Walking and Hiking Switzerland
August 25 to September 2, 2018
The Swiss Bernese Oberland is a walker's paradise of mountains, lakes, valleys, and meadows. Walking routes are well-marked, and easy to follow. In most cases, a cogwheel railway, funicular or gondola is available to speed you up to a higher and scenic elevation for getting started. You can walk as much or as little as you like. Most importantly, there are plenty of huts, inns, and mountain restaurants along the way where you can get recharged with cheese, chocolate, and apple strudel.
Our trip will showcase distinctive hotels, gourmet cuisine, and outstanding wines. Walking each day can be of varying degrees of difficulty, from simple strolls to more strenuous hikes. Walks follow gentle routes on even-surfaced and clearly-marked paths with some uphill sections that are not too steep or long. More demanding hiking is available for those who want the extra challenge. There will always be an option for those who suffer from vertigo and it will be well noted which routes require a “head for heights." There are also ample opportunities for golf, tennis, cycling, shopping, and/or lounging by a lake or pool.
Saturday. Interlaken. We’ll meet you at the Zurich Airport for the transfer to our hotel – depart the airport at 10 AM. Find a table on the hotel terrace, order lunch, admire the view, and people watch. After lunch our local guide will take us on a historic walk of Interlaken, located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the magnificent Jungfrau Region. Outstanding views of world-famous mountains abound.
Sunday through Saturday. Wengen. We travel by train to car-free Wengen, a picture-postcard village nestled amongst the famed peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Every day we’ll have two or three walks to choose from with different degrees of challenge. One day we will take the cog railway to the “top of Europe”, the Jungfrau. Located 11,332 feet above sea level, it is the highest railway station in Europe amidst a wonderland of ice, snow, and rock. If you wish to take a day away from the mountains, Grindelwald, Bern, Basel, and Zurich are all within a comfortable travel distance by train from Wengen. Zermatt, with Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, can also be visited. For anyone who requires some “cross-training”, we will also have optional bike rides along the shores of Lake Thun and the Aare River.
Sunday. Transfer back to Zurich airport for your flight home or to other parts of Europe. We arrive at the airport no later than 2 PM. You may wish to enjoy an extra night in Zurich before you go home. It’s a delightful city and we will be available to take you on a walk through the city’s charming Altstadt (old town) with medieval houses, contorted, narrow lanes and guild and town halls from the Renaissance period. There will be some hill climbing included!
Tour price: $4,195 per person ($395 single supplement)
Tour date: August 25th to September 2nd, 2018
Tour Leaders: Gerhard & Darlene. Some of the walking days we will be supported by a local, licensed hiking guide from the region.
Tour cost includes:
Hotel accommodations for eight nights, buffet breakfast each morning, two lunches and eight dinners. Gratuities, taxes and service charges. Airport/hotel transfers. Most of the cable cars, gondolas, and cogwheel trains we travel on the trip. A Jungfrau Railway Pass - this entitles you to six free days of travel in the Jungfrau region on trains, buses, boats and mountain railways. All of our hotels offer spa facilities to enjoy at the end of the day.
The trip is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.
Notify us that you wish to join the tour. Your space will be reserved and a sign-up packet will be forwarded with registration form and an invoice for deposit. Upon receipt of your deposit, an information packet will be forwarded with confirmation of your reservation and details to help prepare for the tour. Full and final payment is due 120 days prior to departure.
Interlaken (one night) – Metropole Hotel. The hotel is located in the heart of Interlaken and offers fantastic views of the Jungfrau mountains. The specialty restaurant Bellini and the impressive panorama restaurant Top o'Met on the 18th floor offer fine Swiss and international cuisine for true gourmets. The Metro Bar is a great place to enjoy your favorite beverage. You can also enjoy the indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath.
Click on the hotel web site -- https://www.metropole-interlaken.ch/en/Hotel
Wengen (seven nights) – Beausite Park Hotel. Situated in the middle of a park in a beautiful and tranquil location, a short walk above the village center of Wengen. Views of the Jungfrau and surrounding Alps are breathtaking. The hotel Spa has an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool and Jacuzzi, and a sauna area with bio sauna and steam bath. Massages are available.
Click on the hotel web site -- http://www.parkwengen.ch/