Bernese Oberland and Lake Lucerne
For centuries, the Swiss have mastered these stunning mountains, bringing cheeses, salt and spices to Roman Italy. Today, highly efficient cable cars, cog railways, and chairlifts enable walkers to reach trails high above the treeline to enjoy the dramatic scenery and clear air. On every side are the legendary mountains of The Bernese Alps, their white peaks glistening in the sunshine, and below are mountain lakes, woodlands and Alpine pastures dotted with timber chalets.
Our Walk takes us through breath-taking landscapes, verdant meadows filled with wildflowers, cows carrying their Alpine bells and wildlife including agile chamois and adorable marmots. We ride a cog train to the base of the Eiger, visit a farmer's chalet and see how L'Etivaz cheese is made, and walk with panoramic views of the Monch and Jungfrau. We visit the historic and charming city of Lucerne and we enjoy the famous quietness of Swiss life on the lakeside in a fashionable resort.
Walk Rating: Moderate to Energetic. Moderate to energetic walking at altitudes up to 7,000 feet on paths with moderate climbs and some steep descents. Some steady inclines. 9-11 miles walking per day.
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Saanen, with arrival at Saanen Rail Station and ends in Weggis, with departure from Lucerne Rail Station.
Try to take the Golden Panoramic Train from Montreux for a wonderful ride to our rendezvous in the village of Saanen. We take an aperitif overlooking the mountains before our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
This morning’s walk in the crisp mountain hills above the Château d'Oex, typical Swiss picture-postcard scenery, gives us stunning views towards the peaks of Videmanette and Vanil. After a demonstration of Etivaz cheese making at 'the chalet', we continue to Rougemont, an authentic 17th century chalet village, for lunch. In the afternoon, we catch a train for a scenic ride to our lovely chalet hotel in Kandersteg.
The Kander valley region offers a wide variety of delightful classic alpine routes. In favorable weather conditions, a cable car will take us to high level walks, where we have outstanding views of the snow-capped Altels and Rinderhorn, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. We enjoy lunch in a Heidi-style chalet.
We go to Lauterbrunnen and take a cog train up to Wegenalp where we hike through flower-covered pastures and dramatic scenery. Our walk takes us to Kleine Scheidegg situated at 6200ft and ends at the base of the daunting Eiger North Face. After lunch facing the imposing Eiger, we walk down towards Grindelwald before finishing our afternoon on the cog train.
From Grosse Scheidegg at 7,000 feet, a bus journey takes us to the start of our walk along well-trodden hiking paths which run from peak to peak across the Land of the Chamois and Marmots. We have unique views of the impressive Bernese Alps from Wetterhorn to Mönch and, passing a glacier lake, we walk down to our chalet inn for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue our walk along trails lined with alpine flowers towards our hotel.
Optional Extra: Today there is an opportunity to slip away from the scheduled itinerary and paraglide over this stunning landscape. Your Walk Manager can arrange this for you.
We walk to the beautiful canyon and dramatic scenery of the Gletscherschlucht which demonstrates the immense power of a glacier. After a buffet lunch, we continue by train to explore the charming, medieval town of Lucerne, one of the founding cities of Swiss autonomy and homeland of the legendary William Tell. We cross its famous, ancient wooden bridge and walk through streets of historic houses decorated with 15th and 15th century frescoes. There is time to wander around the city at leisure before we continue to our waterside hotel in Weggis by lake steamer.
We take the ferry from our village to Vitznau, another lakeside resort, and connect with the famous cog railway to Rigi Kulm summit to absorb the panoramic views across three lakes within the original Swiss Cantons. We enjoy easy paths all day through alpage meadows accompanied by the pleasant ringing of cowbells, to a family-run mountain chalet with stunning views in Rigi Scheidegg where our host treats us to the most delicious rösti, the national dish, for lunch. After a pastoral walk with dramatic views, we reach a cable car which takes us back to our hotel with time to relax in the chic spa before our Farewell Dinner.
We return to Lucerne by lake steamer and The Wayfarers see you safely on your way.
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Before & After:
- See more of this spectacular country courtesy of Swiss Rail whose schedules run as accurately as their watches.
- Many resorts such as Montreux, Lucerne, and Gstaad host concerts and summer music festivals.
Average temperatures in this area in June, July and September range between 55ºF (13ºC) and 90ºF (30ºC). In addition, very generally speaking, the temperature drops about 1ºC with every additional 650 feet (200 metres) elevation gain. There is likely to be some rainfall, although this will probably be higher in June and July than September.
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