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.
The kids will love...
  • Riding trains, trams, funiculars, cable cars and lake steamers
  • Rafting through a gentle river valley
  • Visiting a traditional bakery for a behind-the-scenes tour
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - BERN / SCHONRIED
We meet in Bern for a stroll and a train ride to Schonried (3 nights). We wake in our alpine chalet and head for the remote Abländschen to visit a small school where one teacher handles all 9 grades. While the kids join a craftsperson in a silhouette cutting class, a local expert takes the adults for a nature walk in the lush upper Simmental Valley. 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. Add in visits to a bakery and chocolatier, and it’s quite a day!

Mid-week we're invited to a private farm where they milk cows and make cheese. In the afternoon, 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!

DAYS 4-7 - GRINDELWALD / INTERLAKEN
From our Grindelwald chalet-hotel (3 nights), we’ll go river-rafting on the River Lütschine. Then a steamboat ride on Lake Thun drops us at the Castle of Spiez to explore its ramparts and suits of armor. 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 Swiss Alps
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Bern, Switzerland - 2:00 pm - Railway Station

Ending Point: Interlaken, Switzerland - 3:00 pm

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Guest Reviews
“Marco was wonderful—we would go on another trip with him anywhere. He went above and beyond the call.”
Philip M. and family covering three generations, Minneapolis, MN

“I love the Alpenrose. Outstanding food and charming staff and owners.”
Phil R., Seattle, WA

“Brigitte was an excellent and very knowledgable guide. She was so kind, generous with information, and concerned about meeting everyone's needs. She even had an hour-long dinner conversation with my 10-year old son one night.”
Pam R., Wilmette, IL

“The scenery, learning about Swiss culture, the cheese making with breakfast outside overlooking the mountains, the llama walking, the bike ride, the naturalist, and the raft trip. The Schilthorn was also amazing.”
Pam R., Wilmette, IL

“We loved that we didn't have to plan anything and our days were filled with fun activities, opportunities for learning and quality time spent together everyday.”
Leslie N.

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You can start any of our tours on any day of the year
Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
Travel solo in the best of company
We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
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 18-24, 2017$4395.00$595.00
July 23-29, 2017$4495.00$595.00
  • 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 4 dinners
The Swiss Alps
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 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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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
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.

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Peacefully nested in beautiful gardens, this 5-star hotel is only two or three minutes' walk from the center of Grindelwald. The ambiance is luxurious and comfortable, and the backdrop of the Eiger and Lauberhorn is truly spectacular.

The Swiss Alps
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7 Days / 6 Nights

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