Experience Alpine beauty, village charm and mountain railways on an escorted tour through Switzerland
About the Tour
Spend a relaxing week in the outstanding Bernese Oberland, enjoying all-inclusive hospitality and fantastic excursions to Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, including Jungfraujoch and a lake cruise.
- Rail travel onboard Eurostar and TGV
- Three scenic rail excursions: Junfrau Express, Bernese Oberland Railway and Schyige Platte Railway
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- 20 meals
- Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee from 7pm-9pm each evening in Wilderswil
- Excursion to Interlaken
- Journey to the summit of Schynige Platte or to Lucerne (*departure dependent)
- Swiss Travel Card
- Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 – Eurostar from London to Strasbourg
Begin your journey from London St Pancras International, where you are met by your Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office. We travel to Paris, before continuing on by TGV to Strasbourg, where we spend the night. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Strasbourg. (D)
Day 2 – Wilderswil, Switzerland
Make the most of a free morning in Strasbourg before continuing the journey by rail into the heart of the Swiss Alps to charming Wilderswil today.
This beautiful village is just minutes from Interlaken and enjoys staggering views over the valley and of the mountains beyond. Wilderswil is ideally located as a base to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the towering peaks that enclose it. On arrival, check in for a six night stay at the 3-star Hotel Alpenblick. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, D)
Day 3 – Interlaken
Today's excursion is to nearby Interlaken, an attractive town and arguably the hub of the region. Set between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and surrounded by the crisp peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, this scenic town is one of the highlights of your tour. Here there is free time to explore. Perhaps take a cruise across scenic Lake Brienz, marveling at the spectacular glacial waters of this breath-taking lake, and take in the delightful scenery surrounding the town. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Schynige Platte
Today you take the Schynige Platte Railway* to the summit of Schynige Platte. We travel in restored 19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, to the peak at 6,463 feet. The railway is noted for using many of its original electric locomotives and restored period carriages, creating a nostalgic 'Belle Epoque' feel for the experience. Enjoy an amazing panorama from the train; along this stretch of the line there is a clear view of Lake Thun and the towns and villages clustered around it, as well as the other mountains rising away from the water's edge.
Eventually, the train reaches the peak of the Schynige Platte, which is characterized by its superb vistas. During your free time here you may wish to explore the Botanical Alpine Garden, where brightly colored plants fill the air with their sweet scents. Otherwise, you may prefer to simply relax on the panoramic terrace and drink in the view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, L, D)
*Please note: the Schynige Platte Railway does not start operating until late May. Travelers booked on departures before this date will instead visit Lucerne.
Day 5 – Wilderswil at Leisure
Spend a leisurely day relaxing in Wilderswil, where you have free time to explore this pretty Alpine village, whose traditional half-timbered buildings are unmistakably Swiss. Enjoy the surrounding verdant scenery and snow dusted mountains, perhaps have a drink in a local café while watching the locals busy themselves with their daily lives. You can also use your Swiss Card for 50% fares to explore the surrounding towns and villages and for easier access to the stunning scenery that is on offer. Perhaps make the journey to the traffic-free town of Mürren, where there are a number of signposted walks to suit different abilities. Or make the scenic journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne whose 13th Century Chapel Bridge and fresco-adorned Old Town are a pleasure to explore. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – The Jungfrau Express
Today embark on the Bernese Oberland Railway, traveling via Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg. Here we join the Jungfrau Railway for the sensational journey to Europe's highest railway station.
Tunneling through the north face of the Eiger, the tracks emerge on the slopes of the Mönch, below dramatic glaciers, before climbing to just below the summit of the Jungfrau mountain at 11,333 feet. While here you can admire the dramatic sight of the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks and take in the superb carvings and ice sculptures put on display inside the glacier's caves. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Lake Brienz cruise
On today's excursion we travel to Interlaken, where we take a cruise on beautiful Lake Brienz. Afterwards, you will have free time in Interlaken. Overnight Wilderswil. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Return home
We travel by rail via Interlaken to Lausanne, where we board the high-speed TGV service directly to Paris. After crossing the city by coach, we continue to London St Pancras International, where our tour concludes. (B, L)
Located in the center of Wilderswil, this delightful family-run hotel has a charming, rustic feel, whilst providing modern amenities and comforts for a pleasant stay.
Tours begin on sleek Eurostar services departing from London's gloriously restored St Pancras International station. Traveling on high-speed lines in the UK and on the Continent, Eurostar speeds us through the Channel Tunnel to Lille, Paris or Brussels to meet our European connections.
Efficient TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) trains run on special lines at speeds of up to 199mph (320km/h). The recently opened TGV Est high-speed line now links Paris with Strasbourg and onwards into Germany and Switzerland. Other lines connect Paris and Lille with cities throughout France.
Schynige Platte Railway
We take an enthralling journey on the Schynige Platte Railway, which runs for four-and-a-half miles to the summit of Schynige Platte, some 6,463ft above sea level. The railway is noted for using many of its original electric locomotives and restored period carriages, creating a nostalgic 'Belle Epoque' feel for the experience.
Bernese Oberland Railway
This narrow-gauge line was opened in 1890 and is 12 miles in length. Over the course of the route, the line climbs 467 meters above sea level. The line was electrified in 1914, and some of these electric locomotives survive for use on special trains today. However, nowadays services are mostly run by specially designed trains with low floors, built to maximize the views of the beautiful alpine scenery in the area.
The Jungfrau Railway begins at Kleine Scheidegg and runs the remaining six miles to just below the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain. The narrow-gauge line was opened in 1912 after a long building process. Although much of the line is in a tunnel, the route includes an observation deck with windows built into the passage, to maximize the fantastic views. On emerging from the tunnel, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, which at 11,333 feet is the highest railway station in Europe.
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