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Best of the Bernese Oberland In Style

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • 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.

What To Expect

Stylish historic 4-star hotels combine with the classic walks on this week-long trip to the Swiss Alps. By day, choose from varied walks, by night enjoy fine dining, and relaxing spas, staying in quaint villages. A network of trains, cable cars, funiculars and buses means you can wander further afield, shorten/lengthen your walks, or simply sit back and enjoy the views.

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • 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

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.

Accommodation Information

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.

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. 

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
  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Mürren Day 2 Schilthorn/choice of walks from Mürren 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 3 Choice of walks/travel to Wengen 3 miles / 5 km Day 4 Männlichen cable car, walk to Kleine Scheidegg/Wengen 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 5 Eiger Trail/Travel to Grindelwald 8.5 miles / 13.5 km Day 6 Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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