Swiss Christmas Snow Train Adventure
How do you fancy a Christmas with a difference amidst the lakes and mountains of Switzerland?
How do you fancy a Christmas with a difference amidst the lakes and mountains of Switzerland? Marvel at wintry scenery on the Goldenpass Line, the route of the Glacier Express and the Rigi Mountain Railway, soar up Mount Titlis, and relax on Lake Lucerne's shore at the 4-star Seehotel Pilatus, whose leisure facilities open out onto a fantastic panorama of lake and mountain scenery.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Your choice of First or Standard Class rail travel to Switzerland and return
- 4-star hotel beside Lake Lucerne
- 7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal
- GoldenPass Line rail journey to Interlaken & Grindelwald
- Ride on the Titlis Rotair Cable Car
- A day on the Glacier Express
- Excursion on the Rigi Railway
- Take the Voralpen Express to Einsiedeln
- Relax on Lake Lucerne’s steamers
- Local Transport Pass – Explore Lucerne on your free day
- Services of experienced Tour Manager
- Hotel Porterage
Day 1 - London to Lake Lucerne
Relax as we let the European train system transport us from the bustle of early morning London to Lucerne, then by local train to lakeside Hergiswil by Lake Lucerne and the Seehotel Pilatus, where a welcome evening meal awaits at our hotel. (D)
Day 2 - The GoldenPass Line
The first of our spectacular excursions features one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, the GoldenPass Line from Lucerne through classic alpine scenery high over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. Here we climb up to the pretty Swiss mountain village of Grindelwald, nestled at the foot of the Eiger's north face. Enjoy some free time here before we retrace our tracks to Hergiswil. (B, D)
Day 3 - The Voralpen Express
Our excursion today on the Voralpen Express departs Lake Lucerne, passing Lake Zug, before beginning its ascent through snowbound Rothenthurm High Moor en route to Einsiedeln, whose monastery is Switzerland's most significant baroque building and most visited pilgrimage site. (B, D)
Day 4 - Christmas Eve
The Snow Express train leaves the shores of Lake Lucerne, heading into the Engelberg Valley through delightful villages nestling at the foot of increasingly steep and lofty mountains. From Engelberg we ascend Mount Titlis on the world's first revolving gondola - the 'Titlis Rotair'. The gondola rotates a full 360 degrees during its ascent, providing breathtakingly beautiful panoramas as you soar to the mountain station at an altitude of over 3,000 metres above sea level. (B, D)
Day 5 - Christmas Day
A Christmas Day with a difference! After breakfast we head out on the Schölenen Railway line south towards the Gotthard and onwards to Oberalppass. We then experience a taste of the Glacier Express route from Oberalppass, the highest point on the line, through to Andermatt. After free time in this beautiful Swiss mountain village, we return to Hergiswil to enjoy our Christmas dinner, with wine.
Day 6 - The Rigi Railway
Blow those cobwebs away on Boxing Day on Europe's first mountain railway! The Rigi Railway, has been transporting visitors from all over the world to the top of the 'Queen of the Mountains' since 1871. The Rigi was the preferred destination of writers and heads of state during the 'Belle Epoque' era between 1884 and 1914. Mark Twain, Tolstoy and Goethe all enthused about the beautiful views and even Queen Victoria wrote that, "We are amused!" Enjoy the 'Queen of the Mountains' for yourself on a mountain adventure. (B, D)
Day 7 - Hergiswil at leisure
A day at leisure in Hergiswil allows you the opportunity to relax and unwind by lovely Lake Lucerne and maybe take full advantage of the hotel's leisure facilities. Alternatively, you can use your local transport pass to visit Lucerne itself by steamer, with its famous Chapel Bridge and Transport Museum. (B, D)
Day 8 - Departure
We return by train across Switzerland to Paris, changing stations for our Eurostar journey to London.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Seehotel Pilatus, Hergiswil
This 4-star hotel stands directly at the lakeshore on lovely Lake Lucerne in the village of Hergiswil, just a short train journey from Lucerne itself, surrounded by majestic mountain views. The hotel was bought as a humble guest house in 1911 by ancestors of the Fuchs family, who still own and run the Seehotel. There have been many changes since 1911 and, whilst providing a relaxing base in a great location for all our excursions, the hotel also features a host of leisure facilities, including a large indoor pool, jacuzzi, saunas, sun deck and lakeside terrace.
The GoldenPass Line
Ride in modern train cars on the Goldenpass line that provides panoramic views of cities and scenery. You might want to visit one of its wine cellar coaches to enjoy a drink or snack as you relax. The Goldenpass is all about ease of comfort and blending into the surrounding landscape. This smooth ride will make you feel like you are a part of nature.
The Snow Express
Ride this lovely train with panoramic windows to give you the best possible views of the beautiful countryside. This route runs just under an hour, winding through the Engelberg Valley and up Mount Titlis. It is one of Switzerland's most scenic journeys, especially in the winter.
The Glacier Express
Also known as the 'Orient Express of the Alps', the Glacier Express is famed for being the slowest 'express' train in the world. Linking Brig with Chur, the train makes its way across literally hundreds of bridges and viaducts, as well as over 90 tunnels, along its route.
One of the highlights of the journey comes when the train climbs the 6,669 foot Oberalp Pass. It uses cogwheels in the steepest places. You can see green valleys, picturesque villages, the high Alpine lake on the Oberalp Pass, and the Matterhorn. The Glacier Express train made its first journey in 1930. Services were suspended from 1943-1946 due to the Second World War. The line only ran seasonally due to the adverse weather conditions, until the completion of the Furka Tunnel in 1982. Since then, it has run year-round excursions.
The Rigi Railway
Founded in 1871, the Rigi Railway overlooks Lake Lucerne, the Swiss Alps and even offers sights of the famed Black Forest. There are two railroad lines operating under the Rigi Railway line, one that sets off from Vitznau and another that begins its journey in Arth-Goldau. The original red and black train, known as the Queen of the Mountains, follows the Vitznau route from Lake Lucerne and takes passengers back in time aboard its restored 19th century rail cars. The original cog train was powered by steam engines, though now, passengers enjoy a more modern experience, thanks to electric engines. During the summer months, nostalgia takes over the Rigi Railway, and the original steam engines return to push the trains up the mountain. The route takes approximately 30 minutes. The Arth-Goldau route is powered by electric engines and follows a concourse that takes just under 40 minutes. Passengers enjoy scenic mountain views from the blue rail cars of this line and a comfortable journey to the summit hotel. Both trains operate all throughout the year.
The Voralpen Express
Head east on this train route that provides a different view of Switzerland. Enjoy the hilly landscape, quiet villages, and sprawling orchards that line this route. You'll cross the 99-meter Sitter viaduct and pass by the upperland moor near Rothenthurm on this relaxing two-hour journey.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
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.
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Standard Class: Departs 21st December 2019 (£1,525)
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