Guided Classic Bernese Oberland Traverse

Switzerland Inn-to-inn

This tour covers the most scenic and challenging trails of the Bernese Oberland, and is our top choice for an inn-to-inn tour

Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 11 days, 10 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Aug 09 – Aug 19, 2021
    Sep 06 – Sep 16, 2021
    Jun 27 – Jul 07, 2022
    Aug 01 – Aug 11, 2022
    Aug 15 – Aug 25, 2022
    Sep 05 – Sep 15, 2022
  • Tour Cost
  • $4595 per person
    $550 single room
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Description

Welcome to the land of fairytales.  Of waterfalls.  Soaring mountain peaks and green meadows carpeted with wildflowers.  Of car-free villages clinging to the clifftops.  Of midday hot chocolate at a high mountain hut and a cozy alpine chalet welcoming you in the evening.  Clean air.  Pure mountain streams.  Turquoise lakes.  Trails forever.

You’ve dreamt of hiking in the Swiss Alps.  You didn’t know it, but you’ve dreamt of this tour.  Welcome to the Bernese Oberland.  This was our first tour – our home tour – and is still perhaps our best.  Come explore our favorite region in the Alps with us, see all the classics plus hidden gems like Obersteinberg and Gasterntal.  This tour has it all… jaw-dropping alpine scenery, remote inns, quaint villages, and quiet trails.

Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going.  Our guides will choose the right trails and the right pace and are happy to talk about the culture, the flowers, the history.  Plus they make great lunches!  If you want to truly relax and not worry about a thing, a guided group Bernese Oberland tour is the best way to explore this region.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Great options for both harder and easier days
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 8 stops in 10 nights
  • Private rooms all nights and luggage 8 of the 10 nights
  • Enchanting remote finds like Obersteinberg and Gasterntal
  • Wildflowers, mountains, waterfalls, cows, cheese, chocolate!
  • All departures guaranteed.  No minimum group size.
  • Our top choice for a first trip to the Alps
Map of Guided Classic Bernese Oberland Traverse

Itinerary

Day 1

Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen. From here it is just a short bus ride up to your first inn, Schwarzwaldalp where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group to start the Bernese Oberland tour.

We’ll meet in the afternoon and take a bus ride up to our remote inn to start the tour. Waterfalls and imposing mountains watch over us in this relaxing corner of the Alps.

  • Schwarzwaldalp Inn
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Day 2

Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hike over the Grosse Scheidegg Pass and enjoy our first views of the Eiger and of the Grindelwald Valley.

With 10,000 vertical feet separating valley from peak, Grindelwald sits at the base of one of the most impressive vertical mountain walls in the world. Perhaps we’ll detour via the postcard-perfect Bachsee Lake before winding down to the glacier village of Grindelwald and our lovely 3-star hotel.

  • Hotel Gletschergarten or Derby
  • B / L /D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 3400 ft. up, 3030 ft. down. ***Please note there are longer and shorter options most days

Day 3

Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald Valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg Pass under the Eiger North Face.

The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious mountain wall in the Swiss Alps. We’ll descend to the quiet village of Wengen for a restful night.

  • Hotel Bären or Sunstar
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 11.5 miles; Elevation: 3380 ft. up, 4490 ft. down

Day 4

Obersteinberg – Enjoy spectacular views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains on the way to Obersteinberg, a remote mountain inn and working farm.

Our trail winds through flowery meadows and past countless waterfalls along the lush Lauterbrunnen Valley floor.  After a break for lunch, we’ll hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen Valley for a memorable night in one of the most spectacular corners of the Bernese Oberland.

  • Obersteinberg Inn
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3440 ft. up, 1800 ft. down

Day 5

Mürren – We have a couple of trail options today – the first, a panoramic climb over a high ridge with breathtaking views in every direction, the second, a beautiful wooded hike filled with waterfalls.

Both lead through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains. Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

  • Hotel Edelweiss or Bellevue
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 4-6 hours, 6 miles; Elevation: 2120 ft. up, 2590 ft. down

Day 6

Mürren – There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren. One beautiful trail leads up to the local peak, Birg, for superb all-around views, and past a small glacial tarn.

Or feel free to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps.

  • Hotel Edelweiss or Bellevue
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 8-12.5 miles; Elevation: 4420 ft. up, 4420 ft. down

Day 7

Griesalp – Our trail meanders back into the deep recesses of the Sefinen Valley before crossing the first of two major passes, Sefinenfurke, into the tiny hamlet of Griesalp.

A moderate but long climb past Rotstock hut and over the pass, followed by a very steep descent, is rewarded by a friendly welcome at our rustic but pretty inn.

  • Waldrand or Golderli Inn
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 3640 ft. up, 4560 ft. down

Day 8

Kandersteg – We’ll need an early start for our most challenging day of the tour. Crossing the second major pass, Hohtürli, you’ll hike past glaciers and high mountain peaks to the jewel-like Oeschinen Lake – an emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs which has to be seen to be believed.

For bad weather, or if you simply don’t feel like tackling the pass, you can take a bus around to Kandersteg and enjoy a mellow dayhike up to the lake instead. We stay in a 3-star hotel in the quiet village of Kandersteg for the night.

  • Hotel Bernerhof
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 4890 ft. up, 5650 ft. down

Day 9

Gasterntal – We’ll quickly escape town on a quiet path leading south towards the Klus Gorge. The power of the Kander River is impressive as you climb through this narrow gorge into the hidden Gasterntal Valley.

This is a picture-perfect hideaway – a small, U-shaped valley, carpeted with wildflowers and guarded by savage cliffs. Waterfalls bursting from the sides of cliffs add to the scenery. Stay in a pleasant inn with great mountain and waterfall views.

  • Steinbock Inn
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2250 ft. up, 1030 ft. down

Day 10

Gasterntal – For our grand finale we’ll choose from a couple great hikes. One of our favorites is a strenuous climb to the nearby Lötschen Pass.

Old Roman trails lead us through meadows and woods, with a short stretch across a glacier, to the small hut at the pass where the views to the south are superb! We’ll return to the same inn at the bottom of the valley that night. A fitting way to end a great tour.

  • Steinbock Inn
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 4130 ft. up, 4130 ft. down

Day 11

depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for Kandersteg and our post-tour destinations.

  • B
Included 5 nights 3-star hotels
5 nights mountain inns

also includes:
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between villages
2nd class 3 day Flex rail pass

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