Introduction
You've probably known families who vacation in "the mountains." But never like this! In fact this is one of our most active (and fun) Family Journeys. We go glacier-walking, dog-sledding, river rafting, llama-trekking and bike riding. We eat lunch in a revolving mountaintop restaurant, meet farmers and cheese-makers, and discover a town so high it can’t be reached by car. This being Switzerland, we take a lot of cool train rides and stay in fantastic chalet hotels, complete with swimming pools and other amenities. Throughout, we arrange lots of kid-pleasing activities like a chance to try silhouette cutting with a local artisan. And the adults have their moments too, with time to stroll in a wildflower meadow, among other options. On several evenings we'll entertain the kids so you can dine on your own or attend a local concert.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SCHONRIED
We meet in Schonried. You’re heading to Lenk and further up into the high valley of Iffigen, where an awesome 267-foot high waterfall practically bursts from a mountain and foams its way down to your feet. Then we hop on mountain bikes for a fun, scenic ride along the Simme River.

On a very cool multi-sport day, we take a guided glacier walk, ride a chairlift to a mountaintop lunch overlooking the Matterhorn, meet an authentic dog musher – and take his teams of Siberian Huskies out onto the glacier. Back down in the valley, you’ll meet an expert in silhouette cutting. Add in visits to a bakery and chocolatier, and it’s quite a day!

DAYS 3-6 - GRINDELWALD / INTERLAKEN
Our friends cook us an outdoor lunch over a wood fire – then harness up their unexpected herd of llamas so we can go for a mini-trek!  Then a steamboat ride on Lake Thun drops us at the Castle of Spiez to explore its ramparts and suits of armor. We're invited to a private farm where they milk cows and make cheese.  Then it’s off to Interlaken West where we’ll go river-rafting on the River Lütschine.

In the morning, a funicular delivers us up to a high meadow for a walk to Mürren, a village so high that there are no cars. A 2-stage cable-car ascent drops us at a revolving restaurant at the summit of the Schilthorn, made famous in a James Bond movie. And we’ll visit spectacular Trümmelbach Falls, the most impressive falls in the Bernese Oberland.
The kids will love...
  • Riding trains, trams, funiculars, cable cars and lake steamers
  • Rafting through a fantastically cinematic river valley
  • Learning how to mush with a team of sled dogs
The Swiss Alps
Family
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Schonried, Switzerland - 10:00 am - Lobby of Hostellerie Alpenrose

Ending Point: Interlaken Ost rail station, Switzerland - 3:00pm


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
June 17-22, 2019$4695.00$595.00
July 22-27, 2019$4695.00$595.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
The Swiss Alps
Family
6 Days / 5 Nights
The Swiss Alps, and the Bernese Oberland region in particular, has a temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable; with a daily range from 65 to 75 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 degrees. In the summer during our trips, the region does not have very significant temperature extremes. However, because of the altitude, it can often be cool in the morning.


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Hotels
Hostellerie Alpenrose

For authentic alpine atmosphere, you can't do better than this chalet-style hotel, overlooking Gstaad. The spacious, tastefully decorated rooms offer spectacular view of the mountains and Le Diablerets glacier.

Hotel Kreuz & Post

Opened in 1899, Hotel Kreuz & Post is situated in the heart of Grindelwald with breathtaking views of the Alps. We’re welcomed by our gracious hosts, Martin and Helena.

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