The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await us in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland. Ride the Jungfrau Express to the 'top of Europe', ascend the Schilthorn and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach waterfalls as you explore this region.
Departing London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris, we continue by high-speed train to Strasbourg or Colmar, where we spend the night.
After a relaxed morning, we board the train to Basel, continuing to Interlaken where we join the Bernese Oberland Railway and start climbing into the majestic Swiss mountains. We arrive in peaceful Wengen this evening, a traffic-free mountain resort with breathtaking views over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we stay for six nights.
Day 3 is free in Wengen and the surrounding area. A paradise for hikers, Wengen is the perfect base from which to discover the Swiss Alps on foot. The early 19th century saw an influx of wealthy tourists flocking to the timber chalets and Belle Epoque charm of this peaceful village, and ever since, visitors have come to enjoy its unique location amongst the rugged mountains.
Our excursion takes us on this innovative cableway, originally built in 1954 to connect Wengen with the mountains. Within five minutes, the difference in altitude reaches 9,744 feet and we arrive in Männlichen, where sensational views can be admired from the café. After some time to look around, we continue to Grindelwald aboard Europe's longest gondola cableway. This pretty Alpine village is one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts. Surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, there are many popular walking paths in the area or you may just like to explore the town, visit some shops and relax in one of the cafés.
Today includes the highlight of our holiday as we travel on the famous Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. Our journey starts as we climb from Kleine Scheidegg, the distinctive string of red and yellow carriages disappearing into a tunnel cut right through the Eiger. The train pauses at two separate observation stops along the way; windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock boasting spectacular views down the valley below. Finally, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'top of Europe', located more than 11,000 feet above sea level. With free time at the summit station, there's plenty of time to explore the Ice Palace and its incredible ice sculptures. You can also spend time at the Sphinx Terrace, enjoying superb views across the Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice stream in the Alps. After time to explore and enjoy lunch, we return to Wengen, passing picturesque villages and idyllic farming cabins as we go.
An excursion by cable car takes us to the summit of the Schilthorn. After catching the train to delightful Mürren, we board the cable car for our ascent to the summit, home to a revolving restaurant that features 360 degree views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Named Piz Gloria in honour of the James Bond film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' filmed here, there are many 007 references to spot in the building and out on the mountain. Following some free time, we visit the Trümmelbach Falls. Nestled deep in the canyon, the falls have carved a path for themselves through the hillside, making them Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls and the only glacial waterfalls accessible by its underground lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.
Day 7 is free, so why not use your included Swiss Travel Card to explore the area? Perhaps journey up to Schynige Platte, travelling in restored 19th-century carriages hauled by a vintage electric locomotive or take a ride on the Brienz Rothorn Railway, one of the steepest in Switzerland and powered almost entirely by steam.
After breakfast, we leave Wengen, taking the train to Paris via Interlaken and Basel. Here we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.
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The Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway is notable for a number of reasons. To name a few, it is powered almost entirely by steam engines, it is one of the steepest railways in Switzerland - and of course it passes some truly wonderful scenery on its route from Brienz to the peak of Rothorn Mountain.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
The wonderful train journey up to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of a number of our holidays and includes travel on the Bernese Oberland Railway, the Wengernalpbahn and the Jungfrau Railway. Providing visibility is good, passengers not only enjoy spectacular views from Jungfraujoch, but also throughout the journey itself. The sections that follow describe each stage of this journey in turn.
For customers starting in Meiringen, our journey begins as we travel along the valley to picturesque Lake Brienz, before closely following the lake's northern shore through the village of Brienz to Interlaken.
At Interlaken Ost station we change for the distinctive blue and yellow carriages of the historic Bernese Oberland Railway, which has been in operation since its opening in 1890. On leaving Interlaken, the train crosses the Bödeli and heads up a narrowing valley to Zweilütschinen. From here, the train follows the White Lütschine River valley to Lauterbrunnen, a village flanked by two sheer walls of rock. We leave the Bernese Oberland Railway at Lauterbrunnen to connect with the Wengernalpbahn.
As well as offering Switzerland's longest continuous stretch of rack railway at 12 miles (19.2km), the Wengernalpbahn was built to different gauge to the Bernese Oberland Railway and the Jungfraubahn. This means that we make two changes of trains during our journey up to Jungfraujoch, giving us the opportunity to stretch our legs and take in the magnificent Alpine scenery.
Work on the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch began in 1896. Built in stages so that ticket revenue could be used to fund construction, the line up to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station at 11,333 feet (3,454m) was finally completed in 1912.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
In Wengen, we say at the delightful 3-Star Hotel Belvedere. Built in 1912 the art nouveau Hotel Belvedere boasts magnificent views to the Jungfrau and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Located just five minutes from the centre of Wengen, and close to the train station, the hotel is an excellent base for exploring this pretty car-free town and its surroundings.
Breakfast is served as a rich buffet every morning in the hotel's classically-decorated dining room. The hotel amenities include a sun terrace, restaurant, a lounge bar, a library and a games room. The Hotel Belvedere's rooms offer a comfortable stay, with modern conveniences including complimentary Wi-Fi.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Upgrade to a south facing room for spectacular mountain views from £115
Your holiday begins the moment you meet your Tour Manager at St Pancras International and board the Eurostar train for mainland Europe. If you wish to get your holiday off to an extra special start, why not consider upgrading your on-board accommodation from Standard Class to Standard Premier Class?
As well as all the amenities enjoyed in Standard Class, Standard Premier travellers benefit from extra spacious, comfortable seats, complimentary newspapers and magazines and a light snack with drinks served at your seat during the journey. Before 11am, the light snack comprises breakfast pastries, yoghurt, fruit juice and tea or coffee. After 11am there is a choice of 2 main dishes and a dessert, accompanied by soft drinks, wine or beer and tea or coffee.
Prices for an upgrade from £85 each way. Please call us for more details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.