Snow on the Alps

Bernina Express at Alp Grum - © Liz Turner
Bernina Express in Winter
Lucerne - © Switzerland Travel Centre
Rhaetian Railway - © Switzerland Travel Centre
Rhaetische Bahn, Berninalinie - © Swiss Travel System
Lucerne

Holiday Highlights

  • First class InterRail pass for unlimited travel on railways throughout the holiday
  • Stay in two centres, Lucerne and Chur
  • Centrally located hotels allowing easy access on free days with your travel pass
  • Reservations in first class on Bernina Express
  • Arranged optional escorted excursions on free days
  • 10 days from £1,845pp
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Tour Dates:
Saturday 12 February to Monday 21 February 2022

A first class rail tour of mountains, Alpine scenery and the world famous UNESCO 'Rhaetian Railway' in a ‘winter wonderland’ setting. With stays in Lucerne and Chur you can explore independently with a first class travel pass or join daily escorted excursions.

“Well-planned and well-led - my second time on this holiday. As in February 2019, the tour was well-designed to give tour members flexibility to choose their own day trips or to go with the tour leader. One of the locations was different (Luzern instead of Interlaken) which gave different opportunites on the 'free' days. An interesting group of people to travel with and an effective tour leader who gave just as much leadership as was necessary.”

By Woodberry Snow on the Alps 2020

ITINERARY

Day 1 – To Aachen

Your InterRail pass is valid for first class travel from your local station to London this morning. Departing on the lunchtime Eurostar service in Standard Premier from London St Pancras to Brussels, a light meal will be served on board. We make an onward connection in first class seats to Aachen for an overnight stay. Dinner included tonight.

Day 2 – To Lucerne

We travel in first class luxury from Aachen to Cologne before continuing via Basle to Lucerne where stay for 3 nights on a half board basis.

Days 3 & 4 – Time to Explore

Free days based in Lucerne with the use of your InterRail Pass. The town is known as the gateway to central Switzerland and sits on the edge of the lake. There will be optional excursions on offer each day but, if you prefer to be independent, your experienced tour leader will help with ideas and planning.

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 an optional excursion to Arosa.

Day 6 – Exploring Graubünden

Using your first class InterRail 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 reserved seats 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 using our first class InterRail pass.

Day 9 – To Cologne

We depart Chur and make our way to Zürich before continuing 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, travelling in Standard Premier which includes a light meal. We arrive back early afternoon and your InterRail pass is valid for a first class journey back to your local station today.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Marschiertor, Aachen

Waldstatter Hof, Luzern

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Ibis am Dom, Cologne

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • First class travel to and from Switzerland
  • First class 10-day InterRail pass for unlimited travel on trains (UK residents only)
  • Same day travel from your home station to London pre/post tour (UK residents only)
  • Daily optional escorted excursions
  • Bernina Express supplements
  • 4 evening meals, 2 light lunches on Eurostar
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis (half board in Lucerne)
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,845
Single room supplement: £270
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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