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Walking Switzerland: From the Jungfrau to the Matterhorn

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Program #16543RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Average elevation is 6000 feet. Day 12: Bettmerhorn, 8720 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Oct 5, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 22 - In Transit
In Transit: Overnight flight from US/Canada to Zurich, Switzerland.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 23 - Arrivals
Note: Approximate transfer time: 3 hours. Approximate walking time (time permitting): 1 hour.

Morning: Arrive Zurich-Kloten airport by 11:30 AM for the group transfer by private coach (3 hours) to Lauterbrunnen, and from there by cogwheel to Wengen (20 minutes). Check in at the hotel.

Afternoon: Depending on the arrival time, a light lunch or tea and cake is served. If time permits, you will take an introduction stroll through the village. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 24 - Wengen - “The Majestic Bernese Alps”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin today’s field trip by taking the cogwheel down to Lauterbrunnen and the funicular to Gruetschalp (4875 feet), and then walk to Murren (5373 feet). The Bernese Alps will appear right in front of your eyes.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Murren. The mountains provide a stunning backdrop as you relax and enjoy your lunch.

Afternoon: Continue by cable car down to the Lauterbrunnen valley. On the return, view the most impressive Truemmelbach waterfalls (the only waterfalls in Europe inside a mountain). Hear a field lecture called “Lauterbrunnen Valley & Truemmelbach Falls."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 25 - Wengen - “The Grindelwald Valley”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today take the cogwheel and train to the famous resort of Grindelwald, located at the foot of the Eiger Mountain. In Grindelwald the local bus takes us on a spectacular drive to Bussalp (6625 feet). Walk along the Hoehenweg (contour of the mountain), with breathtaking views of the Bernese mountains, and on to Bort. Today's field lecture is called “Grindelwald and Its Famous Mountain."

Lunch: Lunch in an Alp hut.

Afternoon: Walk through high alpine pastures on the relatively easy Eiger trail enjoying spectacular close-up views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain peaks. Return from the Kleine Scheidegg to the Wengeralp on foot or by train.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, September 26 - Wengen - “A Day in Interlaken & Ballenberg”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Take the cogwheel, train and local bus to the open-air museum in Ballenberg. Covering an area of 660,000 square meters, learn about centuries-old buildings from all over Switzerland (reconstructed from their natural state) and traditional gardens during a field lecture. The museum presents over 100 buildings from the 14th-19th centuries and 250 farmyard animals.

Lunch: Help prepare a typical Ballenberg picnic with homemade delicacies, including fresh bread, cheese and sausages prepared according to traditional Ballenberg recipes.

Afternoon: Free time for more discoveries or observing local craft demonstrations at the open-air museum in Ballenberg. On the way back, make a short stop in the village of Brienz, renowned for its woodcarving. Continue to Wengen via public transportation.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, September 27 - Wengen – "The Maennlichen Walk”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3.5 – 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel to the cable car station and ride up to the Maennlichen (7315 feet). This field trip is over an alpine moor to the bottom of the Jungfrau mountain, Kleine Scheidegg (6760 feet). From this location, there is an excellent view of the majestic Jungfrau mountain range. Take in a field lecture about these mountains.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch continue walking down to the first station, Wengernalp (6146 feet). Either board the train or walk all the way back to Wengen.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Silberhorn Hotel is located in the center of the car-free village of Wengen, surrounded by impressive mountains in the Bernese Oberland at the foot of the Jungfrau. From the hotel, it is a 1-minute walk to the railway station and a 5-minute walk to the Männlichen cable car, both of which take you to the skiing and hiking areas.

Contact info:
Bahnhofplatz
Wengen, 3823 Switzerland
phone: +41 338565131
web: www.silberhorn.ch

Room amenities: Each room features a television, hair dryer, personal safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Internet access.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, fitness room, spa area with exterior whirlpool, interior whirlpool, sauna, heated steam bath room, and foot pool. Massages, tanning beds, and laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, September 28 - Wengen - “Schynige Platte”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Cogwheel to Lauterbrunnen, train to Wilderswil, and then an attractive little cogwheel takes visitors up to the Schynige Platte with its unique mountain views of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. Another attraction is the botanical Alpine Garden, nearly 6560 feet above sea level with over 500 various plants. The circular trail is about 2.5 hours. Enjoy a field lecture on the Alpine Garden.

Lunch: Picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: On the ride back, stop to visit the historical village of Wilderswil. Then walk through valleys toward Lauterbrunnen. Return to Wengen via public transportation.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Silberhorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The three-star Ferienhotel Waldhaus is located in the heart of Bettmeralp. The rustic comfort of the interior decor and the warmth of the surrounding nature ensure a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Contact info:
Verena Berchtold-Steinmann
Bettmeralp, 3992 Switzerland
phone: +41 27 927 27 17
web: www.bettmeralp.ch/waldhaus

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a kitchen and dining room, bar, wellness center with sauna and solarium, garden terrace and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 29 - Grimselpass / Transfer to Bettmeralp
Note: Approximate transfer time: 4 hours. Approximate walking time: 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach via the Grimselpass to Bettmeralp (4 hours). At Betten take the cable car to Bettmeralp. A short walk from the station to the Hotel Waldhaus. Enjoy a field lecture called “Energy Resources in Switzerland."

Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and then take a stroll through the village to stretch your legs after a day's journey. Welcome drink and briefing before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ferienhotel Waldhaus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The three-star Ferienhotel Waldhaus is located in the heart of Bettmeralp. The rustic comfort of the interior decor and the warmth of the surrounding nature ensure a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Contact info:
Verena Berchtold-Steinmann
Bettmeralp, 3992 Switzerland
phone: +41 27 927 27 17
web: www.bettmeralp.ch/waldhaus

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a kitchen and dining room, bar, wellness center with sauna and solarium, garden terrace and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 30 - Bettmeralp - “The Aletsch Forest and Villa Cassel...
Note: Approximate walking time: 4 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Following breakfast, walk to the neighboring village, Riederalp, and up to the Villa Cassel, a stately home built by an English banker at the turn of the 20th century. The villa is now the property of the Swiss League for the Protection of Nature, and the first Swiss ecological center for the study of the environment. Take in a field lecture about the Villa Cassel.

Lunch: Picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue the walk to the Aletschwald, “Forest of all Forests," then on to Blausee (blue lake) Bettmer Lake and back to the hotel. Hear another field lecture on the Aletschwald.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ferienhotel Waldhaus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The three-star Ferienhotel Waldhaus is located in the heart of Bettmeralp. The rustic comfort of the interior decor and the warmth of the surrounding nature ensure a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Contact info:
Verena Berchtold-Steinmann
Bettmeralp, 3992 Switzerland
phone: +41 27 927 27 17
web: www.bettmeralp.ch/waldhaus

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a kitchen and dining room, bar, wellness center with sauna and solarium, garden terrace and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 01 - Bettmeralp - “The Lötschental Valley”
Note: Approximate walking time: 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today discover the pristine Lötschental (tal means 'valley') with its majestic mountain backdrop of the Valais and Bernese Alps. This largely unspoiled valley with its picturesque villages offers an off-the-beaten-track experience. Take the cable car down to Betten Station, train to Goppenstein and then the postal bus to Wiler (4655 feet). Ride the cable car to Lauchernalp (6460 feet), situated on a sunny terrace overlooking the Lötschental. Walk from Lauchernalp to Fafleralp (6120 feet). Just opposite the mighty Bietschhorn (one of the most spectacular mountains in the Valais), the trail leads past the tiny Schwarzsee lake, timber houses, rushing mountain streams and Alpine meadows carpeted with flowers. Today's field lecture is on the Lötschental.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: Enjoy coffee or tea and a piece of fruit cake at Fafleralp, a charming village with a wealth of natural beauty. Return by postal bus to Goppenstein and by train to Betten.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ferienhotel Waldhaus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The three-star Ferienhotel Waldhaus is located in the heart of Bettmeralp. The rustic comfort of the interior decor and the warmth of the surrounding nature ensure a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Contact info:
Verena Berchtold-Steinmann
Bettmeralp, 3992 Switzerland
phone: +41 27 927 27 17
web: www.bettmeralp.ch/waldhaus

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a kitchen and dining room, bar, wellness center with sauna and solarium, garden terrace and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, October 02 - Bettmeralp - “Zermatt and the Matterhorn”
Note: Approximate walking time: depending on individual activities.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today take a cable car and train to Brig, change trains and continue through the Matter Valley ending in Zermatt (5256 feet). This morning's lecture is entitled “Insight on Zermatt and the History of Mountaineering."

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Zermatt.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon. You may wish to take one of the different funiculars to the major peaks. Return by local transportation to Bettmeralp.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ferienhotel Waldhaus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The three-star Ferienhotel Waldhaus is located in the heart of Bettmeralp. The rustic comfort of the interior decor and the warmth of the surrounding nature ensure a pleasant stay for all visitors.

Contact info:
Verena Berchtold-Steinmann
Bettmeralp, 3992 Switzerland
phone: +41 27 927 27 17
web: www.bettmeralp.ch/waldhaus

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a kitchen and dining room, bar, wellness center with sauna and solarium, garden terrace and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, October 03 - Bettmeralp - “Aletsch Glacier and Maerjelen Lake ...
Note: Approximate walking time: 5.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: The final walking field trip is on top of the Bettmerhorn (8720 feet), reached by gondola from the Bettmeralp. See breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, and take in a field lecture on this incredible glacier.

Lunch: Picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: The walking field trip is on the famous glacier trail, which winds along the glacier to the Maerjelen Lake, to Fischeralp, and then back to Bettmeralp. Optional walk on easier terrain will be provided. Return to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Ferienhotel Waldhaus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Best Western Hotel Airport is a comfortable hotel conveniently located near the airport. It offers shuttle service to and from the airport, allowing guests to travel with ease.

Contact info:
Oberhauserstrasse 30
Zurich-Glattbrugg, CH-8152 Switzerland
phone: +41 44 809 47 47
web: www.bestwestern.ch/airport

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, mini bar, air conditioning and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, grill room and wireless Internet access (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, October 04 - Transfer to Zurich
Note: Approximate transfer time: 4 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by cable car and private coach to Zurich airport hotel (4 hours).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Zurich. Your program staff will give you additional ideas of what to see and do, and can advise you on how to easily take public transportation into the city.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Fourteen: Sunday, October 05 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent airport shuttle transfers from the hotel to the airport for the return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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