Unique location between Lake Thun and Brienz
The unique location of Interlaken, nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz, and watched over by the mighty Jungfrau, make the ideal base for a tour exploring the majestic winter peaks of the Bernese Oberland by train, including spectacular trips to the summit of the Jungfrau and Schilthorn peaks.
We leave St Pancras International on the Eurostar to Brussels after meeting at our dedicated Departure Office. Here we change trains and continue to Cologne for the night.
Departing Cologne after breakfast, we journey into Switzerland travelling by train along the scenic Rhine Gorge. This wonderful stretch of German valley channels the gentle Rhine River as it winds its way between mysterious fairytale castles, steep cliffs and deep forests.
Our destination is Interlaken, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, one of the most beautiful regions in the Swiss Alps. This remarkable town is found on a stretch of land between the Lakes Thun and Brienz and lies in a beautiful valley watched over by the combined gazes of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. These exceptional surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for the mountain trails and crystalline lakes of the Interlaken area. During your time here, it is worth experiencing a boat ride across one of the two lakes, a serene and tranquil trip which allows you to make the most of Interlaken's unique position under the mountains of the Alps.
Today we travel by train to the picturesque mountain village of Mürren. After arriving in the traffic-free village, we continue into the mountains by cable car, ascending to the peak of the mighty Schilthorn. Once at the summit, you can take in the superb views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. We return to Mürren and enjoy some free time, before returning to Interlaken where you are at leisure. Day 4 is spent at leisure.
We travel to the pretty Alpine village of Grindelwald, a delightful town nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger, surrounded by wonderful Alpine landscapes. Conjuring up images of classic Alpine postcards, Grindelwald combines the spectacular views with a cosy, quintessentially Swiss feel in and around the town. Take some time to admire the attractive wooden chalets and the squares which combine the old comforts of classic Alpine architecture with the contemporary winter sports facilities.
From Grindelwald we enjoy a traditional carriage ride through the snowy streets and picturesque mountain scenery, followed by tasty gingerbread and glühwein. Both of these treats are well-known in this part of Switzerland, with glühwein as a particular favourite. A kind of mulled wine, popular in this part of Europe, glühwein is made from a variety of spices and provides the perfect antidote to the crisp air of the Alpine You are then free to explore the village and perhaps enjoy lunch before we return to Interlaken.
Today, we travel on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station at 11,333 feet (3,454m). Upwards we go through an spectacular route climbing the Jungfrau Mountain on an increasingly complex series of spirals and over a range of impressive bridges. Enjoy sumptuous views of the mountains below, showered in snow and covered in the misty clouds.
On arrival at Jungfraujoch, we have plenty of free time to enjoy the incredible views over the Alps. You may wish to sample the food in the restaurant or take a drink on the magnificent terrace. We also visit the Aletsch Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice, with its labyrinth of ice caves and sculptures carved inside. This striking geological wonder winds its way down from the Jungfrau region through to the Massa Gorge covering around 2500 metres in height. The sheer amount of water here is incredible, even more so that it is frozen in time and ice.
We return to Interlaken via the mountain resort of Grindelwald or, for those who are feeling adventurous, there is the option to take a marked toboggan run from Kleine Scheidegg & rejoin the train in Grindelwald for the final ascent to Interlaken. This is a wonderful way to traverse the Alps, as it twists and turns its way across and down through the mountains.
Leaving Interlaken, we travel west to Basel where we join the onward service to Paris. On arrival we transfer to the Eurostar service that will take us back to London St Pancras. Here 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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There was a good mix of free time and tours. The other members of he group were very nice, we made some friends.
It was a superb tour with one of the best tour managers ever My one complaint was that I had to pay a single supplement for a single room
Hotel room did not have tea and coffee facilities
The whole experience with Great Train journeys was excellent . Right from checking in at St Pancras we had such a wonderful time we cannot wait to travel with you again .
Because we can't give four and a half !
Hotel and Interlaken itself was a bit quiet
Well organised as usual, with (once more!) a particularly good Tour Manager. Hotels very good, though the Metropole in Interlaken should be thinking of refurbishing their bathrooms which are showing signs of age. (Mould on the ceiling above shower, antiquated shower system -- possibly dating from the opening of the hotel 18 years ago?)
A wonderful tour made even better by great company in a wonderful region, and the tour manager was first rate.
Good organisation and good company
One of the best vacations of my life. First time on a long train journey and it was great.
Unique location between Lake Thun and Brienz