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 a unforgettable summer venture – with 300km of hiking paths, remarkable views of the magical alps, plus a network of cable cars for access to some superb high level mountain walking.
See what's planned
- 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
Step into the enchanting chalet style village of Adelboden, set at the foot of the dramatic Wildstrubel and surrounded by the Bernese Oberland Alps. Adelboden is a Swiss delight, it has been awarded the Alpine Wellness Holiday Resort certificate and is the perfect setting for a unforgettable summer venture – with 300km of hiking paths, remarkable views of the magical alps, plus a network of cable cars for access to some superb high level mountain walking. It is an ideal location for winter and summer sports with access to over 300km of hiking paths and a network of cable cars for access to some superb high-level mountain walking, ideal for our new Adagio Plus holiday!
During our week here we will use superb and reliable Swiss local transport to help us to discover as much of the area as possible. We’ll be whisked up to high altitudes by cable car to get up close to the magnificent snow-capped peaks. With a bustling main street filled with cafés, shops, cheese dairies with fresh Alpkäse (Alpen Cheese) and Swiss chocolate – what more could you want? Get your camera’s ready – you are in for a delightful Swiss summer!
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Zurich with British Airways
- Airport transfers
- Half board en suite accommodation
- All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping
- Wanderpass and local guest card
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
On an Adagio Plus holiday, there is more emphasis on getting out into the countryside with days having more of an active content, although the walks will be on unchallenging trails and at an undemanding pace. You will need to be able to walk for longer periods than on a standard Adagio holiday. Adagio Plus holidays, in general, have less sightseeing days and are more about being out in the open countryside.
Some walks will be at high altitude; some walking days will see us venture up to 2096m and 1974m.
Our 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 or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
On arrival in Zurich we follow the scenic journey by coach to the enchanting village of Adelboden.
Transfer Time = 2 hours
Breakfast & Dinners
Adelboden is a mountain resort which of course experiences mountain weather. Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare 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.
We ascend by cable car to the Sillerenbühl at 1974m. We 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!
Today we explore Kandersteg in the neighbouring valley. On the way we may stop to visit the impressive 150m long suspension bridge high above the Engstligen River. We walk to Frutigen to continue our journey by bus to Kandersteg.
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 warm water from Lötschberg mountain is used to help grow tropical fruit and produce genuine sturgeon's caviar.
We 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.
For our final full day we 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. We follow a circular trail to the attractive and peaceful Elsigee Lake, ideal for a picnic.
We say goodbye to Adelboden and take the coach transfer back to Zurich Airport.
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 transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Wanderpass and Local Guest Card
We include the local Adelboden guest card and Wanderpass in the cost of the holiday. The hotel issues these two cards 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 our 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.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
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.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
We have return flights from London Heathrow to Zürich with British Airways. 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. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Our transfer from Zurich Airport to Adelboden is by private coach and will take approximately 2 hours. During the week we’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 wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
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.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
We 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?
We don’t include lunches 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
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
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
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
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’s website 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
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
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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.
Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking up to 2100m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.