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A FESTIVE TRIP TO THE TOP OF EUROPE

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2018 Tour code: MEX19

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London to Switzerland

We travel by Eurostar to Paris after meeting at our Departure Office in St Pancras. We continue to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, enjoy a free morning to explore the Christmas Markets of Strasbourg before we travel via Basel and Interlaken to Meiringen. We stay at the Hotel Alpbach.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Strasbourg
Day 3 - Lucerne on Christmas Eve

Today's excursion, on Christmas Eve, is to the historic lakeside city of Lucerne, one of Europe's most charming cities. We travel by mountain railway, over the dramatic Brüning Pass and alongside the emerald green waters of Lake Lucerne. Whilst here, you are at leisure to discover the picturesque city.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Lucerne
Day 4 - Christmas Day on the Alpen Tower

This morning we take a cable car ride to the Alpen Tower. Here, we are able to experience dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from a height of over 7,300 feet. This afternoon, you are at leisure to explore the town, which was so loved by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that he let his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, plunge to his death at the impressive Reichenbach Falls nearby. We also enjoy a special Christmas dinner at the hotel this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Alpen Tower
Days 5-6 - The Jungfrau Railway on Boxing Day

Our excursion today is a highlight as we board the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. The route from Interlaken takes us to Lauterbrunnen on the Bernese Oberland Railway. From Lauterbrunnen, the Wengeralp Railway runs to Kleine Scheidegg. The final section of the journey is on the famous Jungfrau Railway itself, which runs the remaining six miles to just below the peak of the Jungfrau Mountain. We are free at the summit to drink in the unique and incredible sights. On our descent, we stop to enjoy a horsedrawn sleigh ride in Grindelwald. We enjoy a day at leisure on Day 6.

Includes
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
Jungfrau Railway
Day 7 - To London

We travel to Basel and on to Paris, where we join the Eurostar back to London. On arrival, our tour comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast
To London
Days 5-6 - Christmas Eve horse and carriage ride

On Christmas Eve, we travel to Grindelwald, nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger. Here, we enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the village, followed by warming glühwein and gingerbread.

Day 6 is Christmas day, which we spend at leisure ahead of a special Christmas dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Grindelwald
Day 6 - Exploring Switzerland on Christmas Day

Christmas Day is free, giving you the opportunity to use your GRJ Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. Perhaps return to popular Interlaken or travel via the pretty village of Lauterbrunnen to Mürren, a delightful mountain village. The Schilthorn, with its revolving restaurant used in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' offers breathtaking views and is just a cable car ride away from Mürren. Alternatively, the Swiss capital of Bern can also be reached by train. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a delight to explore. Take in the ambience of the pedestrianised old town as you wander through the medieval streets and arcades, and take advantage of some excellent shopping opportunities.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Christmas Dinner
Murren