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Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

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Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

  • UNESCO-recognised region of Jungfrau
  • Some of the finest high-level walking trails in Europe; views of the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau
  • Options to visit the Schilthorn, Trummelbach Falls and the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
  • Thundering waterfalls, rolling glaciers, luxuriant red spruce forest, stunning range of flowers and wildlife
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2013 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 20 Jun '17 to 20 Sep '17
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Sustainability rating: 89%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • 6 day Jungfrau travel pass included


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This walking holiday explores the UNESCO-recognised region of Jungfrau and takes in some of the Alps' most dramatic scenery - the sheer scale of it is breathtaking. The 4000m peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau cloaked in rolling white glaciers tower magnificently over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world, lined with 72 rushing waterfalls. You're in for a real selection of unique experiences: you'll pass so close to the ice-clad flank of the Monch you'll feel as though you can almost touch it; you'll ramble through meadows fragrant with wolfsbane, trumpet gentian and purple monkshood; you'll enjoy both the sound of tinkling cowbells and the thundering power of waterfalls and you'll contemplate vast, heart-lifting Alpine panoramas. There are wonderful wildlife opportunities too as you look out for alpine accentors and golden eagles cruising the thermals, and lammergeyers on the higher slopes.

The paths and trails are very well signposted and way marked, and nowhere in the Alps is there a better provision of mountain lifts and railways, offering almost unlimited walking choices. We have included a six-day Jungfrau Travel Pass too, which covers most of the bus, train and cable car routes in the area - making the whole of the Jungfrau region accessible for independent exploring! The pass also offers a reduction on the optional visit on the Jungfraujoch.

Where you stay provides many contrasts too. You'll stay in a family-run hotel in the traditional Bernese village of Wilderswil, the disarmingly pretty car-free villages of Murren and Wengen (ask Urs at the Hotel Alpenruh about having breakfast in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn - pay locally for transport; breakfast included) and a perfectly located hotel in the world-famous resort of Grindelwald. We have included all evening meals too, so when your walking day is done you're free to relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air!

Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Superbly varied and well sign-posted walking along valley bottoms and in the high mountains (up to 2700m). A good fitness level is required. Walking boots are essential, and we strongly recommend wet-weather gear and a compass. NB: The walk on Day 8 is not possible in early/late season, however full route notes will be provided for an alternative option.


Day 1 - Arrive in Wilderswil

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at Hotel Baeren, Half board)

Day 2 - Wilderswil to Murren 16km/10mi/6hr

A valley path climbs through oak forest (look out for red deer) to the sleepy hamlet of Isenfluh for the first view of the Jungfrau, over 3000m of ice-clad, rocky wilderness! Walking through meadows dotted with golden hawksbeard, you reach our hotel in Murren which offers great views over the Eiger and Jungfrau. (Staying at Hotel Alpenruh, Half board)

Day 3 - At Murren

With its pretty pedestrian streets, and stunning views over the 'Big Three', Murren has inspired famous travellers for centuries. There are various walks, from a fragrant ramble in the Blumental meadow to a hike up Sefinenfurgge Pass (2612m). Alternatively, James Bond fans can take the cable car (payable locally) to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn (where many scenes for On Her Majesty's Secret Service were filmed) for 360° views over Germany, Italy and Switzerland. (Staying at Hotel Alprenruh, Half board)

Day 4 - Murren to Wengen 18km/11.5mi/6hr

Today it's a long descent past cows grazing in green meadows (they still cut hay with scythes here) into the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Trummelbach Falls, an amazing 'corkscrew' waterfall thundering inside the mountain. Ascending past the Monch, choked with rock and ice, takes you past Agnes and Willi's farm. Why not stop for a drink under the shadow of the Jungfrau before arriving in Wengen? (Staying at Hotel Bellevue, Half board)

Day 5 - At Wengen

You could relax, savouring the view over the Lauterbrunnen Valley from the hotel terrace complete with whirlpool bath or take a journey to Europe's highest railway station - the breathtaking, 3454m-high, Jungfraujoch (Jungfrau Travel Pass holders enjoy a 50% reduced rate) for a panorama over the Great Aletsch Glacier, Germany's Black Forest and the Italian Alps. Alternatively, take the Bira cable car for a 360° view over the whole region. (Staying at Hotel Bellevue, Half board)

Day 6 - Wengen to Grindelwald 18/km/11.5mi/6hr

Today's walk over the Kleine Scheidegg Pass follows the footsteps of Goethe, Byron and Tchaikovsky. The ascent enjoys views over the ice walls of the Monch. After lunch, you descend in the shadow of the Eiger's sheer north face with stunning views all around you. (Staying at Hotel Alte Post, Half board)

Day 7 - At Grindelwald

The most exciting option is to take the cable car to Pfingstegg (payable locally) from where you'll enjoy the most spectacular views of the Grindelwald Valley. You then follow a path hewn out of pink, purple and green marble to the sun-trap restaurant terrace at Baregg, an oasis of green in the lower of Grindelwald's twin glaciers. There's a good chance of spotting ibex on the slopes and golden eagles circling overhead. (Staying at Hotel Alte Post, Half board)

Day 8 - Grindelwald to Wilderswil 16km/10mi/5hr or 18km/11.5mi/7hr

You take a gondola to the start of one of the Alps' most panoramic walks. First stop is Bachsee Lake, then it's a climb through rocky high mountains bright with saxifrage to the Faulhorn (2680m), and a heart-lifting panorama over the Bernese Oberland. After lunch you descend through grassy marmot country to the railway station at Schynige Platte (2076m) to arrive in Wilderswil and your hotel in the timber-clad old town. (Staying at Hotel Baeren, Half board)

Day 9 - Leave Wilderswil

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Baeren, Wilderswil (3 Star)

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The Hotel Baren has been open for over 300 years! You will receive a warm welcome here from Herr Muller and his team at the Bear Inn.

The rooms here are simple but cosy alpine style with lots of wood furnishing.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Single Room Double for single use Double Room
10/06/2017 - 20/09/2017 £122 £146 £104

All prices shown above are valid from 04/11/2016. Extra night prices are per person per night including evening meal.

Hotel Alpenruh, Mürren (3 Star)

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Mürren is a car free village so it is very peaceful. It is a marvellous mountain village Perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film.

Rooms here are cosy but modern with television, minibar, cd stereo and hairdryer and with shower rather than bath.

Most rooms have a terrace or balcony with views of the Jungfrau and Eiger.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bellevue, Wengen (3 Star)

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The Hotel Bellevue was built in 1890. It is situated on the edge of the village in very quiet surroundings with stunning views of the Jungfrau and Lauterbrunnen valley.

Cosy chalet style accommodation is combined with modern comforts. The views from the rooms are incredible.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates South facing corner room
10/06/2017 - 20/09/2017 £14

All prices shown above are valid from 04/11/2016. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. The South Corner rooms are larger with dual aspect and views.

Dates Double Room Single Room
10/06/2017 - 20/09/2017 £114 £114

All prices shown above are valid from 04/11/2016. Extra night prices are per person per night including evening meal.

Chalet Hotel Alte Post, Grindelwald (3 Star)

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The Alte Post is a lovely chalet style hotel, located at the foot of the first gondola, with wonderful views across to the mountains.

Rooms are furnished with television, direct dial telephone, minibar and safe. Most have a balcony.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Singe Room
10/06/2017 - 20/09/2017 £140 £150

All prices shown above are valid from 04/11/2016. Extra night prices are per person per night including evening meal.

Travel

Transfers included from Interlaken West train station at 16:51, and back to Interlaken West train station at 10:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

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Ms Ryder
01/08/2017

My husband and I went on this hiking trip. Overall we give Headwater and the trip itself a good mark.

There were problems with the transfer (taxi) on the first day and the last day. The transfer never came and we had to get our own transfer/taxi. Headwater was sorry for the mistake and paid the fee back to us. The other mistakes were our room was cancelled for the first night and we ended up in a less than desirable room for the first night. The last and 3rd problem was we never re... read moreceived our travel documents prior to the trip. They arrived t our address while we were on the trip. Headwater was sorry for this mistake and refunded our fee's for shipping documents.

These mistakes were all minor mistakes and Headwater did what they could to correct them. Headwater was very professional in assisting us in these 'hiccups'.

We thought all of the hotels were good hotels. We liked some more than others, and we were happy with all of the hotels. The food at all of the hotels was good, some of the hotels had excellent food. The people who worked at all of the hotels were wonderful and helpful to us on our trip.

The hiking was beautiful. We loved the hiking, the trails were fantastic. Switzerland does a good job of trail marking too.

Overall - my husband and I recommend this trip to others.

Thank you.


Mrs Hutchinson
23/07/2016

The route notes from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald need to be improved. Several instances where unclear, eg says continue downhill but there is a 3 road junction with all 3 roads going downhill, unclear what is road and what is drive, doesn't tell you which way to go to get to hotel relative to the gondola station when you turn off the main road in Grindelwald - road splits and no info as to whether L or R.

On arrival at Wilderswil by train, book says cross over the tracks to taxi, but... read more arrived on the taxi side of the station so didn't have to cross tracks - a bit confusing.

A note in the booklet about having to fill out name/passport number/date on the rail tickets would be useful.

The pack lunch from Hotel Baeren was very poor.


Mrs Tallis
18/07/2016

The Classic Swiss Alps holiday based in Kandersteg gives a good taste of walking in the Swiss Alps. There is a variety of transport to get to the start of walks and get you back again when your legs are tired at the end of the day. We used cable cars, trains and buses. The Hotel Alfa Soliel is comfortable and welcoming.

Jungfrau Peaks and Glaciers - The walking is challenging but the views of the mountains and the meadows full of flowers made it all worth it. The hotels are all comfortable and the food was consistently good.




Mr Asteriades
29/09/2015

We have been on a large number of self-guided Headwater walking holidays. This was in many ways the best in terms of scenery and walking. For those who suffer from vertigo it does have a few 'moments' but you can invariably negotiate around these.


Mr Tucker
26/08/2015

Overall holiday was very enjoyable and notes were excellent. Quality of food at Hotel Alpenruh was fantastic.



On slightly negative side - we found out that Hotel Baeren had fully booked for a conference and we were put in a room which was off the first floor function room. This was not of the same quality as first room and was noisy with staff clearing later away later following function downstairs. Seemed like we were the easy option to relocate?



Food at Hotel Alte Post was very basic and not of the same quality as other hotels.


Mr Hardaker
12/08/2015

An excellent circuit of the Bernese Alps staying at good standard hotels run by friendly and helpful people. The walking notes were well written and accurate, allowing the map to stay in the bag.


Mr Hunter
19/07/2015

An amazing time


Mrs Love-Fordham
11/07/2015

Challenging hiking with amazing views and a good choice of things to do on non hiking days. First two hikes have very few other hikers which I like. Last two hikes were much more public and busy. On a whole, the area has been developed as a vacation spot and one encounters masses of tourists from Asia and India in the towns and any attractions - never on the trails. It is a bit overwhelming. There isn't much of an opportunity to encounter Swiss culture. We enjoyed the hikes, the views were wond... read moreerful, but we were a bit dismayed that there were so many tourists to contend with and that we rarely encountered Swiss people to chat with. There is no local rep so you depend on the hoteliers - all were very good except for Hotel Baren.


Mr Tattersall
01/07/2015

The holiday was stress free, everything was as explained or advertised .

The walks were maybe tougher than we expected , but that is not a negative reflection on the holiday

We would definitely do another similar holiday, this was our 6th Headwater Holiday, but not our last


Mr Fowler
06/08/2014

An excellently organised walking holiday


Mrs Frechette
21/07/2014

We had a great time despite the weather!!



Please note the food at Alte Post restaurant was dreadful and needs addressing

Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Frechette, Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to see that you had a great holiday in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. Although, it was disappointing to read of your dissatisfaction with the food at the Alte post. Whilst the previous feedback we have received for this holiday has scored good to excellent we realise that we cannot afford to let our standards slip and will continue to monitor the feedback over the course of the season. Yours sincerely, Headwater Customer Service team


Mrs Hallier
23/09/2013

We had an excellent holiday and would highly recommend it. The notes were invaluable for the hiking and we could not have managed without them.

The transport of our luggage from hotel to hotel happened without a hitch. We were very impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the Swiss.

It is a beautiful area in Switzerland - not to be missed in your travels. Hope to go back there.


Mr Sykes
20/09/2013

Enjoyed our holiday - despite mixed weather Thought all the hotels v good - better quality than Inntravel which suited us. Good walking notes Had a satmap (never used it despite mist) Carried the map but rarely used it need it.. You have probably been told this before but there was one major mistake I the notes.

All in all an excellent holiday thanksOn day 8, the first leg of the valley walk back from Grindelwald takes 80 minutes - not 3 hours


Dr Horn
07/07/2013

A challenging walk but more than amply rewarded by fantastic views. We needed the rest days for rest!


Mr Brisley
26/06/2013

disappointed that grindelwald to wilderswil path not open and not advised until received route notes 10 days before holiday that this may be the case

Headwater response:
We were very sorry to read that you were unaware that, during early and late season, the path from Grindelwald to Wilderswil may be closed for safety reasons due to heavy snow over the winter. We advise of this in our brochure and also on our website, prior to guests booking with us. We do provide full details of two alternative walks for day 8, so that should this unfortunately be the case, you are still able to enjoy the holiday, which we hope you were able to do.


Mrs Bailey
26/06/2013

This was a well organised, really enjoyable holiday. The walk notes were mostly accurate (only a few unimportant details were different) and the times suggested were about right for a reasonably fit couple in their 50s. There was plenty to do on the non-walking days although we found the local knowledge of the hotel owners and their brochures of more use than the notebooks Headwater sent to us.



Every hotel was great - good people, lovely food and useful information about our own walks and others.



We would certainly book again with Headwater.


Mr Phelps
23/07/2012

This is a brilliant holiday with staggering views and some very good hotels. The walking is challenging but rewarding though, as on all mountain holidays, one must expect some bad weather and lack of views as a result. We found the notes excellent and the timings pretty accurate even a couple in mid/late 60s.

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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by hotelier.

Departures

Meals
All continental breakfasts and evening meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Interlaken West train station at 16:51, and back to Interlaken West train station at 10:15.

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