Fabulous Family Train Tour of Switzerland

Bernina Express tackles the Montebello Curve - © Swiss-image.ch-Andrea Badrutt
Rhaetian Railway - © Swiss Travel System
Chur's old centre with its Cathedral and churches - © ST/swiss-image.ch

Holiday Highlights

  • Classic Rhine valley route southbound
  • Bernina Express
  • Glacier Express
  • Fabulous Views through the Swiss Alps
  • Swiss Pass providing unlimited travel within Switzerland
  • Visit to Zermatt with possible extra excursion on Gornergrat railway
  • Celebrate 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn
  • 9 Days from £3,050 for family of four
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This is a wonderful family holiday that will give your children a taste of the Continent and in particular Europe's magnificent mountains in Switzerland, including the Matterhorn. An unforgettable rail journey that delivers amazing views and feats of railway engineering and excellence.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – London-Brussels-Cologne

The holiday begins when you step aboard the Eurostar train and travel via Brussels to Cologne for an overnight stay with time to enjoy the city and its famous cathedral.

Day 2 – Cologne-Hug the Rhine-Basel-Chur

A day spent enjoying the wonderful views as you travel by train along the classic rail route which follows the River Rhine between Germany and Switzerland before arriving at the charming city of Chur, your base for the next 3 nights.

Day 3 – Free Day with Rail Pass (kids under 16 free!!!!!)

A day to make the most of your Swiss Pass with unlimited travel on trains, trams, postbuses and lake steamers. You can visit the nearby resorts of Arosa and Klosters or take the children to the nearby Heidi Village and introduce them to this classic story.

Day 4 – Bernina Express Return

Chur is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway and its famous Bernina Express runs a full-day return excursion from Chur to Tirano in Italy - a route which is the only North-South Alpine rail crossing with a summit rising to 2,253 metres and boasting numerous spiral tunnels and viaducts – great views and a memorable rail journey.

Day 5 – Glacier Express to Brig

Take the slowest express train in the world – the Glacier Express to Brig. The speed and the huge windows of the train allow you to savour the fabulous views as you travel over the Oberalp Pass before arriving in Brig for a 3-night stay.

Day 6 – Free Day with Rail Pass

Use your Swiss Pass to enjoy the sights and area around Brig that lie within the Rhône Valley.

Day 7 – Brig to Zermatt and Matterhorn

In 2015, Zermatt will celebrate the mountain of mountains. It will be 150 years since the first Matterhorn ascent. Throughout the year, events and festivities will be taking place to mark the anniversary.

Day 8 – Brig-Basle-Luxembourg

Travel home by train via Luxembourg for an overnight stay providing an opportunity to look around this small country and the fairy-tale like quality of its historic old town.

Day 9 – Luxembourg-Brussels-London

By train to Brussels to connect with your Eurostar train home.

Selected Hotels

Hotel Tryp by Wyndham, Cologne

Hotel Freieck, Chur

Hotel Ambassador, Brig

Hotel Alfa, Luxembourg (may have to be 2 twin rooms here)

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class Eurostar return London to Brussels
  • Standard class rail return Brussels to Basel
  • Seat reservations
  • Standard class Swiss Passes for 2 adults for unlimited travel on trains, lake steamers, postbuses and many city buses. Children travel free accompanied by parents
  • 3* city centre hotels in en suite rooms and including breakfast

Price

From £3,050 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in a family room

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