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Walking in Kandersteg - short break

Walking in Kandersteg - short break

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    5 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From £969per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1299 per person
  • Departures
    Sundays from 27 Sep '20 to 3 Oct '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 5 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Kandersteg guest card (for discounts at local sites and attractions)
  • Regional travel pass for local buses and cable cars
  • Free entry to the Blausee (Blue Lake) Nature Park
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Heathrow to Zurich with British Airways, then onward rail to the region
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • First class rail
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, high peaks
      from 1 reviews

Mr Valentijn says...
Tremendous week in the Swiss Alps, walking and eating. The wildflower meadows were wonderful at this time of year.
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Switzerland: The Bernese Oberland

Walking in Kandersteg - short break

  • Breathtaking natural beauty: snow-capped peaks, emerald-green slopes, amazing turquoise lakes, meadows thick with flowers
  • A walker's paradise with thousands of kms of well-marked trails, stunning Alpine flowers, rare birds of prey
  • Friendly, family-run hotel with heated indoor pool, sauna and excellent cuisine
  • Based on our popular 7 night, Classic Swiss Alps Walk

The pretty village of Kandersteg sits in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, 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.

A stay here uncovers the very best of the region: the stunning Oeschinensee mountain lake enclosed by towering cliffs; the hidden Gasterntal Valley with its glacial meltwaters thundering down a narrow gorge, and an Alpine pass that has been used since Celtic times.

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. Amazingly, all this is accessible on well-defined paths directly from the hotel or after a short bus or cable car ride.

On arrival at the 3 star Hotel Alfa Soleil, your hosts, the charming Seiler family, will provide you with a Regional Travel Pass giving you unlimited use of cable cars and the local bus service. They'll also ensure you receive a full introduction to the area, including insider tips on where to spot the best alpine flowers!

When you feel like a rest from walking, there's an elegant lounge, swimming pool, sauna, solarium and gym to keep you entertained. In the evening you can relax and enjoy regional dishes and fine wines in Nico's restaurant.



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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

The walking is of moderate difficulty and includes mountain walking on good (though sometimes narrow) paths with occasional steepish climbs. NB: Some gondolas/cable cars do not operate in early/late season when alternative walks will be proposed.




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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 01606 720199 (9am - 5pm), or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrive in Kandersteg

Arrive at the *** Hotel Alfa Soleil, well known locally for its excellent cuisine and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner which is included all week along picnic or light restaurant lunches. Below is a suggested itinerary for the week but you are free to pick and choose when and where you walk each day.

Day 2: Allmenalp 1km/7mi/3.5hr OR 18km/11mi/5.5hr

This easy-going walk to start your week begins with a spectacular cable car ride (included) up to the Allmenalp, a colourful meadow brimming with rural mountain charm. There are stunning views across the valley to towering cliffs, snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Continue into the pastures of the Alpbach, sheltered by a colossal mountain bowl where marmots 'cohabit' with farmers and their cattle. An afternoon descent of the Alpbach Gorge takes you down to the valley floor for a relaxed stroll along the River Kander to the hotel.

Day 3: The Gasterntal and Klus Gorge 13km/8mi/3.5hr or19km/12mi/5.5hr

This super walk begins with an exhilarating 20-minute minibus ride (fare included) along a narrow road carved out of the rock wall. The UNESCO-recognised Gasterntal is Kandersteg's 'hidden valley', with snow-fed waterfalls splashing down sheer cliff faces. After an optional, loop-extension further up the valley, you meander down the River Kander, through woods and open meadows to the Waldhaus Nature Reserve - look out for lady slippers, fire lilies and more than 25 varieties of orchid. With the mighty rock walls of the Balmhorn, Tatlishore and the Atels towering high, follow the spectacular Klus Gorge where glacial meltwater rushes down over thunderous waterfalls.

Day 4: Oeschinensee 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.

Day 5: Blausee Blue Lake 17km/11mi/5.5hr (shorter options available)

A gentle hour's stroll takes you down to the Natural Park of Blausee - the Blue Lake (entry included 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. Cross the valley at Kandergrund and pick up the Nordrampe Bahnwanderweg - a fabulous walking trail that in part follows the impressive railway as it makes huge loops and swirls through tunnels along the side of the mountain. Enjoy panoramic picnic spots and great views up and down the valley as you stroll past the evocative ruins of the Felsenburg tower. Hillside pastures and shady forest then leads you back to your hotel.

Day 6: Leave Kandersteg



If you'd prefer a slightly longer holiday, take a look at our 7 night Classic Swiss Alps Walk.

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 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Alfa Soleil, Kandersteg

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The Hotel Alfa Soleil 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 35 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

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Air-rail

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Zurich 09:25/12:20 then rail Zurich Airport to Kandersteg via Bern 14:15/16:41 and transfer to hotel 5 minutes. Transfer to station 5 minutes then rail Kandersteg to Zurich Airport via Bern 10:13/12:42 then British Airways Zurich to Heathrow 15:45/16:40.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

FromToAirline(s)
BirminghamZurichSwiss Air
EdinburghZurichSwiss Air
London CityZurichSwiss Air
London GatwickZurichSwiss Air, Easyjet
London LutonZurichEasyjet
ManchesterZurichSwiss Air
Other UK airportsZurichVarious airlines
UKGenevaVarious airlines

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Tour only

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Kandersteg train station at 16:41, and back to Kandersteg train station at 10:00.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

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.


Mr Valentijn, 29/06/2019

Tremendous week in the Swiss Alps, walking and eating. The wildflower meadows were wonderful at this time of year.



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 5 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course evening meals

Management by local hotelier

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)

Kandersteg guest card (for discounts at local sites and attractions)

Regional travel pass for local buses and cable cars

Free entry to the Blausee (Blue Lake) Nature Park


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open until 5pm today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open until 5pm today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

  • Sep 2020
  • Oct 2020
  • May 2021
  • Jun 2021
  • Jul 2021
  • Aug 2021
  • Sep 2021
  • Oct 2021
DepartingTour only Including flights & rail Self drive price Prices  
27th Sep 2020 £1019 £1349 £1099 Tour only: £1019
Including flights: £1349
Self drive: £1099
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4th Oct 2020 £1019 £1349 £1099 Tour only: £1019
Including flights: £1349
Self drive: £1099
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23rd May 2021 £1009 £1339 £1089 Tour only: £1009
Including flights: £1339
Self drive: £1089
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30th May 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
Self drive: £1129
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DepartingTour only Including flights & rail Self drive price Prices  
6th Jun 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
Self drive: £1129
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13th Jun 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
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20th Jun 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
Self drive: £1129
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27th Jun 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
Self drive: £1129
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4th Jul 2021 £1049 £1379 £1129 Tour only: £1049
Including flights: £1379
Self drive: £1129
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11th Jul 2021 £1079 £1409 £1159 Tour only: £1079
Including flights: £1409
Self drive: £1159
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18th Jul 2021 £1079 £1409 £1159 Tour only: £1079
Including flights: £1409
Self drive: £1159
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25th Jul 2021 £1079 £1409 £1159 Tour only: £1079
Including flights: £1409
Self drive: £1159
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DepartingTour only Including flights & rail Self drive price Prices  
1st Aug 2021 £1029 £1359 £1109 Tour only: £1029
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8th Aug 2021 £1029 £1359 £1109 Tour only: £1029
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15th Aug 2021 £1029 £1359 £1109 Tour only: £1029
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22nd Aug 2021 £989 £1319 £1069 Tour only: £989
Including flights: £1319
Self drive: £1069
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29th Aug 2021 £989 £1319 £1069 Tour only: £989
Including flights: £1319
Self drive: £1069
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DepartingTour only Including flights & rail Self drive price Prices  
5th Sep 2021 £989 £1319 £1069 Tour only: £989
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Self drive: £1069
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12th Sep 2021 £989 £1319 £1069 Tour only: £989
Including flights: £1319
Self drive: £1069
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19th Sep 2021 £969 £1299 £1049 Tour only: £969
Including flights: £1299
Self drive: £1049
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26th Sep 2021 £969 £1299 £1049 Tour only: £969
Including flights: £1299
Self drive: £1049
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DepartingTour only Including flights & rail Self drive price Prices  
3rd Oct 2021 £969 £1299 £1049 Tour only: £969
Including flights: £1299
Self drive: £1049
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Singles
Add £17 per night for a single room.

Children
Tour only from £749. Flight inclusive prices from £1079. Per child when sharing a room with 2 adults.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by hotelier.

Departures
Sundays from 27th Sep 2020 to 3rd Oct 2021, for 5 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts, picnic or light restaurant lunches and 4 course evening meals

Room upgrades
From £8 per person, per night based on 2 people sharing.

Other details
You should allow £20pp for the train journey at the start of day 7.

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Zurich 09:25/12:20 then rail Zurich Airport to Kandersteg via Bern 14:15/16:41 and transfer to hotel 5 minutes. Transfer to station 5 minutes then rail Kandersteg to Zurich Airport via Bern 10:13/12:42 then British Airways Zurich to Heathrow 15:45/16:40.

Alternative Air-rail
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you, please call for route and cabin options.

First class rail
Add £66 per person return.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Kandersteg train station at 16:41, and back to Kandersteg train station at 10:00.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open until 5pm today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open until 5pm today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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