Italian Christmas & Swiss New Year
Experience a magical holiday adventure in Italy and Switzerland
Embark on a winter adventure over the festive season, spending Christmas beside Lake Como and celebrating the New Year in Switzerland. Make unforgettable memories in Europe, with a sleigh ride and two magnificent rail journeys.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel onboard the high-speed Eurostar
- Scenic rail excursions on the Jungfrau Railroad and Bernina Express
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 18 meals, including Christmas dinner in Varenna and New Year’s Eve dinner in Interlaken
- Scenic cruise to Bellagio and Menaggio
- A New Year's Eve sleigh ride in Grindlewald
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Dedicated departure office in St Pancras
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Days 1-2 - London to Varenna via Turin
Meet your Tour Manager at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office today, before taking the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we transfer to Turin, where we overnight. On Day 2, we continue by rail to Milan, and then by coach to Varenna, a beautiful Italian town, where we spend the next four nights. (Day 1 - D; Day 2 - B, D)
Day 3 – Christmas Day in Italy
Today it is Christmas Day, and we enjoy a full day at leisure to soak in the beauty of Christmas on the shores of Lake Como. You enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel this evening. Overnight Varenna (B, D)
Days 4-5 – The Bernina Express
Our excursion today takes us on the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Bernina Express for a spectacular journey through the Italian and Swiss Alps. We travel by train to Tirano, where we board the Bernina Express to St Moritz to enjoy some free time in this elegant winter resort. We return to Lake Como by coach, taking in the breathtaking beauty on our route. On Day 5, we journey to Bellagio by boat, a picturesque peninsula topped with pastel-colored houses, then continue to Mennagio for further time at leisure. Overnight Varenna (Day 4 - B, D; Day 5 - B)
Days 6-8 - Switzerland and the Jungfrau Express
We begin the second half of our trip today, as we journey to Interlaken, a truly idyllic Swiss town, where we spend the next four nights. On Day 7, we embark on a spectacular journey on the Jungfrau Railroad (Standard Class) to the 'Top of Europe', the summit of Jungfraujoch. After enjoying the stunning snowy panorama, we head back to our hotel. On Day 8, there is plenty of time at leisure to acquaint yourself with Interlaken, covered in snow and surrounded by the beauty of the festive season. Overnight Interlaken (Day 6 - D; Day 7 - B, D; Day 8 - B)
Day 9 - Festive sleigh ride on New Year’s Eve
We travel by rail to Grindelwald, a delightful village in the Bernese Alps. We discover the area on a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy gluhwein and gingerbread, the perfect way to end the year. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Gindelwald, and this evening, we return to our hotel for a magnificent gala dinner with a special toast at midnight. Overnight Interlaken (B, D)
Days 10-11 - Return to London via Strasbourg
We transfer by rail to Strasbourg today, where we overnight. On Day 11, we return to London on the Eurostar, where our tour concludes. (Day 10 - B, D; Day 11 - B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna
The 4-Star Hotel Royal Victoria in Varenna was named after Queen Victoria herself, who stayed there in 1838. The hotel is conveniently located in the town centre, right beside gorgeous Lake Como. The only hotel in Varenna to have a swimming pool, the Royal Victoria also boasts a private jetty for the exclusive use of guests. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with either a view of the town square or the lake. There’s free Wi-Fi, and each en suite room comes equipped with climate control facilities, a telephone, minibar, satellite television, and a safe.
Hotel Metropole, Interlaken
The 4-Star Hotel Metropole is ideally located in the center 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 specialty 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.
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 narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and offers a spectacular means of crossing the Alps. The route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.
The wonderful train journey up to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of a number of our tours and includes travel on the Bernese Oberland Railroad, the Wengernalpbahn and the Jungfrau Railroad. 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.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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