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Interlaken and the Jungfrau Express at Christmas

7 days From £2,095 £1,995 per person
4.2 stars(4 reviews)
Small Group

Experience the ‘top of Europe’ at Christmas on a journey to the continent’s highest railway station.

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Mobility Rating 3

2023 Tour code: LNX24

About the tour

Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas with a breathtaking ride on the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe, a spectacular ascent of the Schilthorn through snowy Alpine peaks, and a visit to charming Mürren.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Cologne

From London St Pancras, we travel on the Eurostar to Brussels. Here, we change trains and continue to Cologne for the night.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Interlaken

We journey into Switzerland along the scenic Rhine Gorge. This wonderful stretch of German railway line runs through frosty valleys and alongside the gentle Rhine River as it winds its way between fairytale castles, steep cliffs and deep, wintry forests. Our destination is Interlaken, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland - one of the most beautiful regions in the Swiss Alps. This remarkable town is uniquely nestled between Lakes Thun and Brienz, sitting peacefully in a beautiful valley that's watched over by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. On arrival, we check into our hotel for five nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – The Jungfrau Railway

The highlight of our holiday, a journey along the Jungfrau Railway, is enjoyed today as we start by joining the Bernese Oberland Railway to Lauterbrunnen. On arrival, the Wengernalp Railway takes us to Kleine Scheidegg. Due to the steep area through which it runs, the views are outstanding, with highlights including the White Lütschine River Valley and Staubbach Falls. The Jungfrau Railway itself begins at Kleine Scheidegg and runs the remaining six miles to just below the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain. With a viewing stop along the way to maximise the fantastic panoramas, we emerge from the tunnel at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe.

With plenty of free time here, you may wish to sample the food in the restaurant or visit the Ice Palace, which has stood on this site since the 1930s and boasts a labyrinth of ice caves with hand-carved sculptures featured inside. You could also admire the enchanting Aletsch Glacier from one of the viewing platforms.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Christmas Eve in Mürren

Travelling by train to the picturesque mountain village of Mürren, we continue into the mountains by cable car, ascending to the peak of the mighty Schilthorn. Once at the summit, soak in the superb views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains as we enjoy a complimentary drink, then perhaps visit Piz Gloria, an impressive rotating restaurant built made famous by the 1969 James Bond film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. We return to Mürren and enjoy some free time to wander through the charming streets, before returning to Interlaken for a delicious Christmas Eve feast.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Christmas Day in Grindelwald

We make our way by rail to the snow-covered Alpine village of Grindelwald, a delightful town nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger. There's free time to wander through this fairytale setting of wooden Swiss chalets and colourful town squares, with a stunning backdrop of the dramatic mountains. Back at our hotel, we sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Interlaken

Boxing Day is free for you to explore Interlaken. You could take a boat ride across one of the lakes, including the glistening turquoise Lake Thun, before warming up at one of the cosy cafés or perhaps wrap up and head out on one of the many nature trails that start in the town. Interlaken's history can be traced back to a monastery built here in the 12th century, while the surrounding landscapes provide a gateway to the Bernese Oberland, a region home to over 45 mountain railways and aerial gondolas that you can discover using your Swiss Travel Card.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Interlaken and London

As our wonderful festive holiday draws to a close, we leave delightful Interlaken on a train bound for Basel, before transferring to the onward service to Paris. After boarding the Eurostar to London St Pancras we can take time to recall the spectacular snowy mountains and ethereal lakes that have provided such breathtaking views and unforgettable memories on this incredible trip to the winter wonderland that is Switzerland.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

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

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 Metropole Interlaken, Interlaken

Hotel Metropole Interlaken, Interlaken

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 4 reviews

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C Edward

4 stars

Submitted 10/Jan

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H Swift

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jan

This was a good holiday. A well planned timetable - all of the trains, big or small, and the cable cars connected on time. A very well organised, friendly and relaxed tour leader (Maggie), and being based in one hotel made it much easier than changing hotels a lot. The option of sending a suitcase ahead and back is well worth doing. On the long distance trains such as Eurostar, we were very glad to have only hand luggage. The weather was variable and some visits to peaks were fog bound. It was winter but I think the advice on take lots of layers was over cautious. Pretty much all of the time we were indoors, either on trains, cable cars, etc. I was more often over warm, and never cold. Well recommend this trip with GRJ.

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R Graves

4 stars

Submitted 6/Jan

Well organised. Excellent tour manager who dealt with several travel problems during the trip. Possibly a little too 'busy' for a Christmas trip. A little more free time perhaps.

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Frank Kelly

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jan

The trip organisation was faultless and smooth running - the reason for the missing star is the disappointing quality of food at the Metropole Hotel. Address that and receive the fifth star!

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