Swiss Alpine Holiday
- Scenic rail journey to and from Switzerland using Eurostar and InterCity trains
- First class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel whilst in Switzerland
- No expensive excursions to pay for
- Explore three centres Chur, Brig and Thun
- Centrally located hotels allowing easy access on free days with your travel pass
- Bernina Express
- Glacier Express
- Arranged optional excursions on free days to Arosa, Davos, Zermatt, Montreux, Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen and Brienz
- 15 Days from £2,565pp
This classic tour gives ample opportunity to explore by train the varied scenic sights Switzerland has to offer. Using your first class Swiss Travel Pass, enjoy memorable journeys through mountain and lake landscapes and traditional villages.
Day 1 – To Cologne
Depart on mid-morning Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, then by ICE service to Cologne for an overnight stay.
Day 2 – Graubünden
Leaving Cologne after breakfast we head south to Basle. From here all our rail travel in Switzerland will be in first class using the unlimited Swiss Travel Pass provided. Leaving Basle, we travel to Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland. We stay in this charming historic city for 5 nights and our hotel is in the traffic free area of the old town.
Day 3 – At Leisure
A day allowing you the chance to explore Chur and the surrounding area using the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railways network. There will be an optional excursion on offer but, if you prefer to be independent, your tour leader will be only too happy to help with planning.
Day 4 - Bernina Express
A full day excursion from Chur to Tirano in northern Italy. This route is the only North-South Alpine rail crossing and the summit of the line lies at an altitude of 2253m (7391ft). The panoramic windows of your first class coach give you a wide vista and the many spirals and tunnels all make this a wonderful day out.
Days 5 & 6 – Leisure Time
A further 2 days at leisure, and again, there will be the offer of an optional escorted excursion each day.
Day 7 – Glacier Express
We leave mid-morning on the world famous Glacier Express to Brig. This is one of Switzerland’s most scenic journeys that delivers the best views through its panoramic windows so sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Brig will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Days 8 to 10 – Free Time
Free time based in Brig. Your experienced tour leader will be available to offer an optional excursion each day. Possible options are Locarno and Zermatt.
Day 11 – Bernese Oberland
A short trip by train takes us from the Rhone Valley, via the Lötschberg Tunnel, into the Bernese Oberland and the lakeside resort of Thun. The region is home to the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and the 12th Century Castle in Thun dominates the town.
Days 12 – Free Time
Free time based in Thun. There will be an optional escorted excursion on offer with possible destinations being Brienz and Lauterbrunnen but, as always, if you prefer to be independent your tour leader will be happy to help with planning and timings.
Day 13 - Bern
A leisurely day's travel to Bern with free time to explore before enjoying a private charter on Bern's unique steam tram.
Day 14 – To Mainz
We depart Thun after breakfast and make our way via Basle to Mainz where we have an overnight stay with farewell dinner.
Day 15 – London
Early morning train from Mainz, via Cologne, will make a connection in Brussels with the Eurostar and we arrive back into London St Pancras late afternoon.
Ibis Köln am Dom, Cologne
Hotel Freieck, Chur
Hotel Ambassador, Brig
Hotel Holiday, Thun
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- Standard class travel to and from Switzerland
- First class Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel on trains, postbuses, lake steamers and many city buses and trams
- Daily optional excursions
- Glacier Express and Bernina Express supplements
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- Evening meal in Mainz
- Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person
From £2,565 per person sharing
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