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Explore the highlights of the Swiss Alps

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20222023
9 days From £2,695 per person

2022 Tour code: GIS22

About the tour

Explore the Swiss Alps from our charming base in the village of Grindelwald. Journey on the Jungfrau Railway to Europe's highest railway station, Jungfraujoch, where there's a private tour of the Ice Bar followed by drinks, enjoy a mountaintop dinner and soak up classic Swiss luxury at your Five-Star hotel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Colmar

Our Swiss adventure begins at London St Pancras, where we board the Eurostar service to Paris before continuing to the beautiful Alsatian town of Colmar for the night.

Please Note: For departurs GIS2210, GIS2210 and GIS2201a you will overnight in Strasbourg.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Grindelwald

We take the train to Grindelwald, where our 5-Star hotel awaits. One of Europe's oldest mountain resorts, surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, the village gets its name from the old German word 'grindel', meaning a piece of wood that serves as a barrier, and 'wald', a forest closed off from the rest of the world. Filled with Swiss charm and surrounded by flower-filled meadows during the summer and open skiing fields in the winter, this is a picturesque destination all year round.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Grindelwald First cable-car

We board the Grindelwald First cable-car system which takes us up the nearby mountain that shares its name with the resort. Ascending to Grindelwald First in the sky gondola is a delight, affording some wonderful panoramas of the magnificent Alpine mountainscapes. Admire the views across the snowy peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, swathes of forests and seemingly minuscule resort villages as you breathe in the fresh mountain air and soak up the spectacular scenery before returning to Grindelwald.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Grindelwald

Today is free in Grindelwald, a quintessentially Swiss village boasting traditional wooden chalets, bars which play live music on an evening and a host of excellent cafés to relax in. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you could brave Grindelwald's ZipRider attraction. Offering a birds' eye view of the scenery below, this seated zip line is a thrilling way to experience the surrounding mountains, reaching top speeds of up to 55mph.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - The Jungfrau Railway

We enjoy a highlight of our holiday today, a journey to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest station. We board the train in Grindelwald, where we're met by our expert guide. At Kleine Scheidegg, we join the remarkable Jungfrau Railway and the distinctive red and yellow carriages start to climb through a tunnel hewn out of the Eiger. We pause at the halfway station where our guide gives a fascinating talk about the history and construction of the line before arriving at the 'Top of Europe', over 11,000 feet above sea level. Another unique experience awaits us here as we transfer to the mountain's Ice Bar, in the heart of the Ice Palace, for a private tour plus sub-zero drinks and nibbles. Carved from the interior of Europe's longest glacier, everything, from the glasses to the decor, is made from ice.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Schynige Platte Railway

We travel by cog railway through pretty Alpine meadows on the way to Schynige Platte. Enjoying the journey from restored 19th-century carriages, this vintage electric train hugs the mountain as we cross bridges and wind through tunnels. At the summit, you have time to explore the Alpine Botanical Garden. An explosion of colour, it's home to around 600 different high-altitude plant species and is interestingly twinned with a similar garden on the slopes of Mount Rokko in Japan.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Interlaken and Brienz

Our first destination today is Interlaken, a sweet town situated between two Alpine lakes. We continue to the cosy village of Brienz, the starting point for our steam-hauled ascent of Brienz Rothorn by mountain railway. At the mountain's top, there's free time to drink in the views across the Emmental Alps or visit the summit restaurant. Following a scenic cruise back to Interlaken, we enjoy an incredible dinner at the Harder Kulm Panorama Restaurant this evening. Overlooking the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, as well as boasting views of Lakes Thun and Brienz, we ascend by private railway for a meal that comes with jaw-dropping views.

*On May 17 and 24 departures, we will enjoy a day trip to Lucerne instead of a journey up Schynige Plate, and will only ascend halfway up Brienz Rothorn, to Planalp.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Grindelwald

Enjoy another free day in Grindelwald to explore using your Swiss Travel Card. You could travel to the historic city of Bern, home to a wealth of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including the Old Town's 'Ogre Fountain'. The capital of Switzerland nestled in a dramatic bend of the River Aare, other sights of interest include the Zytglogge, or clock tower, which is the oldest building in the city. We recommend arriving at least five minutes before the hour to see how each new hour is playfully ushered in. You may also like to see the 15th-century cathedral and the now disused the Bear pits just across the Nydeggbrucke at the end of the main street.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 – London

After a final breakfast, we board the train to Basel, continuing to Paris for the Eurostar to London St Pancras. On arrival back in the UK, you holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Eurostar 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.

Our May 28 departure is a superior departure and will include accommodation in superior rooms at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald.

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

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald

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Trains

Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway
Eurostar
Jungfrau Railway
Schynige Platte Railway

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Reviews

4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 34 reviews

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yvonne yeo

5 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

Great holiday, good value for money

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Richard Philpot

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Not having been to Switzerland before, each of the outings with Richard Hare were just amazing, the mountain views were truly memorable, and we were taken on two old trains, one Electric & one Steam. Really good experience. The position of the Hotel Romantik is outstanding, near the railway station & dead opposite the Eiger. The "new" Eiger Express cable car is quite an event. A truly special & memorable holiday.

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Peter C

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Well organised holiday accompanied throughout by an experienced and helpful tour manager. Travel to and from Switzerland by first class rail was trouble-free. The range of included excursions was comprehensive and both hotels were very good.

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Mr Anthony R Beale

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

A wonderful holiday in a beautiful location.

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G Risley

5 stars

Submitted 23/Jun

The Romantik is an excellent hotel with great facilities and professional, friendly staff. The tour itinerary makes the most of the magnificent surroundings while also allowing free time for exploring individually. A most enjoyable holiday.

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Mr D R Maddocks

3 stars

Submitted 22/Jun

I have submitted a comprehensive report to GRJ about this holiday

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