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  • blueskiesahead 65 posts

    Started looking here for accommodation and transport for a family of four ( teenagers) in July.
    I cannot find central accommodation for a week for less than 3K ( grindelwald, interlaken,lauterbrunnen) .Some guesthouses have shared bathrooms . Some apartments have beds in the lounge.
    After number crunching the various Swiss train passes and transport passes I am only clear on one thing ! £2k for a week for 4 of us to include the top of Europe and transfer from Geneva.
    Am I missing something?
    It’s looking like 6k for a week self catering in dismal accommodation , then to add food costs on !
    Thailand with Tui flying qatar is similar!
    Is there any advice from the collective?

    NorthernLass 6,461 posts

    Europe in the school holidays is super expensive, and probably Switzerland even more so as it’s just super expensive full stop!

    Have you looked at prices for across the border in France? Some of their sites with caravans and sometimes chalets are actually very nice, e.g. Eurocamp, though of course still fairly spendy in peak season.

    LD27 102 posts

    Don’t know how you would feel about a mobile home, but whilst touring Switzerland a few years ago, we visited friends who were staying in one at Manor Farm, Interlaken. Excellent location, on the edge of the lake. My kids still talk about the location. Eurocamp etc were there plus smaller companies. If you Google Manor Farm, you’ll find list of current companies there.

    blueskiesahead 65 posts

    I am very pro mobile home or camping but no one else is !

    jj 448 posts

    The one thing on which you should be clear is that you have chosen an exceptionally expensive destination. Fabulous – but expensive.

    If you want the Alps with charming villages, stunning scenery, a well-developed tourist infrastructure and great opportunities for walking or outdoor pursuits, look at Austria. It’s generally much cheaper.

    At the risk of stereotyping, many of the French resorts are purpose-built villages with ugly, low-grade, bijpu 1960s apartment blocks. You can find charm in France, but it’s far from guaranteed.

    LD27 102 posts

    As @jj has said, the destination you have chosen is very expensive especially if, as a family, you’re wanting hotels or apartments with good facilities. I should know, I used to live in Biel. The Bernese Oberland is stunning and I have spent many hours walking around Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen and other towns and villages.

    If you’re only going for a week and are dependent on school holidays I would suggest May half term instead. Most passes will be open and accommodation will be cheaper. Outside school holidays I would suggest June or early September.

    Alex G 351 posts

    Expensive, but breathtakingly beautiful. The hike along the glacier from Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte is something I will never forget.

    NorthernLass 6,461 posts

    I’m reading it that the OP has already booked flights to GVA so everything else has to fit around that! But if they have teenagers they must already be used to school holiday prices 🤷‍♀️

    blueskiesahead 65 posts

    Avios flights – can cancel !

    NorthernLass 6,461 posts

    My strategy here would be – look at which destinations still have 4 seats available with avios, then look at accommodation options, pick 3 destination options, then check the avios flights are still there, book the avios flights, then book the accommodation (flights likelier to go first).

    We’ve holidayed in the Caribbean and USA in the summer while our son has been at high school, mainly because you can get so much more for the same money than you’d need to spend in Europe at that time of year!

    Another option (which we are also fond of), is to book 2/3 of you on avios flights and 1/2 on a BA Holiday, which might get you a better deal on accommodation/hire car.

    jj 448 posts

    Or look at the Aosta valley in Italy, as it’s quite close to Geneva and Italy is much, much cheaper than Switzerland but has mountains that are just as majestic and food that’s better. In disclosure, I haven’t been to that part of Italy before, but I’ve been to the Dolomites further east in both summer and winter and love the Italian Alps.

    NigelHamilton 122 posts

    I’m going as a family of 5, and have booked two travel clients this July to Montenegro (plenty of beautiful mountains) and Dubrovnik. Was much cheaper than the prices quoted. Slovenia would definitely be worth a look. Also last summer we went all the way to Mauritius (imagine avios seats are at a premium for July, but maybe not) and because it’s low season there it wasn’t particularly expensive.

    ExpatInBerlin 179 posts

    My OH and I booked a last minute ski trip for 4 nights in the Jungfrau at Christmas, but only as I had seat spy alerts set up for all the European ski airports and the only avios flights that came up for our very specific dates of outbound 28th Dec and inbound 1st Jan were LCY-ZRH! We got 2 return CE seats for 29,248 avios + £100 using the 25% avios saving from the Black Friday deal, but that was where the “bargain” aspect of the trip started and ended…

    We caught the train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen via Bern and Interlaken.The trains were about £160 per person return. We stayed at Hotel Steinbock in Lauterbrunnen, which is a typical basic traditional ski hotel. Our accommodation costs for 4 nights in a standard ensuite double room were £730 via plus a city tax of £25, with a decent continental breakfast included. The room was ample for our needs as we were up early every day skiing but luxury it was not. When we booked it on 24th November it was one of only two hotel rooms left in Lauterbrunnen, there were a few in Wengen but much more expensive (and having stayed in Lauterbrunnen on a previous ski trip I knew it would suit better as it has equal access to skiing in both Wengen and Murren).

    When we factored in what we had spent on our travel, accomm, lift passes, food and drink etc over the course of 4 days we concluded that we could have had a 7 night package ski holiday in France/Italy/Austria for the same price! But with restricted dates and a last minute getaway you’re never going to get a bargain. As others on this thread have said, if you haven’t already booked your summer flights I would look elsewhere for better value for money. We are thinking of going to Slovenia this summer for similarly beautiful scenery to Switzerland but at a friendlier price. As lovely as the Jungfrau is, if the thought of the prices is already putting you off, best go elsewhere and enjoy yourself.

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