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Swiss Mountain Trails

Bernese Oberland - classic Alpine views
 
Enjoy a family adventure, walking self-guided from valley to valley while your luggage is transported. The routes are flexible, with options to shorten them, and our hand-picked hotels – all of which have an indoor pool – offer a warm welcome to families.
Swiss Mountain Trails. 7 nights
Swiss Mountain Trails. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A family walking holiday in the Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland is justly famed as the most dramatic region of Switzerland, but the romantic names of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Schilthorn are but part of the story. The Oberland also possesses villages tucked away in the quiet, sheltered valleys, where you will find lots to do. For walking, few regions are the Oberland's equal.
Well-waymarked paths offer thrilling views at every turn, with vivid green meadows, carpeted in flowers, giving way to dramatic, snow-capped peaks. Thanks to the efficient and varied public transport system, you can easily shorten ascents and routes by taking cable cars or buses, thus making the walks accessible to all the family.
 
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and there's no fixed timetable, so you can set your own pace.
  • 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.
     
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  • Arrival in Kandersteg
    Night 1: at Hotel Victoria (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free days in Kandersteg
    There are numerous walking options for your two days in Kandersteg, particularly if you take advantage of the cable car, gondola or bus to extend your range (pay locally in all instances). Take the gondola for an easy circular walk along the shores of beautiful Lake Oeschinensee, where you can also enjoy an exhilarating ride on the summer toboggan course; wander through the wonderful Kander Gorge into the Gasterntal, a magnificent, secluded glacial valley that is now a nature reserve; or walk up the Gemmi Pass to the hotel where Sherlock Holmes 'stayed' in one of Conan Doyle's famous books. For something more leisurely, follow the 'cheese route' to Allmenalp to see how the holes are put into Swiss cheese in a traditional artisan factory, before sampling the finished product.
    Cheese making in Allmenalp
    Gasterntal valley
  • Choice of routes from Kandersteg to Adelboden: 15km or 18km

    Via Blausee: 15km, 4hrs
    This, the easier of the two routes to Adelboden, leads along the west side of valley, passing the famous Blausee or 'Blue Lake' (small entrance fee payable locally) to reach Frutigen, where you catch the postbus to Adelboden (pay locally).

    Via the Bunderchrinde Pass: 18km, 6.5hrs
    A more challenging route leads up another valley for the steep but immensely rewarding ascent to the rocky Bunderchrinde Pass. Here, at over 2,000 metres, the views often stretch as far as distant Lake Thun, and you can look right along the Gasterntal glacial valley.

    In Adelboden you stay at the Hotel Adler for two nights.
    Blausee
  • Free day in Adelboden

    Circular walk via Engstlige Valley: 12km, 4.5hrs
    We suggest a delightful circular walk that leads up and above the Engstlige Valley to the foot of the river's spectacular waterfalls, the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely picnic. You return along an attractive riverside path back to the village.

    Other activities
    This is a lively village with plenty of activities available. You could hire mountain bikes or even have a go on the electric flyer bikes! There are also tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool (as well as the indoor/outdoor pool at the hotel) and an indoor ice rink.
    Around Adelboden
  • Adelboden to Lenk: up to 14km, 7hrs
    From Adelboden, you ascend steadily to the summit of Sillerenbüel (1,977 metres) before dropping down to the Hahnenmoos Pass, where you are rewarded on a clear day with great views of the Wildstrubel Massif. You then descend towards Lenk across open meadows, enjoying views towards the mighty Gletscherhorn and Weisshorn peaks as well as the Plaine Morte glacier. As with all the walks on this holiday, it is possible to shorten the walk by taking a cable car or bus from one of several points along the route. In Lenk, you spend your final two nights at the Hotel Krone.
  • Free day in Lenk
    Lenk is a lovely mountain village and there are many walking options. Our recommended route is a mixture of high pastureland, waterfalls and striking alpine scenery. Heading south-east from Lenk, you ascend through farmland to reach Simmefäll, a powerful lower section of one of the falls. From here, follow the river’s course along the valley floor back to the village (up to 16km, 6hrs).
 

Accommodation

You will receive a warm welcome at the friendly hotels, all of which serve excellent local dishes – and have indoor pools.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices

All prices are in £ sterling (GBP), based on 2 sharing, with a 3rd/4th bed as required.

 
Prices in £ per person
15 June - 6 October 2019
For self-drive, add £140 per car; if there are more than 2 adults in the car an extra adult must pay £20 per person for travel back to the first hotel.
For travel by rail from London, add £325 per adult; £215 per child (4-11yrs)

Adult / Child (up to 15yrs), sharing a room for 2 people*
15 Jun - 3 Jul: £1095 / £880
4 Jul - 26 Aug: £1145 / £970
27 Aug - 29 Sep: £1095 / £880
*For a single room, add £105, all dates

For family rooms, add the following:

Child (12-15yrs) / Child (6-11yrs) in 3rd/4th bed
15 Jun - 3 Jul: £795 / £685
4 Jul - 26 Aug: £830 / £695
27 Aug - 29 Sep: £795 / £685

Prices include a Half Fare pass giving adults a 50% discount and children free travel on the Swiss transport system, including buses and many local cable cars.

Connecting travel from Zurich Airport
rail from Zurich Airport (out 2h35/home 3h25), £14 per adult; children up to and including age 15 travel free.

Connecting travel from Geneva Airport
rail from Geneva Airport  (out 3h25/home 4h), £14 per adult, children up to and including age 15 travel free.

Connecting travel from Basel Airport
bus/rail from Basel Airport (out 2h35/home 3h30), £14 per adult, children up to and including age 15 travel free.
 
 
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  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich & Geneva (latest flight arrival time 1730; earliest flight departure time 1400 for both)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

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    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 
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    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
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    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 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend 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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported (1 bag per person)
  • route notes and maps
  • half-fare card for adults
    family pass for free travel on public transport for under 16s
 
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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’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 £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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 >
  • 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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