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Italian Christmas and Swiss New Year

11 Days from £2,895per
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(Tour code: ISX20)

A magical winter adventure

Embark on a winter adventure over the festive season, spending Christmas beside Lake Como and New Year in Switzerland. Make unforgettable memories in Europe, with a sleigh ride and two magnificent rail journeys.

  • Interlaken
  • The Jungfrau Railway
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Grindelwald & a sleigh ride
  • Cruise to Bellagio
  • The Bernina Express
  • Christmas dinner in Varenna
  • New Year’s Eve Gala dinner in Interlaken
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    The Jungfrau Railway
    The Bernina Express
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Cruise to Bellagio

Italian Christmas and Swiss New Year 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Varenna

London to Varenna via Turin

Meet your Tour Manager at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office today, before taking the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we transfer to Turin, where we overnight. On Day 2, we continue by rail to Milan, and then by coach to Varenna, a beautiful Italian town, where we spend the next four nights.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Bellagio
Lake Como

Christmas in Italy

Today it is Christmas Day, and we enjoy a full day at leisure to soak in the beauty of Christmas on the shores of Lake Como. You enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Bernina Express
Bernina Express

The Bernina Express

Our excursion today takes us on the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Bernina Express for a spectacular journey through the Italian and Swiss Alps. We travel by train to Tirano, where we board the Bernina Express to St Moritz to enjoy some free time in this elegant winter resort. We return to Lake Como by coach, taking in the breathtaking beauty on our route. On Day 5, we journey to Bellagio by boat, a picturesque peninsula topped with pastel-coloured houses, then continue on to Mennagio for further time at leisure.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Days 6-8 Jungfrau Railway
Jungfrau Railway

Switzerland and the Jungfrau Express

We begin the second half of our trip today, as we journey to Interlaken, a truly idyllic Swiss town, where we spend the next four nights. On Day 7, we embark on a spectacular journey on the Jungfrau Railway (Standard Class) to the 'Top of Europe', the summit of Jungfraujoch. After enjoying the stunning snowy panorama, we head back to our hotel. On Day 8, there is plenty of time at leisure to acquaint yourself with Interlaken, covered in snow and surrounded by the beauty of the festive season.

  • Day 6 - Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Day 9 Grindelwald

Festive sleigh ride on New Year’s Eve

We travel by rail to Grindelwald, a delightful village in the Bernese Alps. We discover the area on a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy gluhwein and gingerbread, the perfect way to end the year. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Gindelwald, and this evening, we return to our hotel for a magnificent gala dinner with a special toast at midnight.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-11 Eurostar

Return to London via Strasbourg

We transfer by rail to Strasbourg today, where we overnight. On Day 11, we return to London on the Eurostar, where our tour concludes.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed 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
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 10 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Turin, 4 nights at the 4-Star Royal Victoria in Varenna, 4 nights at the at the 4-Star Hotel Metropole in Interlaken, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Strasbourg

Delicious meals included

  • 18 meals including 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners, including Christmas Dinner in Varenna and a New Year's Eve dinner in Interlaken

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journey on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch
  • Cruise to Bellagio and Menaggio with free time to explore
  • A New Year's Eve sleigh ride in Grindlewald
  • Journey on the iconic Bernina Express

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Italian Christmas and Swiss New Year

A magical winter adventure


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