Overview

This exciting adventure in nature will give you the opportunity to explore a largely unknown region of Switzerland on foot. You will walk three to four hours every day across forests, along rivers, in the Jura Hills, and in small towns or villages.

Home Hospitality

Provided by the Friendship Force club of Solothurn, Switzerland.

Live With a Local

  • Lots of opportunities for meet-ups with FF members of Solothurn and other locals:
    • Day hosting by FF Solothurn members.
    • Meet local FF members in their own home during a dinner.
    • Farewell party with FF Solothurn.
    • Explore a beautiful Swiss region off the beaten path.
    • Use the excellent Swiss public transportation system.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • You will get to know a lovely, largely unknown region of Switzerland. Solothurn is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 30 minutes from Bern, close to the French-speaking part, with the impressive Jura hills in the background.
  • This is not the touristic program in the Alps of Switzerland (which you could always add individually before or after the Journey)
  • Take a boat and walk along the river of Aare with a visit of storks’ settlement.
  • Walk along the river Emme (Emmentaler) and visit a castle.
  • Walk around the small but beautiful lake of Aeschi.
  • Ride with a cable car or hike to the Jura hill "Weissenstein“ and have an astonishing view of the Swiss Alps.
  • Visit Solothurn, “Town of Ambassadors,” the most beautiful Baroque town in Switzerland.
  • Walk through the enchanted gorge of Saint Verena.
The host club in Solothurn provided us with a variety of cultural and fun activities and with plenty of Swiss Gemütlichkeit. [The Journey] was unforgettable. Well done, Solothurn! - FF Greater Milwaukee, USA

A Walk with Swiss Friends

7 Days / 6 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 3, 2017 – September 9, 2017
Coordinator: Kurt Haefeli, FF Solothurn
haefeli.kurt@bluewin.ch

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sunday Sept. 3

Arrival in Solothurn/Zuchwil

You will be staying in modern sports hotel (www.szzag.ch), a few kilometers outside of Solothurn, right along the Aare river. The hotel facilities include an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and sauna, all free of charge for guests.

Monday, Sept. 4

Walk 1

Walking through the gorge of Saint Verena and surroundings on the trail of megaliths, passing a historic castle Waldegg.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Walk 2

Walk in the historic town of Solothurn and along the river Aare, visiting a stork settlement.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Walk 3

Another day with Mother Nature, walking by the river Emme along historical and industrial points of interest.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Walk 4

Ready to go up with the Gondola to the Jura mountain chain, sometimes the weather allows a beautiful view over Switzerland and to the Alps.

Friday, Sept. 8

Walk 5

Visiting the water district and a lake area containing sites with prehistoric pile dwellings which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. And the lake is warm enough for a swim!

Saturday, Sept. 9

Departure

Rate:

$1200 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, six nights in a hotel (based on double occupancy; single supplement is $155; hotel has swimming pool, sauna), all meals (except drinks, one lunch, and one dinner), transportation (starting in Solothurn), entrance fees, and activities with the club. Each room in the modern hotel has its own bathroom, TV, WLAN; free parking, free swimming pool and sauna. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

Availability:

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Active Challenging

Know before you go

  • Weather in September in Switzerland should be pleasant, between 14-24° Celsius (57-75° F).
  • Ambassadors should be prepared for short rain spells and always carry a rain jacket.
  • Ambassadors must be in excellent physical shape to walk and travel by public transportation.
  • Every day there will be walks of 3-4 hours, mostly on flat ground (except the Jura hills).
  • Bring along trekking shoes, a waterproof jacket, casual clothing to layer (temperatures can vary greatly), swimwear, a daypack (to carry your personal belongings or a picnic), water bottle.
  • There is a single supplement of $159 USD per person.
  • Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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