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Jungfrau Express

(Tour code: MEJ5)Dramatic views from Europe's highest railway station

From our base in the quintessentially Swiss town of Meiringen, we enjoy journeys by mountain railway and lake steamer, crowned with an excursion on the Jungfrau Railway to the breathtaking 'Top of Europe'.

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Tour Highlights
  • Meiringen
  • Reichenbach Falls
  • Lucerne
  • Lake Brienz Cruise
  • Brienz Rothorn Steam Railway
  • Jungfrau Railway to Europe's highest station
  • Alpentower Cable Car
  • GRJ Swiss Travel Card
  • Bernese Oberland Regional Pass
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

By train to Luxembourg

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Brussels in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks served at our seats. Our journey continues through the extensive forests and rolling hills of the Ardennes region to Luxembourg. We overnight at the Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Lake Brienz
Day 2

Through the Bernese Oberland

From Luxembourg, we travel by train to Basel, where we transfer onto the efficient Swiss rail network for a wonderful journey through the Bernese Oberland to Meiringen. Our route takes us via Interlaken as the scenery becomes ever more majestic with each passing mile, with towering mountains and serene glacier-fed lakes of deep turquoise and aquamarine. At Interlaken, we make a change onto the narrow-gauge train to Meiringen. This final leg of the journey takes us around Lake Brienz before the train ascends to Meiringen; one of Switzerland's best kept secrets. The small town remains unspoilt and typically Swiss. The author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved Meiringen and was so taken with the resort that he let his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, plunge to his death at the impressive Reichenbach Falls close to the town. Our hotel for seven nights is the Park Hotel du Sauvage, just a short walk from the station and surrounded by peaceful meadows. We walk through Conan Doyle Place to the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen
Day 3

Introduction to Meiringen

This morning we travel by mountain railway to the Reichenbach Falls and the platform where the dramatic final duel between Sherlock Holmes and arch-enemy Moriarty took place. From the falls, you have the option of exploring the area on a 90-minute signposted walk (Moderate walking ability & suitable footware required). Alternatively, enjoy lunch at the café above the falls, before returning to Meiringen at your leisure. In the afternoon why not visit Meiringen's small Sherlock Holmes Museum, then enjoy free time to explore the town?

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Reichenbach Falls
Day 4

Beautiful Lucerne

Today we take a train to the town of Lucerne, known for its cobbled streets and ornate churches. Your time in Lucerne is free to explore. Enjoy a stroll through the town to see the famous Kapellbrücke, a 14th century wooden bridge that separates Lucerne's Old Town and New Town. Alternatively, travel on the Pilatus or the Rigi mountain railways, or enjoy a paddle steamer cruise across beautiful Lake Lucerne.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lucerne excursion
Brienz-Rothorn Steam Railway
Day 5

Brienz-Rothorn Steam Railway and lake cruise

We head west by train along the Brünig line to Brienz for an excursion by steam mountain railway, climbing to over 5,000 feet (1,524m), to the summit of Rothorn. The summit offers fabulous views of the deep-blue lakes below and the snow-capped mountains in the distance, including one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Jungfrau. On our return to Brienz, we enjoy a cruise on Lake Brienz to Interlaken, before returning to Meiringen.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Brienz-Rothorn Bahn
  • Lake Brienz Cruise
Jungfrau railway
Day 6

To the highest station in Europe

Today we enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our stay in the Bernese Oberland, as we travel on the Jungfrau Railway to the Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest railway station. We begin on the Bernese Oberland Railway, trundling through the foothills of the Alps from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, through flower-filled pastures and past pretty villages. Over the course of the route, the line climbs 1,532 feet (467 metres) above sea level, passing isolated chalets and small farming cabins. In Lauterbrunnen we join the Wengeralp Railway, continuing our ascent through ever changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg, where we join the Jungfrau Railway for the final six miles of our journey. 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. After time to explore and to enjoy lunch, we descend via the charming mountain resort of Grindelwald.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Jungfrau Express Excursion
Alpen Tower
Day 7

Mountain cable car ride

We venture into the mountains around Meiringen by cable car, to the Alpentower at 7,381 feet (2,250m). On a clear day at the top station you can see over 400 mountain peaks from the lookout platform. We enjoy some free time perhaps for a walk along signposted routes (Moderate walking ability & suitable footwear required), before we return to the hotel for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Meiringen & The Alpentower
Day 8

A day at leisure

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 Brienz and visit the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum, or take the mountain railway to Schynige Platte for spectacular views over the Alps (seasonal operation).

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 9-10

Meiringen to Cologne and London

We leave Meiringen and travel to Basel. Our journey continues through Germany via the Rhine Gorge, with its fairytale castles nestled amongst extensive vineyards. We arrive in Cologne where we stay overnight. On Day 10 Our mid-morning departure to Brussels connects with the Eurostar to London St Pancras International.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Diccon Bewes
Guest Speaker

Diccon Bewes

Guests on our September 17th departure will be joined by a specialist guest speaker - Diccon Bewes. Mr. Bewes is a published travel writer who spent a decade at Lonely Planet and Holiday Which? Magazine. After his stint writing articles he relocated to Switzerland to become a full-time writer, he spent five years exploring the niches and unique culture of Switzerland after the success of his first book 'Swiss Watching'. Diccon has become an expert on Swiss culture especially Swiss rail travel. His latest book 'Slow Train to Switzerland' charts Thomas Cook's groundbreaking tour from England to the Swiss Alps using traveller Jemima Morell's (a teetotaller from a middleclass family in Yorkshire) diary from 1863, to retrace the journey and explore the revolutionary affect it had on both British and Swiss rail travel. Anyone booking this tour will receive a complimentary copy of 'Slow Train to Switzerland' prior to travel. Diccon will be joining us on 21st September in Meiringen to deliver an informative talk, and on the 22nd September he will join the group on the Jungfrau Railway journey sharing his insight into this famous railway line.


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