Switzerland : The Bernese Oberland

Cross country skiing in Kandersteg

Trip code: K07AF 4.7 (3 reviews)

Winter snow holiday

7 nights,
single centre

10.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Cross country skiing suitable for different ability levels
  • Stay in a picture-postcard Swiss village in the heart of the Bernese Oberland
  • Breakfast daily and 5 picnic lunches at traditional 3 star family run hotel
  • Gastronomic 5 course meal one night and 4 course meals on the other nights

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast, seven excellent 4 course dinners and five picnic lunches
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Guest card for unlimited travel on local buses and includes other regional reductions
  • Access to all facilities, including pool/gym/table tennis/drying room and wifi access

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Your base for this holiday is Kandersteg, one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. It's incredibly pretty (with streets full of cuckoo-clock style houses) and very much unspoiled. The combination of high trails and wonderful open plateaux make it a superb cross-country ski choice for all ages and abilities.

As your trip is self guided, our ski programme is both varied and flexible. The glistening trails are beautifully marked, easy to follow and incredibly picturesque. They undulate through snowy pines by the hotel and extend up to the sunny plateaux at Oeschinensee and Sunnbuel, which are easily reached by chairlift or cable car. You are free to explore the local area at your leisure, however, if you prefer we can arrange tuition at a local ski school to get you started.

We've included unlimited free rides on the local bus network, giving you the opportunity to extend your skiing further from the hotel, which is situated on the edge of the village and offers real 'home from home' comfort levels. If you visit Kandersteg in January you can step back in time over 100 years during Belle Epoque week (19/1/2025 to 25/1/2025), there are period costumes, sledging and bob-sleigh races and an afternoon tea dance!

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Kandersteg

Transfers can be arranged from Kandersteg station to the traditional, family run 3 star Seiler's Vintage Hotel (formerly known as the Hotel Alfa Soleil), your base for the next 7 nights. Here you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing by the hotel team, where you will be given a map and an explanation of the trails in Kandersteg. The team are very knowledgeable and will talk to you about the region. This evening enjoy an excellent 4 course dinner in the hotel's restaurant.

You stay at Seiler's Vintage Hotel (formerly known as the Hotel Alfa Soleil).

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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.

Days 2-7: Suggested itinerary

You can explore the miriad of trails that surround the village of Kandersteg during your stay here. There are many easy trails that lead in and out of the pine and beech forests that surround the village. If you wish to go further afield you can also add cable car tickets for Gondelbahn Kandersteg to Oeschinen and Luftseilbahn Kandersteg to Sunnbuel (additional cost). If you would prefer you can also add private X country skiing lessons (at additional cost) with the local ski school to get you started

You will receive a guest card for unlimited travel on local buses and includes other regional reductions. During your stay you will have access to all hotel facilities, including pool/gym/table tennis/drying room and wifi access.

You will receive a 4 or 5 course dinner each evening, one evening will also be a speciality theme evening. You will also receive 5 picnic lunches.

Day 8: Return home

Departure from the hotel, transfers can also be arranged from the hotel to Kandersteg station.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £255.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £255.

This holiday is also available as a 5 night option arriving on Sundays.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Transfers at the start and end of the holiday from hotel to station return (included when you book your travel arrangements with Headwater)
  • X Country Ski Lessons
  • Ski Equipment hire and cable car tickets
TRAVEL DETAILS

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.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Zurich then rail Zurich Airport to Kandersteg via Bern and transfer to hotel 5 minutes Return: Transfer to station 5 minutes then rail Kandersteg to Zurich Airport via Bern then British Airways Zurich to Heathrow

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

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).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

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 through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

We had an excellent holiday. We received refunds for unused ski passes and ski hire promptly. Due to the lack of snow, most of our days were spent on walking routes; it would have been helpful to have self-guided information for winter walking, in view of the lack of snow for cross-country skiing. The travel arrangements went smoothly and the hotel was excellent in all respects.

Susan Banfield, 2 Mar 2024

 

The experience was overall very good. A couple of pointers about the trains would’ve made it clearer about the platforms/connections etc but all worked out fine in the end. There was poor communication from the ski school so our second lesson was cancelled unfortunately. This was not the hotel’s fault.

Nadine Pennington, 17 Feb 2024

 

The Hotel Soleil in Kandersteg was fantastic

Mr Coatsworth, 18 Jan 2020

 


Winter snow holiday

7 nights,
single centre

10.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from £1289

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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