Featured holiday Walking holiday in the Saanenland Switzerland

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided walking holiday for individuals in the beautiful Swiss Saanenland. Spend a week in the pretty village of Gstaad, surrounded by flower-filled pastures, soaring mountains and the gentle chiming of cattle bells. Explore the area through four walking routes, promising magnificent views across the alpine landscape. Travel by air and rail or rail from London and back. 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 from London to Geneva return, economy, and return rail travel from Geneva airport to Gstaad
  • One tasting menu at the hotel (beverages not included)
  • One wine tasting at the hotel
  • 6-day Gstaad Card
  • Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Saanenland
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Saanenland

Highlights

• Four self-guided walking itineraries • Wispile to Lauenensee • Rougemont to Rossiniere • Hornleggi to Rinderberg • Lenk to Turbach • Sparenmoos to Rellerli • One tasting dinner at your hotel • One wine tasting at your hotel • 6-day Gstaad Card

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

From about

£2,530 by air and rail

£2,610 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH02

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 Gstaad and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £270 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £100 per person.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Saanenland

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

From about

£2,530 by air and rail

£2,610 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH02

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 Gstaad and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £270 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £100 per person.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Geneva return, economy
● Return rail travel from Geneva airport to Gstaad
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room with forest view at the Park Hotel Gstaad in Gstaad
● One tasting menu at the hotel (beverages not included)
● One wine tasting at the hotel
● 6-day Gstaad Card
● Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Bernese Oberland
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

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

From about

£2,530 by air and rail

£2,610 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH02

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 Gstaad and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £270 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £100 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Geneva return, economy
• Return rail travel from Geneva airport to Gstaad
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room with forest view at the Park Hotel Gstaad in Gstaad
• One tasting menu at the hotel (beverages not included)
• One wine tasting at the hotel
• 6-day Gstaad Card
• 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 Geneva several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Montreux to Gstaad. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Geneva and then connect onto regional services via Montreux to Gstaad.

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

From about

£2,530 by air and rail

£2,610 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH02

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 Gstaad and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £270 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £100 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Geneva return, economy
• Return rail travel from Geneva airport to Gstaad
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a superior double room with forest view at the Park Hotel Gstaad in Gstaad
• One tasting menu at the hotel (beverages not included)
• One wine tasting at the hotel
• 6-day Gstaad Card
• 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 Geneva several times a day. From here there are regular hourly services via Montreux to Gstaad. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you change stations and take the TGV-Lyria to Geneva and then connect onto regional services via Montreux to Gstaad.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Swiss Saanenland

Highlights of Saanenland

The Saanenland is based in the convergence of five valleys. Streams, lakes, forests, and verdant slopes therefore provide a 360 degree backdrop to your stay here. The isolated and little-known Lauenensee, for example, is a bubble of peace and tranquillity, with pathways around the lake shores that lead up to a waterfall that crashes between jutting rocks on its way down the mountainside. In the winter, the lake freezes over, and there is every chance you may be the first to leave your footprints in the snow. Gstaad is perhaps what makes the Saanenland so well-known and so deserving of its own individual place as a region in our overview of Switzerland. The traffic-free main promenade is lined with perfectly maintained, authentic Swiss chalets, complete with dark wood peaked roofs, shuttered windows, and balconies. These chalets contain intriguing boutique shops and some of Gstaad's 100 restaurants, which serve anything from Swiss raclette to gourmet, refined cuisine. In the landscape around Gstaad lie a huge range of summer sports opportunities. More than 300km of hiking paths take you up and around the mountains and deep into the valleys. Mountain-biking, paragliding, and golf also remain continually popular with seasonal guests. Schonried hosts a famous toboggan run, while exhilarating downhill scooter rides can be enjoyed from Wispile to Gstaad or Sparenmoos to Zweisimmen. On the River Saane, you can wrestle the torrent on a raft or in a canoe. Schonried, on the so-called ‘sun terrace' above Gstaad, is one neighbouring village that is of particular interest. Schonried is an excellent starting point for many hikes or long walks, due to its sublime scenery and many cableways and high-altitude railways. The picture-postcard village of Zweisimmen is known as the Gateway to the Saanenland. Most notably, however, it is an important station on the iconic route of the GoldenPass Line, and the railway line that links the Bernese Oberland to Montreux. You may wish to visit Zweisimmen for the Rinderberg cable car, which takes you up to one of the largest ski areas in the Saanenland in winter, and up to an intricate network of walking routes in the summer. Various themed trails take you through the different elements of the local culture, such as around the authentic farmhouses with their carved murals, or high up in the mountaintops. There are ten villages in total in the Saanenland, each of which is charming in its own right. Should you have time, we would not discourage visiting as many of these as possible to admire the scenery from multiple angles.

Festivals in the Saanenland

A lesser-known highlight of the area's winter sports opportunities is the Zweisimmen Snow Games in January, featuring a waterslide through the Rinderberg water, ski-cross races, downhill mountain biking, and freestyle parkour. February and March in Gstaad are made all the more enchanting by the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, a small classical music festival. The summer sees two large tennis tournaments come to Gstaad: the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, and the Ladies Championship Gstaad. The Davidoff Saveurs Gstaad celebrates authentic local cuisine and wine in July. For more traditional celebrations, attend the Suufsunntig, an Alpine festival from July to August hosted on the nearby mountains. Also in the summer, from July to September, is the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, which honours the violinist and conductor after which it was named, with numerous performances of haunting classical music. The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad in August sees jockeys from all over the world racing Arab horses. Something a little different can be enjoyed at the Country Night Gstaad in September. Across the border into the canton of Vaud is Chateau-d'Oex, which hosts the International Balloon Festival, the most important balloon event in the Alps.

Gastronomy in the Saanenland

As in much of Switzerland, cheese plays an integral part in the local gastronomy of Saanenland. In Chateau-d'Oex and Rougemont, be sure to try the Etivaz cheese, which is made in the cauldrons of Alpine huts. In a quaint gourmet restaurant in Gstaad or on the lush rolling pastures of Schonried, try the fondue or raclette in the environment in which it was intended to be eaten. Local farms, particularly dairy farms, offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, with the opportunity to try some of their homemade produce and watch as the cheese is made.

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