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Christmas Break at Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

Bernese Oberland - relaxing & revitalising
 
A top choice for families as well as couples, this very welcoming, high-quality 3-star hotel with pool is a great place to celebrate Christmas. Cross-country trails start behind the hotel, and there’s a wide range of other winter activities available locally amid beautiful scenery.
Christmas Break at Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg. 5 nights
Christmas Break at Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg. 5 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Christmas break in Kandersteg

for skiers and non-skiers
For a magical Christmas, choose the atmospheric 3-star Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, where plenty of ‘extras’ will make your festive break all the more special.

Among the many activities on offer, you'll find cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, winter walking, curling, snowshoeing, ice-skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Equally, with its pretty main street and splendid mountain backdrop, Kandersteg is a place where you can simply enjoy the magic of winter, making it a good choice if you have never been on a winter holiday and want to see if it’s for you.
The hotel’s good-sized indoor pool is a big draw, and there are several public rooms where you can curl up with a book before a dinner of delicious cuisine, but the hotel’s best feature is the outstanding hospitality of hosts Casi and Mimi Platzer and their team, who will help you enjoy your break to the full.
 

Our expert says

“Few of our featured hotels have such a wide appeal as the Victoria, and, with so many activities on offer, you may find you do little or no skiing during your Christmas break.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. The cross-country skiing is good but, equally, Kandersteg caters well for non-skiers too.
  • Various 'extras' included
    To make your holiday a Christmas to remember, we include a return trip on the gondola to beautiful Oeschinensee, a torchlit stroll through the village warmed with Glühwein, free entry to the village ice-rink (with skate hire) and a special fondue/raclette evening. What's more, you'll enjoy a gala dinner on Christmas Eve and, during your stay there will be a very special red-robed, white-bearded visitor bearing gifts for the children!
  • Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates
    Kandersteg offers trails for skiers of all levels, particularly beginners, improvers and intermediates. Tracks lead from just behind the hotel into the meadows surrounding the village; more challenging trails can be found in the mountains at the end of the valley, accessed by means of the cable car.

    Trails: 52km to 1934m (both classic & skating). Trail map >
    Cross-country skiing
  • Best for: beginners, improvers & families
    For downhill skiing, you will find a small but good, family-oriented domain above the village, around Oeschinensee. Intermediate and advanced skiers are catered for by the alpine domain at Lauchernalp, a 25-minute train and bus ride away.

    Pistes: 13km to 1700m (comprises 5 pistes: blue 2, red 3 served by gondola & draglifts) plus a further 4 pistes at Sunnbüel accessed by bus & cable car.
  • Choice of routes
    Bring your walking boots and you can explore the 55 kilometres of specially prepared paths. We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking trails are well signposted. Some of the best walks can be found around frozen Lake Oeschinensee – there is a splendid trail from the top of the gondola to the lake which affords superb views of the surrounding amphitheatre of mountains – while lower-level routes radiate out from the village itself. For more energetic walkers, the cable car to Sunnbüel is an excellent choice – from here, a beautiful trail winds up the Gemmi Pass, eventually leading to Leukerbad.
    Winter walking
  • Snowshoeing & more
    Other activities available include snowshoeing, curling, ice-skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and tobogganing.
    Snowshoeing
    Ice-skating
  • Bern & elsewhere
    As Kandersteg has a railway station, you can use the trains to visit the medieval capital, Bern, with its arcaded streets and iconic clock tower, or head to the unspoiled Lötschental Valley.
 

Where you stay

Nestling in the broad Kander Valley and surrounded by dramatic mountains, Kandersteg (altitude: 1200m) is a picture-book village with a pleasantly bustling centre where you will find a variety of shops, banks and cafés within an easy stroll of the centrally located Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel
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  • 5 nights: 21 December 2019 - 27 December 2019

    Start Saturday or Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 12-15 yrs 6-11 yrs 2-5 yrs
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1235 £895 £750 £395

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    5 nights: 21 December 2019 - 27 December 2019

    Start Saturday or Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 12-15 yrs 6-11 yrs 2-5 yrs
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1295

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below.

    Included rail travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Kandersteg (TGV/Regional rail). Approx duration 10h20 including changes & transfer (0h05).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg
    Family apartment: 21 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 £65
    Mini-suite: 21 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 £65
    Single room: 21 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 £8
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich or Geneva (latest flight arrival time: 1730; earliest flight departure time: 1300 for both airports)

    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.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Geneva easyJet 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Belfast Intl. - Geneva easyJet 
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    Birmingham - Geneva easyJet,  Flybe 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Cardiff - Geneva Flybe 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
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    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Exeter - Geneva Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Inverness - Geneva Flybe 
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    Leeds Bradford - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva 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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    Stansted - Geneva easyJet 
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    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
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    Newquay - Geneva Flybe 
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    Norwich - Geneva Flybe 
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Southampton - Bern Flybe 
    Southampton - Geneva Flybe 
    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 alternative 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 above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 5 nights
  • 5 dinners
    5 breakfasts
  • programme of winter activities
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail travel from/to Zürich or Geneva airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • 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.
  • 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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