Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
Step into the heart of Switzerland and spend 5 wonderful days of walking from Lucerne to Engelberg. Beautiful Lake Lucerne lies glistening amid a protective ring of spectacular, snow-capped mountains in the center of the Swiss Alps. The pretty villages that dot the shores are served by the many steamers that have long carried passengers across these blue waters, providing vital communication and linking them with the elegant city of Lucerne that sits at the head of one of the lake’s many inlets.
We recommend to stay in 4* Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann in Lucerne for 2 nights. It is located close to the city’s famous bridge, the Kapellbrücke, and has been beautifully converted from several 16th-century townhouses. The interior is pretty and atmospheric, and you can choose to have a meal in the hotel’s own superb restaurants or in one of the city’s many dining places.
After exploring historic Lucerne or taking a trip across this beautiful lake, you travel right into the heart of the mountains, where with the help of cable cars you can walk at the high-altitude. The landscapes here are surprisingly varied and, in late June and throughout July, the flowers are blooming, while September is a favourite time for walkers.
Spend 2 nights at the 3* Hotel Edelweiss in Engelberg. This Art Nouveau hotel, built at the start of the 20th century, sits on a sunny slope enjoying a spectacular panorama across the village to the ring of surrounding mountains. Bedrooms, many of which have balconies, are comfortable and peaceful, while the hotel’s facilities include spacious lounges, a bar, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub.
* two-centre city break and walk
* explore Lucerne and its beautiful lake
* scenic rail journey into the mountains
* self-guided walking amid splendid scenery
* friendly, attentive hosts
Some of the finest high level walking trails in Europe, including Switzerland’s most famous trio of mountains: Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau is what you can expect from this holiday.
High quality 3-star hotels throughout – excellent cuisine is on offer in all for the most satisfying time you could imagine.
Thundering waterfalls, rolling glaciers, luxuriant red spruce forest, stunning range of flowers and wildlife help to piece together the beautiful scenery of Switzerland.
Blissfully quiet, traffic-free villages – many with pools top off the relax factor of your stay.
8 night, hotel-to-hotel, self-guided walking. Departing Every two days from 10 Jun ’13 to 18 Sep ’13
Day 1 – Arrive in Wilderswil
Day 2 – Wilderswil to Mürren 16km/10mi/6hr
Day 3 – At Mürren
Day 4 – Mürren to Wengen 18km/11mi/6hr
Day 5 – At Wengen
Day 6 – Wengen to Grindelwald 18/km/11mi/6hr
Day 7 – At Grindelwald
Day 8 – Grindelwald to Wilderswil 16km/10mi/5hr or 18km/10mi/6hr
Day 9 – Return home
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Are you dreaming about a romantic but adventurous holiday for you and your beloved one? Then choose a Secret Goms Valley walk and get ready to explore the high peaks of Alps, taste great vegetarian meal options, admire nature and observe wildlife. This route is a self-guided walking for 7 nights from hotel-to-hotel.
During this fabulously scenic independent walking holiday explore the undiscovered Goms Valley in Southern Switzerland close to the Italian border. A long-time favourite with Swiss hikers, it’s a region of outstanding natural beauty and, during your week, you will see some spectacular sites: majestic snowy mountains, thundering waterfalls and the Aletsch, Europe’s longest glacier. Besides, along with the nature beauty, you’ll get to see Gothic churches, Baroque chapels, beautiful mountain shrines and charming wooden villages bedecked with flowers.
The well-marked paths alongside the infant River Rhone will be at your service. The River Rhone gushes between wooden bridges on its way to Lake Geneva – look out for marmots, red starts and golden eagles circling above. To make easier route for you, choose the superb mountain transport system – cable cars, chairlifts and the bright scarlet Matterhorn Gottard Bahn. It will allow you to choose walking distances according to your sense of wellbeing each day.
The places where you’ll be staying are as special as their surroundings and you’ll taste superb cuisine every evening. You’re sure to appreciate the contrasts between mouthwatering Valais cuisine in Obergesteln and the artistic creations of expert chef in Blitzingen.
Belove is given more detailed information about this holiday trip. The departure takes place on Sundays from 9 Jun ’13 to 15 Sep ’13.
Sunday – Arrive in Obergesteln
Monday – The Upper Goms Valley 9km/6mi/2.5hr or 12km/8mi/4hr
Tuesday – Obergesteln Circular Walk 10km/6mi/3hr or 12km/8mi/4hr
Wednesday – Obergesteln to Blitzingen 11km/7mi/4hr or 13km/8mi/4.5hr
Thursday – Blitzingen Circular Walks 13km/8mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5hr
Friday – Villages of the Lower Goms Valley 13km/8mi/4hr
Saturday – Eggishorn and the Aletsch Glacier (choice of various distances)
Sunday – Depart Blitzingen
*One of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets: fantastic twin-centre walking right off the tourist trail; choice of level every day
*Snow-capped peaks, postcard pretty villages, meadows ablaze with colourful wild flowers
*Breathtaking 360o Alpine views: Eiger, Eggishorn, Matterhorn and mighty Aletsch glacier
*Welcoming trailside restaurants with panoramic sun terraces for lunch
*Charming 3-star and 4-star hotels, excellent cuisine, friendly owners
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