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Jungfrau Express

(Tour code: MEJ17)Discover 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
  • Thun and cruise along the length of Lake Thun
  • 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
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Strasbourg
Days 1-3

By train to Meringen

After meeting at our dedicated departure office in St Pancras, we take the Eurostar to Paris before continuing to Strasbourg for the night. We continue to Meiringen via Basel on Day 2. On Day 3 we travel by mountain railway to the Reichenbach Falls, the site of the dramatic duel between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty.

Includes:
  • Excursion
  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lucerne
Days 4-5

Lucerne and the Brienz-Rothorn Railway

We take the Brünig line to Brienz for an excursion by steam mountain railway to the summit of Rothorn* where we enjoy a special reception with local wines, meats and cheeses before embarking on a lake cruise to Interlaken. On Day 5 we take the train to Lucerne where you are free to explore; see the famous Kapellbrücke, take a ride on the Pilatus or the Rigi mountain railways, or enjoy a paddle steamer cruise across the lake.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Jungfrau railway
Days 6-7

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 flowerfilled 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. Day 7 is at leisure.

Includes:
  • Excursion
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Thun
Day 8

Schynige Platte and Harder Kulm

Today we take the cog railway through Alpine meadows to Schynige Platte, for spectacular views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains. Later, we return to Interlaken and ascend Harder Kulm, where we enjoy a sumptuous dinner with breathtaking views of Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
London
Day 9

Meiringen to London

We leave Meringen for Lausanne, joining the high-speed service to Paris and there continuing on to London St Pancras via the Eurostar.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
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