Christmas & New Year in Switzerland

Train to Kleine Scheidegg (available from Widerswil) - © Swiss Travel System
Rapperswil - © Liz Turner
Panoramic shot of Chur in winter - © Badrutt
Night in St. Moritz - © Sonderegger

Holiday Highlights

  • Fastest rail journey to and from Switzerland
  • First class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
  • Optional excursions at no extra cost
  • Half board in Wilderswil as well as dinner on New Year's Day in Rapperswil
  • New Year's Eve dinner in a vintage dining car
  • Optional excursions to Zermatt, St Gallen, Lugano, Montreux and Christmas Day Lake Thun cruise
  • Hotels ideally situated for easy access
  • 12 days from £2,135pp
Tailor this tour for independent travel

Tour Dates:
Tuesday 22 December 2015 to Saturday 2 January 2016

Magical wintry scenes offer a wonderful atmosphere in which to celebrate the festive season as we travel by train through Switzerland's snow-peaked mountains and icy lakes. Enjoy the company of fellow travellers during this special time of year with plenty of free time to explore independently using a first class Swiss Pass.


Day 1 - Train Journey to Switzerland

Early morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, then by TGV to Basle. From Basle we travel on to Wilderswil and the Hotel Bären for a 7-night stay. As well as breakfast each morning and dinner each night there will be a special celebration on Christmas Eve including a torch-lit walk, carriage ride and mulled wine.

Days 2 to 7 - Explore Wilderswil Area

Free days based in Wilderswil with your first class Swiss Pass (included in the price). This ticket covers trains, trams and post buses so there is something for everyone. Your experienced tour leader will offer an optional excursion each day. We will supply, prior to the holiday, a comprehensive excursion list to give you some suggestions to consider.

Day 8 - Express Trains to Rapperswil

Today we travel via the Interlaken-Lucerne Express to Lucerne where we change on to the Voralpen Express to Rapperswil for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Days 9 to 11 - New Year in Rapperswil

Free days. With your Swiss Pass you can explore the numerous choices in the area. There will be an optional excursion on offer each day. On the evening of 31st December dinner will be included in one of the vintage dining cars on the Rhaetian Railways between St Moritz and Chur and, on the evening of 1st January, dinner is included in a nearby Italian restaurant.

Day 12 - Homeward Bound

Leave after an early breakfast to Basle where we join the TGV to Paris. In Paris we connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras arriving late afternoon.


  • Standard class travel to and from Switzerland
  • First class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers, and many city buses and trams
  • Daily optional excursions
  • Transfers in Paris
  • Accommodation in good centrally located hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Dinners in Wilderswil
  • New Year's Eve dinner on the RhB train
  • New Year's Day dinner in Rapperswil
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person:  
Escorted holiday: £2,135
Single room supplement: £255
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2015

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Hotel Bären, Wilderswil

Hotel Speer, Rapperswil

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

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