Set beneath the snow-clad peaks of the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Oberland is your base for adventure on this week-long exploration of iconic mountains and charming Alpine locales.
About the Tour
Interlaken, tucked between Lakes Thun and Brienz and watched over by the mighty Jungfrau, makes the ideal base for a holiday - especially under the cloak of winter. High-end hotel accommodations join with memorable excursions to create a journey filled with excitement. Climb to the summits of two iconic mountains, the Schilthorn and the Jungfrau, by train. Blanketed under a layer of fluffy white snow, the rolling landscapes presented during these excursions are a postcard-perfect representation of a winter wonderland. Enjoy visits to pretty alpine villages, including the resort town of Grindelwald, and plenty of free time to partake in the cold-weather activities that make the scenic Bernese Oberland such a treasure.
- Rail travel on the high-speed Eurostar
- Scenic rail excursion on the Jungfrau Railway
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 11 meals
- Mürren visit, including a cable car ride up the Schilthorn
- Grindelwald excursion
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office at London St. Pancras
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 - London to Cologne
Arrive at London St. Pancras and make your way to our dedicated Departure Office to meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. Our Eurostar train departs from London bound for Brussels. On arrival, switch trains to continue the journey to Cologne, where we stay for the night. Overnight Cologne. (D)
Day 2 - Cologne to Interlaken
Departing Cologne after breakfast, we journey into Switzerland, traveling by train along the scenic Rhine Gorge. This superb stretch of Germany features dramatic valleys and the gentle Rhine River, which winds its way between fairytale castles, steep cliffs and deep forests. Our destination is Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, known to be one of the most beautiful regions in the Swiss Alps. This remarkable town is situated on a stretch of land between Lakes Thun and Brienz and lies in a beautiful valley watched over by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
As the train arrives at the station in this scenic town, the remainder of the day is yours to experience the region’s glory. You may wish to take a boat ride across one of the two lakes, a serene and tranquil journey that allows you to make the most of Interlaken's unique position under the Alps, or to set out in search of the charming old timber houses that enhance the charm of Interlaken. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 3 - Mürren and the Shilthorn
Today we travel by train to the picturesque mountain village of Mürren. This traffic-free village features fantastic vistas of the Bernese Oberland and sits at the base of the mighty Schilthorn. On arrival, we continue into the mountains by cable car, ascending to this impressive landform’s peak. Superb views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains await at the summit. We follow the course down the mountainside and return to Mürren with some free time to sightsee at leisure. Return to Interlaken this afternoon with the rest of the day free. Perhaps use your leisure time to snowshoe the local hiking trails or visit one of the surrounding ski resorts. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 4 - Interlaken at Leisure
Your day is at leisure to enjoy the immense beauty of the winter wonderland that is Interlaken. There are endless ways to occupy your day, whether you choose to stay in the town or venture to neighboring destinations. For a dose of retail therapy, hit the main street downtown, Höheweg. Local boutiques sit aside souvenir shops and sporting equipment stores. Taste authentic Swiss chocolate at the local chocolatier or shop for a traditional Swiss timepiece. For thrill-seekers, paragliding is a popular past-time in Interlaken, as is kayaking on Lake Thun. Both of these experiences are even more incredible in the winter when a layer of snow and ice blankets the vistas. Overnight Interlaken. (B)
Day 5 - Grindelwald
The pretty Alpine village of Grindelwald, a delightful town nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger, awaits your exploration today. As we arrive in the village, take some time to admire the attractive wooden chalets and the lovely squares, which combine the old comforts of classic Alpine architecture with the contemporary winter sports facilities. Following some time at leisure here, enjoy a tasting of gingerbread and glühwein to warm you up before we return to Interlaken. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 6 - The Jungfrau Railway
We travel on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch. Known as the “Top of Europe,” it is Europe's highest railway station at over 11,000 feet above sea level. Our ascent follows a spectacular route up Jungfrau Mountain on an increasingly complex series of spirals and over a range of impressive bridges. The views are simply breathtaking; a showcase of rugged mountain peaks showered in snow and billowing misty clouds.
As our train arrives at the Jungfraujoch, you have plenty of free time. Sample local fare in the restaurant or visit the Ice Palace that has stood proud since the 1930s. Soak in vistas of the Aletsch Glacier from one of the viewing platforms. This impressive 12-mile river of ice, with its labyrinth of ice caves and sculptures carved inside, winds its way down from the Jungfrau region to the Massa Gorge, covering around 2,500 meters in height. Snow Fun Park is also open at this time of the year and offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding.
We return to Interlaken later today via the mountain resort of Grindelwald. Overnight Interlaken. (B, D)
Day 7 - Tour Conclusion
We leave Interlaken by train this morning, traveling west toward Basel, where we switch trains and continue onward to Paris. We join the Eurostar in Paris to complete our journey to London St. Pancras, where this winter expedition concludes. (B)
Hotel Metropole, Interlaken
The 4-Star Hotel Metropole is ideally located in the centre of Interlaken, on the main street, lined with chic boutiques. The hotel offers very spacious public areas, and from the higher floors magnificent views of the Jungfrau.
The hotel has two restaurants, the Bellini on the 4th floor, a traditional Swiss speciality restaurant, which will impress you with first class service and exquisite cuisine; and the Top O'Met on the top floor, the highest restaurant in the area, and affording unrivalled views, where you can take coffee or cake in the daytime whilst enjoying the panorama. Leisure facilities in the hotel include a sun deck and a sauna.
Rooms are attractively furnished and feature a telephone, television, minibar and a safe. All rooms offer wonderful views of Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, and many feature a balcony.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
The wonderful train journey up to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of a number of our holidays and includes travel on the Bernese Oberland Railway, the Wengernalpbahn and the Jungfrau Railway. Providing visibility is good, passengers not only enjoy spectacular views from Jungfraujoch, but also throughout the journey itself. The sections that follow describe each stage of this journey in turn.
For customers starting in Meiringen, our journey begins as we travel along the valley to picturesque Lake Brienz, before closely following the lake's northern shore through the village of Brienz to Interlaken.
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