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Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

Bernese Oberland - something for everyone
 
A top choice for families as well as couples, this high-quality 3-star hotel with pool offers warm and friendly service. The spectacular Kander Valley is a great place to enjoy winter, with cross-country trails starting behind the hotel and a wide range of other winter activities.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria. 7 nights
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Kandersteg

for skiers and non-skiers
With scenery on the grandest scale, and quiet, unspoiled villages, the Bernese Oberland possesses unique qualities that leave visitors feeling completely refreshed. The region’s high Kander Valley offers cross-country ski trails from the door or on the plateaux above, with the added bonus of some fun downhill pistes and a wide range of other winter activities including winter walking and snowshoeing.
There are many reasons why the 3-star Belle Epoque Victoria has featured in our winter programme for so many years, but it is mostly due to English-speaking owners Casi and Mimi Platzer and their friendly team. The outstanding level of hospitality and personal service makes you feel as though you are a very welcome house guest, and it’s no wonder that so many people return time and again. Whether you are looking for a fun family holiday, a chance to try the many activities on offer, or a relaxing week in the tranquillity of January and March simply appreciating the joys of winter, the Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria makes the perfect base.
 

Our expert says

“Few of our featured hotels have such a wide appeal as the Victoria, and it’s one of those places where you can easily spend an entire week without once donning skis if you don’t want to.”
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 makes a good base for non-skiing holidays too.
  • 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 in the valley
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Snowshoeing & more
    Other activities available include snowshoeing, curling, ice-skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and tobogganing.
    Snowshoeing
    Sleigh ride
  • 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.
  • Special events
    Christmas in Kandersteg is a magical affair. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, a torchlit stroll with mulled wine, a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, and a gala dinner, all included in our prices. New Year's Eve features a special dinner with live music and dancing.
 

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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  • 7 nights: 21 December - 14 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults 12-15 yrs 6-11 yrs 2-5 yrs
    21 Dec - 29 Dec £1560 £1125 £898 £428
    04 Jan - 05 Jan £1095 £738 £595 £270
    11 Jan - 12 Jan not available not available not available not available
    18 Jan - 19 Jan £1145 £770 £620 £280
    25 Jan - 02 Feb £1170 £788 £635 £285
    08 Feb - 09 Feb £1295 £870 £698 £310
    15 Feb - 16 Feb # £1530 £1030 £830 £445
    22 Feb - 23 Feb £1295 £870 £698 £310
    29 Feb - 01 Mar £1135 £765 £615 £275
    07 Mar - 07 Mar £1090 £735 £590 £265

    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.

    # Supplement applies on 15 Feb; please contact us for details

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

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich or Geneva (1h40) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail from the airport (Zürich 2h30, Geneva 3h20) & transfer (0h05)

    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.

    7 nights: 21 December - 14 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults 12-15 yrs 6-11 yrs 2-5 yrs
    21 Dec - 29 Dec £1550
    04 Jan - 05 Jan £1220
    11 Jan - 12 Jan not available
    18 Jan - 19 Jan £1245
    25 Jan - 02 Feb £1270
    08 Feb - 09 Feb £1395
    15 Feb - 16 Feb £1420
    22 Feb - 23 Feb £1395
    29 Feb - 01 Mar £1235
    07 Mar - 07 Mar £1190

    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 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
    Family apartment: 21 Dec - 14 Mar 2020 £65
    Mini-suite: 21 Dec - 14 Mar 2020 £65
    Single room: 21 Dec - 14 Mar 2020 £8
  • Cross-country all levels; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire & trail pass £105 £105
    Downhill all levels; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire & 6 day local area pass £345 £345
    Downhill all levels; child (6-10yrs) High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 5 x 2hr lessons & 6 day local area pass £310 £310
    Downhill all levels; child (11-14yrs) High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 5 x 2hr lessons & 6 day local area pass £360 £360
  • 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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    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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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 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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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 
    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
    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 
    Outward route Airline
    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 
    Outward route Airline
    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
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail travel from/to Zürich or Geneva airport (if flying)
 
Reviews

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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of packages that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • 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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