Snow on the Alps

Arosa - © Liz Turner
Lake Lucerne - ©
Rhaetian Railway - © Swiss Travel System
Rhaetian Railway, Bernina - © Swiss Travel System
Rhaetian Railway - © Switzerland Travel Centre
Chur in winter - © Badrutt
Lucerne in winter - © Geerk
Panorama car of  Rhaetian Railway (RhB) - © Sonderegger

Holiday Highlights

  • First class Swiss Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland – no expensive excursions to pay for
  • Experience the winter wonderland of the Swiss Alps by train
  • Stay in Lucerne and Chur
  • Centrally located hotels allowing easy access on free days with your travel pass
  • Reservations in first class on the Bernina Express
  • Arranged optional escorted excursions on free days to Rigi, Arosa, Davos and Filisur plus a lake cruise
  • 10 Days from £1,995pp
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Tour Dates:
Wednesday 5 February to Friday 14 February 2020

Join us for a tour of mountains, Alpine scenery and the World Famous UNESCO 'Rhaetian Railway' on this popular winter holiday. What better way to see the wonderful snow-capped Swiss scenery than from the train!

"A great experience with an excellent tour. The fine weather gave us the contrast between the green valleys of Switzerland and the deep snowy peaks. The clockwork operation of Swiss Railways has to be experienced first-hand. Ffestiniog Travel organised a very smooth holiday with well-chosen hotels, restaurants and travel and excellent tour leaders who took the trouble to make sure everyone on the trip enjoyed themselves. They ensured both individual interests were met and group activities were available. An excellent trip."

Phil Jenkins - Snow on the Alps 2019


Day 1 – To Aachen

Departing on the lunchtime Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels, to make an onward connection to Aachen for an overnight stay. Dinner included tonight.

Day 2 – To Lucerne

By rail to Basle. From here our rail travel in Switzerland will be in first class using the Swiss Travel Pass provided. We leave Basle and travel to Lucerne where we will stay for 3 nights. As well as breakfast, dinner is included each night in the hotel.

Days 3 & 4 – Time to Explore

Free days based in Lucerne with the use of your Swiss Travel Pass. The town is known as the gateway to central Switzerland and sits on the edge of the lake. There will be an optional escorted excursion on offer each day, but if you prefer to be independent, your experienced tour leader will help with ideas and planning. Excursion destinations may include a lake cruise and a trip via the cogwheel train to the summit of Rigi Mountain.

Day 5 – To Chur

Morning transfer by rail, via Zürich to Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland and the capital of Graubünden. We stay in Chur for 4 nights. Free afternoon with optional escorted excursion to Arosa.

Day 6 – Exploring Graubünden

Using your Swiss Travel Pass a free day allows you the chance to explore Chur and the surrounding area using the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network. There will be an optional escorted excursion on offer.

Day 7 – Bernina Express

Today we offer a full day escorted excursion from Chur to Tirano travelling in first class with reserved seats both ways on the Bernina Express route. With its spirals and tunnels and reaching an altitude of more than 2000m, this journey is breathtaking.

Day 8 – Another Chance to Explore

A second day at leisure and again, there will be the offer of an optional escorted excursion.

Day 9 – To Cologne

We depart Chur after breakfast and make our way via Zürich to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Day 10 – Home to London

Taking the morning direct ICE service to Brussels, we make a connection with the lunchtime Eurostar service to London St Pancras, arriving back early afternoon.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Hotel Ibis Aachen am Marschiertor, Aachen

Hotel Waldstätterhof, Lucerne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Ibis Hotel Köln am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • 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 escorted excursions
  • Bernina Express supplement
  • One evening meal in Aachen
  • 3 evening meals in Lucerne
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,995
Single room supplement: £319
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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