Guided Deluxe Bernese Oberland Traverse

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This tour covers the most scenic sections of the Alpine Pass Route across the Bernese Oberland in style, with luxurious hotels and 1st class service

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  • Length
  • 9 days, 8 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Sep 13 – Sep 21, 2022
  • Tour Cost
  • $5295 per person
    $600 single room
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Description

The Bernese Oberland is our home away from home in Switzerland, the tour that started it all through the heart of the Alps.  While our classic route is also fantastic, we absolutely love this deluxe version of our itinerary.  This tour is a luxurious collection of unbeatable alpine scenery, deluxe hotels, and quiet, dreamy trails.  We’ll stay one night in a simple mountain inn, tucked away in a forgotten valley, and we promise… you’re going to love it!

This is still an adventurous trip.  We hike to 5 different locations over 8 nights, crossing numerous passes, including some pretty big ones.  At night, we’ll be relaxing in the finest hotels in idyllic alpine villages.  Extra nights in Grindelwald, Mürren and Kandersteg allow us to explore hidden corners where you find the magic in this region.  When we hike to Griesalp, we’ll have one night in a cozy mountain inn, in a private room with hot showers just down the hall.   As with all of our deluxe tours, you’ll have your luggage every night, so you can hike with the freedom of a small daypack.

What makes this tour unique?

  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • Great options for both harder and easier days
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 8 nights
  • Luxurious hotels (and 1 mountain inn), luggage every night
  • Eiger and Jungfrau, plus hidden surprises
  • This is our favorite region in the Alps, in style!
Map of Guided Deluxe Bernese Oberland Traverse

Itinerary

Day 1

Grindelwald – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to the Grindelwald, at the base of the famous Eiger North Face.  It’s a scenic trip, passing through farms and along lakes as the mountain giants of the Bernese Oberland get closer and closer.

Although it’s the largest mountain village in the region, Grindelwald is still quite small.  After checking into our deluxe 4-star hotel, you might enjoy a stroll through the village or a drink in the views from a scenic restaurant terrace.  In the late afternoon, you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your group to start the Deluxe Bernese Oberland tour.

  • 4-star Hotel Eiger or Belvedere
  • D

Day 2

Grindelwald – After a hearty breakfast, we’ll take a short bus ride up to the Grosse Scheidegg pass and enjoy sweeping views of the Eiger, Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn mountains 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 back down to Grindelwald.

  • 4-star Hotel Eiger or Belvedere
  • B / L /D
  • 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2750 ft up, 2390 ft down. Please note there are longer and shorter options for most days

Day 3

Wengen – Today we’ll start with a short train ride out of Grindewald to a mellow mountain inn near the top of tree line.  Our morning today is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger North Face – perhaps the most notorious mountain wall in the Swiss Alps.

We’ll hike up to the famous Kleine Scheidegg pass under the Eiger North Face, where the Mönch and Jungfrau mountains also come into view.  After a break for lunch, we’ll descend on quiet side-trails with incredible waterfall and glacier views to the car-free village of Wengen for a restful night.

  • 4-star Hotel Beausite
  • B / L / D
  • 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1720 ft up, 2840 ft down

Day 4

Mürren – Our trail from Wengen starts downhill to Lauterbrunnen and then leads past countless waterfalls along the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor.  After a break for lunch, we’ll hike up a steep trail through a quiet, wooded valley into one of the most spectacular corners of the Alps.

Our trail winds up through sleepy Gimmelwald to Mürren, a postcard-perfect car-free village perched on the edge of a cliff with unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains.  Stay in the impeccable 4-star Hotel Eiger.

  • 4-star Hotel Eiger
  • B / L / D
  • 5-7 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 3600 ft up, 2590 ft down

Day 5

Mürren – There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren. One beautiful trail leads up to the Lobhorn hut and nearby Sulsee mountain lake, for superb all-around views.  Shorter hikes traverse the meadows above town, with numerous mountain inns along the way inviting you to stop and linger.

Or feel free to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps.  Our hotel has a delightful pool and spa, and the Schilthorn cable car is a memorable daytrip to a scenic peak.

  • 4-star Hotel Eiger
  • B / L / D
  • 5-7 hours, 8-10 miles; Elevation: 1850 ft up, 1850 ft down

Day 6

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.  You’ll have a private room and hot showers, and our luggage will meet us at the inn.

  • Waldrand Inn
  • B / L / D
  • 6-8 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 3320 ft up, 4180 ft down

Day 7

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 deluxe 4-star hotel on the edge of Kandersteg.

  • 4-star Hotel Doldenhorn
  • B / L / D
  • 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 4590 ft up, 5350 ft down

Day 8

Kandersteg – For our grand finale, we’ll head up 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 and emerge 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.  We’ll stop at a mountain inn for lunch and explore the back of the valley before returning by van to Kandersteg for our final celebratory dinner.

  • 4-star Hotel Doldenhorn
  • B / L / D
  • 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1840 ft up, 630 ft down

Day 9

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

  • B
Included 7 nights 4-star hotels
1 night mountain inn

also includes:
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between inns
1st class 3 day Flex rail pass

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