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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter

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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. 

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20222023
7 days From $2,195 per person

2022 Tour code: GR-LNWA-22

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • Dinner
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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. 

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Hotel Metropole, Interlaken

Hotel Metropole, Interlaken

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Jungfrau Railway in Winter
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