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From Bern: Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour

1. From Bern: Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour

Explore the mountain of Jungfraujoch, known as the "Top of Europe" in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousand peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 meters (11,371 ft) above sea level. Meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to the train station in Bern. Board an intercity train for 1 hour to Interlaken, where you will change onto a local train. After 20 minutes, arrive at Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. Ride the cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports. At Keine Scheidegg, change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the top of the mountain. During the ride, the train will make a scenic stop in the middle of the tunnel. Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch, take a 1-hour walking tour through the tunnel system. If the weather conditions are good, you may be able to see the Black Forest in Germany from the terrace. Continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a lovely outdoor spot covered in snow. Finish the walking tour by passing through a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. Stop for lunch at 1 of the 3 restaurants in Jungfraujoch - your guide will be happy to assist you or join you for lunch. After lunch, take in the views and enjoy the mountain air, before you head back to the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg. Make an optional stop in Grindelwald if desired, before returning back to Bern via the same route where you will be dropped at your hotel. 

Bern Capital City Private Tour

2. Bern Capital City Private Tour

Enjoy a private, half-day walking tour of the capital city of Switzerland, Bern. See all the major highlights and locations of the city center, including the garden of roses, and the Swiss parliament building. Meet your guide and walk through the city center. Gain a complete overview of the city's history, as you pass important landmarks and monuments. Walk through the garden of roses, and take in fantastical views of the whole city. Walk below the UNESCO-protected arcades, and visit the bars close to the Aare river. Stand in front of the Swiss parliament building, and pass by Albert Einstein's house.

Schilthorn (James Bond Location) Small Group Tour form Bern

3. Schilthorn (James Bond Location) Small Group Tour form Bern

Explore the Schilthorn, Bond World, and Piz Gloria on a group tour from Bern. Board a series of cable cars to get to the Schilthorn from the valley floor. Take in panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains from the top viewing platform. Meet your guide for the day and set out from Bern to discover a film location of the James Bond movie, Piz Gloria. This revolving restaurant was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."  Continue the tour with a visit to the Bond World exhibition to relive different movie moments. Then, from the terrace at Birg, start the Thrill Walk down to the vertical drops of the rock massif. As you explore, your tour guide will show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. As an added perk, your guide will show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Schilthorn Piz Gloria Private Tour from Bern

4. Schilthorn Piz Gloria Private Tour from Bern

After meeting your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel, you will make your way to the train station in Bern. An intercity train will then take you to Interlaken East, and from there the small local train will take you to Lauterbrunnen where you will change to the local bus. With your tour guide, you will travel 15 minutes to the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, passing the "Staubbach" Waterfall, the helicopter base and the steep walls of neighboring mountains. Once at Stechelberg, you will transfer to a cable car.  The first section will take you along the rock to Gimmelwald, where you will change for Mürren. In Mürren, boarding the 3rd section of the cable car, you will be taken to Birg which sits 2,100 meters above sea level. At Birg, your tour guide will lead you to the "thrill walk". From the terrace at Birg, the thrill walk leads down to the vertical drops of the breath-taking rock massif. A steel structure about 200 meters in length and closely hugging the mountain, it passes underneath the observation deck and concludes below the station. Afterwards, you will board the last section of the cable car, which will take you up to 2,970 meters above sea level to a majestic world surrounded by mountains. You will then tour an exhibition surrounding the James Bond movie, which includes many interesting exhibition objects. Upon returning, you will take a seat in a revolving restaurant where you can enjoy your lunch. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees within 45 minutes, providing fantastic views to "Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau". With good enough weather conditions, you may even be able to see Mont Blanc. You will conclude your stay on the terrace, before your guide leads you to Mürren.  Mürren is a traditional mountain village at an elevation of 1,638 meters above sea level, and is unable to be reached by public roads. It is also one of the most popular tourist spots in Switzerland, with summer and winter the busier seasons with tourists. Your guide will lead you from the cable car station through the village on a 15 minutes walk to the train station, where the narrow gauge train will take you back to Lauterbrunnen. Your guide will travel with you back on the local train to Interlaken, where you will change onto the intercity train to Bern.

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