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Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights (Inn-to-inn combo hiking tour)
spectacular hikes and quaint villages dot the Bernese Oberland hike
Length: 8 days, 7 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous
Dates:   June-September
Standard Tour Cost:  $2390 per person
$300 single supplement
Deluxe Tour:  $3190 per person
$400 single supplement

Swiss tour reservation

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 village hotels with our favorite inn-to-inn stretch of the Alpine Pass Route. 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 (no luggage for this night, hiking the Bernese Oberland near Wengen and the Eiger North Faceprivate room, bathroom/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.

Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel - a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice - which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.

You should finish your 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 Tschingelhorn. After that, you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, featuring local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, and will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave one dinner in Mürren free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

You'll have many hikes to choose from, but here are some of our favorites:

Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Wengen, a peaceful village high in the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. Take a stroll through the village enjoying the views and fresh mountain air before dinner at your hotel. (Wengen) hiking the Bernese Oberland near Murren
Day 2 Enjoy spectacular views of the Eiger, Jungfrau and surrounding mountains as you hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and along the balcony trail to Männlichen. Huge glaciers and waterfalls tumble to your feet at Biglenalp as you explore quiet side-trails in this classic mountain region. (Wengen)
Day 3 Starting your inn-to-inn stretch, the trail winds through flowery meadows and dense woods to the lush Lauterbrunnen valley floor. After a break for lunch, hike to a wild and isolated corner of the Lauterbrunnen valley for a memorable night in a remote mountain inn. Tschingelhorn is a simple mountain inn set in a stunning location, looking across the valley at the Jungfrau mountain, Rottal glacier, and numerous impressive waterfalls. There is no luggage transport, but we'll enjoy charming private rooms (bathroom and shower down the hall) and a filling and delicious meal... this is always a favorite stop! (Tschingelhorn Inn)
Day 4 You may take an optional morning hike to small glacial lake in the back of the valley. Afterwards, a beautiful wooded hike brings you through sleepy Gimmelwald to the car-free village of Mürren, with its unparalleled cliffside views of the surrounding mountains. (Murren)
Day 5 There are numerous dayhike possibilities around Mürren. One beautiful trail leads up to the local peak, Birg, for superb all-around views, and past a small glacial tarn. Or feel free to just unwind in one of the most scenic and relaxing villages in the Alps. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Murren. (Murren)
dinner at one of our inns on the Bernese Oberland tour Day 6 A 2 hour morning transfer by train brings you to the quiet village of Kandersteg, with time for a dayhike up to a spectacular emerald-green lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, and glacier-clad peaks. (Kandersteg)
Day 7 Among the great dayhikes from Kandersteg is a quiet path leading south towards the Klus gorge. The power of the Kander river is impressive, as you climb through this narrow gorge into the hidden Gasterntal valley. This is a picture-perfect hideaway - a small, U-shaped valley, carpeted with wildflowers and guarded by savage cliffs. Waterfalls bursting from the sides of cliffs add to the scenery. (Kandersteg)
Day 8 Today you say good-bye to the Bernese Oberland and depart for your post-tour destinations.

Swiss tour reservation

Arrive: Plan to arrive the day your tour starts at the latest (flights from the US would depart the day before). The closest airport is Zurich. There is a train station at the airport that will take you to Wengen.
Depart: Plan departure for the day after your tour finishes at the earliest. Plan on one night at a hotel in your departure city if you have a morning flight, and we can help with this if you like.

Want a guided tour? Check out our guided Bernese Oberland Highlights tour, our similar Bernese Oberland Traverse, or ask about a private guide for your family or group.

Read Herb Terns' account of his Obersteinberg hike on an Alpinehikers self-guided tour in 2011.

Self-guided Bernese Oberland Highlights, details:

the view from Obersteinberg Standard tour: 6 nights in 3 star village hotels with private room and bathrooom, 1 night mountain inn with private room and shared bathroom, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2nd class 3 day flexipass for 3 free days of rail travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cable cars, luggage transfers Wengen-Murren.
Deluxe tour: 2 nights 3-star superior hotel, 4 nights 4-star hotels, 1 night mountain inn, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 1st class 3 day flexipass, luggage transfers Wengen-Murren.

All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip. Pricing assumes 1 bag per person transferred between inns, but additional bags can be added for an extra cost.

Not included are lunches, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation outside this itinerary.

If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over Switzerland, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.

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