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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express

(Tour code: LNJ5)Enjoy incredible scenery at the ‘Top of Europe’

Exhilarating scenery and majestic mountain vistas make the Bernese Oberland one of the most beautiful regions in the Alps. During this Interlaken and Jungfrau Express rail tour we enjoy cruises on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and the absolute highlight of the tour is a journey on the Jungfrau Railway, which celebrated its centenary in 2012.

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Tour Highlights
  • Interlaken
  • Brienz-Rothorn Steam Railway
  • Lake Brienz cruise
  • Jungfrau Railway
  • Schynige Platte
  • Lake Thun cruise
  • Thun
  • Bernese Oberland Regional Pass
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

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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.

Days 1-2

To Switzerland via Luxembourg

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Brussels. We continue by train through the Ardennes region to Luxembourg, where we spend the night at the Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa. On Day 2 we leave Luxembourg and travel by rail to Basel, where we change trains. We join the superb Swiss railway network, enjoying a wonderful journey into the spectacular Bernese Oberland region. We travel south and then east through an area of incredible natural beauty. Our destination is Interlaken, a town situated between the lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau. We stay at the Hotel Metropole, ideally located in the centre of town.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 3

At leisure in Interlaken

Your day is free to spend at leisure in Interlaken, perhaps to explore the town, or travel further afield with your GRJ Swiss Travel Card giving you 50% fares on most trains, boats and buses. You could travel to the quaint town of Meiringen where Sherlock Holmes met his fictional death. Alternatively, the pretty, traffic free village of Mürren can be reached via Lauterbrunnen. The Swiss capital of Bern can also be reached by train. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a delight to explore.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Brienz-Rothorn Steam Railway
Day 4

Brienz-Rothorn Steam Railway and lake cruise

Today we head east by train along the shore of Lake Brienz, situated at the foot of the Rothorn mountain, to the delightful village of Brienz. Here, we take a magnificent excursion by steam mountain railway* on the Brienz-Rothorn Bahn, climbing to the summit of the Rothorn, which at over 5,000 feet (1,524m), offers fabulous views of the deep blue lakes and the snow-capped mountains in the surrounding area. After descending back to Brienz, you have some free time to explore this pretty village, famed as a centre for woodcarving. We return to Interlaken by taking a scenic cruise along the entire length of Lake Brienz, the smaller of Interlaken's two lakes which is flanked by spectacular mountain peaks.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Brienz-Rothorn Bahn
  • Lake Brienz Cruise
Jungfrau Express
Day 5

Jungfrau Express to the ‘Top of Europe’

Our excursion today is unquestionably the highlight of any visit to the Bernese Oberland, as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. We begin on the Bernese Oberland Railway through the foothills of the Alps from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, through lush, verdant pastures, passing pretty villages and idyllic farming cabins. In Lauterbrunnen, we change trains to continue our ascent through ever changing scenery, to reach Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railway itself. The famous narrow-gauge line was completed in 1912 and is celebrated as a major feat of engineering. Continuing to climb, from Kleine Scheidegg the distinctive string of red and yellow carriages disappear into the tunnel through the Eiger mountain, making stops at the observation windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock, which offer spectacular views of the valley below. The train then emerges at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', located at 3,454m (11,333 ft) above sea level. With free time at the summit station, you will have plenty of time to admire the incredible views over the Alps. From the Sphinx Terrace, there are superb views onto the Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice stream in the Alps, and the walking plateau is eternally covered in snow - both of which contrast sharply with the green meadows and Alpine pastures of the lower lying hillsides near the valley floor. Whilst at Jungfraujoch you should also take the time to visit the Ice Palace, with its labyrinth of tunnels and many fantastic ice sculptures. Following time to explore and to enjoy lunch, we descend via the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Jungfrau Express
Schynige Platte Railway
Day 6

Schynige Platte

Today we take the cog railway through Alpine meadows to Schynige Platte*, for spectacular views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains. We travel in restored 19th century carriages, hauled by a vintage electric locomotive, to the peak at 6,463 ft (1,970m). At the summit, why not explore the Alpine Botanical Garden, home to around 600 plant species, or relax and drink in the views from the café terrace?

  • Breakfast
  • Schynige Platte excursion
Lake Thun
Day 7

Lake Thun cruise and Thun

We take to the water today as we enjoy a fantastic cruise across Lake Thun, passing delightful waterfront villages and idyllic lakeside castles nestled below the towering mountain peaks. The cruise takes us along the entire length of the lake to the town of Thun, located on the opposite shore from our starting point in Interlaken. We enjoy free time in delightful Thun, often referred to as the 'gateway to the Bernese Oberland'. We return to Interlaken by train.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lake Thun cruise
Bernese Oberland
Day 8

At leisure in the Bernese Oberland

Your final day in Switzerland is free to spend at leisure, exploring the Bernese Oberland region using your included GRJ Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together in the Gasthof Hirschen - a historic guesthouse in Interlaken.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
To Germany and home
Days 9-10

To Germany and home

We leave Interlaken, as we begin our journey home. We change trains in Basel and travel through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, through vineyards and past hill-top castles, to Cologne, where we spend tonight at the TRYP by Wyndham Cologne City Centre, the Maritim Hotel, or the Wyndham Cologne. On Day 10 we depart for Brussels, where we board the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

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