Glacier Express Winter Magic

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15 Feb 2019 - 8 Mar 2019
Duration: 5 days
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ESCAPE TO A WINTER WONDERLAND.

Travel through Switzerland’s alpine setting at the most magical time of the year. The Glacier Express is the world’s slowest train of its kind, carving a spectacular route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Join our five-day tour for the experience of a lifetime, as we journey from Chur to Brig. Enjoy unforgettable views of mountain peaks and skylines, steep ravines and picturesque villages - made only more enchanting when the snow has fallen. With accommodation in the resort of Interlaken, you can relax amidst the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Mönch. Winter magic on the Glacier Express is breathtakingly beautiful and always worth the wait.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys to Interlaken
  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast in Interlaken
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Journey on the GoldenPass Line to Lucerne
  • Visits to Alt Goldau and Mount Rigi
  • Journey on the Glacier Express from Chur to Brig
  • Visit to the Swiss capital of Bern
  • Cruise on Lake Thun

Optional extra available:
Meal package - lunch on the Glacier Express: £48

Day 1: London – Interlaken

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.

Day 2: Lucerne via GoldenPass Line – Mount Rigi

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 Alt Goldau and then join the cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi for breathtaking panoramic views across the Alps and of Lake Lucerne below.

Day 3: Glacier Express

This morning we travel by rail to Chur and join the Glacier Express for a memorable journey along the broad valley before we climb 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.

Day 4: Bern – Lake Thun Cruise

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, whose deep blue waters are framed by quaint villages and historic castles, right up to the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Day 5: Interlaken – London

We depart in the morning, retracing our route to Paris where our Eurostar connection returns us to London.

Hotel Carlton Europe, Interlaken

This 3 star hotel is located on the famous high street, 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. There are also three restaurants and you can relax with a drink in the bar and lounge area.