Self-guided Best of the Bernese Oberland Traverse

Switzerland Inn-to-inn

A great choice for anyone, and especially for early-season hikes, families, and people of varying abilities…

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 01 – Sep 20, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • $2790 per person
    $350 single room
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Guided Best of the Bernese Oberland Traverse

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

Private Guided Best of the Bernese Oberland Traverse

Make it private! Your companions, your dates, your tour - we do the rest.


The Bernese Oberland Traverse is our signature tour.  For those without time for the full Bernese Oberland Traverse, we’ve designed this shorter hiking tour across the Eiger-Jungfrau region.  This is it, the heart of fairytale Switzerland, with enormous mountains, endless wildflowers, towering waterfalls and remote trails.  Of course we’ve included our favorite Alpinehikers’ detour – a memorable night at the remote and scenic Obersteinberg inn – and you’ll finish with 2 nights in our home-away-from-home in Mürren.  You’ll probably want to stay longer, but you’ll see plenty in a short time.

This is a great inn-to-inn tour for beginners, with beautiful and enjoyable easier options every day, but it also offers wonderful bigger days for accomplished hikers.  There’s something for everyone.   If you want a great short trip to the Alps, you’ve found it.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Great options for easier days – our most flexible tour
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 6 nights
  • Private rooms all nights and luggage 5 of the 6 nights
  • Enchanting stops like Obersteinberg, and epic mountains daily
  • Everything… this is fairytale Alps
  • Also the best choice for early season (late May – June)
  • Previously called our Bernese Oberland, Part A
Map of Self-guided Best of the Bernese Oberland Traverse


Day 1

Schwarzwaldalp – Arrive in Switzerland. There is a train station at the Zurich airport that allows a quick and scenic transfer by train to the quiet town of Meiringen to start the Bernese Oberland tour.  After a short stop to pick up any last-minute supplies in town, you’ll take a bus even further into the mountains, to a mountain inn high above town.

Waterfalls and imposing mountains rise dramatically over you in this relaxing corner of the Alps.  Schwarzwaldalp is a small, traditional inn surrounded by flower-filled meadows and contented cows, and makes a great introduction to inn-to-inn hiking in the Alps.  You’ll have a private room and a warm welcome for your first night in the Swiss Alps.

  • Schwarzwaldalp inn
  • D

Day 2

Grindelwald – After a hearty farm breakfast, start hiking right from your inn, under the impressive Wetterhorn mountain and over the Grosse Scheidegg pass, where you enjoy your 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 you’ll detour via the postcard-perfect Bachsee lake before winding down to the glacier village of Grindelwald.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10.5 miles; Elevation: 3400 ft up, 3030 ft down. ***Please note there are longer and shorter options for most days

Day 3

Wengen – Today you’ll explore the Grindelwald valley and hike to the famous Kleine Scheidegg pass under the shadow of the dramatic Eiger North Face.

The entire day is dominated by great close-up views of the Eiger’s North Face – perhaps the most notorious mountain wall in the Swiss Alps. You might take the higher Eiger trail directly below the Eiger’s main wall, or opt for off-the-beaten-path trails through dramatic meadows. We have you covered! Descend to the quiet village Wengen for a restful night.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 11.5 miles; Elevation: 3380 ft up, 4490 ft down

Day 4

Obersteinberg – Enjoy spectacular views of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains on the way down from Wengen, or take a train to ease your morning. Your trail then winds through flowery meadows and past countless waterfalls along 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 and working farm in one of the most spectacular corners of the Bernese Oberland. Obersteinberg is perhaps our favorite inn to send people to, and an authentic Swiss hiking experience that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Obersteinberg inn
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3440 ft up, 1800 ft down

Day 5

Mürren – You 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 the little-known Sefinental valley, a quiet hanging valley steep peaks and dramatic waterfalls. Then you hike through the sleepy farming community of Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled clifftop views of the surrounding mountains. Our home base in the Switzerland and one of the best hiking bases in the Alps.  Dinner included.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 4-6 hours, 6 miles; Elevation: 2120 ft up, 2590 ft down

Day 6

Mürren –  There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren. The Lobhorn hut is a favorite dayhike, with beautiful views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains across the valley.

Some people use this day to take the cable car above Mürren to the Schilthorn, with it’s James Bond-themed revolving restaurant and 360 degree views. Or you can take the train across the valley to Jungfraujoch, an amazing trip that tunnels through the Eiger, and brings you to a massive glacier viewpoint at 11,388 ft. Feel free also to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps.  Dinner is on your own in Mürren tonight.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 8-10 miles; Elevation: 3050 ft up, 3050 ft down

Day 7

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

  • B
Included 4 nights 3-star hotels
2 nights mountain inns
all breakfasts and 5 dinners
luggage transfers between villages
2nd class 3 day Flex rail pass

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