Switzerland - The Bernese Oberland

Switzerland - The Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland has some of the best scenery in the world and is unique in offering so many opportunities to travel by various forms of public transport up the mountains and across the lakes. We shall use a Regional Pass to take advantage of the best that the system has to offer.

DAY 1: Door to Door service from your home to the Airport for your flight to Zurich. From here we shall travel by coach to our base for the next nine nights – the Aeschi Park Hotel.


DAYS 2 TO 9: On six of the days our Tour Manager will lead us on excursions using the public transport system. Each day will start on the local bus to Spiez station from where we continue by train, mountain railway and lake steamer.


  • By bus and train to the town of Thun with free time to explore the historic central area before taking a boat the full length of Lake Thun to the international resort of Interlaken.We shall have time to wander along the Hohweg with its grand hotels on one side and views to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau on the other.

  • This morning we travel by funicular railway at a gradient of up to 1 in 1.4 to the top of the Niesen mountain. From the top (7,750ft) there are spectacular views down onto Lake Thun and across the mountain slopes to Aeschi.After our time at the top we descend to the valley and join a conventional train which climbs up the Kander Valley to the resort of Kandersteg. There will be time here to explore the town or travel by cable car to the beautiful Lake Oeschinen before returning to Aeschi.An alternative is to stay on the train at Kandersteg and travel through the Lotschberg Tunnel to spend some time in the town of Brig in the Rhone Valley.

  • A longer round trip as we travel from Spiez to the Swiss capital of Berne.We have free time to explore the historic arcaded central streets before continuing by train through the tranquil Emmental to the lakeside city of Lucerne.After a three hour break we join a narrow gauge train for a scenic journey over the Brunig Pass and along the shore of Lake Brienz to Interlaken. Then back to our hotel by train and bus.

  • By bus and train to Interlaken where we join a boat for a trip on Lake Brienz through outstanding scenery to the village of Brienz. Here we change to the rack railway for an ascent up the Brienzer Rothorn mountain (7,700ft). Wonderful views from the top across to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains and down onto the whole expanse of Lake Brienz. Later we return to Brienz and return to Aeschi by train and bus.

  • By bus and train via Interlaken to Wilderswil where we change onto the rack railway to the Schynige Platte at the edge of a mountain ridge.After time at the top we descend to the valley floor and return to Interlaken from where we join the Harder Funicular to travel up to Harder Kulm with its great views down onto the town and the mountains beyond. 

  • Today takes us to the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch.We start by travelling through Spiez and Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen where the climbing really starts. Our narrow gauge train heads up the side of the valley to reach the mountain resort of Wengen and then continues to Kleine Scheidegg where we change to the Jungfrau Railway.At last we reach Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’ at 11,330ft. On a clear day the views over the Alps are stunning.We have time to enjoy the attractions and have lunch before descending via Kleine Scheidegg to the mountain resort of Grindelwald where we have some free time before returning to Aeschi

  • Free Days: There will be two free days during which your travel passes will be valid. On the first, your Tour Manager will escort those who wish to the mountain village of Murren above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. There will then be various options before the return journey to Aeschi including an ascent of the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn (supplement payable). The other free day will enable you to visit a variety of other scenic destinations.

  • DAY 10: We travel by coach back to Zurich Airport for our flight back to the UK. Then Door to Door service to home.

  • Note: Apart from the charter coach from and back to Zurich Airport all our travelling in Switzerland will be by scheduled public transport. THIS HOLIDAY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY.

Hotel Aeschi Park ****


Situated in the heart of the village of Aeschi which sits on a ridge between the Kander Valley and Lake Thun. Bedrooms have ensuite facilities, minibar and balcony or terrace.


Price Includes:


  • Door to Door Service

  • Return flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Porterage

  • 9 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Hotel Aeschi Park

  • 8 day second class Bernese Oberland Regional Pass (plus Jungfrau extension)

  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout


Single room supplement: £100


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Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Airport Bristol Airport
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol-We The Curious
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Bedminster ASDA Bedminster Bus Shelter - East Street
In front of ASDA Store
Bristol Downend Bristol Downend
Lloyds Bank
Bristol Filton Bristol Filton
The Air balloon Pub
Bristol Fishponds Fishponds - Fishponds Road,
Bus Stop Outside Lodge House, BS16 3HZ
Bristol Kingswood Kingswood - High Street Bus Stop
Opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR
Bristol Knowle Knowle
Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Bristol Redfield Redfield - Bus Stop outside Aldi
Church Road
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bottom Falcondale Rd.
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Liskeard Liskeard Lloyds Bank
The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AW
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
St Austell St Austell-Railway Station
PL25 4LA
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Truro Truro Fairmantle Street Coach Park
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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