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Escape to a winter wonderland and travel through Switzerland’s alpine setting at the most magical time of the year. The Glacier Express is the slowest train of its kind, carving a spectacular route through the heart of the Swiss Alps as it travels from Chur to Brig. Enjoy unforgettable views of mountain peaks and skylines, steep ravines, and picturesque villages – made only more enchanting when snow has fallen. Immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty of Lucerne, bathed in colour, lying amid the mountain peaks on the edge of the tranquil Lake Lucerne. With accommodation in the resort of Interlaken, you can relax amidst the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Mönch. The breathtakingly beautiful winter season of Switzerland is an experience you certainly don’t want to miss.
We journey from London to Paris by Eurostar, followed by our onward connection to join the high-speed train to Strasbourg and onward train to Interlaken, Switzerland. We check in at our hotel for a relaxing evening.
Today we travel along a section of the GoldenPass Line to Lucerne, where colourful pitched roof buildings perch on the edge of a blue lake, framed by a magnificent mountain range. After some free time, we take the train to nearby Arth Goldau and then join the cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi for breathtaking panoramic views across the Alps and of Lake Lucerne below.
This morning, we travel by rail to Chur and then join the Glacier Express for a memorable journey along the broad valley and climbing through pasture and woodland. The train then spirals its way towards the Oberalp Pass, the highest point of the route at 2,033 metres, before descending to the Rhône valley and stopping at Brig. We continue by rail, returning to Interlaken in the early evening.
The capital of Switzerland, Bern, is our destination this morning. This charming city is perfectly preserved, with many fountains, facades, narrow streets and ancient towers. Traffic is kept out of the old town, so it’s a delight to explore with the added beauty of the Aare river and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, you can enjoy dramatic scenery with a cruise on Lake Thun. The deep blue waters are framed by quaint villages and historic castles, right up to the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
We depart in the morning, retracing our route to Paris where our Eurostar connection returns us to London.