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Highlights

  • The mighty trio of mountains - the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau
  • Wild, colourful alpine flowers and lush forest walking
  • Exhilarating walking along mountain paths
  • Traditional, local Swiss cuisine at your overnight accommodation

Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local tradition. The alpine air will refresh and invigorate the senses and the local cuisine will be a welcome sight after a days walking amongst the snow-capped mountains.

Your journey begins in Interlaken, a popular tourist town located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. You start by heading up to the ‘Faulhorn’ where you are rewarded with magnificent views from the fabulous mountain hotel at the top. Heading to Grindelwald takes you down the mountain path or alternatively in a cable car to explore this popular mountain village.

The walk continues up to Kleine Scheidegg where you gain spectacular views across to the North Face of the Eiger. The final stage of the walk heads to Murren which is a small and cosy village. Its famous for its revolving restaurant and is where the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, was set. Being traffic free, the village is a nice relaxed way to end the holiday. The overall walking on this holiday is relaxed and there are always options to take cable cars or trains on certain days if you prefer the easier option.

Fabulous walking combined with traditional Hotel, Guest House and one Mountain Hotel accommodation. Breakfast is provided every morning and an evening meal is also included on 3 nights. Baggage transfer (except for day 2) and great backup are of course included to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in the Swiss Alps.

DAY 1: Arrive Interlaken

Interlaken is a well-known tourist destination located in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. It is easily accessible by train from both Zurich (2hrs 15mins) and Geneva (3hrs) - both involve one change of train usually in Bern. There are low cost flights from the UK/Europe to both Zurich and Geneva. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. It is surrounded by the three mountain peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.


Overnight: Interlaken Hotel - Hotel Derby - BB


DAY 2: Train to the Schynige Platte and walk to Faulhorn

Today starts with a spectacular train ride via Wilderswil to the top of the Schynige Platte. Dramatic views all around to the trio of mountains - the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The walking is spectacular along the high route to the mountain guesthouse on the peak of Faulhorn.


Walk: 11 km, 4.5hrs, 800m ascent / 100 m descent


Overnight: Berghotel Faulhorn - DB&B


The Faulhorn mountain hotel is the highest hotel in Switzerland, it is situated on top of a mountain so its very remote. The mountain hotel is basic but offers traditional hospitality, food and rewarding views. Please Note: No luggage transfer is included today.


DAY 3: Walk to Grindelwald

Today's walk heads down from the mountain to your destination of Grindelwald. The first stretch of today’s walk heads down to Lake Bachsee - a famous sight with a backdrop of the Wetterhorn peak. From here there are a couple of walking options down to Grindelwald both with fabulous views over to the north face of the Wetterhorn - one of most difficult walls to climb in the Alps.


Walk: 20 km, 6 hrs, 100m ascent / 1750m descent


Overnight: Grindelwald Hotel - Waldhotel Bellary - B&B


DAY 4: Walk to Kleine Scheidegg

Today you climb quite a steep ascent with striking views across to the Eiger which towers above your head. Its worthwhile taking the short detour to visit the impressive gorge called Gletscherschlucht. You can take the train up to Kleine Scheidegg if you are disinclined to walk a section.


Walk: 10 km, 4.5 hrs, 1140m ascent / 100m descent


Overnight: Kleine Scheidegg Hotel - Hotel/Restaurant Bahnhof - DB&B*


*It is possible to upgrade (at a supplement) for 2 nts at Kleine Scheidegg  to a first-class hotel - please contact us for information or select the upgrade from the options when booking.


DAY 5: Rest day in Kleine Scheidegg

Have a rest on the mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg or experience one of the many walks on offer. One of the most spectacular ones takes you along the foot of the Eiger North face up to the Eigergletscher station where you can travel back to Kleine Scheidegg, you may be in luck and see a team of climbers on their way up the vertical cliffs of the Eiger.


Walk: Ranging from 5 - 10km, 2 - 4.5hrs, 100-750m ascent / 170 - 850m descent depending on walk.


Overnight: Kleine Scheidegg Hotel - Hotel/Restaurant Bahnhof - DB&B


DAY 6: Walk to Murren

Today you head down following the railway line to the village of Wengen and further on to Lauterbrunnen at the bottom of the valley. Its worth taking a short detour to visit the highest waterfall of the region before you start the short ascent to Murren. The village of Murren will be your base for the next 2 nights and offers a lot of entertainment but is still traditional and is completely free of cars.


Walk: 18km, 6.5hrs, 840m ascent / 1250m descent


Overnight: Murren Hotel - Hotel Bellevue - B&B


DAY 7: Rest Day in Murren

Today can be a rest day or we suggest climbing up to the Schilthorn a mountain which has become famous all over the world as its where the James Bond Film ‘On her majesty’s secret service’ was filmed. There is a revolving restaurant and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. You can then take a cable car back down to your Hotel in Murren.


Walk: 7 - 10km, 4.5 - 6.5hrs, 960m ascent / 1340m descent


Overnight: Murren Hotel - Hotel Bellevue - B&B


DAY 8: Onward Travel

You can take the train from Murren to Grutschalp where a cable car runs down to Lauterbrunnen. Continue on the train to Berner Oberland Bahn to Interlaken Ost where the trains now connect to Bern and onwards to Basel of Zurich/Geneva.

Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We aim to give you an authentic experience and use local family run accommodations in a mixture of hotels, guest houses and one mountain hotel (it is possible to upgrade to a first-class hotel at Kleine Scheidegg). The hotels are generally chalet types with wooden interior which are typical of the region. The guest houses and mountain hotels will have shared facilities.


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.


Alternate accommodation

During high season, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your walking routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same standard as those described.


Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning and an evening meal is included on 3 nights. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail.

How to Book

This holiday is available to start from the beginning of July to the middle of September. To make a provisional reservation select "Book". Option & Extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Because every holiday we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:


  • You provisionally book the tour/s you are interested in on your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

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

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you but there is a supplement payable. This trip is also suitable for solo travellers but their is a solo walker supplement payable.


Grade & Terrain 

The walking is graded moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle. Some days are long, the paths are undulating in parts and you may need a head for heights!


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The network of paths and trails in the Grindelwald area 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.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary (except for on Day 2 when you need to carry an overnight pack due to the remote location). 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 Interlaken

Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and can be accessed by the following transport:


By Air - You can either fly into Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport (both in Switzerland). Many low cost and charter airlines fly from both the UK and Europe.


From Zurich - You can take a train from Zurich to Interlaken - (approx. 2hr 15mins, usually involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.


From Geneva - You can catch a train from Geneva to Interlaken - (approx. 3hrs usually, involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.


Getting from Murren

From Murren you can take the train to Grutschalp (15mins) and then take the cable car to Lauterbrunnen. From here you can catch the train back to Interlaken where you can connect to Zurich (2hrs 15 mins) or Geneva (3hrs).


Please check the Swiss Rail network for up to date timetables.

Getting to Interlaken

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


Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and can be accessed by the following transport:


By Air - You can either fly into Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport (both in Switzerland). Many low cost and charter airlines fly from both the UK and Europe.


From Zurich - You can take a train from Zurich to Interlaken - (approx. 2hr 15mins, usually involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.


From Geneva - You can catch a train from Geneva to Interlaken - (approx. 3hrs usually, involving a change in Bern) Train schedules can be found on the Swiss Rail Network.


Getting from Murren

From Murren you can take the train to Grutschalp (15mins) and then take the cable car to Lauterbrunnen. From here you can catch the train back to Interlaken where you can connect to Zurich (2hrs 15 mins) or Geneva (3hrs).


Please check the Swiss Rail network for up to date timetables.

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 Nights in a mix of Hotels, Guest Houses and one Mountain Hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers (apart from Day 2)
  • Detailed route notes and maps on arrival
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
  • Train transfer from Interlaken to Schynige Platte on Day 2
  • Return travel by rail from Murren to Interlaken

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first / from last accommodation
  • Travel to and from Switzerland
  • Any train/bus travel in case of bad weather or for shortcuts
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Upgrade to a first-class hotel on Kleine Scheidegg for 2 nts (double room, half board)
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional nights during the walk

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate, so you should have a good level of fitness and will enjoy the holiday even more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Most of the paths are easy to follow and although undulating in parts the tracks are generally good.  Walking each day is between 2 - 6 hrs.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into either Zurich Airport or Geneva Airport in Switzerland, check out the travel details section for more detailed information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially as the season is short (June - Sep).  You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

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 September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary (except for on Day 2 when you need to carry an overnight pack due to the remote location). We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. 

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

 

Perfect hiking trip in Switzerland

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I recently completed Mac's Grindelwald Trail hiking trip. I had a wonderful time. The trip was extremely well-organized (of course, it is Switzerland!). As planned, I picked up my vouchers, tickets, map, and detailed trip notes at the Hotel Derby in Interlaken. The hotel was well-chosen, as it is just a short walk to the bus stop for Wilderswil, where I took the train to Schynige Platte. From Schynige Platte, I walked to Faulhorn, a hotel built in the 1800s at the top of a ridge. The hotel is quite rustic, but comfortable, and because there is no running water, they have water pitchers and basins in the rooms. In the morning, I filled my water bottles with tasty cold tea for the day's hike. I walked on to Grindelwald, and the next day from to Kleine Scheidegg. In Kleine I upgraded to the Hotel Bellevue, a grand hotel built in the 1890s. A free day in Kleine is a good idea, because it provides the opportunity to take the train up to the Jungfrau, and from there to walk further to a mountain hut called Monchsjoch, at about 12,000 feet. From Kleine Scheidegg I walked down into the Lauterbrunnen valley, and then up to Murren. In Murren, there is another free day, a good idea, because there is a place worth seeing called Schilthorn, and there are many hiking opportunities in the area. The trip notes provided alternate routes for the hikes, and trails in Switzerland are so well-marked that consultation with the map was barely necessary along the trail. This trip is a good idea for hikers of any level of experience, as the trails are only moderately strenuous, and there are many opportunities along the way, if needed, to hop a train or cable car (except to and from Faulhorn). The trip ends in Murren, but the tour includes a train ticket to Interlaken, and from there you can get a train connection to anywhere in the country. This trip is a great idea for people who have never been to Switzerland, as this area provides some of the best scenery in the country.

Ken S.

Massachusetts

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Best. Trip. Ever!!!

5

My wife and I hiked the Grindelwald trail put together by Macadventures in July of 2019 for our 30th anniversary. Macs arranged all the accommodations with included breakfasts and a few dinners. We were very lucky with the weather and the scenery was not to be believed! Unbelievably beautiful! The hiking was moderate to strenuous but do-able. The hotel Faulhorn was a trip back in time and definitely worth the small inconveniences -- being above the clouds the next morning made the somewhat sleepless night well worth it! The hotel Bellevue in Murren was very nice and the food in their restaurant was outstanding. We added on two nights in Wengen at the Schoenegg hotel and that was the perfect way to end the trip! Macs always got our luggage where it needed to be when we needed it to be there. Great experience all around. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and would use Macs again!

J & K

Cincinnati, Ohio

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We had an excellent adventure!

5

This is a great trip for hikers. We had wonderful weather, met lovely people (including our accommodation hosts), saw beautiful scenery (the hills were alive, so green even in September!), ate and drank well, and had an altogether excellent experience.

Betsy

Southern California

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Excellent view and comfortable hike

5

Great trip, very well organized, generally very good advice on the various hikes, and the bag transfers were smooth. First day hike up to Faulhorn was great, although it would have been useful to know that there are two routes up to the hotel, with the direct route being actually quite difficult with a steep slope and lots of loose boulders, and the alternative rout to walk around the peak and follow a much better path to the top. Faulhorn didn't have showers, which was not disclosed in the information guide, but the rooms were very comfortable and clean, and the food in the dining hall very good indeed. I would recommend highly the upgrade at Kleine Scheidegg and stay at the Hotel Bellevue des Alpes. It is an historic hotel with tons of old world charm, excellent service, and wonderful meals. The hiking was superb, and we tended to do the extra suggested hikes or took the longer routes to get as much of it as possible. The hikes that pose the most difficulty were clearly marked in the guide as "advanced" and "must not be wet." There are always easier ways, and once we turned back to an easier way when the path went out on a ridge with steep drops on either side, as my spouse had a bout of vertigo (by the way, this was us picking a route that the guide was silent on, so our fault). Generally, though, unless you actually suffer from vertigo, there were not many spots that would pose an issue. Overall though, what a great holiday. We had fantastic fun. We flew into Zurich and took the train to Luzern where we stayed the night before the MACSAdventure started, and spent the morning enjoying Luzern before going to Interlaken for the following afternoon. On the way back, we took the train from Murren to Interlaken and caught the boat to Brienz. If you have time, this is a lovely way to start the return trip. We then caught the train in Brienz to Zurich, and spent the rest of the afternoon walking that beautiful city.

Richard

US

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I would go to Alps again

5

Everything worked well, even the weather. At the same time Jungfrauland is small but huge e.g. during the second hiking via First you could nearly see the route you're taking during the whole day but still the landscape was all the time differing. It is really worth walking even tough it is possible to take shortcuts. Hiking paths are easy to walk and find, off course height differences are massive but this is very rewarding experience.

A&R

Finland

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Exhilarating

5

Having our luggage transferred was really good - especially finding it already in our room after a long walk. The breakfasts at all accommodations were excellent. The dinners at Faulhorn and Kleine Scheidigg were superb. The guest cards enabling free bus travel were useful. The suggested routes for rest days were good. The overnight locations were very varied which added immensely to our enjoyment.

GillnGeoff

Lancashire

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Brilliant !

5

Did this last July with our 11 and 13 year old daughters. The walk up to the faulhorn hut over early summer snow was a little nerve-wracking for me with an eye on the weather but the girls loved it. The hut is a magical place - identical to how it looked last time I called in 20 years ago and not much changed in the last 50. Used our rest day to go up the Jungfrau and trek over the snow fields to the top hut for lunch - very safe for young ones and blessed by perfect weather.Murren is worth staying a couple of days in - no cars and perched high above the valley floor - same chilled, car free atmosphere as a village in Nepal though much more luxurious. Did the Murren Klettersteg/via ferrata on our last day in murren which allows you to have the whole family attached to a cable 800 metres up a cliff for a few hours...... Murren/wengen also good for mountain biking which I I spent a few hours enjoying v early one morning - cable car can bring you back up as well. Also did the eiger trail one day which even stopped the two girls in their tracks with the views and high peaks. Best thing about holiday for a family is if weather bad or people tired then the trains/cable cars can take you onto next stop.Also lots of variations to route possible so easy to keep all walkers happy. And once again defintiely stay a couple of extra days in Murren and let life slow down to 4km/h for you.

martin sowter

New Zealand

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