Featured holiday Walking holiday in the Bernese Oberland Switzerland

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided walking holiday for individuals in the stunning Bernese Oberland. Spend a week in the charming Swiss village of Grindelwald, which sits below the dramatic north face of the Eiger, exploring the trails and treks of the surrounding mountains. We include travel by air and rail but rail all the way from London and back is possible too. Recommended for June to October.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Zurich return, economy, and return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald
  • One four-course dinner at the hotel (beverages not included)
  • 6-day Bernese Oberland regional pass
  • Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Bernese Oberland
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Bernese Oberland

Highlights

• Four self-guided walking itineraries • The Panorama Trail • The Eiger Trail • Firstbahn gondola • One 4-course dinner at your hotel • Bernese Oberland regional pass • Special discount on Jungfraujoch ticket to Top of Europe

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£3,025 by air and rail

£3,065 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £390 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £230 per person.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Bernese Oberland

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£3,025 by air and rail

£3,065 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £390 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £230 per person.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
● Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
● One four-course dinner at the hotel (beverages not included)
● 6 day Bernese Oberland regional pass
● Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Bernese Oberland
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Grindelwald and back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£3,025 by air and rail

£3,065 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £390 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £230 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
• One four-course dinner at the hotel (beverages not included)
• 6 day Bernese Oberland regional pass
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Bernese Oberland
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Bern and Interlaken to Grindelwald. It is also possible to use flights into Basel or Geneva. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and then connect onto regional services via Interlaken to Grindelwald.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Grindelwald and back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£3,025 by air and rail

£3,065 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travelling by train from London to Grindelwald and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £390 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £230 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to Grindelwald, standard class
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a comfort double room at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald
• One four-course dinner at the hotel (beverages not included)
• 6 day Bernese Oberland regional pass
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Bernese Oberland
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Bern and Interlaken to Grindelwald. It is also possible to use flights into Basel or Geneva. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Basel and then connect onto regional services via Interlaken to Grindelwald.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Rail from UK
It is possible to travel by train from London to Grindelwald and back.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Bernese Oberland

Highlights of the Bernese Oberland

As a place of incredible natural beauty and the birthplace of skiing, the Bernese Oberland is a destination with a host of possibility for active and cultural activity. Essential to any visit to this region is the Jungfraujoch glacier, known as the Top of Europe, accessible via the narrow cog railway (Jungfraubahnen) up to the Jungfraujoch train station, standing at 3,454m above sea level. The Peak Walk suspension bridge, crossing between two peaks above Glacier 3000, reaches a thrilling 107m long and affords walkers magnificent views of the Matterhorn, the Mont Blanc Massif, the Eiger, the Monch, and Jungfrau. We also recommend visiting the area around Grindelwald, from which it is easiest to board a rail trip to Jungfraujoch, to see the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, and begin a hike or mountain walk through the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The adventure sports centre of Interlaken is perfect for lake swimming, boat cruises, hiking, biking, horse-riding, and water sports. One of the area's quirkier landmarks is the Big Pintenfritz, Europe's longest toboggan run, reaching 15km in length and descending a total of 1,631m.

Festivals in the Bernese Oberland

The festivals and celebrations in the Bernese Oberland tend to revolve around the prominence of winter sports, such as the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in Adelboden and the International Lauberhorn ski races in January; yet, during the summer and autumn months, there are many more that celebrate Swiss culture and tradition. Unique in the winter months, however, is the Belle Epoque week in Kandersteg, when the Belle Epoque era is embodied in a series of sporting and social events. In July and August, the Lake Thun Festival brings the peaceful lakeside alive with musicals and productions from all over the continent. In October, the AlpKultur Festival in Lenk im Simmental pays homage to all aspects of the region's traditions for a period of two weeks, with an Alpine festival, Hornussen tournaments (a type of Swiss ball game), and a range of interactive workshops.

Gastronomy in the Bernese Oberland

Like much of Switzerland, cheese makes up a large part of the regional food production. The Diemtigtal, in the west of the Bernese Oberland, is the largest Alpine cheese-making area in Switzerland, and so is the optimum place to visit an authentic mountain dairy. Many farms will serve breakfast or lunch alongside a cheese-tasting, or allow visitors to watch the cheese as it is made. The organic dairy on the Schwarzenberg Alp in the Wiriehorn area is one such as this. The AlpKultur Festival in Lenk in Simmental offers visitors the opportunity to briefly live life as a mountain farmer: helping with milking, cheese-making, looking after the animals, visiting farmsteads, and sleeping in the Alps.

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