Skiing Adventures in Swiss Alps
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Today your flight to Switzerland will land in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland. The group will hop a train for the short, 15-minute ride to Bern where you will spend your first night in the country. Your guide will meet you at your hotel before leading you to the Bear Pit. The brown bear is the symbol of the city, and as such, the city has kept captive bears in the Barengraben for more than 150 years. The bears seem pretty content in their large enclosure and a visit to see them is a must for any tourist to the city. The group will then move to the Old Town for a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll dine on a traditional fondue dinner this evening.
This morning the group will board a train for the 45-minute ride from Bern to Interlaken, which will be your basecamp for skiing adventures for the next few days. You’ll have some time this morning to get settled into your hotel before you guide collects you for an ascent of the Harder Kulm. The group will ride a funicular up the mountain for sweeping views of the surrounding peaks and alpine lakes. You can opt to soak in the stunning scenery with lunch in one of the mountaintop restaurants, or take a one-hour hike called the Harderweg.
You will travel by bus this morning to an area called Grindelwald in the Jungfrau Ski Region, the largest resort area in this region. Here you’ll have access to the resort’s 20 chairlifts delivering skiers to its 132 miles of trails offering epic skiing adventures. If you’d rather stay indoors, the lodge at the base of the mountain offers plenty of food, fire and warm beverages while you watch skiers descend from the top of the mountain.
Another full day of skiing in the Swiss Alps is in store today. You’ll board a shuttle headed for Wengen this morning, only about 15 minutes away. When you arrive, you’ll find a charming ski village with shops, hotels, restaurants and fantastic views of the valley below. Skiers will enjoy the resort’s 40 lifts and 130 miles of groomed runs. After a full day of skiing and exploring Wengen, the group will return by shuttle to Interlaken for the night.
The group will board the train in Interlaken this morning for a quick, 20-minute ride to Murren. The village of Murren is completely pedestrian, and you will have the day to explore it at your leisure. Those interested in another day of epic skiing will enjoy the runs available. Those opting for something other than skiing can ride the cable car to the top of the Schilthorn and dine in the revolving restaurant at the top. The group will return to Interlaken after its day in Murren.
The group will have a longer ride in store this morning for the last ski resort visit on the list for the week. You’ll board a train this morning in Interlaken southbound for Zermatt. The trip is about two hours long, but there will be no shortage of stunning scenery on the way to entertain you as you travel. Zermatt enjoys the distinction of having the highest elevation in Switzerland at 12,700 feet. Spend the day skiing the resort’s 223 miles of trails. You’ll spend the evening in Zermatt.
The group will board the train this morning for a three-hour ride from Zermatt to Geneva. You will have a short time to gather any last minute souvenirs before heading to the airport. You’ll board your departing flight at the international airport in Geneva.
Switzerland is a skier’s paradise. More than 120 million people visit the Swiss Alps each year heading to some of the most famous resorts in the world. Hit four of those during your overseas adventure this week in Switzerland.
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