Bernese Oberland Highlights (Inn-to-inn combo hiking tour)
Length: 8 days, 7 nights. 2 nights 4-star hotel, 4 nights 3-star hotels, 1 night in a mountain inn.
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous, 5-8 hours/day, 1500'-3500' elevation gain/loss
See our Bernese Oberland photo gallery
The Switzerland of fairy tales resides in heart of the Bernese Oberland. If you're interested in hiking inn-to-inn, but would like just a couple of remote nights to go with the comforts of distinctive village hotels, the Bernese Oberland Highlights tour is for you. On this tour, we've combined stops at outstanding 3 and 4-star hotels with our favorite inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. We'll hike each day, but have upgraded our hotels from our longer Bernese Oberland Tour, and have included only one night in a memorable inn. Starting with 2 nights in Wengen, we'll see the Eiger and Jungfrau mountains before hiking to the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley for 1 night at the charming Tschingelhorn mountain inn at Obersteinberg (no luggage for this night, shower down the hall ). We'll continue the next day to Mürren for 2 nights there, followed by 2 more in quiet Kandersteg. With 4 stops in 7 nights, this tour strikes a perfect balance of comfort and adventure in perhaps the most breathtaking region of the Alps.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn hiking. Soon we'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, where often you'll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You'll have your own room every night, with private bathroom for all nights except at Obersteinberg. Each evening we'll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one dinner in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Wengen in the Bernese Oberland. We'll meet and talk about our tour before a welcome dinner at our hotel. (Hotel Schönegg)
Dates don't work? Check out our longer Bernese Oberland Traverse tour.
Read Herb Terns' account of his Obersteinberg hike on an Alpinehikers self-guided tour in 2011.
If you're an independent hiker and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to arrange the Bernese Oberland Highlights tour as a self-guided hiking tour. The self-guided tour price is per person based on two people sharing a standard double room.
This self-guided tour includes prepaid hotels with breakfast each morning and dinners listed above, a Swiss Card railpass good for 2 days of free travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cablecars, rail schedules, hiking maps, detailed route descriptions, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly.
This tour can be customized to fit your needs. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten the tour, upgrade hotels (or go rustic), or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience across the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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