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Switzerland - Adelboden & Our Chalet

Guides Switzerland

In the summer the mountainous landscape of the Bernese Oberland invites you to enjoy over 300 kilometres of well-groomed hiking and mountain biking trails from where you will experience spectacular panoramic views of the unspoilt alpine landscapes and traditional Swiss chalets below. The idyllic village of Adelboden is picture-perfect in every way and as the home to the WAGGGS World Centre, Our Chalet, it is the perfect summer holiday destination for Guide and Senior Section groups.

There is so much to do in and around Adelboden that there will never be a dull moment and with the reliable and unique public transport system, getting around the region couldn’t be any easier! When the sun is out opt for swimming in the local outdoor pool, cycling and river rafting and if the rain passes through for a short time then pack your day full of activities such as indoor rock climbing or ice skating. Sampling some of the local cuisine, including the famous Swiss fondue, is always a fun evening activity and comes highly recommended by our representatives who are always on-hand to offer you advise or just a friendly face.

The operation of this tour is subject to minimum and maximum participant numbers. Your booking is accepted on this basis. In the event that the total number of paying participants falls below the minimum number (including as a result of cancellation), we reserve the right to adjust the price payable by each participant accordingly or to cancel your booking and the tour/departure date. If any adjusted price is not accepted by you or a sufficient number of participants or we have to cancel the tour in these circumstances, you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us (other than any amendment or cancellation charges which have already been incurred). No compensation will be payable in addition.

Find out what the Venture Abroad reps got up to in India, Iceland, Adelboden, Kandersteg and De Kluis.

Adelboden with the Trefoil Guild

Posted on 28 September 2015, Category: Adelboden

So I’m unexpectedly back in Switzerland – this time with some lovely Trefoil Guild ladies. We’re staying in Adelboden for the week and have already enjoyed lots of different day trips. We’ve been to the Choleren Gorge and the woodcarvers, where many of the ladies picked up a personalised woggle or badge. Yesterday, we spent...

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Goodbye Adelboden!

Posted on 31 August 2015, Category: Adelboden

Goodbye Adelboden! I have now left Adelboden after 6 weeks of fresh air, mountains, hiking, buses, trains and WONDERFUL people. Before this summer I didn’t really know anything about the world of Guiding and Scouts. And honestly I have seen what a great organisation it is for young people as it not only provides incredible...

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Get your washing machines ready

Posted on 28 August 2015, Category: Adelboden

After a fantastic trip, we are now all packed and ready to get the bus.  This will be followed by a train, some shopping, another train, another bus, a plane and then a final bus.   The girls (and leaders) are all tired, but happy. Get your washing machines ready!   Steps walked already (10.15am):...

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Exclusively for our Swiss trips, we have created a set itinerary of activities to ensure you get the most out of your time away. With a range of budgets catered for, you simply choose the package that suits you.

Our mid-range package:

  • Lauterbrunnen, Trummelbach falls, Murren
  • Our Chalet guided tour, Woodcarver and Cholorenschlucht
  • Engstligenalp cable car, Cheesemaker visit and Swimming
  • Oeschinnensee cable car in Kandersteg, Scout centre tour
  • Boat trip to Interlaken, St Beatus Caves, Schuh chocolate show
  • Adventure Park (light pass) and Swiss evening

Venture Abroad can provide various different catering options, which ensures that we can meet the needs of all our groups.

Free grocery delivery: Just let us know what groceries you require and we will deliver them to the chalet ready for your arrival. The cost of the groceries will be payable on arrival to your resort representative.

Food packages: You can buy a set daily catering option from our choice of menus to include the ingredients for two cold and one hot meal. This will be paid for prior to departure and delivered to you in resort.

Hot food delivery: We can arrange for hot meals to be delivered to your chalet when you return from the adventures of the day. Prices start from £7.00 per person for a three course meal. Advance order required.

Depart UK Accommodation Days/Nights Self-catering price pp
Thurs 21st July 2016 Chalet 10 days and 7 nights £413
Thurs 28th July 2016 Chalet 10 days and 7 nights £403
Thurs 4th Aug 2016 Chalet 10 days and 7 nights £403
Thurs 11th Aug 2016 Chalet 10 days and 7 nights £403
Thurs 18th Aug 2016 Chalet 10 days and 7 nights £413

What's Included

Free Regional Pick Ups
  • Return coach journey on a 49 seat executive coach on our unique shuttle program
  • Free regional pick-up for groups of 20 passengers or more in England and Wales, and 40 or more passengers in Scotland.
  • Ferry crossings Dover / Calais /Dover
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in self-catering chalet accommodation (based on a minimum of 20 people per chalet)
  • On-site VA representative services
  • Full tour and itinerary planning
  • Re-assurance of our 24 hour emergency contact service
  • Luggage labels for the group plus payment cards on request
  • All tourist taxes included in the tour price
  • VAT (at current rate) on tour operator’s margin (non-reclaimable)
  • Drawstring bag (one per passenger)

Every group will receive our brand new Fun Files Booklet free of charge – find out more!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: You board the coach and settle in for your overnight journey across the channel and onwards to Switzerland.

Day 2: As you arrive in resort you will be met by your friendly Venture Abroad representative who will ensure you have everything you need to settle in. Where better to spend your first day than the local open air heated pool?

Day 3: Don your walking boots and set off to Engstligenalp, where you will stop for a picnic and some time to take in the astonishing scenery. Hike back to Adelboden where your afternoon will be filled with an orientation visit of the picturesque village.

Day 4: Travel by bus and train to the other side of the valley and you will find yourself in Kandersteg – a chance to discover Kandersteg International Scout Centre. In the afternoon, take the cable car up to Öschinensee and take a swim in the stunning blue lake. Whilst there, why not try out the summer toboggan?.

Day 5: You couldn’t visit this region of Switzerland without taking the opportunity to visit the WAGGGS World Centre, Our Chalet. After Our Chalet, make your way up to Woodcarver’s workshop where each member of your group will receive a woggle with their name engraved on it. Leave the workshop behind and embark on the Cholorenschlucht hike where you will experience some great views of this stunning gorge.

Day 6: Under the supervision of the Alpinschule guides, spend the day flying across the river with a zip wire, abseiling down the riverbank from the bridge and navigating your way through a ropes course.

Day 7: Travel by a traditional old Swiss Railway and take the Niesenbahn to a mountain summit from which you have wonderful panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and lakes. In the afternoon, return to Adelboden and relax in the chalet before taking part in the Swiss Evening at a local hotel.

Day 8: Ascend to 1,940m via the Tschentenalp Cable Car for a spectacular view of the Bernese Oberland. Make the descent back down to Adelboden village where you will enjoy your final afternoon.

Day 9: Say “so long” to your Venture Abroad representative and Adelboden as you board your coach bound for the UK. On your way home, stop in Thun for a walk along the edge of one of the largest lakes in Switzerland.

Day 10: Arrive home from an unforgettable Guide Holiday in Switzerland!

Swiss Chalets

After a jam-packed day, why not return to the comforts of your own typically Swiss chalet to relax? Accommodating 31 or 32 people, the chalets offer modern facilities such as central heating, hot water and fully equipped bathroom and kitchen facilities, whilst retaining much of their traditional charm and wooden features from when they were originally built.

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