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Switzerland with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

(Tour code: TOJ6)Join our great Alpine rail adventure

On this exclusive journey from London to the Alps, you will be joined by the world's greatest explorer at the scene of one of his triumphs, as well as the author of the new Sherlock Holmes novel. It promises to be an extraordinary trip.

Tour Highlights
  • Horowitz And Sherlock Holmes
  • Glorious train travel
  • Ranulph Fiennes and the Eiger
  • Meet the Alpine rescue team
  • Swiss Rail Pass
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Swiss Rail Pass

Itinerary & Map

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Guest Speaker

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Described by the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's greatest living explorer". He served in the Army for eight years and later embarked on numerous recordbreaking expeditions and was the first person (with Charles Burton) to visit both the North and South Poles on foot, and was the first (with Mike Stroud) to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. He scaled the north face of the Eiger in 2007.

Anthony Horowitz
Guest Speaker

Anthony Horowitz

One of the UK's most prolific and talented writers. He has penned books, television series, films and plays. His works include the Alex Rider series, James Bond novels and Foyle's War. Anthony was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels: The House of Silk in 2011 and the sequel, Moriarty, in 2014. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph.

Day 1


We leave London for Paris by Eurostar, then we make our way by train to Basel and on through the Bernese Oberland to Meiringen where we check into the Parkhotel du Savage.

Sherlock Holmes
Day 2

Tracing Sherlock

Setting off with Anthony Horowitz and a local guide, we explore the village of Meiringen. Visits include the Sherlock Holmes Museum and nearby Reichenbach Falls, the setting for the fictional sleuth's final duel with Moriarty. That evening Anthony Horowitz will give a private talk about Sherlock Holmes.

Day 3


It is back on board the rails to travel over the Brunig Pass to the delightful lakeside city of Lucerne, where Conan Doyle and his wife Louise spent the summer of 1893. Explore the beautiful old town and its many frescoes decorating the walls and Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe.

Day 4


Today we travel into the shadow of the Eiger, for our stay at the Silberhorn Hotel in Wengen - a delightful traffic-free mountain resort - set at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Day 5

Free Day

Spend the day as you like or opt to take a thrilling helicopter ride from Interlaken-Gsteigwiler, soaring past Grindelwald, the north face of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Silberhörner returning via Lauberhorn and Wengen.  That evening Sir Ranulph will give a private talk to the group on his own epic ascent of the north face as well as his other great expeditions.

Jungfrau Express
Day 6

Jungfrau Express

Head to Kleine Scheidegg, where we stop for coffee at the historic Hotel Bellevue des Alpes, where the press and spectators would gather on the balconies to catch glimpses of climbing parties head up the Eiger's north face in their plus-fours. Then we join Sir Ranulph Fiennes for a journey on the 'Roof of Europe' train which winds up to the summit of the Jungfrau - known as the roof of Europe. Here we'll marvel at the views of the surrounding peaks and the Aletsch Glacier - the longest ice stream in the Alps.

Air Rescue
Day 7

Air Rescue

We head to Wilderswil for a fascinating visit to the air rescue base which serves the Eiger. Here you have a rare chance to meet the team who carry out so many heroic rescues.

Returning Home
Day 8

Return to London

Travel from Wengen via Interlaken to Basel. From there, take the high speed train to Paris, followed by the Eurostar to London.

Horowitz And Sherlock Holmes

The best person to take you around Meiringen, the beautiful Swiss town closely associated to Sherlock Holmes? Elementary. Anthony Horowitz is carrying on where Arthur Conan Doyle left off as the author of the new Sherlock Holmes. He will accompany you through the town's key attractions, including the Sherlock Holmes Museum set in the basement of a small English church in Conan Doyle Place as well as the nearby Reichenbach Falls which was the setting for the fictional sleuth's final duel with Moriarty, and where Holmes eventually plunged to his death. Anthony will also give an exclusive talk to the group on his connection to the Sherlock Holmes story.

Glorious train travel

This tour is a train-lover's dream. Departing from London St Pancras by Eurostar, you will travel by rail throughout the journey, which reaches its zenith with a ride to the top of Jungfrau with Sir Ranulph Fiennes on board the cog wheel railway. Before your train ride, you'll stop for coffee at the historic Bellevue des Alpes, a timeless hotel set in the shadow of Mount Eiger which became famous in the 1930s as the place people gathered to witness daring attempts to climb the most difficult wall in the Alps, the Eiger North Face

Ranulph Fiennes and the Eiger

Over dinner at Hotel Silberhorn Sir Ranulph Fiennes will join you for the evening to talk about his epic expeditions including his scaling the Eiger's fearsome North Face. The 13,000ft mountain has captivated the interest of mountaineers since the first noteworthy attempt in 1934. In 2007, Sir Ranulph succeeded in climbing the notorious wall, along with Kenton Cool and Ian Parnell - despite not being being a climbing specialist. The climb, which Sir Ranulph vowed never to repeat, was made harder due to the frost bite on his left hand. The challenge raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie.

Meet the Alpine rescue team

Travel to the nearby village of Wilderswil to visit the air rescue service, which serves the Eiger. The company performs search and rescue missions in the mountains, including those climbers that get in trouble on the North Face.


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