During a one-week stay in scenic Interlaken, enjoy Switzerland's cultural traditions and experience the breathtaking mountains on easy hikes and special train rides. 

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 The town of Interlaken, situated amid lakes and mountains  The charming Swiss town of Lucerne with its famous bridge  Medieval street and clock tower, Bern  A view of historic Bern

The Swiss Alps

A One-Week Stay in Interlaken

9 days from $4,190

During a one-week stay in scenic Interlaken, enjoy Switzerland's cultural traditions and experience the breathtaking mountains on easy hikes and special train rides. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Tucked into the cultural and geographic heart of Europe, Switzerland showcases breathtaking mountains, crystalline lakes, and crisp Alpine air. Explore the Bernese Oberland by train, boat, and on foot, as you enjoy the hospitality of the Art Nouveau Hotel Carlton-Europe, located in central Interlaken.

Highlights Include

  • Interlaken: Enjoy a stay in a traditional Swiss town with views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. From here, take local trains to many of your outings.
  • Charming Cities: Visit Lucerne with its charming covered bridges and enjoy a lake cruise on a 19th–century paddle steamer. Take a walking tour of the bustling historic Swiss capital of Bernwald and visit the historical museum.
  • The Alps: Take a mountain lift from Kandersteg to beautiful Lake Oeschinen and enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Bernese Alps. From the resort town of Grindelwall, located at the base of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungrau moutains, travel through the lush mountain pass of Grosse Scheidegg and hike through the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge.
  • Train Travel: Stop in the wood-carving center of Brienz, then take an antique steam train to the top of the Rothorn in the Valais Alps. Ride an Alpine train or hike along the flower trail at Allmendhubel for spectacular mountain views, continuing to the car-free mountain village of Murrën, accessible only by train and cable car. 

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S. and Arrive Zürich

Smithsonian Travelers depart the U.S. for Zürich via overnight flights. After a morning arrival at Zurich's Kloten International Airport, travel to Interlaken, a 90-minute drive, and check-in at the Hotel Carlton-Europe. Each traveler will receive a welcome kit containing a map of Interlaken and information on the Jungfrau and Bernese Oberland regions. Your Smithsonian Journeys travel director will be on hand to assist you with settling in. There’s time to relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city. This evening join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 – Kandersteg

Start each morning with a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel. Take a local train to the town of Kandersteg, then continue by mountain lift to Lake Oeschinen for a walk around this magnificent lake and inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. Return to Kandersteg for lunch featuring local specialties. Travel back to Interlaken by rail where the balance of the afternoon is free of planned activities. (B,L) 

Day 4 – Lucerne

Lucerne is a lovely town located on the banks of Lake Lucerne. Join an expert local guide on a walking tour to see the city’s major points of interest. Board a lake steamer for a cruise on Lake Lucerne to see the town and environs from a different perspective. Enjoy a lunch of Swiss specialties then make a visit to the Rosengart Collection of modern art. The collection includes the works of Picasso, Klee, Miró and Braque as well as other prominent artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. (B,L)

Day 5 – Grindelwald and the Rosenlaui Glacier

Board a morning train for an exciting day-trip to the famous year-round resort of Grindelwald, situated at the base of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. After leisure time, take a bus to Grosse Scheidegg, a high mountain pass that connects Grindelwald and the village of Meiringen. Enjoy a typical Swiss lunch at the Rosenlaui Hotel, one of the oldest Alpine lodges in Switzerland. The hotel is a treasure-trove of historic paintings and photos of past mountain climbing expeditions. After lunch, enjoy a hike along the Weissenbach River in the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge. (B,L)

Day 6 – Lauterbrunnen and Mürren

Begin the day’s adventure with a rail trip to the town of Lauterbrunnen, situated in a magnificent alpine valley. From here, continue by mountain train or choose to hike along the flower trail at Allmendhubel and marvel at the beauty of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. After lunch at leisure and free time, take a cable car down to Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen and return to Interlaken and the hotel. Dine out this evening at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 – Bern

This morning set out on an excursion to the Swiss capital city of Bern where you’ll meet an expert local guide for a walking-tour of the city highlights. Visit the Bern Historical Museum, then follow your own path and explore on your own. It may seem incongruous, but Switzerland is a major producer of fine wines. This afternoon, a local wine expert will give an engaging presentation on Swiss wines. It’s said that local wines are not well-known because the Swiss drink all but 1% of what they produce. The Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner is open this afternoon, so get together with fellow travelers for informal discussion. (B)

Day 8 – Brienz

After breakfast, board a train for the excursion to the Swiss wood-carving center of Brienz. One of today’s highlights is the ride on an antique steam train to the Brienzer Rothorn where you’ll have a panoramic view of the most impressive peaks in the Valais Alps. After lunch, return to Brienz for a boat ride on Lake Brienz to Interlaken. This evening, gather for a Smithsonian Journeys farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. A costumed local folkloric group will entertain with singing, yodeling and the playing the Alpenhorn. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 – Return to the U.S.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Zürich’s Kloten International Airport for the flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)