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Jungfrau Express at New Year


Take in some of Switzerland's finest winter scenery on this magnificent New Year holiday. From our base in the wonderfully unspoilt town of Meiringen, we visit the lakeside town of Lucerne, ride a carriage in the mountain village of Grindelwald, and take a trip to the 'Top of Europe' on the famous Jungfrau Railway.

Tour Highlights
  • Jungfrau to Jungfrajoch
  • Cable car ride to the Alpen Tower
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne
  • Gala New Year's Eve dinner with live music
  • Horse and carriage ride and glühwein in Grindelwald
  • Meiringen
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Days 1-2

London to Switzerland in First Class

We travel by Eurostar to Paris after meeting at our Departure Office in St Pancras. We continue to Strasbourg, for the night. On Day 2 we travel via Basel and Interlaken to Meiringen. We stay at the Park Hotel du Sauvage.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Alpen Tower
Day 3

The Alpen Tower

One of Switzerland's best-kept secrets, the town of Meiringen remains unspoilt and typically Swiss. The author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved the town and was so taken with it that he let his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, plunge to his death at the impressive Reichenbach Falls nearby. This morning we take a cable car ride to the Alpen Tower where we experience dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from a height of over 7,300 feet (2,225m). In the afternoon you have some free time to continue exploring the town; one of the most popular options is the small Sherlock Holmes Museum, with its replica of the detective's study. Make sure you don't miss Meiringen's other claim to fame; the meringue, available in many varieties throughout the town.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Jungfrau in winter
Day 4

To the "Top of Europe"

Our excursion today is one of the highlights of any visit to the Bernese Oberland, as we travel through snow-covered meadows and winter ski resorts before boarding the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station at 11,333 feet (3,454 m). The route from Interlaken takes us firstly to Lauterbrunnen on the Bernese Oberland Railway. This narrow-gauge line was opened to the public in 1890, and is 12 miles in length. Over the course of the route we pass snowy forests, charming wooden chalets and attractive farming cabins. At Lauterbrunnen, the Wengeralp Railway runs to Kleine Scheidegg. Due to the steep area through which the railway runs, the line is actually the world's longest continuous rack railway, and on this particular stretch of the route, the views are absolutely outstanding. The final section of the journey is on the famous Jungfrau Railway itself, which runs the remaining six miles to just below the peak of the Jungfrau Mountain. This distinctive string of red and yellow carriages sets out across the wintry landscape, passing through meadows covered in a layer of snow, before approaching the base of the mountain itself. From here much of the line is in a tunnel with huge windows carved into the rock, looking out to the infamous north face of the Eiger, and providing spectacular views down to the valley below. On emerging from the tunnel the train arrives at Jungfraujoch - known as the 'Top of Europe'. We have plenty of free time at the summit to enjoy the incredible views over the Alps. We also visit the Aletsch Glacier, a 12- mile river of ice, with its labyrinth of ice caves and sculptures carved inside. We return to Interlaken via the mountain resort of Grindelwald, before continuing to Meiringen. Back at the hotel we celebrate with a gala dinner and aperitif, with live music to welcome in the New Year.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Lucerne in winter
Day 5

New Year's Day in Lucerne

Today's excursion is by mountain railway to the historic lakeside city of Lucerne, one of Europe's most charming cities. Our route takes us through the magnificent scenery of the dramatic Brunig Pass and alongside the emerald green waters of Lake Lucerne. The city is beautifully decorated for the festive season; here twinkling lights illuminate the frescoed buildings, and sparkling decorations sit glinting in the picturesque squares. In Lucerne you have plenty of time to discover the attractions such as its tangle of cobbled streets, and of course the famous Kapellbrücke Bridge, a beautiful covered wooden bridge originally built in 1333, and containing many beautiful interior paintings dating to the 17th century.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Grindelwald in winter
Day 6


Today we travel to the pretty Alpine village of Grindelwald, a delightful town nestled at the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger, and surrounded by wonderful Alpine landscapes. At this time of year, the idyllic town is covered in snow, making it a haven for skiers. From Grindelwald we enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the village, followed by warming glühwein and gingerbread. You are then free to explore the village and perhaps enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Meiringen.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Interlaken in winter
Day 7

Exploring Switzerland

Your day is free, giving you the opportunity to use your GRJ Swiss Travel Card for 50% fares. Perhaps return to popular Interlaken or travel via the pretty village of Lauterbrunnen to Mürren, a delightful mountain village. The Schilthorn, with its revolving restaurant used in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' offers breathtaking views and is just a cable car ride away from Mürren. Alternatively, the Swiss capital of Bern can also be reached by train. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a delight to explore. Take in the ambience of the pedestrianised old town as you wander through the medieval streets and arcades, and take advantage of some excellent shopping opportunities.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Rhine Gorge
Days 8-9

To Cologne and London

We leave Meiringen and travel to Basel. Our journey continues in First Class through Germany and along the scenic Rhine Gorge. We arrive in Cologne for an overnight stay at the Wyndham Hotel. On Day 9 we continue in First Class to Brussels, where we join the Eurostar service to London.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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