The unique location of Interlaken, nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz, and watched over by the mighty Jungfrau, make the ideal base for a holiday 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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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.
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.
We ascend in lifts to the Top of Europe Glacier restaurant, the Sphinx observation hall and terrace to take in the awe-inspiring scenery. The views over the Aletsch glacier are absolutely superb and on a particularly clear day it is possible to see as far as Germany's Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains in France.
There is plenty to do during your time at Jungfraujoch. Snow and ice cover the ground all year round, giving you the opportunity to take a snowy walk on the plateau or a husky-drawn sledge ride (payable locally). There is also a High Alpine Research Exhibition - and don't forget to leave time to visit the Ice Gateway and the Ice Palace, with its icy labyrinth of tunnels and sculptures before we re-board the Jungfrau Railway to begin our descent.
The 4-Star Hotel Metropole is ideally located in the centre of
Interlaken, on the main street, lined with chic boutiques. The
hotel offers very spacious public areas, and from the higher floors
magnificent views of the Jungfrau.
The hotel has two restaurants, the Bellini on the 4th floor, a traditional Swiss speciality restaurant, which will impress you with first class service and exquisite cuisine; and the Top O'Met on the top floor, the highest restaurant in the area, and affording unrivalled views, where you can take coffee or cake in the daytime whilst enjoying the panorama. Leisure facilities in the hotel include a sun deck and a sauna.
Rooms are attractively furnished and feature a telephone, television, minibar and a safe. All rooms offer wonderful views of Interlaken and the surrounding mountains, and many feature a balcony.
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