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Walking in the Swiss Alps

Escape the everyday and take some time to explore Switzerland’s magnificent mountains and grand gorges on a walking holiday that will have you speechless with its spectacular sights and rural railways. Take an introductory walking tour through the winding woods and majestic meadows of Lake Brienz, before visiting the extraordinary 66-hectare Ballenberg Open Air Museum. Take the train to Lauterbrunnen’s breathtaking valley and go on a scenic cable car ride up to Grütschalp, before taking a stroll through the dramatic Aare Gorge and then finishing the trip with a delicious 3-course lunch in the thrilling revolving restaurant at Schilthorn Mountain. So join us on a truly unforgettable tour throughout the Swiss Alps which will promise the very best sights by train and on foot.

6 days from £2,195pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast in Interlaken
  • 3 packed lunches on day 2, 3 & 4
  • Lunch at Schilthorn Mountain
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager and local walking guide

Itinerary

Overview

We journey from London to Paris by Eurostar, followed by our onward rail connections to Interlaken. Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz with the breathtaking backdrop of the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On arrival at Interlaken Ost station, we walk to the hotel where we stay for five nights.

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we take the train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz and embark on an introductory walking tour. We walk along Lake Brienz and through woods, meadows and pasture to Hofstetten where there’s the opportunity to have some lunch at leisure. We include entrance to the Ballenberg Open Air Museum which began in 1978 with 16 characteristic Swiss buildings and today has over 100 residential and agricultural buildings from all over Switzerland spread out over 66-hectares. The Ballenberg Open Air Museum is home to historic buildings, kitchens, chambers and living rooms which illustrate rural life in Switzerland. It has been brought alive by the original, indigenous plants and crops that are cultivated plus over 200 native livestock species. Traditional handicrafts are kept alive in the workshops of the open-air museum: basket-weaving, forging, braiding, spinning, weaving and carving are just some of the many handicrafts on show every day and you’ll be able to look over the experts' shoulders or join in yourself! We conclude the day with a Lake Brienz cruise back to Interlaken.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Packed Lunch

Included Highlights

Ballenberg Open Air Museum

Overview

After breakfast, our local guide joins us as we take the train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen where we take the cable car to Grütschalp. Here we begin our guided circular walk to Mürren, high above the Lauterbrunnen valley through stunning scenery with magnificent mountain views towards Wengen, Männlichen and the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains. Upon our return to Interlaken, we take the funicular up the Harder Kulm, where we will enjoy coffee and cake, whilst taking in the stunning views of the lakes and mountains below before making our way back to Interlaken.

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Includes Packed Lunch

Included Highlights

Lauterbrunnen valley

Overview

We travel eastwards today by train to Meiringen, where after a short onward train ride, we will take stroll through the dramatic Aare Gorge. The Aare Gorge is situated in the Haslital Valley in the Central Alps, which stretches from the Grimsel Pass to Lake Brienz. The valley of the lower Haslital is separated from the upper valley by a rock formation and over thousands of years, the River Aare eroded a path through this rock formation resulting in a gorge which is 1,400 metres long and up to 200 metres deep. The gorge is a wonderful way to experience nature with many paths and tunnels to walk through. Next, we will embark on an exhilarating guided walk above Grindelwald, from Grosse Scheidegg to the First cable car station, where we will descend to Grindelwald. From here, enroute back to Interlaken, we will take the dramatically thrilling Eiger Flyer cable car to Grindelwald, where we have a close encounter with the North face of the Eiger returning via Kleine Scheidegg and Lauterbrunnen.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Packed Lunch

Included Highlights

Aare Gorge

Overview

Today we head by train to Trümmelbach Falls, the only glacier waterfalls inside a mountain in Europe! We then take a gently ascending walk following a stream along the upper end of the Lauterbrunnen valley towards the “James Bond Mountain” cable car base station. Here we enjoy a thrilling ride up to the Schilthorn Mountain, where a lunch with stunning views awaits us in the thrilling revolving restaurant. After that we return to Interlaken, de-scending via Mürren and Lauterbrunnen.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

The peak of Schilthorn Mountain

Overview

We depart in the morning, retracing our route to Paris where our Eurostar connection returns us to London.

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £320.00 (6 days).

Accommodation

You will stay for five nights at the 4-star Hey Hotel in the centre of Interlaken.

Hey Hotel

The 4-star Hey Hotel is ideally located in the centre of Interlaken and is surrounded by shops, boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. The hotel's restaurant and bar are located on the ground floor of the building. Bedrooms are modern in design.

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 4 Star
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Free Wifi
Hotel
  • WiFi Available