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(Tour code: ISX19)

A magical winter adventure

Embark on a magical winter adventure over the festive season, spending Christmas amidst the snows of Switzerland and New Year beside the sparkling waters of Lake Como. Make unforgettable memories in Europe, with a charming sleigh ride and two iconic rail journeys transporting you into the heart of Italy and Switzerland in winter.

  • Interlaken
  • The Jungfrau Railway
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Grindelwald & a sleigh ride
  • Cruise to Bellagio
  • Milan
  • The Bernina Express
  • Christmas dinner in Interlaken
  • New Year’s Eve Gala dinner in Moltrasio
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    The Jungfrau Railway
    The Bernina Express
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    11 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Cruise to Bellagio

Swiss Christmas and Italian New Year 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Interlaken

London to Interlaken via Strasbourg

Meet your Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated St Pancras Departure Office today, before taking the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we transfer to Strasbourg, where we overnight. On Day 2, we continue by rail to Interlaken, a beautiful Swiss town, where we spend the next four nights.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3-4 Jungfrau Railway
Jungfrau Railway

Christmas on The Jungfrau Railway

Today is Christmas Eve, and to celebrate, we embark on a breathtaking journey on the Jungfrau Railway (standard class) to the 'Top of Europe', the summit of Jungfraujoch. After enjoying the stunning snowy panorama, we head to a local restaurant for a traditional Swiss meal with an included glass of wine. Day 4 is Christmas Day, which is spent at leisure in Interlaken. Later in the evening, we enjoy a 3-course festive Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Grindelwald

A sleigh ride and to Italy

Our excursion today is to Grindelwald, a delightful village in the Bernese Alps, dotted with Alpine chalets and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. We discover the charms of the town on a sleigh ride, travelling in horse-drawn carriages - a magical experience.

On Day 6, we travel to Moltrasio, situated on the shores of Lake Como.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Milan

Milan and Lake Como

Today we travel by coach to the fashion centre of Italy; Milan. Here, we enjoy a guided tour and discover the city's delights, including the incredible Duomo - the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Here you may also see the striking Sforzesco Castle, and the beautiful 19th century 'Galleria Vittorio Emanuele'. Day 8 is at leisure by glorious Lake Como.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Day 9 Bernina Express
Bernina Express

The Bernina Express

Our excursion today takes us on the Bernina Express, for a spectacular journey through the Italian and Swiss Alps. We enjoy breathtaking beauty on our scenic route, before returning for a final night by Lake Como.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Bellagio
Lake Como

New Year’s Eve in Italy

Today is New Year's Eve and we cruise across Lake Como to Bellagio, a picturesque peninsula topped with pastel-coloured houses, where we enjoy free time to explore. This evening, we ring in the New Year with a Gala dinner.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 11-12 Eurostar

Return to London via Turin

We transfer by rail to Turin today, where we overnight. On Day 12, we return to London on the Eurostar, where our tour concludes.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

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 unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals, including 11 breakfasts and 9 dinners, including Christmas dinner in Interlaken and a Gala dinner to celebrate New Year's Eve in Moltrasio


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Journey on the Jungfrau Railway to the 'Top of Europe'
  • Scenic sleigh ride through Grindelwald
  • Cruise to Bellagio, with free time to explore
  • Guided tour of Milan, including La Scala Theatre and the Duomo
  • Journey on the iconic Bernina Express
  • Time at leisure by Lake Como on New Year's Eve

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

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

Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Julie Pacalon
Swiss Christmas and Italian New Year

A magical winter adventure


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