I will be spending 4-5 days in Switzerland in early June, basing myself in the Lucerne area. We are interested in going paragliding or bungee jumping in the Interlaken area. Has anyone done this and is it worth it based on the cost? CHF 170 seems a lot for a 10-20 minute ride. Any other suggestions? Thanks!!
I've seen lots of them in the winter, and I'm sure its done year long. http://www.getyourguide.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=ta_supplier3341&utm_term=att2437087#q=supplier%3A3341&lc=l1713 If 170 chf is what it costs, that's what it costs. You have the exclusive use of a licensed professional guide for an hour. Remember, he has to get you rigged, take off for a ride of 20 minutes or more, then he has to pack his chute and get back up the mountain to pick up another adventure seeker. Have you ever priced the cost of doing a tandem parachute jump? Now there's 5 minutes of adrenaline.
Here's bungee jumping.
My son did a tandem paraglide from Murren and it was an experience of a lifetime. Can't remember the price, but it was worth every penny. He LOVED it. If you're interested in doing it, don't miss the opportunity... there's no place better than the Alps!
Thanks sam. Of course you are right. I didn't factor in everything the guide had to do. And yes that is the site i looked at.
Thanks susan. Why miss the opportunity of a lifetime right? Better to budget that in from the beginning. Then go for it!!!!
steve, I've also done Paragliding from Mürren and IMO it was definitely "worth it". The cost is what it is, and the only two choices are to pay the going rate or don't go. I felt it was a unique travel experience, so I didn't mind paying the cost. I can't remember what I paid - would have to check my notes. Some Pilots are able to take photos of the passenger and landscape during the flight (extra cost of course). In addition to the duties of the Pilot that Sam mentioned, add cleaning off the wing after the landing. As I recall, we landed in a field in Stechelberg that was heavily populated with Cows, and there were numerous "land mines" throughout the field. Another adventure that's offered in that area is Skydiving from a Helicopter. The hotels in Lauterbrunnen usually have information on that. It's more expensive than the Paragliding though. If you shop around when you get there, you may be able to get a slightly better price. Happy flying!
Thanks Ken! You always have good advice and recommendations. I trust you and am gonna go for it!
Exactly steve! Just do it! You'll be so glad you did. My son's pilot took lotsa photos and there was no extra charge for it. And there weren't any 'landmines' where they landed... depends on time of year maybe?