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Featuring exceptional, very friendly, hotels, this is a delightful route for all the family through magnificent Alpine scenery.

Price:

From £995 (£1280 inc rail) per adult & from £795 (£970 incrail) per child based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights
Departures: Various departures from June to October
Start point: Kandersteg
End point: Lenk
 

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Swiss Mountain Trails; family self-guided walking holiday

The Bernese Oberland is justly famed as the most dramatic region of Switzerland, but the romantic names of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Schilthorn are but part of the story. The Oberland also possesses villages tucked away in the quiet, sheltered valleys, where you will find lots to do. For walking, few regions are the Oberland's equal.

You start with three nights in Kandersteg, giving you 2 full days to explore the area. There are plenty of great walks and you can easily access high routes using the local cable car, gondola or bus. We include tickets for the gondola to reach Lake Oeschinen - where you will find an exhilarating not-to-be-missed summer toboggan course. Other walks explore the Kander Gorge and a secluded glacial valley (a nature reserve); and the Gemmi Pass over which you can visit a hotel where Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes 'stayed'. Alternatively, follow the 'cheese route' and see how the holes are put into Swiss cheese in a traditional factory!

From Kandersteg, you walk to Adelboden, passing the famous Blausee or 'Blue Lake', to reach Frutigen. Here you catch the bus for the rest of the journey, though you could choose to walk over the rocky Bunderchrinde Pass, from where the views stretch to Lake Thun. 

You stay 2 nights in Adelboden for a chance to follow our suggested route up and above the Engstlige Valley to reach some spectacular waterfalls. Alternatively, stay in the village and hire mountain bikes, or have a go on an electric flyer bike! You will also find tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor ice rink here.

To reach your last hotel, you climb to the summit of Sillerenbüel before dropping down to the Hahnenmoos Pass, and then to Lenk, surrounded by mighty mountains all day. You could make it easier by taking a cable car or the bus from one of several points along the route. 

You spend your final two nights in Lenk, leaving you the option to enjoy one final walk into the wooded Wallbach Gorge, passing a dramatic waterfall before coming out on high slopes - where you may be lucky to see chamois and marmots.

What our customers say:

Ms Carter of London
A really well organised holiday that brought our family together. Thank you. 

For more reviews of this trip, see Reviews of Swiss Mountain Trails

What price includes

 
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Luggage transported
  • three 3-star hotels
  • Half-fare card for adults
  • Family card for children (free travel* to 15yrs)
  • Route notes and maps
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Kandersteg

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
It's a 5-minute walk to the hotel

How to get there:
Train from London to Bern (via Paris and Lausanne)

 
Plan your journey by train to Bern
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Krone, Lenk

Nearest train station to finish point:
Lenk

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
It's a five minute walk to the railway station in Lenk

How to get back:
Train from Lenk to Bern to London (via Lausanne and Paris)

 
Plan your return train journey from Lenk