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AGS TOUR TO SWITZERLAND BERNESE OBERLAND

9th - 16th July 2011
Price: in the region of £1350 per person (London – London)

Single supplement: £ 215

Land tour price: £ to be confirmed (Zurich - Zurich)

Unfortunately this tour has had to be cancelled due to lack of applicants.

Adelboden

We will begin our holiday by flying from London to Zurich and then transfer by coach to Adelboden. 

 

The first plants will be seen having taken a short cable car ride to the alpine ridge behind the village. This offers panoramic views and a glimpse of many of the places we will visit during the week. The meadows are a patchwork of summer alpine flowers at this time, studded with Campanula barbata (in blue and white forms), and vivid blue Gentians. The track along the ridge has a botanical trail, which is an ideal introduction to the flora, and on another day we will visit to the small mountainside botanic garden at Horeli. As we make use of the way-marked lanes and paths back to Adelboden, we will have fine views and can enjoy the summer pastoral scenes, the butterflies and birds, and look for the woodland orchids such as Epipactis and Neottia.

 

We will also venture higher to the screes and snowmelt areas. A short bus trip up the Boden valley and a cable car takes us to the upland basin of Engstligenalp, where we will follow the tracks through the meadows ascending towards the Ammertenpass. Accompanied by the sound of cow bells we should find Primula farinosa, black-vanilla orchid, Nigretella nigra, Gentiana verna in the orchid rich meadows.  Higher we will find Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus alpestris, R.aconitifolius and R.montanus around the snowmelts with a backdrop the snow capped Wildstrubel. There will be a chance to see Geum reptans and Thlaspe rotundifolium on the stabilised screes.

 

Our valley walks will also take us into the damper wooded areas where we should find Listera ovata and Parnassia palustris amongst many others. There will be time to botanise, take photographs of the spectacular waterfalls or just admire the wonderful scenery. Refreshment stops at ‘mountain huts’ may be taken when available. 

 

 

 

Leaders and Guides


Jackie and Pete Murray have a wealth of botanical knowledge and travel experience between them. They have led holidays for over 15 years.

Jackie is a keen alpine and snowdrop grower and shows alpine plants. She has been awarded an AGS Farrer Medal, and AGS Silver Medals in the growing and artistic (photographic) sections.

Pete is skilled in botanical photography and has gained AGS (artistic) and RHS gold medals for his photographs of alpines. He runs photographic courses for digital and film photographers at and near his home in west Lincolnshire.

Pete and Jackie have been visiting the Adelboden area for over 20 years, and have an extensive knowledge of the plant and photographic locations in these mountains.

 

 

About the Holiday
We will begin our holiday by flying from London to Zurich and then transfer by coach to Adelboden. 

 

The first plants will be seen having taken a short cable car ride to the alpine ridge behind the village. This offers panoramic views and a glimpse of many of the places we will visit during the week. The meadows are a patchwork of summer alpine flowers at this time, studded with Campanula barbata (in blue and white forms), and vivid blue Gentians. The track along the ridge has a botanical trail, which is an ideal introduction to the flora, and on another day we will visit to the small mountainside botanic garden at Horeli. As we make use of the way-marked lanes and paths back to Adelboden, we will have fine views and can enjoy the summer pastoral scenes, the butterflies and birds, and look for the woodland orchids such as Epipactis and Neottia.

 

We will also venture higher to the screes and snowmelt areas. A short bus trip up the Boden valley and a cable car takes us to the upland basin of Engstligenalp, where we will follow the tracks through the meadows ascending towards the Ammertenpass. Accompanied by the sound of cow bells we should find Primula farinosa, black-vanilla orchid, Nigretella nigra, Gentiana verna in the orchid rich meadows.  Higher we will find Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus alpestris, R.aconitifolius and R.montanus around the snowmelts with a backdrop the snow capped Wildstrubel. There will be a chance to see Geum reptans and Thlaspe rotundifolium on the stabilised screes.

 

Our valley walks will also take us into the damper wooded areas where we should find Listera ovata and Parnassia palustris amongst many others. There will be time to botanise, take photographs of the spectacular waterfalls or just admire the wonderful scenery. Refreshment stops at ‘mountain huts’ may be taken when available. 

 

 

Local Transport
Transfers from and to the airport will be by coach (about 1 and a half hours each way).  We will use our Wanderpass (included in the holiday price) to make full use of the excellent local transport, by cable car or bus, for our daily excursions.

 

 

Accommodation & Meals

We stay at the excellent 3-star Hotel Bristol, situated in a quiet position but conveniently close to the centre of the traditional Swiss settlement of Adelboden. The hotel is renowned for its convivial atmosphere good food, with English speaking staff. Rooms have en-suite facilities with bath and/or shower. We will be staying on a half board basis which includes breakfast and evening meals at the hotel. Picnic lunches, for which items can be purchased in the town, will be taken on most days.

Fitness and Health

 We shall take full day excursions after a short cable car and or bus rides.

 Our walks will be at a gentle pace, to enjoy and photograph the flowers or scenery. We shall use cable cars to reach most of the higher areas avoiding the need for long and arduous uphill climbs at the start of the day.  

Walks will usually be on paths or areas adjacent to paths. You need to be reasonably sure-footed as it is necessary to walk on rougher ground to see the best of the flowers. The length of time spent walking will depend on the interests and wishes of the group, but most walks are circular or there and back. Walks are always adjusted according to the group and the prevailing weather conditions. Lengths of walks will differ from day to day, with cable car return options, and a length up to 5 to 6 miles maximum. Full waterproofs (Gortex/breathable) and walking boots will be required for our mountain excursions.

 Please note that we shall be at high altitude. Adelboden is at 4500’ and our excursions are up to 10,000’. While most people will experience no problem at all with this, those with any breathing or heart conditions must consult their doctor before making a booking. 

 You will need a day rucksack to carry full waterproofs/warm clothing, lunch and water, and for any personal items needed for the day.

 

 

Early booking is advised to secure a place on this tour.

 

If you are interested in joining this tour and have any qustions or would like a Booking Form, please contact Kim Matthews at the AGS Centre on 01386 554790 or by email at kim@alpinegardensociety.net

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