EMMENTAL  

  4 day independent tour   Emmental is probably the only valley worldwide which is famous for the holes in its cheese. But the Emmental has a lot more to offer. The “green island” of Switzerland has large forests, fields and meadows, most of which are situated on the steep slopes of the foothills of […]

 

4 day independent tour

 

Emmental is probably the only valley worldwide which is famous for the holes in its cheese. But the Emmental has a lot more to offer. The “green island” of Switzerland has large forests, fields and meadows, most of which are situated on the steep slopes of the foothills of the Alps. Enjoy the very well kept agricultural land, outstanding farmhouses with window cases full of flowers, and beautifully tended gardens in the ever changing scenery. Here in the Emmental Valley the Trans Swiss Trail is a truly scenic route. Undulating roads through picturesque villages and along small brooks slowly ascend to heights with marvellous view over the gentle hilly countryside and across to the Swiss Alps with its 4.000er peaks.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Individual arrival in Eggiwil

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Day 2

Eggiwil – Schangnau – (Kemmeriboden), walking time to Schangnau approx. 4 hours, to Kemmeriboden 6 hours

The gorge Schopfgraben leads to one of the infamous Emmental „Chräche“ – a gorge so steep that only very rarely a sunday strays down. Since the devastations of tempest “Lothar” the gorge is blocked. Therefore the Trans Swiss Trail detours via the panoramic summit of Wachthubel (1414m) to reach Schangnau. Try “Aemmitaler Ruschtig“ for lunch – a local speciality made from everything that can be harvested from fields, forests and gardens. Once Kemmeriboden had a renowned health spa culture – only history now. But that should not prevent you from taking a healthy bath in the clear waters of the young Emme. Possible shortening: Schangnau – Kemeriboden by bus. Overnight in Kemmeribodenbad.

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Day 3

Kemmeriboden – Salwideli – Sörenberg, walking time approx. 3 hours

There are various routes from the Emmental to Entlebuch – right past the mountain via Salwideli or – when weather and stamina are equally fine – across a mountain with the beautiful name Hengst (literally meaning „stallion“). Salwideli has the most beautiful moor of Switzerland and from Südelh.chi you walk into the valley to Sörenberg where you stay overnight.

 

Day 4

Rapperswil – Einsiedeln – Lucerne

Train to Einsiedeln, Hike: Einsiedeln – Lake Aegeri (2.5 hours); Post bus from Unterageri to Zug; Train to Lucerne The Benedictine Abbey of Einsedeln is Switzerland’s most visited pilgrimage destination, with more than 500,000 visitirs annualy. Cross the moors and marshland of Rothenthurm before reaching Lake Aegeri, a popular residentail area for the tax-free citizens of Zug.

 

 

Schedule & Price

Daily from mid-April to mid-October

Price per person CAD $590
Single Surcharge $150
Extra nights pre or post tour $90

 

Tour Rating – moderate

Routes of medium difficulty on good trails and paths. Daily distance up to 6 hours. Good fitness level for some parts is recommended as you walk up to 17 km.

You walk on well kept trails and hillside paths so good hiking boots are recommended.

 

 

 

This tour includes:
* 3 nights in three star hotels, in a double room with private facilities* Breakfasts* Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel* Train/bus transfers according to program

* Route book and information pack

* Emergency helpline

 

A seven night independent itinerary through the Emmental is also available, starting in Bern. Contact us for details.