Are you interested in a private guide? A private guided tour is booked specifically for you and your friends and family. You choose the dates that work best for you and choose the itinerary that feels right. We can help you make any custom changes you like to our guided Bernese Oberland Express itinerary and we will take care of all the details. Hotels are booked, rail passes ordered, and your own private guide will be waiting, so all you need to do is show up and enjoy your trip. As a private tour, you’ll have the freedom to make changes to the itinerary in the planning stages, so if you’d like upgraded hotels or rail passes, additional nights or a second guide, please ask!
Our Bernese Oberland Express tour covers the heart of our classic Bernese Oberland Traverse itinerary, and is a good choice for people who want to do as much of the full route as possible in a weeks’ time. This tour keeps all the main stops and hikes, with a well-balanced mix of nights in 3-star village hotels and remote mountain inns. As on all of our inn-to-inn express tours, you’ll move to a new location every day, crossing passes, exploring new valleys, and seeing the best that the Bernese Oberland has to offer. You’ll have two nights without your luggage when you will need to carry just a few extra things, and on other days we’ll send the luggage ahead, so you can hike with the freedom of a small daypack.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a full day of hut-to-hut hiking.
Soon you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, where often your private guided will help you choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day and you explore the Bernese Alps. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You’ll have your own room every night, even at the remote inns. Each evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn or another local restaurant. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and can cater to vegetarians, gluten-free or other dietary requirements. Dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious.
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 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. Later you’ll pass under the imposing Monch and Jungfrau as we descend on quiet trails to the village Wengen for a restful night.
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.
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.
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 in the Kiental valley, is rewarded by a friendly welcome at our rustic but pretty inn.
There is a tranquility to the Kiental, a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains but removed from the famous and popular Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau region. Waterfalls abound, farming prevails, and the modern world feels far away.
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.
depart – Today we say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart Kandersteg for our post-tour destinations.
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