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The Bernese Oberland, the land of fairytales, waterfalls, soaring mountains and fields of wildflowers. Stay in car-free villages clinging to the clifftops while you walk among the clouds. Hike all day, stop for a midday hot chocolate at a high mountain hut, and then hike some more. Your cozy alpine chalet will welcome you in the evening. Clean air. Pure mountain streams. Trails forever.
If you don’t have time for the full Bernese Oberland Traverse, at least make time for this shorter version, a 6 night tour exploring the Eiger-Jungfrau region- the heart of our favorite region in the Alps. We’ve kept our favorite detour to remote Obersteinberg, a stop that absolutely should not be missed. This tour is short and sweet, but still 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 are experts at finding the right pace for you 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 Best of the Bernese Oberland is the perfect tour.
Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen 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.
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.
Wengen – Today we’ll explore the Grindelwald Valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg Pass.
The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious climb in the Swiss Alps. We’ll descend to the quiet village of Wengen for a restful night.
Obersteinberg – We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains on the way down from Wengen. Our trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to 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 a remote mountain inn in one of the most spectacular corners of the Bernese Oberland.
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.
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. Tonight the entire group will have a farewell dinner.
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for our post-tour destinations.
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