Taste the flavours of Switzerland, from cheese and chocolate, to local wines and home-cooked food at a local farm.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN LUCERNE
Rail transfer from Zürich to Lucerne. Day at leisure. Overnight in Lucerne.
DAY 2 – FONDUE ON MOUNT RIGI
Enjoy a lake cruise across Lake Lucerne disembarking at Vitznau, where the train takes you up Mount Rigi, Queen of the Mountains. After a short scenic walk you will arrive at the Alp Farm “Chäserenholz”, a traditional dairy farm. Choose from a local Rigi cheese fondue or a cheese platter in a rustic Alpine hut for lunch. Both meals are made from the cheese produced on the farm. Overnight in Lucerne.
DAY 3 – LAKE THUN CRUISE & LUNCH
A stunning journey over the Brünig Pass takes you to the famous holiday resort Interlaken, set between the crystal clear waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. After dropping your luggage at your hotel in Interlaken, lunch on Lake Thun awaits! A beautiful lake cruise over the calm, deep blue waters of Lake Thun gives you the best views up to the surrounding peaks, with glimpses of traditional villages along the way. A delicious lunch of fresh perch, straight from Lake Thun itself, is served on board. After lunch, explore the old town of Thun with its quaint cobbled streets before returning to Interlaken across the lake. Overnight in Interlaken.
DAY 4 – SWISS TAVOLATA
Day at leisure. Tonight you will experience the hospitality of a local family and enjoy traditional and innovative Swiss cuisine. The farm, their animals and the unique atmosphere ensure an unforgettable experience. You will have the opportunity to help prepare the dishes and learn about family recipes passed down through generations. Your dinner will be served in the kitchen, the parlour, the garden, barn or wine cellar. In the evening return transfer by rail to Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.
DAY 5 – EXPLORE INTERLAKEN
Take advantage of your included half fare card to enjoy half price travel on the mountain railways that made this region so famous. Head to Jungfraujoch for snow and ice, to Schilthorn for views as far as Germany, or to Schynige Platte for old timer cogwheel trains and the Alpine Garden. Overnight in Interlaken.
DAY 6 – GOLDEN PASS – LAVAUX WINE TASTING
From Interlaken you board the train for a journey along the lakeside and through lush green landscapes to Zweisimmen. A quick change onto the Belle Époque carriages of the Golden Pass, taking you back in time to the golden age of travel! A light lunch of traditional cured meats and delectable Swiss cheese is served on a wooden cheeseboard (yours to keep) as your views shift from chalets to pine trees, and between mountains and valleys. Your culinary trail is topped off by wine tasting at the ‘Lavaux Vinorama’ in the UNESCO protected vineyards. Try three local wines, accompanied by water and snacks. Overnight in Montreux.
DAY 7 – CHOCOLATE TRAIN
Experience the most famous Swiss product in the world: chocolate! Travelling from Montreux, enjoy coffee and croissants before stopping at Gruyères, home to the famous Gruyère cheese. Here you will tour the dairy where this world-renowned cheese is produced, before heading to Broc and the Cailler factory. The chocolate factory is open for visitors and a short tour and demonstration video explain the chocolate manufacturing process with chocolate tasting afterwards! Overnight in Montreux.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Rail transfer to the airport or Swiss border for your onward journey.
Accommodation: Standard (STD) , Superior (SUP)
Lucerne / STD: Hotel des Alpes, De la Paix / SUP: Hotel Cascada, Wilden Mann
Interlaken / STD: City Oberland, Hotel Weisses Kreuz / SUP: Hotel Metropole, Krebs
Montreux / STD: Hotel Helvetie / SUP: Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Golf Hotel Réné Capt
Prices and Inclusions
STANDARD PACKAGE (STD)
3* hotels, 2nd class rail
Double from £1140
Single from £1355
SUPERIOR PACKAGE (SUP)
4* hotels, 1st class rail
Double from £1480
Single from £1750
• Return 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’ accommodation in selected category
• Daily breakfast
• Local taxes
• Excursion & Fondue Mount Rigi
• Excursion & Lunch Lake Thun
• Swiss Tavolata Dinner
• Golden Pass Seat reservation & Lunch
• Excursion on Chocolate Train
• Vinorama Wine Tasting
• Souvenir gift
• Travel documentation
Upgrade to 1st class rail £60
Bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.
Payment by credit card:
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Prices may vary subject to flight seat availability. Departures from other airports available as are alternative airlines incuding low cost carriers.