidegg plateau, the sparkling Bachalpsee or First with its cable car station. Mountain cafés dotted around Grindelwald will tempt you to relax in the sunshine with a large slice of Apfelstrüdel or Mövenpick icecream sundae— you need to keep your energy levels up after all!


Flexible walking: 7-14km


Overnight: Grindelwald


DAY 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast check-out of your hotel and make your onward journey.  If you’re planning a longer European tour then the Italian Lakes combines perfectly with the Swiss Alps.




Accommodation

Stay 7 nights in historic Swiss 4-star hotels. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered (hotel facilities may change if only alternative properties are available—should you have any specific requirements, please let us know).


You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour.


Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Switzerland are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.


Meals

Breakfasts are included each day, and you can opt to add a 7-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. 



 

 

 



Hotel Eiger - Muerren



Hotel Eiger - Muerren

Hotel Eiger**** was founded in 1892 and is found in the heart car-free Mürren. Your hosts are Susanna and Adrian Stähli, the fourth generation of managing Hotel Eiger! This family-run chalet-hotel boasts a swimming pool, Jacuzzi with views of the Eiger and Mönch peaks, rain shower, sauna and solarium. Dine in the Eiger Saal with a 5-course half-board dinner option or a la carte menu, where you’ll enjoy views of the three iconic peaks, or opt for the cosy Eiger Stubli. Delicious dishes include jugged venison hunter’s style with bacon, pearl onions and bread croutons, buttered spätzli and root vegetables, and to follow there’s dark Toberlerone chocolate mousse, or parfait of strawberries and green pepper with Cointreau. Hotel Eiger has a relaxing lounge and a terrace for soaking up the sunshine and mountain vistas. By evening you can nestle into the Tächi Bar with a glass of whisky, wine, hot chocolate or pot of fine English tea.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Wengener Hof - Wengen



Hotel Wengener Hof - Wengen


Hotel Wengener Hof**** is one of the most traditional hotels in Wengen, and dates from 1898. The Wengener Hof occupies a peaceful location in the village, with extensive gardens and views to the Jungfrau, and over the Breithorn mountain chain down into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The lobby bar with its open fire is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitif. The hotel's chefs serve a 5-course menu each evening in the bright dining room (with a gala dinner on Sundays). A highlight is the excellent selection of exquisite Bordeaux wines, and you can book a visit to the wine cellar. The village centre and the Männlichen cable car are just 3 minutes away, and Wengen station a 5 minutes’ walk away. Transport from and to Wengen train station is by the hotel's electric vehicle. Guests enjoy free access to the wellness and fitness facilities of sister hotel Silberhorn.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel - Grindelwald



Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel - Grindelwald

Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel**** is a 4-star superior hotel dating from 1907. Your hosts are the Hauser family, now in their third generation of running the hotel. Relax in the small but attractive spa area with its large indoor pool, ‘Experience’ shower, Finnish sauna and glacier steam bath, or take a dip in the outdoor salt water Jacuzzi. The fine dining Restaurant Français showcases inventive cuisine featuring fresh, home-grown ingredients; classic Swiss specialities as well as light fusion food with a Mediterranean or Asian influence. The restaurant is a member of the French gourmet association ‘Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’. On Monday evenings you have the chance to take a peek behind the scenes, with a visit to the kitchen with Markus Berger and his crew. All rooms have a large balcony with mountain views, and there’s even a choice of pillows, for a truly refreshing sleep!


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start daily, from the end of June to early October.


Time of Year

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.


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.


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, although you should have a good head for heights and be sure-footed.  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, Route Notes & Maps

The network of paths and trails in the Bernese Oberland is comprehensively way-marked as are all the variations we suggest. We provide you with detailed route notes and maps so you will have no problem following the route suggested, or indeed if you wish to take alternative routes according to your wishes.


Baggage Transfers

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.


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.


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.


Getting to Wengen

The best way to reach Mürren is by train; just 55 mins from Interlaken.  You can fly into Bern (2 hrs), 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.  


By Car: It is not possible to take a car to Mürren, so if you are driving, then you will need to leave your car at Lauterbrunnen (parking spaces can be reserved in advance when staying min. 7 days at www.jungfraubahnen.ch/ph).


Getting from Grindelwald

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.

Getting to Mürren

For general travel planning and information in Switzerland, please go to: www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/transport-travel/getting-around 


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 Grindelwald

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.

Included

  • 7 Nights in historic 4-star family-run hotels.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations (days 3, 5).
  • Route notes, map & info pack.
  • 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.
  • Solo walker supplement.
  • Single room supplement if required.
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass or rail travel within Switzerland.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is very popular, especially over the summer months. However we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Most of the paths are easy to follow and although undulating in parts the paths are generally easy, and where they are tougher, there are alternative walks that day. Walking each day is between 4-14km. If you prefer not to walk each day, then you can take mountain railways or post buses between locations.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

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. 

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into Zurich, Basel, Geneva or Bern Belp airports in Switzerland, check out the travel details section for more detailed information.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and early October when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair.

What happens if I can't walk a stage? 

The beauty of the Jungfrau region, is that there is an excellent network of mountain railways that you can use (cable cars, train, some postbuses) to shorten or lengthen your walk, or skip it altogether. If outside the car-free villages (eg. Grindelwald) then you can make use of local taxis where possible.

Hiking with beautiful views everywhere

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This was our third trip with MacsAdventures. As with our prior Macs trips, this was well organized, excellent accommodations, luggage transfers always handled smoothly, and maps provided options for our hikes. Looking forward to our new trips with MacsAdventures.

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Epic views of Alps

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Multiple options each day from riding gondola, train to long hikes from town to town. Murren a favorite since it was not so touristy, quiet and trails were not crowded. Hardly anyone on Northface trail which was provided just epic views of the Alps, waterfalls, small villages, cows grazing and beautiful forest hiking. Wengen to Grindelwald not as nice since there were so many hikers and gondola riders (many just to get to top of Jungfrou - "Top of Europe"). We did not do that since it was just too crowded and we were too cheap to pay the train fare. We went in July so height of tourist season. Nice weather though! Overall, the hiking was just beautiful. Glad I had hiking poles for snowy areas and steep downhills. Eiger trail to Grindelwald just beautiful although a bit more hikers than what were on the Northface trail. Only crowded place was our last day of hiking from First to lakes - beautiful views though! Very fun family experience. Only change would have been to stay in Murren at least 2 nights before hiking to Wengen).

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