SWITZERLAND: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU


TRIP OVERVIEW

  • Dates: June 19-26, 2016
  • Pricing: From $3,350/pp
  • Activity Level: 4/5

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Life doesn't get much better than 8 days of trails, trains, cheese, chocolate, and transformation in the Swiss Alps, the greatest hiking and walking destination in the world. Breathtaking mountains, wild-flowered meadows, powerful glaciers, surging waterfalls — the Alps has it all. On this week-long journey through the Jungfrau Region, you will get to experience the best that Switzerland has to offer as you:

There is nothing quite like climbing to the top of the Alps and looking down upon the earth ... Everything in the world suddenly makes sense.
— Anonymous
  • Enjoy breathaking vistas of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks
  • Hike on some of the world's most scenic and iconic trails
  • Wander through alpine meadows filled with grazing cows
  • Experience stunning glacial valleys, waterfalls, and rivers
  • Dine on Switzerland's world famous cheeses and chocolates
  • Sleep in quaint Alpine villages that date back hundreds of years
  • Immerse yourself in and learn more about traditional Swiss culture
  • Travel with a small group of fun and amazing individuals 
  • Engage in inspirational conversations and discussions 
  • Embark on a journey of personal exploration and discovery

Along the way, you'll be supported by Michael Bennett, MSA's Founder & Chief Adventure Officer, on your journey of personal exploration and discovery. Michael will use the trip's many adventures as catalysts for casual yet inspirational discussions that will help you learn from what you are experiencing and develop a strategic action plan for kick-starting the next chapter in your life!


MEET YOUR PROGRAM LEADER

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer @ MSA

Hey there! My name is Michael, and I am pumped up and proud to be your Program Leader for this adventure through Switzerland! A little bit about me: I am a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach. Inspired by my own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, I dedicated my life to helping others change their lives through coaching and travel programs. I launched MSA in 2011 as way to support other people in traveling the world, pushing their comfort zones, exploring new cultures and perspectives and ideas, engaging in powerful conversations, and applying the lessons they learned to transform their lives. 

Read more about my story of personal exploration and discovery in Switzerland!


DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

  • Meals: L, D
  • Overnight: Hotel Oberland 

WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND!

You’ll be met by an MSA/Alpenwild guide upon arrival in Zürich and transferred to Lauterbrunnen, a small alpine village set in the world’s most spectacular glacial valley, ringed by 72 gushing waterfalls. We’ll stay at Hotel Oberland, near the base of Staubbauch Falls—the highest in Switzerland, dropping over 1000 feet. Join your guides and fellow travelers for an afternoon exploring the town. At dinner, we will get to know one another better, give an overview of the program, and answer any questions you have. 


DAY 2: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Hotel Obersteinberg

TRUMMELBACH FALLS + HIKE TO OBERSTEINBERG

The best off-the-beaten-track scenery in the Jungfrau is in Obersteinberg at the head of the Lauterbrunnen valley. Before hitting the trails, we’ll visit Trummelbach Falls, where torrents of water have created a series of caves and underground waterfalls that are truly unbelievable. As we begin our hike, we’ll follow a mountain trail that leads us to the remote Berghotel Obersteinberg, where we’ll be greeted by postcard views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Upon arriving at Obersteinberg, you’ll have free time to enjoy the surrounding views before we have a delicious and hearty dinner that is sure to fill you up. 


DAY 3: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Overnight: Eiger Guesthouse

HIKE FROM OBERSTEINBERG TO MURREN

As we begin our hike, you’ll enjoy wonderful views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley before descending a series of switchbacks to the captivating village of Gimmelwald, perched above the Lauterbrunnental. We’ll stop for lunch along a glacial river before heading on to Mürren, where we’ll check into our hotel. Relax in the pool and/or hot tub or indulge in an evening cocktail before our group shares our stories from the day over dinner.


DAY 4: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

    • Meals: B, L, D
    • Overnight: Hotel Oberland 

    HIKING THE PANORAMA TRAIL TO LAUTERBRUNNEN

    We’ll enjoy a much-deserved “break” as we take a leisurely hike on the Panorama Trail that runs along the edge of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Get up-close and personal with grazing cows as we wander through pastures and fields with incredible views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks. After lunch, we’ll continue on our path towards Lauterbrunnen before finally descending to the town on a funicular.


    DAY 5: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

    • Meals: B, L, D
    • Overnight: Gletschergarten 

    EXPLORING JUNGFRAUJOCH + THE EIGER TRAIL

    The Jungfrau Railway takes us to the alpine crossroads of Kleine Scheidegg at the base of Eiger. From there, a dramatic cogwheel climb will take us into a tunnel through Eiger to ascend to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. We’ll explore glaciers, visit the Ice Palace, and have lunch atop Europe. The train back to the Eigergletscher station leads to the dramatic Eiger Trail, where you’ll find yourself face-to-face with the legendary Nordwand—the North Face of the Eiger. An afternoon hike on the Eiger Trail leads us to our chalet-style hotel in the lively resort of Grindelwald.


    DAY 6: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

    • Meals: B, L, D
    • Overnight: Hotel Gletschergarten

    EXPLORING THE GRINDELWALD VALLEY

    Today, we explore the Grindelwald Valley. We'll take the tram or a beautiful forest trail to First, which affords up-close-and personal views of the mountains. We’ll hike on to the infinity pool setting of Bachalpsee, where our backdrop is the snowcapped peaks and glaciers of the Jungfrau region. You’ll climb the Faulhorn and traverse the scenic Faulhorn Panorama trail with views extending into Germany. We’ll descend back to our hotel in Grindelwald on foot, tram, or even by scooter. 


    DAY 7: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

    • Meals: B, L, D
    • Overnight: Townhouse Hotel 

    CHEESE-MAKING CLASS + GOODBYE, JUNGFRAU ... HELLO, ZURICH!

    Our final morning together in the Jungfrau begins with a hearty breakfast followed by a spectacular cheese-making class ... A classic Alps experience. After lunch, we'll have time for one last short hike in the Alps before we hop a train to Zurich, where we'll close our program with a special dinner.


    DAY 8: EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU

    • Meals: None
    • Overnight: None

    DEPART FOR HOME

    Head to the airport for your flight home or continue your travels through Europe! We are happy to work with you to extend your trip if you want. Simply contact us to learn more! 


    ACCOMMODATIONS

    Throughout our time in Switzerland, we will stay in quaint and cozy hotels in the Jungfrau Region. These hotels offer a taste of Swiss hospitality, incredible views, and delicious food. All pricing is based on double accommodation; Single rooms may be available upon request. Contact us for more information!

    Hotel Oberland (Lauterbrunnen) | The charming, historic, and family-run Hotel Oberland in central Lauterbrunnen is only a 5 minute walk from the train station, and the Staubbach waterfall is close by. Hotel Oberland's restaurant has been described in guidebooks as the best place to eat in town. Dip a piece of bread in a pot of cheese fondue or taste one of the famous Röstis. Most rooms have a balcony with views of the waterfall or the mountains. Lauterbrunnen is in one of the most awe-inspiring settings in the world.

    Berghotel Obersteinberg | Gazing across the valley from the hotel, you'll have spectacular views of hanging glaciers perched above waterfalls that cascade down the valley walls. Dinner at the hotel offers traditional Swiss dishes: simple, hearty, and well-prepared; breakfast is adorned with fresh butter and cheese from the neighboring farm. Since there is no electricity at the hotel, you'll be provided with a candle to illuminate your room and a smothering eiderdown comforter to keep you warm on chilly nights. 

    Eiger Guesthouse (Mürren) | Cozy and relaxed Eiger Guesthouse is across from the BLM train station in Mürren, with a splendid view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau Mountains. All rooms are newly renovated with a flat screen TV and internet connection. The Eiger Guesthouse also offers a great restaurant, a bar/pub, and a game room. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire property. The tourist office and the Alpine sports center are just 650 feet away. Free access to the indoor pool (summer and winter) and the ice rink. 

    Hotel Gletschergarten (Grindelwald) | Welcome to Grindelwald, a paradise in the Bernese Alps located at the foot of the world famous Eiger North Face. Hotel Gletschergarten is a family-run hotel founded over 115 years ago in 1899. This historic hotel combines alpine tradition with a comfortable stay and modern amenities. Enjoy a drink on the terrace, treat yourself to a relaxing break in the spa, or indulge in the beauty, peace, and spectacular views of the Alps.

    Townhouse Hotel (Zürich) | The Townhouse is a small boutique hotel with a brand new Bar & Restaurant Palette. It is located in the heart of Zurich on Bahnhofstrasse and a block away from the main train station where direct services take you to Zurich airport in less than 15 minutes. Relax in comfortable couches, browse through the latest magazines, or help yourself to a drink from our honesty bar. The refrigerator is stocked with healthy snacks and you can make yourself a tasty Italian espresso at the coffee machine.


    INCLUSIONS

    What's Included

    The following items are included in your Swiss Adventure:

    • A 1-on-1 pre-adventure coaching call with Michael
    • Transfers between Zürich and the Jungfrau Region
    • All transportation on program (trains, trams, etc.)
    • 5 nights in quaint, family-owned alpine hotels
    • 1 night in a traditional Swiss berghotel in the Alps  
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Zurich
    • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
    • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
    • All guided activities (ex: Hiking, walking tours)
    • Tips for services (hotels, food, etc.)
    • A 1-on-1 post-adventure coaching call with Michael

    What's NOT Included

    The following items are NOT included in your Adventure:

    • Transportation to/from Switzerland (Airfare, train)
    • Snacks or beverages outside of planned MSA meals
    • Travel insurance, immunizations, passports, or visas
    • Airport taxes or Baggage fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Alcoholic beverages 
    • Guide gratuities

    Note: Every Muddy Shoe Adventure includes our 3-month pre-trip Call to Adventure program and our 1-month post-trip Return of the Hero process. Contact us to learn more!


    PRICING

    Pricing for this Adventure varies depending on the number of people on the trip ... So get some friends to go with you! Rates based on double occupancy. Single supplement may be available upon request. Contact us for more information.

    4 People: $3850/pp

    6 People: $3450/pp

    8 People: $3350/pp

    Single supplement may be available upon request. We are happy to offer different payment options for you. We always strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Occasionally we offer scholarships and work/trade opportunities for those that are interested. Rates are approximate and may be subject to change until the final itinerary and dates are set. Contact us for more info! 


    I WANT TO GO TO SWITZERLAND!

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Below you will find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about this Adventure. Have more questions? Contact us!

    + Is this program for me?

    This program is for you if you love traveling, making new friends, challenging yourself with physical activities, exploring new cultures, and engaging in informal yet inspirational group conversations. You are also ready to create something exciting and new in your life — a job or career or even a new company, a new relationship, and/or new perspectives and new ways of looking at things.

    + Do I need to be in great shape to participate?

    You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to walk/hike for 4—6 hours at a time, occasionally on steep terrain. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, please contact MSA at (424) 216—8339.

    + How does the Your Hero's Journey process work?

    All of our Adventures follow a three-part process of exploration, discovery, and transformation that we call Your Hero's Journey. Like the Hero's Journey itself, YHJ consists of 3 stages:

    The Call to Adventure — A series of pre-departure calls where we get to know each other and prepare for our Journey together
    The Adventure — We explore the world together, have fun, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from our experiences
    The Return of the Hero — A series of post-trip calls that help us keep each other accountable for the actions we committed to
    The goal? To create an exciting, powerful, and life-changing experience for you and your fellow travelers!

    + What does a typical day on this Adventure look like?

    The days will be exhilarating and in many cases physically challenging. We'll hike on some of the most beautiful trails in the world, surrounded by majestic peaks and cows and glaciers and waterfalls and alpine pastures. In the evenings, over a delicious meal and a beer or a glass of wine, we'll dive into casual yet inspirational conversations about what you are learning from your experiences (and one another) and how you can apply those lessons to transform your life.

    + How many people will be going with me on this Adventure?

    We limit the group size for all of our Adventures to a max of 8 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.

    + How do I sign up for this Adventure?

    Click here to register!

    + How much is the deposit for this trip? What is the payment schedule like?

    MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. We can break your remaining balance into two payments due 120 and then 90 days before the program starts. We'll send you en electronic invoice a few days before your final payments are due. You can pay by credit card or by check, although a 3% fee will be added to all credit card payments.

    + What is the cancellation policy for this Adventure?

    If you need to cancel your booking prior to departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees based on the following schedule:

    Days Prior to Departure: Fee Per Person

    • 91 or more days: Initial deposit
    • 31—90 days: 50% of program cost
    • 30 or fewer days: 100% of program cost

    Check out our Terms & Conditions for more info.

    + What's the weather like in Switzerland in June?

    PERFECT! Highs are typically around 70 during the day. Because of the high-altitude environment we will be in, temperatures can drop into the 40s at night. In general, however, the weather is wonderful and glorious and perfect for hiking in Switzerland in June!

    + What do I need to bring or pack?

    The best approach is to bring layers of clothing: Everything from shorts and t-shirts to jackets, sweaters, and gloves. We strongly encourage you to purchase trekking poles for this adventure, as we’ve found them to be incredibly valuable on day hikes, particularly when exploring unfamiliar terrain. A broken-in pair of hiking boots with excellent tread is critical. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 30 days prior to the program date.

    + Which airport should I fly into?

    Zürich is the airport that we will be supplying transports to/from. If you choose to fly into another airport, you will need to either meet the group in Zürich or find your own transportation to the Jungfrau Region.

    + What should I do if I have questions that are not addressed here?

    Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any additional questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.

     

    Is this program for me?

    This program is for you if you love traveling, making new friends, challenging yourself with physical activities, exploring new cultures, and engaging in informal yet inspirational group conversations. You are also ready to create something exciting and new in your life — a job or career or even a new company, a new relationship, and/or new perspectives and new ways of looking at things.

     

    Do I need to be in great shape to participate?

    You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to walk/hike for 4—6 hours at a time, occasionally on steep terrain. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, please contact MSA at (424) 216—8339.

     

    How does the Your Hero's Journey process work?

    All of our Adventures follow a three-part process of exploration, discovery, and transformation that we call Your Hero's Journey. Like the Hero's Journey itself, YHJ consists of 3 stages:

    1. The Call to Adventure — A series of pre-departure calls where we get to know each other and prepare for our Journey together
    2. The Adventure — We explore the world together, have fun, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from our experiences
    3. The Return of the Hero — A series of post-trip calls that help us keep each other accountable for the actions we committed to

    The goal? To create an exciting, powerful, and life-changing experience for you and your fellow travelers!

     

    What does a typical day on this Adventure look like?

    The days will be exhilarating and in many cases physically challenging. We'll hike on some of the most beautiful trails in the world, surrounded by majestic peaks and cows and glaciers and waterfalls and alpine pastures. In the evenings, over a delicious meal and a beer or a glass of wine, we'll dive into casual yet inspirational conversations about what you are learning from your experiences (and one another) and how you can apply those lessons to transform your life. 

     

    How many people will be going with me on this Adventure?

    We limit the group size for all of our Adventures to a max of 8 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.

     

    How do I sign up for this Adventure?

     

    How much is the deposit for this trip? What is the payment schedule like?

    MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. We can break your remaining balance into two payments due 120 and then 90 days before the program starts. We'll send you en electronic invoice a few days before your final payments are due. You can pay by credit card or by check, although a 3% fee will be added to all credit card payments. 

     

    What is the cancellation policy for this Adventure?

    If you need to cancel your booking prior to departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees based on the following schedule:  

    Days Prior to Departure: Fee Per Person

    • 91 or more days: Initial deposit
    • 31—90 days: 50% of program cost
    • 30 or fewer days: 100% of program cost

    Check out our Terms & Conditions for more info. 

     

    What's the weather like in Switzerland in June?

    PERFECT! Highs are typically around 70 during the day. Because of the high-altitude environment we will be in, temperatures can drop into the 40s at night. In general, however, the weather is wonderful and glorious and perfect for hiking in Switzerland in June!

     

    What do I need to bring or pack?

    The best approach is to bring layers of clothing: Everything from shorts and t-shirts to jackets, sweaters, and gloves. We strongly encourage you to purchase trekking poles for this adventure, as we’ve found them to be incredibly valuable on day hikes, particularly when exploring unfamiliar terrain. A broken-in pair of hiking boots with excellent tread is critical. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 30 days prior to the program date. 

     

    Which airport should I fly into?

    Zürich is the airport that we will be supplying transports to/from. If you choose to fly into another airport, you will need to either meet the group in Zürich or find your own transportation to the Jungfrau Region.

     

    What should I do if I have questions that are not addressed here?

    Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any additional questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.