A magical winter adventure
Embark on a magical winter adventure over the festive season, spending Christmas amidst the snows of Switzerland and New Year beside the sparkling waters of Lake Como. Make unforgettable memories in Europe, with a charming sleigh ride and two iconic rail journeys transporting you into the heart of Italy and Switzerland in winter.
Meet your Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated St Pancras Departure Office today, before taking the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we transfer to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, we continue by rail to Interlaken, a beautiful Swiss town, where we spend the next four nights.
Today is Christmas Eve, and to celebrate, we embark on a breathtaking journey on the Jungfrau Railway (standard class) to the 'Top of Europe', the summit of Jungfraujoch. After enjoying the stunning snowy panorama, we head to a local restaurant for a traditional Swiss meal with an included glass of wine. Day 4 is Christmas Day, which is spent at leisure in Interlaken. Later in the evening, we enjoy a 3-course festive Christmas dinner.
Our excursion today is to Grindelwald, a delightful village in the Bernese Alps, dotted with Alpine chalets and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. We discover the charms of the town on a sleigh ride, travelling in horse-drawn carriages - a magical experience.
On Day 6, we travel to Menaggio, situated on the shores of Lake Como, on a wonderfully scenic rail journey from Switzerland to Italy.
Today we travel by coach to the fashion centre of Italy; Milan. Here, we enjoy a guided tour and discover the city's delights, including the incredible Duomo - the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Here you may also see the striking Sforzesco Castle, and the beautiful 19th century 'Galleria Vittorio Emanuele'. Day 8 is at leisure by glorious Lake Como.
Our excursion today takes us on the Bernina Express, for a spectacular journey through the Italian and Swiss Alps. We enjoy breathtaking beauty on our scenic route, before returning for a final night by Lake Como.
Today is New Year's Eve and we cruise across Lake Como to Bellagio, a picturesque peninsula topped with pastel-coloured houses, where we enjoy free time to explore. This evening, we ring in the New Year with a Gala dinner.
We transfer by rail to Turin today, where we overnight. On Day 12, we return to London on the Eurostar, where our tour concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed 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.
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.
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.
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
A magical winter adventure