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.
We travel by Eurostar to Paris after meeting your group and Tour Manager at our Departure Office in St Pancras. We continue to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, we travel via Basel and Interlaken to Meiringen. We stay at the Hotel Alpbach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We travel to Basel and on to Paris, where we join the Eurostar back to London. On arrival, our tour comes to an end.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
GRJ Swiss Travel Card
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
A FESTIVE TRIP TO THE TOP OF EUROPE