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(Tour code: MEJ20)

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 'Top of Europe.'

Highlights
  • Meiringen
  • Reichenbach Falls
  • Lucerne
  • Lake Brienz Cruise
  • Brienz Rothorn Steam Railway
  • Jungfrau Railway
  • Swiss Travel Card
  • Stunning 4-Star Accommodation
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
  • Swiss Travel Card

Jungfrau Express 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Strasbourg
Strasbourg

By train to Strasbourg

After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, we take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Strasbourg for the night.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Aare Gorge, Meiringen
Aare Gorge, Meiringen

Onwards to Meiringen

We enjoy a morning at leisure in Strasbourg, giving us the opportunity to explore the historic Old Town, dominated by the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Later, we continue to Meiringen, travelling by rail, via Basel. A small town dating back to the early Middle Ages, Meiringen became famous thanks to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels in which a climactic battle was set at the nearby Reichenbach Falls.

Enjoying a glorious location nestled along the Haslital Valley, the town of Meiringen benefits from mountain vistas in all directions. The nearby Aare Gorge is a spectacular sight and is well worth exploring. This thin and deep chasm, splitting a limestone ridge, channels the river through this rocky terrain, with the gorge itself bored through by millions of years of relentless water crashing against the limestone.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen
Reichenbach Falls, Meiringen

Reichenbach Falls and the Alpen Tower

This morning, we travel by funicular mountain railway to the Reichenbach Falls and the platform where the dramatic final duel between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty took place. From the falls, we have the option of exploring the area on a signposted walk. Later, we head up to the Alpen tower* by cable car, where spectacular views greet us. Located high in the mountains, surrounded by the Bernese and Central Alps, there are few better places in the world to enjoy a bite to eat or a drink than from the Alpen Tower restaurant with its 360-degree panorama. This attractive building is designed to make the most of its magnificent surroundings, and from here, away from the crowds, we enjoy a stretch of mountain peaks for which Switzerland is so famous. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy the views of the valleys, towns and lakes below before we return to Meiringen where you have free time before dinner.

*Please note: on our 28th May departure you visit Interlaken and enjoy a journey on the Harder Kulm funicular instead.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen
Sherlock Holmes Museum, Meiringen

At leisure in Meiringen

Your day is free, perhaps to explore with your 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 walk along the picturesque promenade, complete with its vivid flower beds and trees. Alternatively, you could take the Giessbachbahn funicular railway, the oldest of its kind in Europe, and travel up to the impressive Giessbach Falls. The city of Thun is nearby, located at the point where the River Aare flows into the shimmering waters of Lake Thun.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Brienz
Brienz

Brienz Rothorn Line and Lake Brienz

We head west by train along the Brünig line to Brienz, located in the middle of charming mountains at the eastern end of the turquoise-coloured Lake Brienz. The cosy village is our starting point for excursions to the Bernese Oberland, 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 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. This is an excellent opportunity to simply sit back and take in the marvellous surroundings. The remarkable colour of the pure Alpine waters are the perfect contrast to the green slopes of the mountains which border this enormous lake. From the boat, we can enjoy the towns and village which dot the shores of the lake, many of which reside under the shadow of a church steeple. Later, we return to Meiringen.

*Please note: On our May departure, we will ascend halfway up the mountain to the station of Planalp.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Lucerne
Lucerne

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 and New Town. Alternatively, travel on the Pilatus or the Rigi mountain railways or enjoy a paddle steamer cruise across beautiful Lake Lucerne using your Swiss Travel card for 50% fare reductions.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Jungfrau railway
Jungfrau railway

The'Top of 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 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 11,332 feet 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, which, at 14 miles is the longest ice stream in the Alps, and 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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 London
London

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

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.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel to and from Switzerland, Standard Class rail travel in Switzerland (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with light meal and drinks)
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Strasbourg and 6 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Alpbach in Meiringen

Delicious meals included

  • 13 meals including 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Meiringen

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Mountain railway excursion to Reichenbach Falls
  • Excursion on the Jungfrau Express to the 'Top of Europe'
  • Brienz Rothorn Steam Railway & Lake Brienz cruise
  • Ascent on the Alpen Tower Cable Car
  • Swiss Travel Card, permitting 50% discounted fares on free days for rail, boat and most mountain railway journeys

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfer

  • Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking. View more information.

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Superior Twin Room are available from £115 per person
  • Upgrade to a Superior Double Room with a four-poster bed from £145 per person. Rooms available on request.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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