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Winter Wonderland Activity Break

16th – 24th February 2013

Add some adventure into winter and take your Troop on Venture Abroad’s Winter Activity Break. This special event for members of The Scout Association, offers a fantastic opportunity to try some superb activities in this stunning destination.

*prices based on a minimum 40 passengers per departure

Switzerland has so much to offer all year round, but in the winter months, the spectacular snowy landscape lends itself to an exhilarating trip packed full of activities such as ice climbing, snow shoeing and tobogganing. The 5 day rotational activity programme will see each group do the same or similar activity from Monday to Friday. In addition, your group will have the opportunity to visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre!

The Bernese Oberland, set in the heart of Switzerland, is the principal location of the countries scenic wonders. Marked to the north by the crescent-shaped Lakes of Thun and Brienz, to the east by the Graubunden, to the south by the Upper Valais and to the west by the Vaud and Freiburg Alps, this region of such natural beauty is abundant in sights both natural and man-made.


We have put together an activity programme packed full of the most exciting activities! The activity programme will be based on a rotational 5 day programme, so each group will do the same or similar activity from Monday to Friday. Activities may include the following:

Visit to Kandersteg International Scout Centre
Visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre and explore the site which started in 1923 when Lord Baden-Powell, who, after the first World Scout Jamboree, had a dream about a place where all Scouts from all over the world could meet.

Ice Climbing
Scale frozen waterfalls under the careful supervision of qualified instructors! No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided!

Experience the tranquility of a nature walk with snowshoes through a powdered winter wonderland, away from the busy slopes. Discover the isolated parts of the region with a local mountain guide.

Chocolate and Cheese Day
Become immersed in and uncover the secrets behind two of Switzerland’s most famous exports; chocolate and cheese! All of your senses will revel in the discovery of the history, making and of course sampling of the two products. An unforgettable educational day with a fun twist!

Igloo Building
Groups will be equipped with a shovel; avalanche probe and snow saw, and will start building an igloo. The mountain guide will support you with tips and assistance so that 2-3 hours later you can enjoy an afternoon tea inside the igloo.

Try your hand at this unique sport, albeit Swiss style! Surrounded by a stunning backdrop, there is no better place to discover new skills.

Please note that the above activities are subject to change and will be confirmed 14 weeks prior to departure.

Depart UK Accommodation Days/Nights 15 & under price pp 16 & over price pp
Sat 16th - Sun 24th February 2013 Youth Hotel, Youth Hostel or Chalet - allocated 14 weeks prior to departure 9/6 £699 £749

What's Included

  • Return transport to Switzerland on a 49-seater executive coach equipped with reclining seats, video or DVD player, drinks machine and toilet (plus 2 drivers per coach). For groups located more than approximately 350 miles from Dover a feeder driver may be required at an additional cost
  • All road tolls and drivers’ expenses
  • A hot meal on the outbound journey and return journey
  • 6 nights’ in Youth Accommodation with multi bedded rooms (mainly bunk beds and shared facilities)
  • Full board accommodation
  • A full programme of activities from Monday to Friday
  • Swiss tourist taxess
  • Services of a friendly Venture Abroad Representative
  • 24 hour emergency contact from Venture Abroad
  • Luggage labels for the group plus party leader’s information pack

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

All groups will be accommodated in a similar standard accommodation throughout the region which will be a youth hotel, youth hostel or chalet. Groups will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and adults in smaller rooms or where available, in twin rooms. Venture Abroad will be responsible for allocating the accommodation to the groups and you will advised of which accommodation you are staying in approximately 14 weeks before departure.

Kandersteg Resort Information

Kandersteg lies at the head of the eastern side of the Simme valley, which reaches south from Spiez on Lake Thun, with Adelboden at the head of the other side. The beautiful mountain scenery in and around Kandersteg is particularly rugged. The name Kandersteg originated from the early term ‘steg’, which is otherwise known as a ‘footbridge’ and this subsequently crossed the river Kander at the point where Kandersteg lies. The village is renowned for its location on the northern end of the nine-mile Lotschberg railway tunnel, the only route through the eighty-mile long stretch of the Bernese Alps.

Being at the head of a valley, like many other Oberland resorts, Kandersteg ensures a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, and the roads through the village lead to the surrounding districts at the head of the valley.

Adelboden and Frutigen Resort Information

Adelboden is situated at the upper end of the Engstligen Valley. The village centre is one long and narrow street, which is located along the side of the valley. Its fashionable hotels, shops and restaurants, which compete for space on the steep hillside, have helped make Adelboden the popular Alpine resort that it is today.

Dominating the whole valley is the flat topped, snow covered, Wildstrubel. In addition to being well known to all members of the Guide movement as the home of Our Chalet, Adelboden has long been accepted as one of the most attractive of the Oberland resorts, both in summer and winter.

Wilderswil Resort Information

Wilderswil is situated only 4 kilometres south of Interlaken at the entrance to the two River Lütschine valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Wilderswil offers rural charm, unspoilt nature and a range of excursion, hiking and sporting attractions.

Lenk Resort Information

The holiday resort of Lenk lies at the very rear of the Simmen valley in a wide opening. Here, the Wildstrubel massif forms one of the most beautiful valley closures in the Alps, and the perfect setting for the varied Bernese Oberland walking and winter sports paradise with its many natural attractions. Lenk is referred to as the skier’s paradise due to the excellent snow fall that it receives through the winter. Lenk has also established a reputation for itself with festivals and courses in the fields of culture and music.

Interlaken Resort

Regarded as the unofficial capital of Switzerland’s beautiful Bernese Oberland, Interlaken provides an ideal base to explore the surrounding scenic splendours. The town of Interlaken is a delightful destination, which is located on the banks of the River Aare between the sparkling waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, at the foot of the towering trio of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

The main town of Interlaken is situated between the two train station of Interlaken East and Interlaken West with the main shopping street, ‘Höheweg’ running between the two stations.


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