Deluxe Swiss Railways
Amazing experiences and even more amazing views, that is what your time in Switzerland is made up of on this incredible week-long tour.
Switzerland’s alpine terrain is simply breathtaking, from the staggering mountains to the valleys, lakes and beautiful cities. You will have no shortage of time to fall in love with the landscape on this journey, as nearly all of the travel is done by train. Take on the country by historic lines and efficient commuter trains, and turn each bit of travel into an experience in and of itself. This tour begins in the town of Zurich, and from here, we move through Davos and Klosters, Wengen, Montreux and finally Geneva before the tour comes to a close. Along the way, enjoy walking tours, culinary excursions, a visit to Chillon Castle, a unique Queen musical experience, a visit to 007 Mountain and, of course, absolutely fantastic photo opportunities from locomotives and cable cars all throughout the country. A unique experience that combines the best of history and culture, this Swiss adventure is one to remember.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First-class rail travel throughout
- Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
- 7 nights half board in 4-star hotels
- 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
- Bernina Express to Tirano
- Glacier Express to Brig
- Take the Golden Pass train to Montreux
- Culinary village walk in Wengen
- Trummelbach Falls, '007 Mountain' and Mürren
- Buddha-themes wellness experience evening
- Lake Thun cruise and Spiez Castle
- Welcome drink at Montreux hotel
- Music-themed tour of Montreux
- Card allowing free cable car travel
- Card giving free public transport in Montreux
- Tour Manager and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Luggage delivery between resorts
Day 1 - UK - Zurich
Fly to Zurich today, where on arrival we'll transfer you by train to Davos Platz. To kick-start your holiday, you'll receive a visitors' card giving you free travel on all cable cars in the alpine resorts of Davos and Klosters. After settling in at your hotel, if time allows, why not set off straight away and start your explorations.
Day 2 - Bernina Express
Your day begins as you board the Bernina Express for a first-class return journey on the Bernina Line – a UNESCO-listed railway that's more than 100 years old. You'll make your way from Davos through St Moritz and then across the border to Tirano in Italy. It's a thrilling route that passes through no fewer than 55 tunnels and crosses 196 bridges as well as the famous circular viaduct of Brusio. It also climbs the 2,253-metre Bernina Pass and passes through the Valtellina Valley in Italy. On arrival in Tirano, we're going to head to a restaurant to enjoy a typical Valtellina three-course lunch with wine. Back in Davos later this afternoon, you are invited to join the maître d'hôtel for a glass of wine in the hotel's wine cellar.
Day 3 - Glacier Express
Today you'll take a panoramic journey on the world's slowest express train, the Glacier Express. Again you'll be travelling first-class, and will be served a three-course lunch with wine as you wind your way through spectacular mountain scenery. After disembarking you'll then board another train and continue to the mountain resort of Wengen, which is beautifully located in the heart of the Alps.
Day 4 - Wengen
You can get to know Wengen during a guided culinary walk this morning. You can then choose to spend the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps you'll come on an exciting optional trip. This takes you to Jungfraujoch – the 'Top of Europe' – for views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. You'll take the Jungfrau Railway, which travels through a mountain tunnel and takes the steep climb to Jungfraujoch. Located at 3,454 metres above sea level, this is the highest railway station in Europe. What you'll see during two stops and from viewing platforms is an incredible world of rock, ice and snow on all sides. Back at the hotel, dinner tonight will be a Swiss-themed buffet.
Day 5 - Trümmelbach Falls & Schilthorn
Your day is filled with exciting journeys, and the first takes you on a train ride to Lauterbrunnen. From here a Postbus – an iconic yellow Swiss bus – takes you to Trümmelbach Falls. You will then take the cable car to Birg to admire stunning vistas from its viewing platform. Then it's on to Schilthorn, known as the '007 mountain'. On its 2,970-metre summit sits a revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, which featured in the 1969 James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. You can enjoy a Martini here, shaken not stirred, of course, while you take in 360-degree views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Your next cable car ride takes you to Mürren, a picturesque cliff-top village offering amazing views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Its well-prepared footpaths and the fact that it is car-free make it a delight to explore on foot. After plenty of time to do this, we'll head back to the hotel, where a treat awaits in the shape of a wellness experience in the pool area.
Day 6 - Lake Thun & GoldenPass
The elegant town of Montreux is your destination today, and you'll reach it as you travel on two trains. A great way to break up our journey is with a cruise on Lake Thun. We're also going to visit romantic Spiez Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop on the lake's shores. Next, you'll board the luxurious GoldenPass Classic Train. Your first-class ticket means you'll travel in complete comfort as you take in some of Switzerland's most beautiful scenery from your carriage. It's first-class all the way at your hotel too. Here, you'll be greeted with a drink on its terrace which overlooks Lake Geneva, and your deluxe room also offers fabulous lake views.
Day 7 - Montreux
Montreux is famous for its jazz, so we include a music-themed tour today, along with a visit to the Queen Studio Experience. This museum is dedicated to the legendary band and is located in the original Mountain Studios where Freddie Mercury and his three band mates recorded seven albums. Your holiday includes a Montreux Riviera Card, giving you free access to public transport as well as discounted entry to a number of attractions. As the rest of the day is free, you can make good use of this. If you would prefer a guided tour, join your Tour Manager for an optional excursion. You'll board the cog railway at Montreux station and take in scenic views on the one-hour ride up to the summit of Rochers-de-Naye mountain. From the viewing platform, you'll take in breathtaking views over Lake Geneva as far as Jura and the Savoy Alps. Your journey then continues to Chillon Castle, an architectural jewel located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. For nearly four centuries it was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy, and today it is one of Switzerland's most visited historic buildings.
Day 8 - Geneva - UK
Today we'll transfer you by train to Geneva airport for your return flight to the UK.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Grischa Hotel Davos
Hotel Grischa is a 4-star hotel located in the centre of Davos-Platz. Hotel amenities include five restaurants and a sun terrace. Guest rooms feature private facilities, mini bar, TV safe and hairdryer.
Sunstar Alpine Hotel Wengen
4-star hotel in the village centre of Wengen. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor pool. Guest rooms have private facilities, TV, mini bar, safe and hairdryer.
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic
Bedrooms feature en suite facilities, TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning and hairdryer. Located in the heart of the resort, built in a Belle Époque style, your hotel has amenities including a bar and restaurant.
One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps is on the Bernina Express, travelling from Davos through St Moritz and across the border to Tirano, linking up regions with different languages and cultures. The train winds its way gently through splendid scenery along the UNESCO World Heritage railway line which is more than 100 years old. On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail links between northern and southern Europe, it is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscape. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and climbs 2,253 metres to the Bernina Pass and passes through the Valtellina Valley in Italy.
The panoramic journey on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps is one to remember, with wide panoramic windows and skylights in every carriage so guests can fully appreciate the views. Originally it first ran in 1930 and was operated by three different railway companies. The train is not an 'express' in the sense of being a high-speed train. It is in the sense that it provides a one-seat ride for long duration travel. It is, in fact, the world's slowest express train. This feast for the eyes is followed by a feast for the palate: starter, main course and dessert are freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your seat and accompanied by delicious wine. In the modern Panorama Bar in the middle of the train, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or snack. Alternatively, orders are taken from passengers seats for snacks, drinks and lunch items throughout the journey, including a wide selection of wines.
One of the brightest stars in Switzerland's rail network, the GoldenPass invites you to rediscover the glamour of the Belle Époque. Incomparable comfort and charm await you on this timeless journey. Taking a day trip on the GoldenPass Line is in itself like taking a short holiday. The GoldenPass line stretches over almost 150 miles and has three different train types operating on the route. There is the Zentralbahn between Lucerne and Interlaken, the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railways between Interlaken and Zweisimmen and the Chemin de fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois between Zweisimmen and Montreux. Enjoy the view and the railway nostalgia as you make your way to Montreux. Taking you through the high bridges, rivers, lake views and the beautiful snowy mountains, the GoldenPass Line is the most comfortable and beautiful way to experience it. These trains include unique 'wine cellar' coaches that serve an assortment of wines and also regional specialities.
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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are based on double occupancy. Cost of optional excursions are: The Top of Europe of Day 4 - £66 per person & Rochers-de-Naye and Chillon Castle on Day 7 - £35 per person.
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