Christmas Glacier Express Magic

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23 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019
Duration: 6 days
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A WORLD FULL OF FESTIVE MAGIC

Join us for a journey on the world’s slowest express train and lose yourself in the magical festivities as you glide through the heart of the snowy Swiss Alps. This will be a Christmas like no other where you can relax in the beautiful resort of Interlaken. We have plenty of time to enjoy the local festivities along with a number of additional excursions, complementing our journey on the Glacier Express. Take in the winter scenery with a cruise on Lake Thun along with a trip on Europe’s first-ever cogwheel mountain railway where you can enjoy the view from the top of Mount Rigi. It’s a festive holiday you’ll never forget.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Eurostar from London to Paris and Lille to London
  • Connecting rail journeys to Interlaken
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Interlaken
  • Take advantage of a welcome drink at the hotel
  • A local tradition - Swiss Christmas Eve dinner and the dressing of the Christmas tree
  • A traditional Christmas Day dinner
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit to the Swiss capital of Bern
  • Cruise on the beautiful Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne
  • Enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Interlaken
  • Explore Interlaken with free time to do as you please
  • Journey on the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig
  • Visit the compact city of Lucerne
  • Take a Cogwheel rail trip to the top of Mount Rigi

Day 1: London – Interlaken

We journey from London to Paris by Eurostar and join the high-speed trains to Strasbourg where we change for Interlaken. Our hotel is within walking distance from the station where we check in and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Christmas Eve in Bern and Lake Thun Cruise

Today we visit the beautiful capital of Switzerland, which enchants visitors with its high quality lifestyle and unique atmosphere. Must-see sights include the ornate clock tower, the gothic cathedral which rises above the old town, the rose garden where you can enjoy panoramic views, and the numerous fountains scattered around the city. Next, we take the train to Thun for a cruise on Lake Thun. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the winter scenery as we make our way back to Interlaken for a traditional Swiss Christmas Eve dinner, followed by dressing the Christmas tree and mulled wine.

Day 3: Christmas Day in Interlaken

Merry Christmas! Horse-drawn carriages are a special feature of Interlaken, so we have included a ride along the famous Höhematte to the old town centre, where we take in the most popular sights before returning to our hotel to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner.

Day 4: Boxing Day on the Glacier Express

Enjoy a world of winter mountain scenery as we travel from Chur to Brig aboard the legendary Glacier Express. This amazing railway journey takes us through the alpine heart of Switzerland, passing through tunnels and across bridges. You will want to keep your camera at the ready throughout our journey to capture this stunning winter landscape of frosty mountain forests and glittering alpine meadows blanketed in freshly fallen snow. This is the perfect way to spend Boxing Day.

Day 5: Lucerne and Mount Rigi

We join the GoldenPass Line to visit the picturesque city of Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge with the water tower is the landmark of Lucerne and the most photographed monument in Switzerland. After a couple of hours to enjoy the sights, we take a boat trip on Lake Lucerne and then join the cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi, which offers breathtaking views across the Alps with Lake Lucerne below.

Day 6: Interlaken – London

We check out of our hotel and travel by rail to Lille, where we meet Eurostar for the return to London.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.19
      Arrives Interlaken 20.28

    Return Journey

      Departs Interlaken 08.00
      Arrives London 19.39

Hotel Carlton Europe, Interlaken

This 3 star hotel is located on the famous high street, the Höheweg, which is an ideal position close to the railway station and within easy walking distance of the town. All the en suite bedrooms are uniquely furnished and include radio, TV, telephone, hairdryer and complimentary tea and coffee facilities. Three restaurants are on site and you can relax in the bar and lounge area.