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Best of the Bernese Oberland

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  • Flexible alpine walking amidst a backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
  • The villages of Mürren, Wengen & Grindelwald, staying at chalet-style hotels
  • The classic Swiss Alps—jagged peaks, crystal clear lakes & alpine meadows
  • Working up an appetite for delicious raclette, fondu, rösti and apfelstrüdel
  • The freedom to extend/shorten your walk by cable car, funicular, bus or train!
Explore the iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland on foot, with a choice of classic walks between Mürren, Wengen and Grindelwald; Swiss chocolate-box alpine villages framed by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The network of mountain transport gives you easy and flexible access to the Jungfrau region’s 500km of walking trails. You’re in control of how easy or challenging you want your walks to be, or simply relax and let the train, funicular, cable car or bus whisk you up and down the mountains!

What To Expect

Thanks to a flexible choice of walks, you’re free to enjoy this alpine hikers’ playground as you wish—whilst making good use of the superb network of mountain railways to shorten or lengthen your walks. Stay in authentic family-run chalet-style hotels in traditional mountain villages.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

This trip is suitable for:

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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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.

Accommodations

Stay 7 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.

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.

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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3-star family-run chalet-style 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.

Luggage 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.

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 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 Day 7 Jungfraujoch optional excursion or choice of walks Day 8 Onward Travel

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