Christmas & New Year in Switzerland

Bernina Express at Alp Grum - © Swiss Travel System
Glacier Express - © Swiss Travel System
Rhaetische Bahn - © Swiss Travel System/Berninalinie
Rhaetian Railway on the Chur-Arosa Line - © Switzerland Tourism
Panoramic shot of Chur in winter - © swiss-image.ch/Andrea Badrutt
Switzerland in Winter

Holiday Highlights

  • Journey via the classic Rhine route from Cologne to Interlaken
  • First Class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
  • No expensive excursions to pay for
  • Leisure time in Interlaken, Lausanne and Chur
  • Half Board in Interlaken and dinner on New Year's Eve in Chur
  • First class travel on the Glacier and Bernina Express trains
  • Escorted optional excursions to Murren, Lucerne, Zermatt and St Gallen
  • Ideally located hotels
  • 14 Days from £2,460 TBC
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 21 December 2017 to Wednesday 3 January 2018

Our annual visit to Switzerland over the festive season is one of our firm favourites. This year we include stays in Interlaken in the glorious Bernese Oberland region, Lausanne on Lake Geneva and the alpine city of Chur, the capital of the Graubünden Canton. All promise amazing scenic and festive landscapes.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Cologne

Lunchtime Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then Thalys to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Interlaken

We travel via the classic Rhine route from Cologne on a direct train to Interlaken. We stay at the Hotel City Oberland for 4 nights. As well as breakfast each morning dinner is included each evening.

Days 3 to 5 – At Leisure to Explore

Free days based in Interlaken. Interlaken is located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and affords magnificent views of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch Mountains. Your first class Swiss Travel Pass covers trains, trams and post buses so there is something for everyone. Your experienced tour leader will offer an optional escorted excursion each day. We will supply, prior to the holiday, a comprehensive excursion list to give you some suggestions to consider.

Day 6 – To Lausanne

Leisurely half-day journey to Lausanne, where we arrive early afternoon. We stay for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Lausanne has a charming medieval ‘old town’ and sits on the shores of Lake Geneva. You will enjoy wandering through its small alleyways with its many cafes and boutiques.

Days 7 & 8 – Free Days or Escorted Excursions

Free days based in Lausanne with your Swiss Travel Pass. Again there will be an optional escorted excursion offered each day and destinations may include Montreux (for Chillon Castle), Gruyere and the French resort of Evian les Bains located on the French shore of Lake Geneva.

Day 9 – Glacier Express

Travel along the Rhone valley to Brig where we change to the Glacier Express for the scenic journey to Chur where we stay for 4-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Chur is Switzerland's oldest city with a charming pedestrianised ‘Old Town’ and is ideally located for travelling on the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network, including the Bernina and Glacier Express routes.

Day 10 – Bernina Express

Today we offer a full day escorted excursion from Chur to Tirano travelling on the stunning Bernina Express route with its spirals and tunnels and reaching an altitude of more than 2000m – an unforgettable rail journey.

Days 11 & 12 – Rhaetian Railways

Free days to explore Chur and the surrounding area using the Rhaetian Railways network which boasts some of the most spectacular railway routes in the world, a marvel of railway engineering that winds its way through the Graubünden mountains thanks to man-made structures, viaducts and helical tunnels. There will be an optional escorted excursion offered each day. We have arranged a 3-course dinner on New Year’s Eve (included in the cost of the holiday).

Day 13 – Return to Cologne

Leaving Chur after a leisurely breakfast we travel to Basle and make a connection with the ICE service on the high speed line to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 14 – Return home

Morning departure on an ICE service to Brussels to connect with the Eurostar to London.

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Köln am Dom, Cologne

Hotel City Oberland, Interlaken

Hotel a la Gare, Lausanne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class travel to and from Switzerland
  • First Class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams
  • Optional escorted excursions as listed
  • Glacier and Bernina Express supplements
  • Accommodation in good centrally located hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Dinners in Interlaken
  • New Year's Eve dinner in Chur
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,460 TBC
Single room supplement: £495 TBC
Deposit for this holiday: £100
   
Prices will be confirmed following confirmation of the exchange rates on the 1st May 2017. The above is a guide.

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