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Jungfrau & Gornergrat - Mountain railways of Switzerland

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Enchanting mountain views await on this short break to the Swiss Alps.

6 days From £1,390 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QJG22

About the tour

Journey on the famous Gornergrat and Jungfrau Mountain Railways - some of the highest in Europe - for stunning panoramas over snowy peaks and windswept glaciers.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Interlaken

Begin your journey to the peaks of Switzerland by taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord.

On arrival in Paris, transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon for your connection to Switzerland. Start by taking the scenic high-speed line to Basel, before connecting to the mountain resort of Interlaken.

Check into your hotel, your base for the next two nights and spend the evening at leisure. You could spend some time exploring Interlaken's bar and restaurant scene, or simply put your feet up at your hotel after a long journey.

Day 2 - The Jungfrau Express

Ascend to 'the top of Europe' today, visiting the continent's highest rail station and taking in stunning views across the alps of the Bernese Oberland.

Travelling on the world-famous Jungfrau Railway under the North Face of the Eiger, you reach the top of the Jungfrau mountain at 11,000ft above sea level. From here, take in panoramas over the Eiger, the Monch and the Aletsch Glacier.

Enjoy the views on a short stroll, or spend some time at the summit's Lindt Chocolate Experience, learning how one of Switzerland's best-loved exports is made.

Day 3 - Interlaken to Zermatt

Depart Interlaken towards the glamorous Belle Epoque resort of Zermatt. This charming, car-free town is nestled at the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn.

Take in views of this distinctively shaped mountain on one of the many walking trails around the area. Alternatively, head to the Matterhorn Museum to learn about the birth of modern mountaineering and Zermatt's role in it.

Zermatt also boasts boutiques, restaurants and cafes for a more relaxed afternoon in the town. It's a perfect place to sample traditional Swiss delicacies - why not treat yourself to a decadent cheese fondue, or the simple delights of al potato rosti?

Day 4 - The Gornergrat Mountain Railway

Ascend the second of Switzerland's mountain railways, with a trip to the top of the Gorger Glacier on the Gornergrat Railway.

A remarkable feat of engineering for its time, the Gornergrat Mountain Railway opened in 1898 and remains the highest open-air cogwheel railway in Europe. On a clear day, you can see an astonishing 29 mountain tops, including the jagged peak of the infamous Matterhorn.

A network of walking trails provides opportunities to spot marmottes and mountain goats, whilst a panoramic restaurant offers the luxury of enjoying stunning views over a leisurely meal.

Day 5 - Zermatt to Geneva

After a leisurely morning spent in Zermatt, perhaps enjoying one of many boutique cafes that call the town home, make your way to Geneva for a single night's stay.

Known as "the peace capital of the world", Geneva enjoys a beautiful setting at the edge of Lake Geneva, with the snow-capped Alpine peaks of the nearby mountains providing a picturesque background.

Enjoy a walk along the shoreline, gazing out onto sparkling, turquoise waters. If you have time, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum provides a fascinating insight into the city's links with peacekeeping and nonaggression.

Day 6 - Geneva to London

Transfer to Paris by rail, and board your Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Trains

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Gornergrat Mountain Railway
Jungfrau Railway
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Jungfrau & Gornergrat - Mountain railways of Switzerland

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