50th Anniversary Celebration Tour to the Rhätischebahn
- Standard Premier Class Eurostar and First Class rail journeys
- First Class travel from your home station to London and return included (on the first and last day of tour only)
- Private steam charter on the Rhätischebahn in heritage carriages
- Guided tour of the RhB’s workshop at Landquart
- Journeys on the iconic Glacier and Bernina Express trains
- Travel Pass for independent sightseeing
- Stays in Chur and Brig
- Celebratory dinner
- 8 days from £2,620pp
Friday 4 October to Friday 11 October 2024
Join us on this one-time trip to celebrate Ffestiniog Travel’s 50th Anniversary. We return to the destination of our first tour in October 1974 - travelling in First Class! Enjoy a privately chartered steam train on the UNESCO Rhaetian Railway (RhB), a tour behind the scenes in Landquart Workshops and journeys on the Glacier and Bernina Express trains. You will also be accompanied by the leaders of that inaugural tour – Alan Heywood and Liz Turner.
Day 1 – To Cologne
Depart on a morning Eurostar service in Standard Premier Class from London St Pancras to Brussels. A light meal will be served on board. We make an onward connection in First Class seats to Cologne for an overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in the old city. Welcome dinner included tonight.
Day 2 – To Chur
We travel in First Class from Cologne to Chur taking the old route along the scenic Rhine Valley with its fairytale villages and castles between Cologne and Mainz. Continuing via Basle, we stay in Chur for 4 nights.
Day 3 – Bernina Express
Enjoy a full day’s spectacular excursion on a return trip from Chur to Tirano, across the border in Italy, on the Bernina Express, climbing across Europe’s highest railway Alpine pass at a height of over 2000m. The spirals and tunnels of the Albula section, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, views of glaciers on the Bernina Pass and the spiral viaduct at Brusio near the end of the line make this a day not to be missed. Reserved seats both ways in First Class. Time is allowed in Tirano for lunch and a chance to look around the old town.
Day 4 – Rhaetian Railway (RhB) Steam Charter
After the short journey to Landquart on a scheduled train, we depart on board our private steam hauled charter made up of one of the RhB’s steam locos, the historic 1st class car A1102, 2nd class car B2060 and the legendary ‘Rhätia-Stübli’ standing bar. ;We will journey via the scenic Prättigau Valley and Klosters to the lines highest point at 1,625m before descending to Davos Platz and returning to Landquart via the same route. With its many horseshoe curves, panoramic views and steep gradients this journey will be spectacular. Photographic opportunities will be available and a packed lunch will be included.
Day 5 – Landquart Works
Today we have a guided behind the scenes tour of the RhB workshops at Landquart. Here you will find a totally up-to-date facility capable of dealing not only with the day to day maintenance of both modern and historic equipment but also major overhauls and complete rebuilds. The RhB may be a narrow gauge line but, in terms of operation and engineering, it thinks very big indeed. The rest of the day is free to explore further with your InterRail Pass. This evening we will have a celebratory dinner (included) at a local restaurant.
Day 6 – Glacier Express
One of Switzerland’s most scenic rail journeys, delivering the best views through its panoramic windows. So sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery as we travel along the Upper Rhine Valley through its amazing limestone gorge, over the Oberalp Pass, through the Furka Tunnel and down the Rhône Valley to Brig for a1-night stay.
Day 7 – To Cologne
We depart Brig and make our way via Basle to Cologne where we have an overnight stay, once again in the old city.
Day 8 – Homeward Bound
From Cologne we will make a connection in Brussels with Eurostar and arrive back into London St Pancras early afternoon. Travel in Standard Premier Class from Brussels with a light meal served on board.
MGallery Hotel am Dom, Cologne
Hotel Freieck, Chur
Hotel Ambassador, Brig
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- First Class rail throughout
- Travel from your home station to London and return (on first and last date of tour only)
- 2 light lunches on Eurostar
- First Class InterRail Pass for unlimited travel
- Bernina and Glacier Express supplements
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- Excursions as detailed
- 1 lunch and 2 dinners
- Services of two tour leaders from London and throughout the tour
Price per person
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