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Walking in the Swiss Alps

(Tour code: KAE17)Enjoy the stunning Swiss Alps by rail

Surround yourself with unspoiled scenery in the quaint village of Kandersteg, a true Alpine gem and ideal for all levels of walking in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy scenic mountain railways with stunning vistas, visit beautiful Interlaken, and explore the historic town of Metz, situated at the confluence of the Moselle and Seille Rivers.

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Tour Highlights
  • Metz, including free time
  • Stunning Kandersteg
  • 3 fantastic days of walking around Kandersteg
  • Interlaken
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card, permitting 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Eurostar
Days 1-2

London to Kanderstag

After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, we board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by high-speed TGV to Metz. The following on morning we enjoy time to discover Metz, an attractive city close to the German border. The city is like an open-air museum, with its rich legacy of old churches, splendid palaces, imposing castles and charming town houses, all dotted around its historic core of honey-stone houses in the Old Town. Metz's crowning glory is undoubtedly its mighty Gothic cathedral, which overlooks an extensive array of riverside parks and public gardens in France's 'Green City'. This afternoon we travel by rail into the heart of the Swiss Alps, arriving in the mountain village of Kandersteg, in the Jungfrau region, along the valley of the River Kander.

We spend six nights at the family run Hotel Bernerhof. Idyllically located over-looking meadows in the heart of the small village of Kandersteg, the hotel boasts superb views of the surrounding mountainous Alpine scenery, and is an ideal location from which to explore the area. After dinner we meet one of our Mountain Guides for a briefing about our walks.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner
Walking in Kandersteg
Day 3

Guided Walking in Kandersteg

Today our guided walking takes us through the countryside surrounding Kandersteg. There are three different walks available depending on your ability, ranging from a gentle stroll through peaceful meadows to a challenging hike up the surrounding mountains. You could join the gentle stroll to beautiful Blausee, located in the midst of a 20 hectare nature park, and return by bus to Kandersteg for a pleasant walk close to the village. Our moderate walk begins with a cable car ride to the Allmenalp, the top of a vertical cliff, and offering views over the whole valley and to the Oeschinensee. It then ascends through the striking Üschinen Valley, taking in the surrounding peaks before following the River Kander back to Kandersteg.

Otherwise, join the more challenging hike from Oeschinen and through the lower foothills of the mountains to the Allmenalp, with time to admire the superb panorama before descending to Kandersteg by cable car. After each day's walking, enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at our hotel, whilst relaxing and enjoying views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided Walking Tour of Kandersteg
Interlaken
Day 4

By rail to Interlaken

Today we travel by train to Interlaken, a wonderful town nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz. You are free to explore Interlaken at your leisure. One of our walking guides accompanies us to Interlaken, advising on the various way-marked walking trails around Interlaken, and leading a guided walk in the area. Wherever you are, the imposing trio of peaks - the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch - provide a stunning backdrop to the day. For those wishing to explore further on foot, you may wish to take the cog railway to Schynige Platte, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy many signposted walks. The picturesque journey offers spectacular views of the Brienzersee and the Jungfrau, travelling through lush meadows and Alpine scenery.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Interlaken
Kandersteg
Day 5

Guided Walking in Kandersteg

Today we enjoy another walk with our guides. Again, there are three different walks available; each begins with a journey on the gondola to Oeschinensee, one of Switzerland's most exquisite lakes.

From here, our gentle walk takes a circuitous route around the lake and back to the gondola. The moderate walk continues over the glorious verdant scenery of Unterbergli, with spectacular views of Blumisalp and Doldenhorn. Our advanced walk traverses over the charming Underbargli to the rocky ridges of Oberbargli. The views in this part of the Alps are incredible whichever walk you choose. You may prefer to relax in Kandersteg or walk on one of the area's many other trails.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Kandersteg
Guided Walking
Day 6

Guided Walking in Kandersteg

Again, three levels of guided walk will be on offer today. You may choose the gentle ramble through wildflower meadows around Arvesee, before descending by cable car and continuing alongside the River Kander on our return to Kandersteg. Today's moderate walk is also via Arvesee, to Schwarenbach, where we ascend on the Sunnbuel cable car. Our advanced walk today takes us on a circular route to Schwarenbach, where we continue to the sparkling Daubensee Lake.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided Walikng of Kandersteg
Zermatt
Day 7

Kandersteg

Your day is free to enjoy at leisure, perhaps by taking a final walk, or simply enjoying Kandersteg's majestic surroundings. You could venture further afield, travelling by train to visit the beautiful city of Montreux on Lake Geneva, or the charming mountain resort of Zermatt.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Eurostar to London
Day 8

The journey home

We leave Kandersteg this morning, travelling by train via Bern to Lausanne. Here we board the high-speed TGV service directly to Paris. After crossing the city by coach, we connect with the Eurostar service to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Walking around Kandersteg

Renowned for its breathtaking views and scenic trails, the countryside around Kandersteg is the perfect base for a walking holiday. This area is within the UNESCO World Heritage Lötschberg Area, with access to over 550km (330 miles) of paths. With so many trails to choose from, our Mountain Guides enable you to really get the best out of this holiday. A wealth of hiking paths, all clearly signposted, makes independent walking easy too.

Our guided walks are tailored to suit the general ability of the group, and our guides offer 3 choices to suit. For each guided walking day the group is split into three smaller ability groups for easy, medium and more difficult walks. Many of the guided walks offered are accessed by local bus, tram or cable car and these are also included in the price of your holiday.

Guided walks described are subject to local weather conditions, and may be substituted with a suitable alternative in inclement conditions.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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