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Alpine Adventures for all Ages
Will Kiburz of Coronet Travel has designed an itinerary that includes everything from paddle steamers to paragliding, taking advantage of the astounding range of activities around Interlaken and central Switzerland. It's a region of Switzerland that's ideal for the multigenerational trip, assuring everyone in the family will return home satisfied.
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    Day 1
    Zurich to Interlaken
    Arrive and take the train to Interlaken. There is a train station in Zurich Airport, and Interlaken is also easily reached from most other major cities in Switzerland. Your base for the next four nights will be the Interlaken's Hotel Bellevue, right in the heart of town—just five minutes from the Interlaken West station and close to restaurants and shopping as well.
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    Day 2
    Lake Thun
    Spend the day at Lake Thun, the largest lake in the region where you can swim, wakeboard, windsurf, or we'll arrange for a private boat to lead you on a tour of the area. The picturesque 12th-century Oberhofen Castle is a highlight. After a picnic lunch, you'll spend the afternoon hiking to the St. Beatus Caves with its stunning limestone formations.
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    Day 3
    As Action-Packed as You Want
    Consider any of the many adventure sports like bungee jumping, skydiving, canyoning, or paragliding. You can also explore the myriad trail options at your doorstep on foot, horse, or mountain bike. For the less adventurous, take a 20-minute drive and visit the medieval Spiez Castle surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can reach Spiez by train, bicycle, or take the scenic ferry ride across Lake Thun.
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    Day 4
    Mountaintop Views
    A must-see experience is the funicular railway to the summit of Harder Kulm, where you can soak in the vistas from the Two Lakes Bridge. From here you can walk the 1.5 hour Theme Trail or enjoy a 50-minute trip on the historic 100-year-old cogwheel railway up to the Schynige Platte, where you'll find many hiking routes. En route, visit the Swiss Mountain Market for local cheese, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts.
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    Day 5
    A Day for Trainspotters
    Take the train from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch choosing from two diferent routes, one via Grindenwald and the other via Lauterbrunnen. The duration (2.5 hours) and price are the same, so it’s just a matter of preference. Once arriving in Grindewald or Lauterbrunnen, change to a cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg where you continue on the Jungfraubahn train to the summit. The 2.5 hour trip ascends more than 9000 feet!
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    Day 6
    Alpine For You
    Today you'll travel to Wilderswill via cog-wheel train where you see Alpine Gardens and the Schynige Plateau, known as the home of over 500 types of Alpine flora & unforgettable views. This area has some of the most acclaimed hiking trains in the region.
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    Day 7
    Last Stop, Lucerne
    Check out of your hotel and take the non-stop 2-hour train to Lucerne. After a week of hiking, biking, and ascending to mountain peaks on cog railways, you'll end your trip with the urban attractions and historic sights of compact Lucerne, one of the country's most charming cities. We can arrange a private tour of the Altstadt, or Old Town, or explore on your own. The next morning, you'll transfer to Zurich airport (about one hour) for your flight home.