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In the Shadow of the Eiger

Bernese Oberland – the Eiger, Münch & Jungfrau
 
With the dramatic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as your breathtaking backdrop, cross verdant slopes and thrilling passes, and stay in welcoming Alpine hotels. This self-guided walking break includes luggage transfers, so you can explore the UNESCO-protected landscapes at leisure.
In the Shadow of the Eiger. 4 nights
In the Shadow of the Eiger. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Bernese Oberland

In the mountains above Interlaken stand some of Switzerland's most famous and iconic peaks, which draw the walker, the adventurer and the romantic. Of these, the Eiger conjures up images of precipitous crags and jagged snow-capped ridges that pierce the blue sky. In the valleys below nestle small villages and farms amid flower-filled meadows, high Alpine pastures and forested slopes. Exploring Grindelwald and then walking on to Wengen, you enjoy a classic walk through high mountains and over splendid passes within the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our walks on this short break follow well-established paths recognised for their outstanding vistas. The ascents are rewarded with magnificent views from high passes; the descents draw you on with the anticipation of things to come, and the hotels delight with their warm welcome and friendly ambience.
 

Book now for 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence, despite the travel restrictions in place currently. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is late June and early July.
     
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Arrival in Grindelwald
    Night 1: at Hotel Kreuz & Post (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Grindelwald: 16km, 5.5hrs; ascent 700m/descent 865m
    On your day in Grindelwald, our scenic introduction to the region involves taking the gondola to First and walking westwards. Following a classic high alpine route, you pass the lake of Bachalpsee and enjoy far-reaching views towards Lake Thun. Your target is Schynige Platte, the 19th-century narrow-gauge cog railway summit station and its Alpine garden, where 560 plants can be seen. You return to Grindelwald on the oldest electrically powered locomotive, complete with nostalgic open carriages and original wooden seats (pay locally for this and the gondola using the included half-fare card).
    Circular walk from Grindelwald: 16km
    The Schynige Platte cog railway
  • Grindelwald to Wengen: 16.5km, 6.5hrs; ascent 905m/descent 1235m
    Today you start with a train ride out of the valley to Alpiglen (included), where you pick up the dramatic Eiger Trail which runs along the foot of the classic rocky north face. You also pass the Mönch and Jungfrau, with wonderful glacier views, before descending over glacial moraine, and later through pastures and woodland, to the beautiful village of Wengen where you stay at the Hotel Alpenrose on the edge of the village.
    Grindelwald to Wengen: 16.5km
    The route to Wengen
  • Linear walk from Männlichen: 12km, 3.5hrs; ascent 150m/descent 1050m
    To make the most of Wengen's spectacular surroundings, we suggest that you take the cable car to Männlichen, a superb vantage point from which to admire the soaring peaks of the Eiger, Münch and Jungfrau. From here, panoramic paths lead across the high slopes and through pastures back to Wengen and your hotel.    
    Linear walk from Männlichen: 12km
 

Accommodation

At your two high-quality hotels, you will be warmly welcomed and well looked after each evening.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 September 2020 - 11 October 2020 & 20 June 2021 - 11 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 12 Sep 2020 £790 £95
    13 Sep - 7 Oct 2020 £740 £95
    20 Jun - 11 Jul 2021 £865 £95
    12 Jul - 12 Aug 2021 £885 £100
    13 - 21 Aug 2021 £865 £95
    22 Aug - 12 Sep 2021 £790 £95
    13 Sep - 7 Oct 2021 £740 £95
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return rail/bus from any Swiss airport. A Swiss Half-Fare Card is also included, providing you with half-price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Kreuz & Post, Grindelwald
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £38
    Junior suite: 20 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £38
    Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen
    South-facing with balcony: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £24
    South-facing with balcony: 20 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £24

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Alpenrose, Wengen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2020 £120 £140
    15 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £105 £125
    20 Jun - 14 Jul 2021 £115 £135
    15 Jul - 14 Aug 2021 £125 £145
    15 Aug - 14 Sep 2021 £120 £140
    15 Sep - 11 Oct 2021 £105 £125
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich, Geneva, Bäsel

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
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    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Grindelwald (2h50), walk to hotel (0h02) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to station (0h02), rail Wengen to Zürich airport (3h15) included 1230

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to Grindelwald (3h35), walk to hotel (0h02) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to station (0h02), rail Wengen to Geneva airport (3h55) included 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Basel airport to Basel SBB (0h20), rail Basel SBB to Grindelwald (2h40), walk to hotel (0h02) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to station (0h02), rail Wengen to Basel SBB (3h), coach Basel SBB to Basel airport (0h20) included 1230
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 4 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported (1 bag per person)
  • route notes and maps
  • return rail from any Swiss airport
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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