The Bernese Oberland is probably the most scenic part of Switzerland with its snow capped peaks and bright sparkling lakes. Our chosen resort is Grindelwald a charming village in a breathtakingly spectacular setting surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of mountains and nestling at the foot of the mighty Eiger. We include visits to the Swiss capital Bern, a cruise on Lake Thun and a visit to a woodcarver
Steeped in history the 3 star Derby, located at the centre of the village close to all the shops and cafés, combines tradition with a modern lifestyle. The hotel is bright and stylish with all modern en-suite bedrooms having traditional wooden furniture and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an informal restaurant and a traditional welcoming bar plus an outside terrace offering outstanding views of the mountains. The Derby also has a lift and a sauna
Saturday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the mid morning train a glass of fizz and snacks sets the holiday mood. On through France past Laon, ‘The Crowned Mountain’ to our overnight hotel, the 3 star Mercure, on the outskirts of the Garden City Reims
Sunday Departing after breakfast, we continue our journey through France, westwards past emotive Verdun and over the Vosges Mountains, then through the broad Rhine Valley past Strasbourg and Colmar. This afternoon we enter Switzerland at Basle then pass Berne to climb to the unspoilt village of Grindelwald, arriving late afternoon.
Monday A day at leisure in our Alpine home. Explore the many attractions of Grindelwald. A must is a ride on Europe’s longest chair lift, the First. The views from the chairlift here are quite breathtaking with the majestic peaks of the Bernese Oberland including the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch arrayed before us
Tuesday A full day visit to the Swiss capital Bern. Set on sharp horseshoe bend of the River Aare. With its narrow cobbled streets, noted fountains and wonderful old buildings including the magnificent Confederation Parliament, the city is best explored on foot. The symbol of the city is a bear and we include time at the famous Bear Pit to see the residents!
Wednesday A morning visit to Meiringen a pretty town surrounded by snow-capped peaks and famed for Sherlock Holmes demise with his arch rival Moriarty at nearby Reichenbach Falls. We return along Lake Brienz and visit one of the world famous woodcarvers for a demonstration by skilled craftsmen before spending time in bustling Interlaken set, as the name implies, between Lakes Brienz and Thun. We take to the water for a cruise from Interlaken to Spiez then re-join the coach to take us back to the hotel
Thursday This morning, we make our way to the Schilthorn, travelling through the Lauterbrunnen landscape, famous for its magnificent, thundering waterfalls, gigantic rock faces, mountain peaks, secluded valleys and alpine meadows. There will be an opportunity to take a ride on the spectacular Schilthorn cable car in Stechelberg, which will transport us to an altitude of 2,970 metres to the ‘James Bond Mountain’. Once at the summit, the most impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the Swiss Alps will greet us! This is an expensive ride but truly memorable!
Friday Leaving our Alpine resort we cross the gentle Brunig Pass towards Lucerne then on to the French border at Basle. We visit a picturesque Alsace wine village before passing Strasbourg on our way back to our overnight hotel, the Novotel at Metz
Saturday A buffet breakfast before heading north to make a refreshment stop in beautiful Arras. Early afternoon we return to Calais for the afternoon train to Folkestone. We arrive in our home area mid evening.
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