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A Swiss Summer

Adelboden is a Swiss delight, set at the foot of the dramatic Wildstrubel and surrounded by the Bernese Oberland Alps. It is the perfect setting for an unforgettable summer venture – with remarkable views of the magical alps, towering waterfalls, and easy access to a network of cable cars to some superb high level mountain walking.

  • Switzerland

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

    Mountains

    Wildlife & Nature

  • Jun

  • Average group size: 12-14

Leisurely

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Meander along the beautiful panorama trail out from the village to visit the Hörnli Alpine Garden and its 500 species of flowers.
  • Capture unforgettable views such as the Engstligen Valley, the Lohner and the Wildstrubel.
  • Ascend by cable car to the beautiful flower trail of the Hahnenmoos Pass at 1974m.
  • Explore Kandersteg and its glorious mountain lake, Oeschinen.
  • Venture through alpine woods to reach the base of Switzerland's second highest waterfall, the impressive Engstligen Waterfalls.
  • Travel with ease using the Wanderpass and Adelboden guest card, included in the holiday cost.

Immerse yourself in the charm of Adelboden, a captivating chalet-style village nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Wildstrubel, embraced by the majestic Bernese Oberland Alps. This Swiss gem has earned the prestigious Alpine Wellness Holiday Resort certification, offering an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable summer escapade. With an extensive 300km network of hiking paths, Adelboden beckons adventure seekers to explore its enchanting landscapes and relish remarkable views of the magical Alps. Accessing high-level mountain walking is a breeze, thanks to a sophisticated network of cable cars.

Adelboden stands as a versatile destination, perfect for both winter and summer sports enthusiasts. The region boasts over 300km of hiking trails, providing endless opportunities for exploration. 

Throughout your week-long stay, you'll leverage the efficiency of the superb and reliable Swiss local transport system to uncover the full spectrum of this captivating area. Picture-perfect moments await as cable cars effortlessly transport you to high altitudes, bringing you face-to-face with the splendour of snow-capped peaks.

Wander along the bustling main street adorned with charming cafés, shops, and cheese dairies offering fresh Alpkäse (Alpine Cheese) – a true Swiss delight. Don't forget to indulge in the temptation of Swiss chocolate, adding a sweet touch to your alpine experience. Your camera will be your constant companion as you navigate this delightful Swiss summer, capturing every picturesque moment Adelboden has to offer.

  • Return flights from London to Zurich.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • Wanderpass and local guest card.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

53050

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Adelboden

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Zurich you follow the scenic journey by coach to the enchanting village of Adelboden.  

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinners

Accommodation

Adelboden is a mountain resort which of course experiences mountain weather. The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.1 miles

  • Descent

    260m

You have a morning orientation walk around beautiful Adelboden with superb views of the surrounding mountains. You walk along the pretty panorama trail out from the village to visit the Hörnli Alpine Garden. You take time here to view the 500 species of flowers and enjoy the picturesque location. You walk back to Adelboden on a delightful circular trail.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.1 miles

  • Descent

    450m

After lunch wyou take the cable car to Tschentenalp at 1950m. You walk to the top of the dramatic Schwandfeldspitz at 2025m to capture the unforgettable views of the verdant Engstligen Valley, the Lohner and the Wildstrubel. Perhaps enjoy a coffee on the restaurant terrace before returning by cable car. If you prefer, there is an option to walk down to Schärmtanne and take the bus back to Adelboden.

Day 3

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

You ascend by cable car to the Sillerenbühl at 1974m. You follow the beautiful flower trail to the Hahnenmoos Pass at 1974m, once a pass for horse drawn carriages. This green landscape is surrounded by snow covered peaks such as Rinderhorn, Altels, Wildstrubel, Glacier de la Plaine Morte, Weisshorn and Albristhorn, a fantastic photo opportunity!

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

After capturing these dreamlike views, you have the option to extend your walk by following a alpine circuit from Hahnenmoos Pass to Metschstand, 2096m, with possible views down to Lenk. If you want to enjoy the views more, it is possible to stay and return later by cable car and bus.

Day 4

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.1 miles

  • Descent

    250m

Today you explore Kandersteg in the neighbouring valley. On the way you may stop to visit the impressive 150m long suspension bridge high above the Engstligen River. You walk to Frutigen to continue your journey by bus to Kandersteg.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1.8 miles

  • Descent

    100m

Once you have explored Kandersteg, you take the cable car up to 1682m and follow the short walk to visit the glorious Oeschinen lake, a mountain lake fed by glacial brooks of the Blüemlisalp, Oeschinen Hom, Fründenhorn and Doldenhorn Peaks. It is not unusual to see grazing cows and flocks of sheep as well as colourful flowers such as gentian, edelweiss and orchids. A perfect place for a picnic lunch – you won’t want to leave!

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Descent

    450m

For the more energetic, it is possible to walk back down to Kandersteg.

Day 5

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day to discover the area or simply relax by the open-air local pool, free with the guest card. Maybe venture up by cable car using your guest card to the many high-level restaurants for lunch with a view. In addition, there are several places to explore in this fantastic area:

Spiez and Lake Thun – take the train to Frutigen, then to Spiez to visit this beautiful little village set upon Lake Thun and between the surrounding hills and vineyards. This is a popular destination, ideal for a stroll around the beautiful lake, a boat ride across the lake, a visit to the thousand-year-old medieval castle church and a chance to learn about local history in the museum. 

Niesen Funicular – take the train from Frutigen to Mulenen and ride the Niesen Funicular to the top of the mountain 2362m for a unique experience. You will receive a reduction with your guest card.

Tropenhaus Tropical Garden at Frutigen – experience at close hand how the warm water from Lötschberg mountain is used to help grow tropical fruit and produce genuine sturgeon's caviar. 

Day 6

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    1.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

You take a bus to Unter Dem Birg and follow a circular trail through the alpine woods to reach the base of Switzerland’s second highest waterfall, the impressive Engstligen Waterfalls. Camera’s will be in overdrive to capture the roaring water tumbling 600m off the Engstligenalp plateau.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

You ascend by cable car to Engstligenalp at 1964m where you will be surrounded by dramatic peaks of over 3000m and streaming water gushing off the mountain, feeding the Engstligen Waterfalls. You follow a remarkable circular trail through pastureland and over mountain streams.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    1.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/120m

If you are feeling active can follow the pleasant riverside path back to Adelboden. However if you wish to return earlier, you can take a bus.

Day 7

Adelboden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

For the final full day you take a cable car to Elsigbach to reach Elsigenalp at 1800m to get up close to the base of many 2400m dramatic peaks such as Elsighorn, Stand and First. You follow a circular trail to the attractive and peaceful Elsigee Lake, ideal for a picnic.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakafst

You say goodbye to Adelboden and take the coach transfer back to Zurich Airport.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Jun 2024 - 29th Jun 2024 (7 Nights)

29th Jun 2024 - 6th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

You have return flights from London to Zürich airport.  Regional flights are available on some dates. Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure. The flight takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. 

You transfer from Zurich Airport to Adelboden is by private coach and will take approximately 2 hours. During the week you’ll travel on foot, by bus and by cable car.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Steinmattli

Adelboden is an enchanting chalet style village and has everything you could ever want from a Swiss village. Buildings are decorated with window shutters and colourful flower boxes, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains, this really is a magical place. There are cafés, shops, bakeries with fresh filled rolls and pastries, a post office, sport shops, a doctors surgery and a chemist. This bustling centre also has bars and restaurants, a great place to visit in the evening after dinner. There are a handful of ATMs and a tourist information office for further details of the local attractions. There is a local swimming pool that is free to use with the local guest pass. In the surrounding areas there are many traditional cheese dairies with fresh Alpkäse (Alpen Cheese) – worth a visit! 

The four star family run Hotel Steinmattli is located close to the centre of Adelboden and only 150m from the village gondola, perfect for our holiday. This alpine hotel is both traditional and modern, with its wooden beams, Swiss décor and modern furnishings. The Hotel Steinmattli is filled with Swiss charm, decorated with picture perfect window boxes and panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding mountains. After a day’s walking you can choose to relax in its sauna, solarium, steam bath and fitness room. For an extra cost you can treat yourself to a massage or a dip in the jacuzzi. The hotel does not have a swimming pool but there is access to a nearby local pool which is free to use with the local guest card provided. 

You stay in standard twin and single bedded rooms. Bedrooms are bright and simple with modern furnishings, light décor with a dash of colour from matching bright curtains and pillows. Rooms include:

  • Ensuite facilities 
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Most rooms have balconies

There are no mini fridges or tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

We still class this level as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

Some walks will be at high altitude; some walking days will see us venture up to a maximum altitude of 2096m and 1974m. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Wanderpass and Local Guest Card

We include the local Adelboden guest card and Wanderpass in the cost of the holiday. The hotel issues these to guests on arrival and they entitle clients to free transport on all buses and lifts for the duration of your stay. Please keep these cards with you at all times as we will use these for the proposed itinerary. However, transport beyond Frutigen, Thun and Bern are not included.  

Currency in Switzerland

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The euro is widely accepted in Switzerland, however occasionally change may be given in Swiss Francs. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout Switzerland.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

You have return flights from London to Zürich. Regional flights are available on some dates. Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure. The flight takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. 

The transfer from Zurich Airport to Adelboden is by private coach and will take approximately 2 hours. During the week you’ll travel on foot, by bus and by cable car.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Adelboden, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

You eat a large buffet breakfast and enjoy a four course dinner in the hotels highly rated restaurant, the ‘Alpen Chic’. The buffet breakfast consists of a wide variety of fruit, yogurt, local cheeses, meats, eggs, fresh rolls and bread.

Dinners consist of a starter, salad, a choice of main courses and dessert. Local products are used to create regional traditional and contemporary dishes. Maybe relax by the cosy fireplace or in the bar after an enjoyable dinner? 

Lunches are not included in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a mountain café – lunch with a view!

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Switzerland

Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two prong round pin continental pug adapter which will fit into any three prong receptacle. More information can be found at www.power-plus-sockets.com.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

The Wanderkarte Adelboden 1:25,000 map is available in Adelboden at various shops and in the tourist information centre at CHF19.00.

A free hiking map is available locally and at the hotel. This is very useful for showing the local area and the lifts.  

The Adelboden Tourist Office is useful as it provides lots of information about Adelboden. 

Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Switzerland

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Switzerland.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking up to 2100m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Switzerland

  • Capital

    Berne

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc

  • Language

    German; French; Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • February

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • March

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • April

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • May

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • June

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 121mm

  • July

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • September

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 86mm

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