Classic Swiss Alps Self-Guided Walk

Classic Swiss Alps Self-Guided Walk

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Classic Swiss Alps Self-Guided Walk

8 Days Starting and ending in Kandersteg

Visiting: Switzerland

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

W07AF

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

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Tour Overview

Kandersteg is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: lush green meadows bright with wildflowers, against a backdrop of rugged, wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers.

Highlights

  • Relax in a friendly, family-run hotel with heated indoor pool, sauna and excellent cuisine

  • Have spectacular views of the region: Eiger, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Monch

  • Hike along well-marked trails amongst stunning Alpine flowers

Itinerary

Day 1


Arrive at the 3 star Hotel Alfa Soleil, well known locally for its excellent
cuisine and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner which is included all week
along with picnics or light restaurant lunches. Below is a suggested
itinerary for the week but you are free to pick and choose when and where you
walk each day.



Day 2


This easy-going walk to start your week begins with a spectacular cable car
ride (included) up to the Allmenalp, a colourful meadow brimming with rural
mountain charm. There are stunning views across the valley to towering
cliffs, snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Continue into the pastures of the
Alpbach, sheltered by a colossal mountain bowl where marmots 'cohabit' with
farmers and their cattle. An afternoon descent of the Alpbach Gorge takes you
down to the valley floor for a relaxed stroll along the River Kander to the
hotel.



Day 3


This super walk begins with an exhilarating 20-minute minibus ride (fare
included) along a narrow road carved out of the rock wall. The
UNESCO-recognised Gasterntal is Kandersteg's 'hidden valley', with snow-fed
waterfalls splashing down sheer cliff faces. After an optional,
loop-extension further up the valley, you meander down the River Kander,
through woods and open meadows to the Waldhaus Nature Reserve - look out for
lady slippers, fire lilies and more than 25 varieties of orchid. With the
mighty rock walls of the Balmhorn, Tatlishore and the Atels towering high,
follow the spectacular Klus Gorge where glacial meltwater rushes down over
thunderous waterfalls.



Day 4


Widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Bernese Oberland,
Oeschinensee is one of the most beautiful Alpine lakes in Switzerland. After
a short ride up on the gondola lift (included), follow a marvellous mountain
path up to the Heuberg Viewpoint and picnic spot. The cobalt blue water of
the lake, surrounded by the snow-capped, razor-edged peaks of the Doldenhorn
(3,638m) and the Bluemlisalphorn (3,663m) towering 2,000m above, will be a
lasting memory. Call in at the mountain chalets at Obberbargli and
Underbargli for refreshments and soak up this unforgettable scenery as
bell-toting cows munch at the grass in the pastures below, while dainty
waterfalls trickle down from the Frunden Glacier.



Day 5


A gentle hour's stroll takes you down to the Natural Park of Blausee - the
Blue Lake (entry included with short boat ride). Here you can wander through
verdant woodland around the little lake, visit the organic trout farm and
enjoy a drink on the lake terrace. Cross the valley at Kandergrund and pick
up the Nordrampe Bahnwanderweg - a fabulous walking trail that in part
follows the impressive railway as it makes huge loops and swirls through
tunnels along the side of the mountain. Enjoy panoramic picnic spots and
great views up and down the valley as you stroll past the evocative ruins of
the Felsenburg tower. Hillside pastures and shady forest then leads you back
to your hotel.



Day 6


The Sunnbuel cable car (included) whisks you up to nearly 2,000m to begin
today's walk. Enjoy refreshments at the renowned Schwarenbach Hotel, where
Lenin and Picasso have signed the visitors' book. It's then on to the
Daubensee and the famous high Gemmi Pass (2,322m), a major Transalpine route
first used by the Celts. The extraordinary panorama of the Valais Alps to the
south includes the Weisshorn (4,506m) and the Matterhorn (4,478m).



Day 7


Today starts with a 25-minute train ride (payable locally) through the
Lotschberg mountain rail tunnel (14km long) to Hohtenn. The walk takes you
high above a youthful River Rhone, through a landscape of gorges and hidden
side valleys - and small hillside villages boasting traditional wooden
chalets built on the upper edges of this fertile, vineyard-adorned valley.
You follow part of the Lotschberger-Sudrampe railway trail - superb railway
engineering, viaducts, tunnels and bridges - but you don't need to be a train
buff to enjoy this great little hike.



Day 8


If pre-arranged, return to Zurich via Kandersteg rail.



What's Included

  • Free entry to the Blausee (Blue Lake) Nature Park

  •  All breakfasts and dinners plus 6 picnic lunches

  • Kandersteg guest card (for discounts at local sites and attractions)

  • Route notes and maps provided

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • Regional travel pass for local buses and cable cars

What's Not Included

  • Transfers (if booking a land only package)

  • Visas

  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)

  • Travel insurance

Food


All meals are included throughout the trip, including picnic lunches. For
dinner enjoy regional dishes and fine wines in Nico's restaurant.

At the beginning of each set of notes we advise on the lunch situation and
suggest good picnic spots. You can obtain supplies daily from the hotel's
picnic buffet or you can return to the hotel for a light lunch. We suggest
you to carry 1-5 litres water per person, there are often benches for resting
and admiring the views. There are also mountain restaurants with sun-trap
terraces. 

With such a mixture of language and tradition co-existing in such a small
country, it is no wonder that there are so many regional dishes. In the
Bernese Oberland, Austrian and German influences predominate; gastronomic
local delicacies include geschnetzeltes Kalbsfleisch (veal in a rich cream
sauce), Kandersteger Bratwurst au Mad re-Jus (roast sausage with a Madeira
sauce), Lammbraten gefullt mit Krautern (herb roasted lamb) and smoked pork
with sauerkraut, and a selection of colourful salads. Typical desserts
include Caramel-Birne mit Rum-Sabayon (caramelised pear with a rum sabayon)
and Aprikosen-Symphonie (apricot gateau).

Accommodation

The Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes' walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind. The restaurant is managed by owner/chef Nico Seiler, has an excellent reputation, and is rated highly by our customers so you will enjoy fine dining whilst staying here. There are 35 rooms on three floors; all rooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone and hairdryer. For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table and music desk which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire where you can relax for a quiet chat or with a book, or to play one of the hotel's board games.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    7 nights at 3 star Hotel

  • What is the maximum group size?

    6

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 8 years or above age passenger can go on this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Recommend

I was a bit hesitant to take a self guided tour, b

I was a bit hesitant to take a self guided tour, but I am glad I did. The hotel staff was great and the fact that food was included with the package made it a fantastic affordable going abroad trip. The trails are well marked and the areas are beautiful. The train ride from Zurich to Kandersteg is actually 2.5 hours but the scenery on the route is amazing. If you like the outdoors and hiking this is the package for you.

Alpine adventure with gourmet delights

A wonderful weeks walking in the Swiss Alps, azure

A wonderful weeks walking in the Swiss Alps, azure lakes nestled amidst towering ice-capped crags and gourmet dining. Even with mixed weather a wonderful getaway.

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