Discover the incredible sights and landscapes of Bavaria, the
Austrian Lakes, and the Alpine landscapes of Switzerland with
visits to Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg, as well as journeys
on some of the most iconic Swiss rail routes.
Travel in First Class on the Glacier Express.
Take the Jungfrau Railway to the Top of Europe.
Journey on the Bernina Express over the Alps to Italy.
Visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.
Explore the Austrian Lake District and cruise across Lake Wolfgang.
Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
8 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Interlaken
Flights and airport transfers
Flight from Zurich to London Heathrow
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London and Munich
Our adventure begins at St Pancras International, where we meet
our group at our dedicated Departure Office, before joining the
Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains and continue by
high-speed rail to Munich where we have a two night stay. Located
within sight of the Alps, lively Munich is the capital of Bavaria,
as well as one of Germany's best-loved cities.
On Day 2 we discover more of Munich. With a
rich culture and heritage, the city has a wonderful collection of
museums, galleries and architectural treasures. We enjoy a guided
tour to introduce the highlights of the city, before time to
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-4 - Salzburg and the Austrian Lakes
Leaving Munich behind, today we take the train into Austria. We
arrive in Salzburg, a city with a wealth of musical heritage, known
the world over as the birthplace of Mozart, and the setting for
Rogers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'. On arrival, we
enjoy a guided tour. Spread out below the Hohensalzburg Fortress,
the churches, squares and alleyways of Salzburg's beautiful Old
Town are incredibly well preserved, dominated by fabulous Baroque
spires, and are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After
the tour, you are free to discover more of the city. Day
4 is at leisure.
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - Austrian Lakes and the 'Sound of Music'
Today we explore the stunning Austrian Lake District. We head
first to the remarkable Kaiservilla, a stately home of Emperor
Franz Joseph I, before continuing to Lake Wolfgang where we enjoy a
gentle cruise across the serene waters to St Wolfgang, a charming,
historic town. We then travel to pretty Mondsee, made famous by the
wedding scene of 'The Sound of Music'.
Days 6-7 - Innsbruck and the castles of Bavaria
We transfer by coach to Prien am Chiemsee to visit the
remarkable Herrenchiemsee Palace before driving to Innsbruck for
On Day 7 we cross back into Germany, visiting
Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The wonderful castles of Bavaria
are some of the most famous in the world thanks to their fairytale
design, wonderland landscapes and cinematic heritage. Our day today
is spent visiting 2 of the finest, beginning at glorious
Neuschwanstein Castle. A magnificent structure built into the
mountains, it stands proudly above the surrounding forests, its
turrets and halls a resplendent white against a backdrop of green.
Hohenschwangau is a more laid-back affair, with pretty interiors
and wonderful gardens. We also embark on a journey on the cheerful
Zugspitze Railway (Standard Class), ascending to the summit of
Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast
Day 8 - Through the Alps to Switzerland
We start our day with a walking tour of Innsbruck before
boarding the train to Sargans. Afterwards, we board a train and
travel alongside the Rhine and its dramatic scenery to Chur. We
continue our ascent through the majestic mountain peaks,
overlooking the lush meadows running down to the valley floor. We
then arrive in the elegant lakeside resort of St Moritz.
Days 9 -10 - The Bernina Express
Today we take a journey on the superb Bernina Express, which
passes glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled Alpine
meadows. The railway has been rewarded with UNESCO World Heritage
status - as a testament to the incredible engineering that was
required to create the line, as well as for the scenery through
which it passes. During our journey, we travel across the
spiralling viaduct at Brusio. The track clings to the mountainside
as we wind our way above deep ravines and past waterfalls to more
than 7,000 feet above sea level. Later we arrive in Tirano in
Italy. You have some free time in Tirano before our return journey.
Day 10 is at leisure. Perhaps visit the
Badrutt's Palace Hotel for a traditional 1930s Swiss high tea, or
stop by the Segantini Museum.
Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Breakfast
Day 11 - The Glacier Express and Interlaken
We take the famous Glacier Express along the iconic route from
St Moritz to Brig, enjoying the incredible views through the
panoramic windows of our First Class carriage. Our journey takes us
through Switzerland's classic landscapes; from jagged mountain
peaks to sprawling vineyards and over the famous Landwasser
Viaduct. The train climbs steadily and steeply up and over the
Oberalp Pass, the peak of the route, and spirals down past little
villages before reaching Brig. Here we change trains and travel to
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - The Jungfrau Railway
Today we travel to Jungfraujoch (Standard Class) - Europe's
highest railway station. Our ascent takes us through ever-changing
scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railway for
the final leg of the journey. During our time on board, the train
pauses at two observation stops; windows hewn out of solid Alpine
rock between the tunnel and the infamous north face of the Eiger,
with spectacular views down the valley. Finally, the train arrives
at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe'. We descend via charming
Days 13-14 - Interlaken, Zurich and London
Your day is free in Interlaken. On Day 14, we
take the train to Zurich airport, where we board our flight to
is free in Interlaken. On Day 14, we take the train to
Zurichairport, where we board our flight to London
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.
Extend your holiday
This tour can be combined with Five-Star Rhine Cruise by Rail
from only £4,690 per person. Please call for details.
Please call for further information. Only available on these
departures: 3rd, 17th and 21st May and 10th Septembers 2019
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.
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.
The hotels were of variable standard. We felt the hotel in Traunkirchen was not of 4 star standard with regard to facilities, room, and the hotel was not particularly well situated. The dinners served in St Moritz were of poor quality and appeared to have been prepared on an extremely tight budget. However the hotel in Innsbruck was excellent and we would have preferred more time there than in Traunkirchen. The total porterage worked excellently which is why we give the holiday 4 and not 3.
Mr P Kindley
Some of the trains were changed from 1st class after the tour was paid for. The itinerary could be changed, parts of the trip had two very long days back to back, then the third day would be free time. With a long day, free time day and a second long day would provide a rest day in between. I did not like that the trip ended in interlaken Switzerland with the recommended departure airport was in Zurich. I had to ask the agent how I was supposed to get to the airport and have hotel reservations made in Zurich. The hotel room was very small and in a not so desirable section of town. The company should have transportation options. The tour had to many people, this made it hard to change trains
Mr A Parker
A very good experience, from start to finish
Everything worked out well, it did what it said on the packet
Mr R Millman
Every thing we encountered was first rate. Hotel Accommodations: excellent, Rail travel: excellent (mostly first class accommodations). Plenty of time in each city we visited. But most of all our tour manager, Alex Green, was the most helpful in every way. He gave us many options on free days. Guided us to rail platforms and cars. I know this is his job but he appeared to sincerely enjoy his job. Thanks Alex.