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A magical winter adventure

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2019 Tour code: ISX20

About the tour

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Varenna
Day 3 - Christmas Day 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.

Includes
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Como
Days 4-5 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Bernina Express
Days 6-8 – 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.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Jungfrau Railway
Day 9 – 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Grindelwald
Days 10-11 - 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.

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

Additional information

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.

Recommended airports

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.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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.

Hotels

Hotel Metropole, Interlaken

Hotel Metropole, Interlaken

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Hotel Royal Victoria

Hotel Royal Victoria, Varenna

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Trains

Bernina Express
Eurostar
Jungfrau Railway
Italian Christmas & Swiss New Year

A magical winter adventure

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