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A Taste of Winter in Kandersteg

Bernese Oberland - a winter playground
Sample six fantastic winter activities with like-minded Inntravel guests in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with equipment hire and drinks included. Between activities, explore independently, and enjoy the outstanding hospitality and panoramic pool at the much-loved Hotel Victoria.
A Taste of Winter in Kandersteg. 7 nights
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Holiday information


A winter ‘taster’ in Kandersteg,

an ideal first snow holiday
Our winter 'taster' week is ideal for those who have never been on a winter holiday before and want to find out if it’s for them, or for alpine skiers who are interested in finding other ways to enjoy the snow. In the company of like-minded Inntravel guests, discover for yourself the joy of cross-country skiing amid magnificent scenery, the thrill of exploring virgin snow on snowshoes, the fun of curling and much more.
The picture-book village of Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland is perfect for a taster week – the skiing is great, but there are so many other activities on offer that you could easily spend a whole week here without ever donning a pair of skis, and many people do just that! You stay at the Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, one of our most popular winter hotels, enjoying the outstanding hospitality provided by your English-speaking hosts, Casi and Mimi Platzer and their team, and the excellent facilities which include a good-sized indoor pool.

Our expert says

“If the idea of a snow holiday appeals but you’re nervous about ‘taking the plunge’, this holiday is for you! It’s an easy way to try out half-a-dozen different activities, all of them organised on your behalf, so all you need to do is turn up at the allotted time.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert

Winter activities

The various organised excursions are at set times, but otherwise you are free to take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Equipment hire included
    The holiday introduces you to several fabulous winter activities, allowing you to sample each of the following: a two-hour cross-country skiing lesson, a guided snowshoe walk, a curling lesson at the indoor ice rink, tobogganing (we include hire of a toboggan so that you can sledge in the forest behind the hotel or all the way from the gondola station down to the village), and a torchlit stroll culminating in a glass of mulled wine. Also included is a trip on the gondola to Oeschinensee, a spectacular lake set above Kandersteg in an amphitheatre of mountains, where you have the chance to walk across the ice, a truly thrilling experience.

    For even greater value, we include equipment hire and drinks with your evening meals.
    Cross-country skiing
  • Winter walking, sightseeing & more
    Between sessions, you are free to spend your time as you wish, giving you the chance to spend more time mastering your favourite activities or perhaps enjoying some downhill skiing – there are 13 kilometres of beginners’ and intermediates’ pistes above the village. This is also where some of the best winter walking can be found, should you wish to explore on foot – there is a splendid trail from the top of the gondola to frozen Lake Oeschinensee set amid an amphitheatre of mountains or, for something more demanding, you could take the cable car to Sunnbüel and follow the beautiful trail up towards the Gemmi Pass and on to Leukerbad. (The information pack we send you includes suggested walks, but not detailed route notes, as the winter walking paths are well signposted.)

    To ring the changes, you can make use of the rail links from Kandersteg to visit the medieval capital, Bern, or the unspoiled Lötschental Valley.

    Cross-country: 52km to 1934m (both classic & skating)
    Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates

    Downhill: 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. 
    Best for: beginners, improvers & families
    Winter walking

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



Options to extend or shorten your stay

Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 04 January 2020 - 12 January 2020 & 01 February 2020 - 09 February 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    04 Jan - 05 Jan 2020 £1295
    01 Feb - 02 Feb 2020 £1380

    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.


    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: 04 January 2020 - 12 January 2020 & 01 February 2020 - 09 February 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    04 Jan - 05 Jan 2020 £1430
    01 Feb - 02 Feb 2020 £1480

    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).
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    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
    Mini-suite: 04 Jan - 09 Feb 2020 £65
    Single room: 04 Jan - 09 Feb 2020 £8
    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 
    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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    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
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    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Leeds Bradford - Geneva 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 
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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 
    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 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
  • cross-country ski lesson
    snowshoe excursion
    torchlit stroll with mulled wine
  • curling session
    toboggan hire
    other equipment
    gondola trip
  • detailed documentation
  • return rail or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail travel from/to Zürich or Geneva airport (if flying)

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  • 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.

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  • 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 travel insurance 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.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative 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 and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). 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 The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • 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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