Christmas & New Year in Switzerland

Gornergrat Rack Railway, Zermatt
Mountains, Jungfrau - © Wirat Suandee/shutterstock
Lake Lucerne - ©
Lucerne illuminated by Christmas lights - © Boris Stroujko/shutterstock
The Matterhorn
The steam driven Vitznau-Rigi Railway on Mt. Rigi. - © Sonderegger

Holiday Highlights

  • Journey via the classic Rhine route from Cologne to Interlaken
  • First Class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
  • No expensive excursions to pay for
  • Leisure time in Interlaken and Lucerne
  • Half Board in Interlaken and dinner on New Year's Eve in Lucerne
  • Escorted optional excursions to Mürren, Zermatt, Rigi, plus a lake cruise
  • Ideally located hotels
  • 14 Days from £2,415pp
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Tour Dates:
Friday 21 December 2018 to Thursday 3 January 2019

Experience a guaranteed ‘White Christmas’ in the snow-capped Swiss Alps this festive season. This 2-centre annual escorted tour is one of our firm favourites, providing an opportunity to enjoy Christmas and New Year with fellow travellers in a winter wonderland. Join daily excursions or enjoy independent sightseeing with a first class Swiss Travel Pass.


Day 1 – To Cologne

We take a mid-morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then onwards to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Arrive Interlaken

We travel via the classic Rhine route from Cologne on a direct train to Interlaken. We stay at the Hotel City Oberland for 7 nights on a half board basis.

Days 3 to 8 – Explore the Bernese Oberland

From our base in the Swiss resort of Interlaken you can use your first class Swiss Travel Pass to explore the beautiful Bernese Oberland region. The travel ticket covers trains, trams, lake steamers 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. Interlaken is situated between the beautiful waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and the nearby Jungfrau region boasts some stunning scenery, especially in winter.

Day 9 – Lucerne

Leisurely half day journey to Lucerne, where we arrive at lunchtime. Free afternoon to familiarise yourself with this attractive lakeside town known as the gateway to central Switzerland. We stay for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. We also include dinner in the hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Days 10 to 12 – Explore at Leisure

Free days based in Lucerne with your Swiss Travel Pass. Again, there will be an optional escorted excursion offered each day and destinations may include a lake cruise and a rail excursion to the Rigi Mountain, whose peak can be reached by a cogwheel train and which offers magnificent views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps (weather permitting). Or you may wish to relax and simply enjoy the beautiful lakeside setting.

Day 13 – To Mainz

Leaving Lucerne after a leisurely breakfast we travel to Basle and make a connection with the ICE service to Mainz for an overnight stay. We include a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 14 – Homeward Bound

Early morning train from Mainz, via Cologne, will make a connection in Brussels with Eurostar and we arrive back into London St Pancras late afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne

City Hotel Oberland, Interlaken

Waldstätterhof, Lucerne

Intercity Hotel, Mainz

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 Lucerne
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,415
Single room supplement: £330
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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