Private Guided Classic Bernese Oberland Traverse

Switzerland Inn-to-inn

This private guided tour covers the most scenic and challenging sections of the Alpine Pass Route across the Bernese Oberland...

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  • Length
  • 11 days, 10 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 15 – Sep 20, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • $4590/person - 8+
    $4890 - 6 to 7 people
    $5590 - 4 to 5 people
    $7590 - 2 to 3 people

    $500 single room
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Guided Classic Bernese Oberland Traverse

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Description

The Bernese Oberland is the land of fairytales.  Of waterfalls cascading onto green meadows carpeted with wildflowers, and of white-capped mountains surrounding car-free villages that cling to the clifftops.  Sound like overkill?  It isn’t.  Come and see.  On this private guided tour, you will hike through the Switzerland that people dream of.  Clean air, pure mountain streams, and turquoise lakes.  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 private guides will help make your tour memorable.  They can talk about the culture, the flowers, the history, and they make great lunches!  A private guide can give you the space you need to truly relax and not worry about a thing.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip
  • 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
  • Hidden valleys, wildflowers, mountains, waterfalls!
  • Our top choice for a first trip to the Alps
Map of Private Guided Classic Bernese Oberland Traverse

Itinerary

Day 1

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.

  • 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 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 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 Wengen for a restful night.

  • Hotel Bären
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 1720 ft up, 2840 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, 11 miles; Elevation: 3230 ft up, 1580 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: 5-7 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2880 ft up, 3350 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. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Murren.

  • Hotel Edelweiss or Bellevue
  • B / L
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 8-10 miles; Elevation: 1850 ft up, 1850 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.

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

  • Bernerhof
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 4590 ft up, 5350 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: 1840 ft up, 630 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: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 3850 ft up, 3850 ft down

Day 11

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

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Included 5 nights 3-star hotels
5 nights mountain inns
all breakfasts and lunches, 9 dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between villages
2nd Class 3 Day Flex rail pass

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