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Switzerland's most stunning scenery by train

8 days From £1,595 per person

2022 Tour code: WGJ22

About the tour

The spectacular mountain landscapes and lush meadows of the majestic Alps await us in Switzerland's famous Bernese Oberland. Ride the Jungfrau Express to the 'top of Europe', ascend the Schilthorn, visit a local working farm and experience the tremendous Trümmelbach Falls.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Strasbourg

Departing London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris, we continue to Strasbourg for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – Wengen

After a relaxed morning, we board the train to Basel, climbing into the majestic Swiss mountains for six nights in peaceful Wengen, a traffic-free mountain resort with breathtaking views over the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Gimmelwald

After some free time to get to know your surroundings, we transfer to nearby Gimmelwald, where we visit a working farm home to calves, cows, goats and pigs. We'll hear what it's like to be a farmer in the mountains, meet the free-range animals and learn about how they produce organic meat and dairy products, before getting to try these local specialties for ourselves. Back in Wengen, you may like to pick up one of the many mountain trails that begin in the village. The early 19th century saw an influx of wealthy visitors flocking to the timber chalets and Belle Epoque charm of this idyllic destination, and ever since it's been a haven for nature lovers and hikers.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – The Wengen-Männlichen Cableway

We travel on this innovative cableway, originally built in 1954 to connect Wengen with the mountains. Within five minutes, the difference in altitude reaches 9,744 feet and we arrive in Männlichen, where sensational views can be admired from the café. After some time to look around, we continue to Grindelwald aboard Europe's longest gondola cableway. This pretty Alpine village is one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts. Surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, there are many popular walking paths in the area or you may just like to explore the town, visit some shops and relax in one of the cafés.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Jungfrau Railway

We enjoy a highlight of our holiday today, a journey along the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch. We climb from Kleine Scheidegg into a tunnel cut right through the Eiger, pausing at observation stops along the way for spectacular views of the valley below. Trundling past iconic mountains and alongside glacial lakes we navigate our way to places no other form of transport can reach. Viewing windows in the rock reveal snippets of what to expect at the top, where the scenery is nothing short of staggering. The azure blue of a crisp Swiss sky combines with the sharp white of high-altitude snow and the lush green of the summer hills. With free time at the summit station, the highest in Europe, you could explore the Ice Palace or visit the Sphinx Terrace for superb views across the Aletsch Glacier.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Schilthorn and Trümmelbach Falls

An excursion by cable car takes us to the summit of the Schilthorn, home to a revolving restaurant that features 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Named Piz Gloria in honour of the James Bond film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', there are many 007 references to spot. Following some free time, we visit the Trümmelbach Falls. Nestled deep in a canyon, these falls have carved a path for themselves through the hillside, making them Europe's largest subterranean waterfalls and the only glacial waterfalls accessible by underground lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Wengen

Today is free to use your included Swiss Travel Card to explore the area. You could journey up to Schynige Platte, travelling in restored 19th-century carriages, or take a ride on the Brienz Rothorn Railway, one of the steepest in Switzerland and powered almost entirely by steam. Beginning in the lakeside town of Brienz, the rack-and-pinion line traverses a number of bridges, crossing steep, stony mountain trails as it continues to climb. For much of the route, the glittering waters of Lake Brienz can be seen, and before long, we reach the first of three passing loops for oncoming locomotives. The end of the line comes at the summit of Rothorn, 7,362 feet above sea level.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Wengen and London

After breakfast, we leave Wengen, taking the train to Paris via Interlaken and Basel. Here, we connect with the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please Note

Please note: One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any holiday you book is right for you.

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Belvedere, Wengen

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Trains

Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway
Eurostar
Jungfrau Railway
TGV

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Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 45 reviews

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Mr D Pryor

5 stars

Submitted 27/Jul

We had a most enjoyable holiday with every day full of well organised excursions from our base in the beautiful alpine village of Wengen. The experience was enhanced by the attention to detail provided by our tour guide, Ed. He made the trip effortless which was particularly necessary with the multiple train journeys on the outward and return trips plus the daily excursions. Well done Ed and Great Rail Journeys

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Mrs Jayne Pemberton

5 stars

Submitted 27/Jul

Wonderful location amazing scenery. Beautiful views round every corner.Really enjoyed our holiday in Switzerland. We traveled on loads of cable cars gondolas and trains it made such a change from travelling by car.

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Caddy

5 stars

Submitted 23/Jul

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Herbert John Norman

5 stars

Submitted 22/Jul

Excellent holiday; well organised

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Natalie

5 stars

Submitted 22/Jul

A smooth ride from start to finish. Arriving in the beautiful small town of Wengen was a first, with the cable car (Gondola) ride having an outside on top basket to enjoy the views and Swiss Alps in the fresh air. The day trips were well thought out and free time was readily available too. The hotel Belvedere was very quaint, and staff were all friendly and delightful. Highly recommend this GRJ holiday.

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Mrs Helen Millikenl

1 stars

Submitted 17/Jul

Right atthestartof my booking I told the booking clerk I was disabled and walked with a stick. SheShould not have accepted a disabled client .Too much walking changing trains and stations and between mountain transport.Also VERY long walk up hill from station.I had particularly asked how far the hotel was from the station when I booked and was told it was v close (300 metres) this was totally wrong. The hotel food lacked any imagination and was only canteen standard. Bedroom v poor despite paying a large single supplementBed linen poor Bathroom excellent.Hotel provided no food at lunch time and due to the difficulty of getting downto the villageother than by buggy,which incidentally the hotel were v good about at beginnng and end of day,this was difficult.Altogether NOT a holiday for the elderly disabled.If your tour leader had not been so helpful and excellent where she was able to be,we would not have managed at all. But this made it hard for her.I will not be travelling across Europe by train again!,

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