The Bernese Oberland and Reichenbach Falls

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  • Duration
    8 days
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights hotels


  • Swiss Alpine Ice Breaker!
  • A Fantastic Introduction to the Delights of Swiss Walking
  • Trekking Around Classic Alpine Peaks, Wetterhorn, Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and The Matterhorn
  • Scope to Undertake a Variety of Walks Utilizing Ubiquitous Local Transport

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This tour is the ideal walking introduction to the Swiss Alps, offering you each day a range of walks often with differing grades and distances, so you can decide the nature of the walking, whether it be a high mountain trek along a Bergweg mountain path, or a valley stroll on a Wanderweg lower level trail. There are many opportunities for spending time sightseeing and utilizing the extensive mountain transport system to shorten walks, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy good fayre in the valley towns and mountain villages. You travel to the two most spectacular and classical postcard regions of the Swiss Alps. The peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau overlook the valley towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen while the celebrated mountain town of Zermatt lies just below the towering Matterhorn. Our programme of walks allows you time to take the mountain railway to the Jungfraujoch the highest railway station in Europe at nearly 12,000 feet. The flower-strewn alpine meadows in summer around Wengen and Murren and upon the Schynige-Platte walk are an unforgettable experience.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer (except between lauterbrunnen and zermatt)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline


Day 1 Arrival in Meiringen
The train journey from Zurich is spectacular, passing Lake Luzern and The Brienzsee. Settle into hotel and explore the resort town in the evening. Accommodation: Hotel Baer in Meiringen - Our 3* hotel is centrally located near shops and the station. It has modern facilities.
Day 2 Meiringen to Grindelwald
There are three possibilities for today's adventure. (a) Begin the walk to Grindelwald, up to the spectacular Reichenbach Falls en route. Be prepared to be overawed by the towering Wetterhorn and yet to be soothed by the lush green valley of Grindelwald as it yawns before you. This scenery is then contrasted by the glacial activity prevalent around Grindelwald. (b) The second alternative is to take the train to Brienz, followed by a cruise on the Brienzsee. For those waterfall lovers, Brienz is an alluring place. If the shimmering green sea of the Brienzersee does not catch your eye, then the magnificent Giessbachfall waterfall will not fail to demand your attention. (c) The third route is to take the train to Widerswil, then the mountain train to Schynige Platte, and walk to Grindelwald via the Faulhorn. The long descent from Faulhorn to Grindelwald is made easier by using the Firstbahn 'gondola' cable car. This can also be done from Grindelwald. Accommodation: Hotel Lauberhorn in Grindelwald - Here we stay at a cosy 2* chalet-hotel with a spectacular view of the Eiger and the surrounding peaks. All rooms facing south have balcony, shower and WC. The hotel is a short walk from train stations and the Firstbahn gondola station.
Day 3 In Grindelwald
Although expensive and very busy, today you could take the Cog railway ride using the highest railway in Europe to reach the Jungfraujoch (not included in tour price), stopping at the Eigerwand en route. An impressive and daring start to the day is offered to clients who wish to walk from the train to a lookout cut into the very centre of the Eiger north face. Both glaciers and mountains make for fantastic viewing. On this free day, one might also choose to walk the ridge route from First to Faulhorn then to Bussalp, or to do the complete ridge to Schynige Platte. The First gondola allows an incredible view of the main wall of the Bernese Oberland and the Jungfrau view is one you will long remember. A third alternative for this day is to cable car / walk to Mannlichen summit, with views all round to the Eiger, Jungfrau and Wetterhorn (7 hours). The two glaciers' trip is your fourth option, offering spectacular views of moraine, crevasses and glacier (6 hours). A must for the avid geologist! For those desiring a rest from the walking, there is still plenty on offer including boat trips or train rides. Accommodation: Grindelwald - See day 2
Day 4 Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen
Ascend to Kleine Scheidegg, descend to Lauterbrunnen via the car free boutique town of Wengen. You will walk beneath the North Face of the Eiger and get some fantastic views once again over the Bernese peaks. You can make the day slightly harder by taking The Eiger Trail from Alpiglen to Kleine Scheidegg and make it easier by taking the train to Alpiglen, and then once again down from Wengen (21kms/ 13 miles / 5 hours). Accommodation: Hotel Silberhorn in Lauterbrunnen - Our 3* star hotel is only two minutes' walk from the train station, provides views of the famous Jungfrau Mountain and the waterfalls on both sides of the valley. The rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated.
Day 5 In Lauterbrunnen
This valley boasts spectacular water¬falls and is a popular tourist attraction. From here you can visit Murren, the highest village in the Bernese Oberland and take the cable car up to the Schilthorn, where you can witness the famous 360 degree panorama extending from the Jura to the Black Forest. There are again plenty of walks to choose from and all routes are well signposted. Accommodation: Lauterbrunnen - See day 4.
Day 6 Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt
After breakfast in Lauterbrunnen, take the early train to Zermatt (taking your luggage with you on the train) to allow yourself a good afternoon’s walking or relaxing there. Zermatt is the quintessential Swiss tourist town, the mountain-lover's magnet. Accommodation: Hotel Capricorn in Zermatt - Our 3* hotel in Zermatt is a typical Swiss chalet type building. This hotel is very comfortable, informal and family run. It has a pleasant terrace garden and a sauna as well as spacious rooms with private facilities. The excellent restaurant has views out to the Matterhorn and a nice bar.
Day 7 In Zermatt
Various inspiring walks await you today - the only difficulty is deciding which to choose. Detailed in our notes are: A walk in the shadow of the Matterhorn (9kms/3-4 hours), views of Monte Rosa, Switzerland’s highest peak (10kms/4 hours), the Trift valley leading to Trift and the Mettelhorn as well as other Zermatt gems to entice & please. Accommodation: Zermatt - See day 6.
Day 8 End of tour
Depart from Zermatt after breakfast. Hourly trains to Geneva and Zurich changing at Visp or Brig, taking around 3.5 hours.