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Switzerland: The Bernese Alps & Oberland

6 DaysStarting at $5,495

Overview

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.

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Highlights

DAYS 1-4 - GRINDELWALD /INTERLAKEN

Meet in Grindelwald. 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.

DAYS 5-6 - 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.

 

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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Grindelwald – 9:00 am – Lobby of Hotel Kreuz and Post
  • Ending Point:

    Wengen – 3:00 pm – Hotel Alpenrose

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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.

What’s Included

  • All breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 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.