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Cross-country Skiing in Kandersteg

8 days
from
$1,899
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Winter
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Multi-Level
Activity Rating - Mixed
Trip code: 
K07AF
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Cross-Country Skiing
Min age:
8

Cross country skiing in Kandersteg, one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

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.

Highlights

  • Stay in a picture-postcard Swiss village in the heart of the Bernese Oberland
  • Varied and flexible cross country skiing program

Key information

  • 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
  • Countries visited: Switzerland

What's included

  • Unlimited free rides on the local bus network
  • 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 not included

  • Ski lessons
  • Ski equipment hire
  • Cable car tickets for Gondelbahn Kandersteg to Oeschinen and Luftseilbahn Kandersteg to Sunnbuel

 

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Kandersteg
to
Kandersteg
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kandersteg

    Arrive at the traditional family run 3 star Alfa Soleil hotel, your base for the next 5 nights. You will receive a welcome drink and a briefing, where you will be given a map. This evening enjoy a 4 course dinner in the hotel's restaurant.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Return home

    Your trip ends after breakfast this morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Switzerland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Switzerland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included daily as well as a 4 course dinner each evening. One evening will also be a speciality themed evening with 5 courses. You will also receive 5 picnic lunches during the week.

With such a mixture of language and tradition co-existing in such a small country, it is no wonder that there are so many regional dishes. In the Bernese Oberland, Austrian and German influences predominate; gastronomic local delicacies include geschnetzeltes Kalbsfleisch (veal in a rich cream sauce), Kandersteger Bratwurst au Mad re-Jus (roast sausage with a Madeira sauce), Lammbraten gefüllt mit Kraütern (herb roasted lamb) and smoked pork with sauerkraut, and a selection of colourful salads. Typical desserts include Caramel-Birne mit Rum-Sabayon (caramelised pear with a rum sabayon) and Aprikosen-Symphonie (apricot gateau).

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you to explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine piste.

This is a self-guided trip suitable for all ability levels. Included in the holiday cost is a pass to access all the cross-country ski area while tuition and ski hire can also be prebooked for a supplement.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Alfa Soleil

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, has an excellent reputation, and is rated highly by our 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.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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