Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights

Switzerland Inn-to-inn-combo

The Switzerland of fairy tales resides in heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 01 – Sep 30, 2020
  • Tour Cost
Not currently offered

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Guided Best of the Bernese Oberland Highlights

Small group guided tour with guaranteed departures, max size 14 people

Private Guided Best of the Bernese Oberland

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If you’re interested in hiking inn-to-inn, but would like just a couple of remote nights to go with the comforts of distinctive village hotels, the Best of the Bernese Oberland tour is for you. On this tour, we’ve combined stops at outstanding village hotels with our favorite inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. Starting with 2 nights in Wengen, we’ll see the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains before hiking to the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley for 1 night at the charming Tschingelhorn mountain inn (no luggage for this night, private room, bathroom/shower down the hall). We’ll continue the next day to Mürren for 2 nights there, followed by 2 more in quiet Kandersteg. With 4 stops in 7 nights, this tour strikes a perfect balance of comfort and adventure in perhaps the most breathtaking region of the Alps.

Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel – a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice – which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.

You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You’ll have your own room every night, with private bathroom for all nights except at Tschingelhorn. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, and will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave both dinners in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

Map of Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights


Day 1

Wengen – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Wengen, a peaceful village high in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. 

Take a stroll through the village enjoying the views and fresh mountain air before dinner at your hotel.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • D

Day 2

Wengen – Enjoy spectacular views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and surrounding mountains as you hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and along the balcony trail to Männlichen. 

Huge glaciers and waterfalls tumble to your feet at Biglenalp as you explore quiet side-trails in this classic mountain region.

Please note there are longer and shorter options for your hikes on most days.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 2640 ft up, 60 ft down. Please note there are longer and shorter options for most days

Day 3

Tschingelhorn – Starting your inn-to-inn stretch, the trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor. 

After a break for lunch, hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Tschingelhorn is a simple mountain inn set in a stunning location, looking across the valley at the Jungfrau mountain, Rottal glacier, and numerous impressive waterfalls. There is no luggage transport, but we’ll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal… this is always a favorite stop!

  • mountain inn
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 2900 ft up, 1580 ft down

Day 4

Mürren – Before hiking to Mürren, you might choose take an optional morning hike to small glacial lake in the back of the valley – a quiet and inspiring walk amidst towering mountains.

Afterwards, your choice of a high, scenic trail, or a lower wooded hike brings you through sleepy village of Gimmelwald.  From here, a short walk or cable car ride leads to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains.  You’ll be on your own for dinner in Mürren tonight.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • B
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 2290 ft up, 2420 ft down

Day 5

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. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Murren.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • B
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1850 ft up, 1850 ft down

Day 6

Kandersteg – A 2 hour morning transfer by train brings you to the quiet village of Kandersteg, with time for a dayhike.

One of the best hikes in the region leads up to a spectacular emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, and glacier-clad peaks.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 2700 ft up, 2700 ft down

Day 7

Kandersteg – Among the great dayhikes from Kandersteg is 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.

  • 3 to 4-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 1690 ft up, 620 ft down

Day 8

depart – Today you say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for your post-tour destinations. 

  • B
Included Standard tour:
6 nights 3-star hotels
1 night mountain inn
7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
2nd class 3 day Flex rail pass

Deluxe tour:
4 nights 4-star hotels
2 nights 3-star superior hotel
1 night mountain inn
7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
1st class 3 day Flex pass

also included:
Murren-Kandersteg train tickets
luggage transfers Wengen-Murren
topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions

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