Introduction
In Switzerland, even the views have views. As you explore the region of the Bernese Oberland, you quickly come to realize that every valley boasts a snow-capped backdrop, every peak lets you see farther than your eye can believe. You’ll head to the top on cog trains, cable cars and chair lifts. You’ll walk on a glacier, stroll in wildflower meadows, and cruise on glacier-fed lakes that mirror the Jungfrau and Eiger. Then you discover the warm, up-close and very human scale of Switzerland as well. Your fulltime local guide will introduce you to farmers who make their own cheese, traditional weavers, silhouette cutters and the residents of a village so remote that no cars can reach them. Accommodations are in an atmospheric pair of luxury hotels that put you in a chalet frame of mind. And the food? Whether you’re lunching on a mountaintop, heading out for a culinary hike, or sipping wine in the alpenglow, you’ll discover the happy things that alpine air can do for your appetite.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SCHONRIED
Meet in Schonried. You’ll journey 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. Mountain trails are a remarkable setting for a culinary walk that includes a sky-high lunch on an Alpine terrace.

For an experience like no other, you will take a guided glacier walk to a suspension bridge between two peaks, ride a chairlift to a lunch overlooking the Matterhorn.  Back down in the valley, you’ll meet an expert in silhouette cutting. Add cap the day with visits to a bakery and chocolatier.

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.  A chance to explore the Castle of Spiez is followed by a steamboat ride on Lake Thun. Then it’s off to Interlaken. A funicular delivers us up to a high meadow for a walk to Mürren, a village so high that there are no cars.

 
You’ll also lunch at a revolving restaurant made famous in a James Bond movie, and visit spectacular Trümmelbach Falls, the most impressive falls in the Bernese Oberland. After breakfast at a private farm where they milk cows and make cheese, you’ll ascend to Lake Bachalspee for a stroll around its calm, reflective waters.
Picture Yourself...
  • Walking on the surface of a glacier
  • Going for a llama trek on a Alpine farm
  • Eating your way through a culinary hike on the Stockhorn
Swiss Alps
Culture + Walking
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Schonried, Switzerland - 9:00 am - Lobby of Hostellerie Alpenrose

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


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

“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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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
August 2-7, 2020$4995.00$595.00
September 13-18, 2020$4995.00$595.00
October 4-9, 2020$4995.00$595.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights
  • 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 breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
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.
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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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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Accommodations
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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