Bernese Oberland & Lake Lucerne
For centuries, the Swiss have mastered these mountains, bringing cheeses, salt and spices to Roman Italy. Today, highly efficient cable cars, cog railways, and chairlifts bring walkers to trails high above the treeline where we walk through verdant meadows filled with wildflowers, cows carrying their Alpine bells and wildlife including agile chamois and adorable marmots. On every side are the legendary mountains of The Bernese Alps, their white peaks brilliant in the clear air. Below, are mountain lakes, woodlands and Alpine pastures dotted with timber chalets.
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$4295.00 per person double occupancy
US$4295.00 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, presents fine views to the peaks of Videmanette and Vanil. After a demonstration of Etivaz cheese making and lunch at 'the chalet', we continue to Rougemont, an authentic 17th century chalet village, to catch a train 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, with outstanding views of the snow-capped Altels and Rinderhorn.
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 and walk down to Grindelwald before returning on the cog train at the end of the day.
From Grosse Scheidegg at 7,000 feet, well-trodden hiking paths take us from peak to peak across the Land of the Chamois from which we have unique views of the impressive Bernese Alps from Wetterhorn to Mönch.
We walk to the beautiful canyon and dramatic scenery of the Gletscherschlucht, then continue by train to Lucerne to discover its famous wooden bridges and medieval lanes. We reach our waterside hotel in Weggis by lake steamer.
We take the ferry from our village to Vitznau and connect with the famous cog railway to Rigi Kulm. We enjoy easy paths all day as we walk to Schild and on to Rigi Scheidegg for lunch. We return via Rigi Kaltbad for 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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