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Swiss Mountain Railways

8 days / unescorted


From £1055
 
 
 
Lucerne - Interlaken – Zermatt
Spend your summer holidays in Switzerland. Explore a world of glaciers, passes and peaks on the incredible Swiss mountain rail network. This unique journey combines the most attractive regions of Switzerland with some of the most spectacular mountain railways of Europe, including the Jungfrau and Gornergrat.

The journey takes you from Central Switzerland to the Bernese Oberland and the Valais, staying in some of Switzerland's most popular resorts. One of the best ways to spend a summer holiday in Switzerland.

Key facts

- Lucerne
- Mount Titlis - Rotating Gondola
- Interlaken
- Jungfraujoch - highest railway station in Europe
- Schynige Platte - cogwheel train and Alpine Garden
- Zermatt
- Gornergrat - views of 29 four-thousand metre peaks

Programme

Day 1: Arrival in Lucerne
Flight or rail from the UK to Zürich. 2nd class rail transfer to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 2:
Gondola ride Mount Titlis
Today’s excursion takes you to Mount Titlis for some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. First board the train to Engelberg from where the first of a set of three gondolas will slowly take you to a height of 10,000ft (3,048m). The last stage of your ascent is in the world’s first rotating gondola – ‘TILTIS ROTAIR’. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 3: Lucerne to Interlaken 
A scenic trip on the Golden Pass route from Lucerne to Interlaken over the Brünig Pass. Afternoon at leisure in Interlaken. Stop in the woodcarving village of Brienz and take a boat cruise to Interlaken. Optional excursion (supplement payable):  Forward your luggage to Interlaken and board the train to Brienz. From here take the Rothorn railway that takes you up to the Brienzer Rothorn with excellent hiking trails and superb views of Lake Brienz. On this journey several steam engines are in service every summer from June to October. In the afternoon you descend to Brienz and take a boat or train to Interlaken Ost. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 4: Excursion to the Jungfraujoch
Take the Jungfrau Railway via ‘Eiger Gletscher’ to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe at 11,300ft (3,454m) with some breathtaking views of the Aletsch glacier, the longest in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 5: Cogwheel train to Alpine Garden
Take the train to Wilderswil, then the cog train up to Schynige Platte with its unique Alpine Garden and views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From Mid-October to Mid-May this excursion will be replace by an excursion to Schilthorn - the James Bond mountain. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 6: Interlaken to Zermatt
Another spectacular train journey! From Interlaken you travel via Spiez and Brig (change in both villages) to the famous car-free Alpine resort of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 7: Gornergrat Excursion
Take one of Europe’s highest cogwheel trains up to the Gornergrat and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Zermatt.
Day 8: Departure
Rail transfer to Geneva or Swiss border and flight or rail back to the UK.

Accommodation description

You will be accommodated in centrally located hotels, within easy walking distance to the railway station and amenities.

Room facilities
  • All rooms with shower or bath
  • WC
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone 
     

Dates & Prices


Validity: Daily all year round. (Deluxe Package Jun-Sep)

Prices:

STANDARD (STD) | *** Hotels, 2nd class rail
- From £1055 per adult sharing twin/double room
  
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Single supplement from £185 for 7 nights

SUPERIOR (SUP) | **** Hotels, 1st class rail
- From £1280 per adult sharing twin/double room   
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Single supplement from £240 for 7 nights

DELUXE (DEL) | ***** Hotels, 1st class rail

- From £1535 per adult sharing twin/double room   

- Single supplement from £613 for 7 nights

- Child prices and costs for extra bed (triple rooms) on request
- Subject to availability at time of booking
- This holiday can be booked vice versa

Price includes:
- Returns flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold
  luggage and all taxes
- Rail travel in 2nd or 1st class as per programme, incl. half-fare card
- 7 nights' accomodation in selected category
- Daily breakfast
- Local taxes
- Mountain excursions to Titlis, Jungfraujoch, Schynigge Platte & Gornergrat
- Souvenir gift
- Travel Documentation

Optional Extras:
- Upgrade to 1st class: £86 per person
- Add extra nights at any of the resorts

Optional Excursions:
-Guided Walking Tour of Lucerne: £14 per person
-Folklore Show & Dinner, Lucerne: £66 per person
-Dine with a Local, Interlaken: £26 per person

Payment by credit card:
A transaction fee of 1.6%  will apply when paying by credit card. A transaction fee of 2.2%  will apply when paying by AMEX (Diners Card cannot be accepted). No charge will be made for debit cards or direct bank transfers.