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Classic Swiss Alps and the Jungfrau Express

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Experience an outstanding Swiss adventure, based in the picturesque resort of Wengen, and ride an iconic train to the breathtaking ‘Top of Europe’

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About the tour

An alpine paradise awaits on this wonderful holiday to the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Slow down the pace and soak up the spectacular Bernese Oberland scenery as we climb to the 'Top of Europe' on board the dramatic Jungfrau Express. At the summit, savour the extraordinary panorama of the Mönch and Eiger's towering snow-capped peaks and spectacular Aletsch Glacier.

Enjoy an aerial exploration of the Jungfrau massif on the Wengen-Männlichen cableway, as well as a cable car ride up the Schilthorn, famous for its stunning 360˚ views of surrounding mountains and its revolving restaurant that played a notable role in a James Bond film.

Stay in the picturesque, car-free resort of Wengen where you'll be enchanted by its traditional Swiss chalet architecture and impressive vistas of majestic mountains.

Unforgettable experiences

Reach the ‘Top of Europe’ on the Jungfrau Express
Reach the ‘Top of Europe’ on the Jungfrau Express
Travel on the spectacular Jungfrau Express to the ‘Top of Europe’, experiencing jaw-dropping 360˚ views of Switzerland’s iconic peaks and the Aletsch Glacier from Europe’s highest train station.
Embark on a stirring ride up the Schilthorn
Embark on a stirring ride up the Schilthorn
Follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous spy, James Bond, on a visit to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on top of the stunning Schilthorn – the only one of our tours that includes this impressive trip.
Spend time in tranquil Wengen
Spend time in tranquil Wengen
Unwind in this laid-back, car-free mountain resort with beautiful views across the Lauterbrunnen Valley as we stay for six nights in a charming hotel ideally located in the town centre near the railway station.
Enjoy wonderful views on the Wengen–Männlichen cableway
Enjoy wonderful views on the Wengen–Männlichen cableway
Experience an aerial journey from Wengen to Grindelwald via cable car and gondola, absorbing amazing views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau on the way, before making the return journey by train.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Wengen: Straight to the heart of the Alps

Our holiday begins this morning as we gather at London St Pancras International to board the Eurostar service to Paris in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal at our seats. In the French capital, we transfer to the train to Basel, travelling to Switzerland in First Class.

In Switzerland, we travel onwards to Wengen by Standard Class rail. The scenery becomes more beautiful as we journey through increasingly dramatic landscapes. From Interlaken, we enter the gorgeous Lauterbrunnen Valley, where alpine pastures rise quickly towards craggy, forested cliffs and snow-covered peaks hone into view. The altitude increases on the approach to the wonderful railway station at Wengen, which has utterly spellbinding views from the platforms.

Arriving in the car-free town in the evening, our hotel is just a few steps from the station and shares those incredible vistas across the valley towards the Schilthorn. Our 4-Star hotel has a spa and wellness facility, a bar and a restaurant.

Includes
  • Eurostar Light Meal
Day 2 – Free day to explore Wengen

You have a full day at leisure to get to know this idyllic town. The sense of peace amid the stunning scenery of the Jungfrau massif is palpable as Wengen is only accessible by rail or cable car. Wander around its tranquil streets dotted with wooden chalets and white-washed churches, or simply soak up the incredible views and relish being in the middle of nature.

With your Swiss Travel Card offering 50% discount on travel, you might want to head down into the Lauterbrunnen Valley or on to Interlaken. This attractive town nestles beside two lakes - Thun and Brienz - and buzzes with life. With a variety of cafés, bakeries and shops - from souvenir outlets to Swiss watch retailers - you can wander to your heart's content. The town's historic centre is compact, so it's easy to discover the medieval monastery, castle and ancient square on foot. Maybe take the funicular railway for a 10-minute trip to the top of Harder Kulm, where you can enjoy panoramic views above Interlaken, across the mountains and Lake Brienz.

This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Wengen-Männlichen cableway and Grindelwald

Today we embark on a remarkable round-trip with breathtaking panoramas accompanying us all the way. First, we hop into a cable car that whisks us to the top of Männlichen mountain in a matter of minutes. At 7,600-feet above sea level, this might not be the tallest mountain in this area, but that helps it benefit from an uninterrupted panorama of the region's mightiest peaks, including the Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger and across the Lauterbrunnen Valley towards the Schilthorn.

We have free time here to absorb the jaw-dropping views from the pretty alpine ridge before setting off on a sky gondola ride to Grindelwald. A journey of 20 minutes guides us gracefully down the mountain and provides many opportunities to observe the majesty of the region's big three mountains as well as dense forests and the charming valley town of Grindelwald far below. There is free time over lunch in this characterful Swiss village, one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts, where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the impressive views of the north face of the Eiger.

Leaving Grindelwald by train, we travel beneath the Eiger's iconic rock face as we climb up to Kleine Scheidegg from where we swap trains and continue to Wengen. Arriving in late afternoon, we have time to relax before gathering for a three-course dinner tonight in our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – The incredible Jungfrau Express to the ‘Top of Europe’

We enjoy a highlight of our holiday today, a journey to Europe's highest railway station, Jungfraujoch. From Kleine Scheidegg we travel on the Jungfrau Express through the final section of the route, into an incredible tunnel which cuts through the Eiger. Even more incredible are the carved-out viewing windows inside the tunnel. Trundling past these iconic mountains and beside glacial lakes, we travel to places no other form of transport can reach.

When we reach Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', the vistas from the Sphinx viewing platform are truly awe-inspiring. The azure blue of a crisp Swiss sky contrasts with brilliant white snow and craggy peaks as we cast our eyes towards the ethereal Aletsch Glacier - a UNESCO-listed natural wonder - that stretches as far as the eye can see. There is free time to marvel at the spectacular panoramic vistas that surround us, before we make the return journey to Wengen and a three-course dinner at our hotel this evening.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Cable car to the Schilthorn’s spectacular summit

An unforgettable experience awaits us today as we travel by train to the unspoilt hillside village of Mürren, where we have some time to wander through this peaceful, chocolate-box resort. From here, we journey by cable car up to the summit of the Schilthorn. At the top, we are greeted by breathtaking 360° views of around 200 mountain peaks, including the Jungfrau.

However, the star attraction here is the remarkable revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria. Made famous as a prominent location in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this mountaintop eatery also contains a museum about the filming of the movie. We have free time here to either follow in the footsteps of George Lazenby's 007, view the exhibition, or enjoy a memorable lunch in the restaurant.

With the evening at leisure, there is the option for people to stop off at the Trummelbach Falls on the return journey, where you can observe the gushing waterfalls of glacial water that tumble through the mountain creating a roaring sound until it bursts out into the valley.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Discovering the Bernese Oberland

Today is free for you to spend as you wish. You may opt to relax at the hotel or wander round gorgeous Wengen. With the Swiss Travel Card providing a 50% discount on travel, you could explore further afield.

The pretty village of Lauterbrunnen with its charming timbered chalets not only gives its name to the valley but also contains the Staubbach Falls. Falling nearly 1000 feet down the steep cliff face, this impressive waterfall can be seen from the village, although you can walk up to the base or behind the falls too. From the town of Wilderswil at the base of the valley you could board the cogwheel railway up to the Schynige Platte Alpine Botanical Garden to stroll through beautiful wildflower pastures with views over the region's mountains.

For a serene day, you could take to the water from nearby Interlaken on a cruise across Lake Thun to the 10th-century fairytale Spiez Castle, or the emerald waters of Lake Brienz to the town of the same name. With blooming flowers spilling from picturesque chalets, Brunngasse is regularly considered one of Switzerland's most photogenic streets. You could also embark on a charming journey to the summit of the Rothorn on the steam-hauled Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway for exquisite views across Lake Brienz and the Jungfrau region.

Returning to Wengen in the evening, we gather for our final dinner together - a three-course meal at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Homeward bound

Today we bid farewell to wonderful Wengen and the incredible Jungfrau region as we travel by train back to Basel, before taking our First Class seats on the train to Paris.

As we dash through the delightful French countryside, we can begin to look back on the amazing highlights of our Swiss adventure. Breathtaking cable cars and astonishing rail journeys have provided mind-blowing views of some of Switzerland's most iconic peaks, emphasising the jaw-dropping wonder of nature in this spectacular country.

In Paris, we board to the Eurostar in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal as we return to London. At St Pancras International, we say goodbye to our fellow travellers and new friends with whom we have shared these unforgettable experiences.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Light Meal

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 Silberhorn, Wengen

Hotel Silberhorn, Wengen

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Trains

Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway
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Jungfrau Railway
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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 111 reviews

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Ian

5 stars

Submitted 13/Jun

Pleasure to go on such a well organised journey to an absolutely stunning part of the world.

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Roy Jackson

5 stars

Submitted 13/Jun

Fantastic scenery. Waterfalls full to bursting. Still snow in places. Lucky with weather. Sun/snow blinding at Jungfraujoch. Travel arrangements superb. Tour manager excellent. Hotel/food very good.

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Frances Thompson

4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

Great experience

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Ray Hoare

4 stars

Submitted 10/Jun

The good: Switzerland itself, the beautiful Bernese Oberland & its mountains; the Eurostar, TGV and the local Swiss railway system. Our GRJ guide’s organisation & care. Not so good: the 15 hour journey to & from Wengen, the weather (obviously out of GRJ’s hands), the hotel food and the low grade rear attic room we were allocated, no balcony, no view! Little wardrobe space. No bar! The huge number of fellow tourists filling every seat & space on trains, buses, gondolas & mountain top restaurants taking the edge off the leisure element of the holiday.

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Alan Killick

2 stars

Submitted 7/Jun

Holiday was programmed at a time when one of the main attractions, the cable car in Wengen, was not yet open for business. The hotel was comfortable but surely not 4 star status, there was no bar and no choice of main course for the evening meal. We had sent a luggage case ahead to avoid bother during the journeys there and back - this was included in our holiday package. So we were somewhat surprised to receive, a day after our return, an email from the hotel demanding payment for the return transit fee. Plus a phone call to our landline a day later reminding us to pay. Needless to say we have not paid the hotel and have reported the matter to Great Rail. It also begs the question, who supplied the hotel with our email address and home number? The journeys to and from the resort of Wengen took far too long and were an unnecessary demand on our stamina - much better to have had an overnight stop. Alan Killick.

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W Wenlock

2 stars

Submitted 2/Jun

Hotel was not properly open- reduced staff levels. Food was poor and lacked choice.Cable cars were overcrowded to the point of being very dangerous.We have been to Switzerland many times with GRJ but this time was very disappointing.

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