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Walking and E-biking in the Swiss Alps

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  • Holiday code
    M07AF
  • Holiday type
    Multi activity holiday
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $2435per person, tour only
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course dinners included each day
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Complimentary upgrade to electric bikes
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Regional travel pass for use of local buses and cable cars
  • Kandersteg Guestcard - discounts at local sites and attractions
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades available
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, vegetarian meals, high peaks
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Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking and E-biking in the Swiss Alps

  • Excellent walking and mountain biking made easier with electric mountain bikes on this Swiss Alps multi activity holiday.
  • Natural beauty at its finest, snow-capped mountains, beautiful glacial lakes, Alpine green slopes and meadows.
  • Excellent family run hotel with new spa and sauna facilities, heated indoor swimming pool.
  • Delicious high quality meals; plentiful breakfast, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course dinner included every day.

In the heart of the Bernese Oberland lies the pretty village of Kandersteg, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks. Awe-inspiring and dramatic, the area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: lush green pastures and lowland slopes carpeted bright with wildflowers against a backdrop of rugged mountains - all topped off with sun-glistening glaciers.

On this 7 night holiday you can explore the best the region has to offer on foot and by electric mountain bike. This single centre holiday is totally flexible, we have suggested an itinerary for you but on this holiday you are free to pick and choose where you walk and cycle each day. A stay here uncovers the very best of the region: on foot the stunning Oeschinensee mountain lake enclosed by towering cliffs, the Sudrampe; high above the youthful river Rhone passing tradtional Swiss chalets along a fertile valley and superb railway engineering with impressive viaducts tunnels and bridges and an easy stroll to the beautiful Blausee Blue Lake. You can use the extra power that the electric mountain bike has to offer to discover the hidden Gasterntal Valley with its glacial meltwaters thundering down a narrow gorge, the glorious Gemmi Pass crossing the swiss counties of Bern and Wallis before reaching the crystal clear waters of Lake Arven and Daubensee Lake and the spectacular views of the Bluemlisalp mountain range.

Did we mention the spectacular views? One moment you will be spellbound by the glacial legacy, whilst in another it will be the cobalt blue of the Oeschinensee that will take your breath away. Woodlands, pine forest and open meadows are decorated with lady slippers, fire lilies and more than 25 varieties of scented orchid, where you walk to the the tuneful ringing of cowbells. With the company of the occasional swooping eagle, it is easy to feel on top of the world.

The excellent 3 star superior Seilers Vintage Inn (formerly the Hotel Alfa Soleil) is a wonderful family run hotel, your hosts, the charming Seiler family will ensure you receive a full introduction to the area. The food is of excellent quality and both your picnic lunches/light restaurant lunches and dinner is included each day in Nicos restaurant, with tasty regional dishes and fine wines. When you feel like a rest from walking or cycling, there's an elegant lounge, swimming pool, sauna, solarium and gym to keep you entertained.

*As this holiday uses electric mountain bikes as standard, age restrictions apply.



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Holiday information

The walking is of moderate difficulty and includes mountain walking on good (though sometimes narrow) paths with occasional steep climbs. NB: Some gondolas/cable cars do not operate in early/late season when alternative walks will be proposed. The cycling is on a variety of paths which can at times be very steep gravel paths, making cycling more difficult, which is why mountain ebikes are used. Please note that on the Gemmi Pass ride, you are required to lift and turn your bike onto the cable car hooks, and again on the return.




We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrive Kandersteg

Arrive at the *** Seilers Vintage Inn (formerly the Hotel Alfa Soleil), well known locally for its excellent cuisine and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner. Dinner is included all week along with picnics or light restaurant lunches. Below is a suggested itinerary for the week but you are free to pick and choose where you walk and cycle each day, just be sure to check the e-bike availability with the hotel as they have been reserved for your on the days specified in the itinerary.
Seilers Vintage Inn with evening meal

Day 2: Sudrampe Walk 10km/6.5mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5.5hr

Today starts with a 25-minute train ride (payable locally) through the Lotschberg mountain rail tunnel (14km long) to Hohtenn. The walk takes you high above a youthful River Rhone, through a landscape of gorges and hidden side valleys - and small hillside villages boasting traditional wooden chalets built on the upper edges of this fertile, vineyard-adorned valley. You follow part of the Lotschberger-Sudrampe railway trail - superb railway engineering with impressive viaducts, tunnels and bridges - but you don't need to be a train buff to enjoy this great little hike.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 3: Gasterntal Valley by e-bike 28km

Today it's a glorious bike ride into the unspoiled landscape of Gasterntal. With your e-bike follow the route along the river Kander taking the steep, unpaved road up to the Gasterntal, offering the most breath taking views. The road continues through the valley to Selden or you can carry on to Heimritz. The descent passes through dark tunnels as you head back to Kandersteg.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 4: Oeschinensee Walk 15km/9.5mi/5hr

Widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Bernese Oberland, Oeschinensee is one of the most beautiful Alpine lakes in Switzerland. After a short ride up on the gondola lift (included), follow a marvellous mountain path up to the Heuberg Viewpoint and picnic spot. The cobalt blue water of the lake, surrounded by the snow-capped, razor-edged peaks of the Doldenhorn (3,638m) and the Bluemlisalphorn (3,663m) towering 2,000m above, will be a lasting memory. Call in at the mountain chalets at Obberbargli and Underbargli for refreshments and soak up this unforgettable scenery as bell-toting cows munch at the grass in the pastures below, while dainty waterfalls trickle down from the Frunden Glacier.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 5: Blausee Blue Lake Walk 10km/6.5mi/3hr

A gentle hour's stroll takes you down to the Natural Park of Blausee - the Blue Lake (discounted entry with short boat ride). Here you can wander through verdant woodland around the little lake, visit the organic trout farm and enjoy a drink on the lake terrace before returning to the hotel.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 6: Gemmi Pass by e-bike 22km

A glorious, but challenging bike ride through the impressive Gemmi pass today. You'll soon discover the benefit of an e-bike as you cross the two Swiss counties of Bern and Wallis passing the crystal-clear Lake Arven, as well as the famous Schwarenbach hotel and the stunning Daubensee lake. Reaching the summit of the Gemmi pass take in the spectacular views of the eleven peaks above 4000m that make up the imposing Mischabel massif, an ample reward for your efforts.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 7: Ueschinental/Allmenalp by e-bike 21.5km

Glorious views of the Bluemlisalp mountain range today. Climb uphill from Kandersteg with steep curves on the paved path to Usser Ueschinen where you head right in the direction of Ryharts - Allmenalp. Continue your ascent where you are rewarded for your efforts with more impressive views. Descend from the Allmenalp or if you fancy a rest, you and your bike can use the cable car and then enjoy the easy bike ride back to Kandersteg via Ryharts - Usser Ueschinen.
Seilers Vintage Inn with breakfast, picnic lunch/light restaurant lunch and evening meal

Day 8: Depart Kandersteg


Breakfast at the Alfa Soleil before departure

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com


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Seiler's Vintage Hotel (formerly known as the Hotel Alfa Soleil), Kandersteg

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The Seiler's Vintage Hotel is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes' walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind. The restaurant is managed by owner/chef Nico Seiler and has an excellent reputation and is rated highly by Headwater customers so you will enjoy fine dining whilst staying here.

There are 30 rooms on three floors; all rooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone and hairdryer.

For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table and music desk which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire where you can relax for a quiet chat or with a book, or to play one of the hotel's board games.


Room upgrades: Superior Double with Balcony, Junior Suite or Suite.
Junior suites have a seating area and balcony. The recently refurbished Suites have two rooms - bedroom and living room with south facing balcony.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Christina Davies, 18/09/2023

I was really pleased with the level of communication and the depth of information provided throughout the whole process of booking this trip - I certainly wouldn't hesitate in booking with Headwater again. Haven't looked into the other options you offer for Switzerland yet - ideally would like to go the the Grindlewald / Jungfrau area next time ( not using e'bikes!) just hiking.


Siria Rector, 16/09/2023

I love the flexibility of the tour and the suggested activities. As a traveler who is not very good with maps, I loved the app. Would appreciate a bit more detailed description of the routes to follow as well alternative activities outside the targeted area.


Stevie Parker, 02/09/2023

A very enjoyable holiday


Janet Brooker, 19/08/2023

Everything as described, had a fabulous holiday.


Andrew Waldren, 12/08/2023

A lovely holiday, stunning scenery, great hotel (especially the food) and Headwater team very helpful when planning holiday.

The hotel has saunas, steam room, pool and a relaxation room with a view, which are great after a day out walking or cycling. I also thought the diy lunch picnic worked well, make just what you want.

The walks are great, and route instructions very clear, I found the app to be less useful for the walks. For the rides, the app is great, as the voice instructions means no need to stop to check route. The eBikes are great, no worries about power or range.

The Gasterntal ride is fabulous, I can't recommend it enough and it is suitable for anyone.

The Gemmi Pass ride however has some very steep, challenging (rocky and/or lots of loose stones) sections, so take care. The view at the end is great though.

If you need a break from the heat in summer, there are some nice walks through local woods you can do or plenty of places to visit by bus/train.


David Cameron, 05/08/2023


TOBIAS, 03/06/2023

Hotel Alfa Soleil was an excellent base for the week's activities. The views from our room were magnificent. All the staff were welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed having breakfast on the sunny terrace. Kandersteg has good local bus and train services, so it's easy to explore the region. We liked the flexibility offered on this holiday in that you could vary the order of the cycling/hiking days, depending on the weather or just how you felt on the day. One thing to note is the Gemmi Pass cycling day involves lifting your bike up beneath the cable car and these e bikes are heavy and cumbersome. Each of the 3 cable cars differed in style. We took the cable car down from the Allmenalp ride, but it wasn't easy fitting the bikes in as they had to go inside with you on this one. Overall, this was a great holiday with spectacular scenery and a chance to spend every day enjoying the fresh mountain air and alpine flowers, whilst building an appetite for the 4 course meal every evening.


WADDINGTON, 19/05/2023

Hugely enjoyable holiday with perfect mix of hiking and e-biking in stunning scenery. Alfa Soleil was comfortable and the welcome from the staff was at all times exceptionally good. On one bike ride the route required going up an extremely steep gravel path which we felt should have been a higher grade than a 2.5. We think it would be helpful to show an alternative route where such a challenging path is indicated.


Ms Ramkissun, 13/09/2022

Great travel providers. Amazing trips very well organised and efficient


Mr Davison, 03/09/2022

A good location for walking and cycling with beautiful scenery. The hotel scores highly for service and food. The Gemmi pass trail is not for those who have little or no experience of mountain biking; it is very steep and rocky in places, which required us to dismount and push our bikes (which are heavy). The Swiss rail experience is a delight.



As for feedback, we have three comments to make about the hotel. We had paid extra for a balcony but it was tiny, barely allowing two people to sit and enjoy the view. It was also at the end of the hotel facing a house and garden which often had at least 6 very vocal dogs present. We love dogs but there frequent barking was a noisy intrusion to our enjoyment of the balcony. Despite the advice that wifi is present throughout the hotel it was not available in our room, on the top floor. I recommend that the coverage be improved if possible.


Mr Hyde, 03/09/2022

Kandersteg is an amazing place, beautiful mountains, many routes for both ride and hike. The Headwater routes were as described and its simple to adapt and add more challenging routes if you want, as we did. The navigation app worked well and simple to use, we didn't get lost! I cannot fault the hotel in any way from the moment of arrival until departure. All staff were very welcoming and their care for ensuring we had everything we needed was genuine, they truly wanted to ensure we enjoyed our stay with them. The food is outstanding, fresh cooked, local ingredients, beautifully cooked. No matter how good a place is its been my rule never to return to somewhere I've already visited, the world is a big place. Kandersteg and Nico's team at the Alfa Soleil could be the exception to that rule.


Mrs EDEN, 30/08/2022

Great holiday lovely hotel great guides to walking and cycling


Dr Galpine, 11/06/2022

Kandersteg is a beautiful setting and the hotel Alpha Soleil is comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. The itinerary is a good mix of walks and e-bike rides, with several options to choose from. We hadn't ridden e-bikes before and found out the hard way just how heavy they are when we had to get off and push them up a couple of steep sections on the route to the Gemmi Pass - in places the path is narrow and rocky and the surface is loose chippings - but the view from the top is worth it.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night multi activity holiday holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course dinners included each day

Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Bike hire

Complimentary upgrade to electric bikes available

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Regional travel pass for use of local buses and cable cars

Kandersteg Guestcard - discounts at local sites and attractions


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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Holiday details

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Holiday type
Independent multi-activity holiday Managed by Headwater rep.

Departures
Saturdays from 25th May 2024 to 28th Sep 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course dinners included each day

Electric bikes
Complimentary electric bikes are available on this holiday. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

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