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The Bernese Oberland

A classic walk from valley to valley
 
Explore some of Switzerland’s most beautiful scenery on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. There is a good choice of routes – all featuring magnificent Alpine views – and three of your four friendly, welcoming hotels offer an indoor pool.
The Bernese Oberland. 7 nights
The Bernese Oberland. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A 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 rolling green hills, flower-filled meadows, shady forests and villages tucked away in the quiet, sheltered valleys, where you will find a special serenity. For walking, few regions are its equal...
Well-waymarked paths offer thrilling views at every turn, with vivid green meadows – carpeted in flowers from mid-June to mid-July – giving way to dramatic, snow-capped peaks. Our walk, from valley to valley through magnificent scenery, is accessible to most, with grade 3 options high into the mountains, and opportunities to shorten ascents with cable cars to make walks of a grade 2 standard.
 
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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 Kandersteg
    Night 1: at Belle Epoque 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 exploration.

    The local network of cable cars, gondolas, buses and trains works very efficiently and interconnects well. Pay locally for all public transport.
  • Choice of walks from Kandersteg: 7km to 22km
    The mountains around Kandersteg are a paradise for walkers and we offer a number of different options for your two days here.

    Oeschinensee – grade 2 option: 7km, 2hrs; ascent 40m/descent 550m
    For a leisurely introduction to your week, we recommend exploring the shores of beautiful Lake Oeschinen, reached by gondola. 

    Oeschinensee – grade 3 option: 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent 530m/descent 1000m
    For something more strenuous, ascend into the mountains which surround the lake for superb views over its turquoise waters.

    Gasterntal – grade 2 option: 22km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 700m
    Renowned as the glacial valley in the Bernese Oberland, the secluded Gastern Valley – now a nature reserve – is well worth exploring today. There is a bus that you can take to the entrance to the spectacular Kander Gorge, which you traverse before emerging into the Gastern Valley, passing numerous waterfalls en route to its far reaches. You return by following the River Kander downstream. 

    Gasterntal – grade 3 option: 11km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 900m
    Another way to enjoy the reserve is to take a bus further into the valley, then follow an out-and-back route which winds steeply uphill, gaining some 1,000 metres of altitude, to reach the blue ice of the Kanderfirn Glacier.

    Gemmi Pass – grade 3: 20km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 900m; shorter option: 9km, 3hrs
    Or you may decide to follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and head up onto the Gemmi Pass (2,346 metres), the former link between the Bernese Oberland and the Valais to the south. You start by taking a bus and a cable car to Sunnbüel, then ascend through glorious alpine scenery. From the panoramic pass you return on foot to Sunnbüel via the western shore of Daubensee (or if you don’t wish to walk any further, you can use a combination of cable car, bus and train to return to Kandersteg from the pass).
    Lake Oeschinensee
  • Choice of walks from Kandersteg to Adelboden: 15km or 18km

    Kandersteg to Adelboden via Bunderchrinde Pass – grade 3 option: 18km, 6.5hrs; ascent 1550m/descent 1400m
    Leaving Kandersteg, there is a choice of routes, the most challenging and rewarding of which follows a high-level path up to and over 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. Once in Adelboden, you spend one night at the traditional Hotel Adler.

    Kandersteg to Adelboden via Blausee – grade 2 option: 15km, 5hrs
    For an easier option, head along the east side of the Kander Valley, passing enchanting Blausee ('Blue Lake', for which a small entrance fee is payable locally) before reaching Frutigen, from where you catch the bus up to Adelboden.
  • Adelboden to Lenk: 14km, 7hrs; ascent 760m/descent 1050m
    Your route from Adelboden starts through two gorges, before the steep ascent to the summit of Sillerenbüel (1,972 metres), which rewards with ever-improving views back over Adelboden. Your next target is the Hahnenmoos Pass, the link between the Adelboden and Lenk valleys, from where you descend via a former mule track into the Simmen Valley and the village of Lenk where you spend the night at the Hotel Krone. The ascent can be shortened by taking a cable car up to Sillerenbüel or alternatively you can descend into Lenk by bus from Hahenmoos.
    The route to Lenk
  • Lenk to Lauenen: 15.5km, 6hrs; ascent 980m/descent 800m
    Today's route is another rewarding walk with outstanding and ever-changing scenery. You head up the steep, wooded Wallbach Gorge, passing a dramatic waterfall, then gradually ascend across the flanks of the Ronewald to cross the Trüttlisberg Pass at 2,038 metres, where you can often spot chamois and marmots. From here, the route descends – steeply at first, then more steadily – through pastureland and woodland to the pretty Lauenental Valley. As on the previous day, you can shorten the route by taking advantage of the gondola lift. In Lauenen you stay at the Hotel Alpenland for two nights.
    The route to Lauenen
  • Circular walk from Lauenen: 21km, 7hrs; ascent/descent 850m
    For a contrast to the tranquil scenery that you have explored during the week, we suggest that on your last day you walk to the chic and bustling resort of Gstaad. The walk, uphill through farmland, then along the grassy Höhi Wispile ridge, also offers the opportunity to look back at the majestic mountains through which you have walked. After strolling through Gstaad, you return to Lauenen on a lower route through the valley or can take the bus.
 

Accommodation

You stay in four friendly hotels, where a warm welcome and an excellent dinner await each evening.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 June - 06 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 4 July £1070 £165
    5 July - 23 August £1125 £165
    24 - 31 August £1045 £165
    1 - 12 September £1015 £165
    13 - 29 September £985 £165
    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.

    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.

    7 nights: 15 June - 06 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 4 July £1490 £165
    5 July - 23 August £1545 £165
    24 - 31 August £1465 £165
    1 - 12 September £1430 £165
    13 - 29 September £1395 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Paris (Eurostar), Paris-Kandersteg (TGV/regional rail), approx. duration 10h30 plus 0h05 walk to the hotel.
    Home, Lauenen-Paris (TGV/regional rail/bus), Paris-UK (Eurostar) plus 0h02 taxi transfer.

    A Swiss Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 15 June - 06 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 4 July £1135 £165
    5 July - 23 August £1190 £165
    24 - 31 August £1110 £165
    1 - 12 September £1080 £165
    13 - 29 September £1050 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria
    Mini-suite: 15 Jun - 06 Oct 2019 £35
    Hotel Adler
    South-facing: 15 Jun - 06 Oct 2019 £35

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

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 05 Jul 2019 £105 £113
    06 Jul - 24 Aug 2019 £120 £128
    25 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 £105 £113
    15 Sep - 06 Oct 2019 £96 £104
    Hotel Adler (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 06 Oct 2019 £110 £130
    Hotel Alpenland (with dinner) Double room Single room
    09 Jun - 20 Jun 2019 £105 £135
    21 Jun - 29 Aug 2019 £115 £145
    30 Aug - 06 Oct 2019 £105 £135
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich, Geneva, Basel

    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 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    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 £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.

  • 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.

    If purchasing outward connecting travel through Inntravel, the homeward travel is at no extra cost.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Kandersteg (2h35), walk to hotel (0h05) £74 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Lauenen Geltenhorn bus stop (0h02), coach Lauenen Geltenhorn to Gstaad (0h20), rail Gstaad to Zürich airport (3h35) £0 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Geneva airport to Kandersteg (3h10), walk to hotel (0h05) £78 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Lauenen Geltenhorn bus stop (0h02), coach Lauenen Geltenhorn to Gstaad (0h20), rail Gstaad to Geneva airport (3h) £0 1400

    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 Kandersteg (2h10), walk to hotel (0h05) £74 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Lauenen Geltenhorn bus stop (0h02), coach Lauenen Geltenhorn to Gstaad (0h20), rail Gstaad to Basel SBB (3h), coach Basel SBB to Basel airport (0h20) £0 1430
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported (1 bag per person)
  • route notes and maps
 
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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 >
  • 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.
  • 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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