Christmas & New Year in Switzerland

The Golden Pass Train
Lucerne in Winter - © Switzerland Tourism Ammon

Holiday Highlights

  • Fastest journey to/from Switzerland
  • First Class Swiss Pass for free travel
  • Two centres in the heart of the Alps
  • Half board in Wilderswil
  • New Year's Eve cruise with dinner
  • Zermatt, Montreux & Chateau de Chillon
  • Gruyere, Lake Thun, St Gallen, Lugano & Rigi
  • 12 days from £2,155pp

Tour Dates:
Monday 22 December 2014 to Friday 2 January 2015

Tailor this tour for independent travel

Magical wintry scenes offer a wonderful backdrop to this holiday. Our annual visit over the festive season is one of our firm favourites. Experience the freedom of having your own first class Swiss Pass to do as you wish during the day. Alternatively there will be optional escorted excursions available on free days to make the most of stays in Wilderswil and Lucerne and allow you to enjoy the company of your fellow travellers.


Day 1 – Wilderswil

Early morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, then onwards by TGV to Basle in standard class travel with reserved seats. From Basle we travel first class using our unlimited Swiss Pass (included). A warm welcome will greet us on arrival at Hotel Bären, our base for 6-nights on half board basis. On Christmas Eve the hotel will serve a special buffet.

Days 2 - 6 – Free Time

Free days based in Wilderswil with your Swiss Pass. The ticket covers trains, lake steamers, city buses, trams and post buses so there is something for everyone. Even at this time of the year you will find a lake steamer running! Your experienced tour leader will be offering an escorted excursion every day but if you prefer to be independent they will offer guidance with planning and timings. Prior to the holiday we will supply a comprehensive list to give you some suggestions to consider.

Day 7 – Lucerne

Today we move from the mountains of the Bernese Oberland and travel via the Golden Pass route to Lucerne, nestling on the shores of the lake of the same name. The Hotel Waldstätterhof is conveniently situated close to the station. We stay here for 5 nights on a bed and breakfast basis plus a special dinner in the hotel on New Year's Day and dinner on the lake on New Year's Eve aboard the Silvestre Spaghettata Cruise steamer.

Days 8 - 11 – Leisure Time

Lucerne is in an excellent position for exploring the local area, or even further afield using your Swiss Pass. Do take time however to stroll through the wonderful old town area which can be reached by using the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel) Bridge over the River Reuss. Your tour leader will again offer an optional escorted excursion every day. The only commitment you have during these free days is to be back in time for the two evening meals which are included in the cost of the holiday.

Day 12 – London

We depart by local train to Basle where we join the TGV to Paris. In Paris we connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras, arriving late afternoon. Travel from Basle to London is in standard class with reserved seats.


  • 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
  • Transfers in Paris
  • Accommodation in good centrally located hotels on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 6 Dinners in Wilderswil + 2 dinners in Lucerne
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person:  
Escorted holiday: £2,155
Single room supplement: £195
Deposit for this holiday: £100
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st May 2014 

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Hotel Bären, Wilderswil

Hotel Waldstätterhof, Lucerne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

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