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(Tour code: MEX18)

A FESTIVE TRIP TO THE TOP OF EUROPE

Take in some of Switzerland's finest winter scenery. From the unspoilt town of Meiringen, we visit lakeside Lucerne, ride a carriage in the mountain village of Grindelwald, and take a trip to the 'Top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Railway.

Highlights
  • Journey on the Jungfrau Express
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Horse drawn carriage ride in Grindelwald
  • Journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne
  • Torch-lit walk followed by mulled wine and Christmas songs
  • Cable car ride to the Alpen Tower
  • Meiringen
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Jungfrau Express at Christmas 2017Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Colmar
Colmar

London to Switzerland

We travel by Eurostar to Paris after meeting at our Departure Office in St Pancras. We continue to Colmar, where we overnight. On Day 2, we travel via Basel and Interlaken to Meiringen. We stay at the Hotel Alpbach.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Alpen Tower
Alpen Tower

The Alpen Tower

This morning we take a cable car ride to the Alpen Tower. Here, we are able to experience dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from a height of over 7,300 feet. This afternoon, you are at leisure to explore the town, which was so loved by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that he let his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, plunge to his death at the impressive Reichenbach Falls nearby.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Lucerne
Lucerne

To Lucerne

Today's excursion is to the historic lakeside city of Lucerne, one of Europe's most charming cities. We travel by mountain railway, over the dramatic Brüning Pass and alongside the emerald green waters of Lake Lucerne. Whilst here, you are at leisure to discover the picturesque city.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Christmas Eve horse and carriage ride

On Christmas Eve, we travel to Grindelwald, nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger. Here, we enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the village, followed by warming glühwein and gingerbread.

Day 6 is Christmas day, which we spend at leisure ahead of a special Christmas dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Jungfrau Railway
Jungfrau Railway

The Jungfrau Railway to the 'Top of Europe'

Our excursion today is one of the highlights of any visit to the Bernese Oberland, as we travel through snow-covered meadows and winter ski resorts before boarding the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station at 11,333 feet (3,454 m).

The route from Interlaken takes us firstly to Lauterbrunnen on the Bernese Oberland Railway. This narrow-gauge line was opened to the public in 1890, and is 12 miles in length. Over the course of the route we pass snowy forests, charming wooden chalets and attractive farming cabins.

At Lauterbrunnen, the Wengeralp Railway runs to Kleine Scheidegg. Due to the steep area through which the railway runs, the line is actually the world's longest continuous rack railway, and on this particular stretch of the route, the views are absolutely outstanding.

The final section of the journey is on the famous Jungfrau Railway itself, which runs the remaining six miles to just below the peak of the Jungfrau Mountain. This distinctive string of red and yellow carriages sets out across the wintry landscape, passing through meadows covered in a layer of snow, before approaching the base of the mountain itself.

From here much of the line is in a tunnel with huge windows carved into the rock, looking out to the infamous north face of the Eiger, and providing spectacular views down to the valley below. On emerging from the tunnel the train arrives at Jungfraujoch - known as the 'Top of Europe'. We have plenty of free time at the summit to enjoy the incredible views over the Alps.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 To London
To London

To London

We travel to Basel and on to Paris, where we join the Eurostar back to London. On arrival, our tour comes to an end.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners including a Christmas Gala dinner

GRJ Swiss Travel Card

  • Our Swiss Travel Card covers all included rail journeys and permits 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys.

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journey on the Jungfrau Express to Jungfraujoch
  • Cable car ride to the Alpen Tower
  • Trip to Grindelwald including a horse-drawn carriage with traditional festive treats
  • Visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card for reduced fares

 

Kathryn Cambridge
Kathryn
Phil Conde
Phil
Lori Mcclaren
Lori
James Eaton
James
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A FESTIVE TRIP TO THE TOP OF EUROPE

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