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Jungfrau Express 5-Star All Inclusive

(Tour code: GIS17)Explore the highlights of the Swiss Alps

Explore the highlights of the Swiss Alps from your fantastic base in the 5-Star Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof in charming Grindelwald. Ascend to Europe's highest railway station, cruise over the tranquil waters of Lake Brienz and enjoy classic Swiss luxury in your all inclusive hotel.


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Tour Highlights
  • Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
  • Jungfrau Express
  • Grindelwald cable-car
  • Lake Brienz cruise
  • Brienz-Rothorn Railway
  • Schynige Platte
  • Cheese making in Bussalp
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    7 Picnic Lunches
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Colmar

Our journey to Switzerland begins at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office. Here we board the Eurostar service to Paris, before continuing on to the beautiful Alsatian town of Colmar, where we overnight.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

In to Switzerland to Grindelwald

We continue into Switzerland today, boarding the rail service to the beautiful mountain resort of Grindelwald, travelling via the Swiss city of Basel. Upon arrival in Grindelwald, we walk to our all-inclusive 5-Star hotel, the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof. Grindelwald is one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts, surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Its name is derived from the old German word 'grindel', meaning a piece of wood that serves as a barrier, and the 'wald', a forest closed off from the rest of the world. In the 1920s, with the 'invention' of skiing as a pleasure activity, Grindelwald lost its remoteness as members of the 'Downhill Only Club' headed to the village by train to ski. The village itself is filled with Swiss charm and is surrounded by flower-filled meadows during the summer.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Grindelwald
Alpine Meadow
Days 3-4

Cheese making in Bussalp

This morning begins with a short journey to the nearby village of Bussalp, passing wonderful Swiss mountain scenery on route as our coach charts a course through rugged Alpine wilderness. Once arrived, we enjoy a traditional cheese making demonstration at a local farm. The milk is sourced from local cattle grazed on the surrounding foothills. The farmers prepare the cheese using age-old methods that have stood for hundreds of years. The milk is heated over a large fire and is cut by hand as it slowly heats into a thicker curd. It is later drained and pressed before being soaked with a salt solution which causes the delicious produce to begin its hardening and maturing processes.

We then return to Grindelwald, where we board the local Grindelwald First cable-car system to ascend the nearby mountain that shares its name with this resort. The following day is at leisure in the surrounding area.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cheese Making Demonstration
  • Grindelwald First cable-car
Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier
Day 5

The Jungfrau Express

Today we enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our stay in the Bernese Oberland, as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway (Standard Class only) to the Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. We join the iconic Jungfrau Railway at Grindelwald's station. Climbing further from Kleine Scheidegg, the distinctive string of red and yellow carriages of the Jungfrau Railway disappear into the tunnel through the Eiger Mountain.

During the journey the train pauses at two separate observation stops; windows hewn out of solid Alpine rock between the tunnel and the infamous north face of the Eiger, with spectacular views down to the valley below. Finally, the train arrives at Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', located at 3454m above sea level. With free time at the summit station, you will have plenty of time to explore the Ice Palace and its many ice sculptures. You can spend time on the Sphinx Terrace, enjoying superb views onto the Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice stream in the Alps, which provides a sharp contrast to the lush meadows and Alpine pastures of the lower lying hillsides near the valley floor. You can also enjoy the walking plateau, which is eternally covered in snow.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Jungfrau Railway
Brienz Rothorn Bahn
Day 6

Interlaken and the Brienz-Rothorn

Today we travel to the charming town of Interlaken, situated between the twin lakes of Brienz and Thun. The entire region provides a year-round playground for walkers, climbers, hikers and skiers, combining towering mountains with picturesque lakes and endless forests.

The charming town is wedged between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is surrounded by the majestic triple peaks of the Jungfrau, the Eiger and the Mönch mountains. Here, we enjoy a relaxing cruise over the tranquil waters, crossing Lake Brienz to the small town that shares its name with this body of water. The cosy village is our starting point for our ascent of the Brienz Rothorn mountain, and it is here that we begin an excursion by steam mountain railway, climbing to over 5,000 feet (1,524m), to the summit of the mountain. The summit offers fabulous views of the deep-blue lakes below and the snow-capped mountains, including one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Jungfrau.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Brienz Rothorn mountain
Lake Thun
Day 7

At leisure in Grindelwald

Your day is free, perhaps to explore with your GRJ Swiss Travel Card which gives a 50% discount on most trains, buses and lake steamers in the area. You could travel to the Schilthorn, a 2,970m high summit overlooking the valley of Lauterbrunnen. The mountain is ascendable by local cable-car. The lakeside town of Thun is nearby, located at the point where the River Aare flows into the shimmering waters of Lake Thun. Here you could visit the 12th century Thun Castle, now a museum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Day
Schynige Platte Railway
Day 8

Ascending the Schynige Platte

Today we take the cog railway through Alpine meadows to Schynige Platte. 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, Lunch, Dinner
  • Schynige Platte
  • Alpine Botanical Garden
Eurostar E320
Day 9

Homeward to London

This morning we begin our return home by rail, travelling to Paris via the Swiss city of Basel. Upon arrival in Paris, we transfer to the Eurostar service for the journey to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Eurostar Meal
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